PRIORITY NOTICE: ESSA training available for all Maine schools and districts

As a reminder, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) has announced a partnership with TransACT Communications to support compliance with the new Parent and Family Engagement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to help schools meet the civil rights obligations of schools in working with English Learners (EL) and their families. TransACT … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: ESSA training available for all Maine schools and districts

Synergy progress and updates

The Maine Department of Education is continuing to assist School Administrative Units (SAU) as October 1st student enrollment counts are being uploaded into the new Synergy State Edition Student System. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Department answers requests, resolves issues and continues to work through the transitionary period. Below are a … Continue reading Synergy progress and updates

PRIORITY NOTICE: GI Bill benefits available for high school students

The Maine Department of Education, the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3), and the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education sponsor the following message: Some of your high school students may be eligible for thousands of dollars of GI Bill benefits while attending high school. Maine has nearly 130,000 veterans, many of whom have … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: GI Bill benefits available for high school students

PRIORITY NOTICE: Certification office closed 10/16 – 10/27 to work on new online system

As a reminder, the Maine Department of Education’s new online certification system, Maine Certification Information System (MCIS), is scheduled for a soft release to staff and educators at pilot schools, and will be available to administrators, and local support system chair people statewide on Monday, October 30th. MCIS is targeted to be available to all … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Certification office closed 10/16 – 10/27 to work on new online system

Over 800 Maine students complete Read to Ride Summer Reading Challenge

Preventing summer reading slide is a goal of many Maine educators. Students can lose months of learning gains if their brains do not remain active. During the summer of 2017, the Maine Department of Education partnered with the Freemasons of Maine to sponsor the Read to Ride Summer Reading Challenge.  Over 800 students in over … Continue reading Over 800 Maine students complete Read to Ride Summer Reading Challenge

Maine DOE legislative summary available

Maine DOE has prepared a summary of major laws related to education enacted by the First Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature. This information may prove helpful to educators when planning for the 2017-8 school year. For each relevant bill, the summary lists the provisions, effective date, action required by the bill and primary … Continue reading Maine DOE legislative summary available

PRIORITY NOTICE: Reporting 2017-18 Student Information – Due Date October 31, 2017

TO:               Private School Administrators FROM:          Dr. Robert G. Hasson, Jr., Maine Education Commissioner DATE:           October 10, 2017 SUBJECT:     Reporting 2017-18 Student Information – Due Date October 31, 2017 The Synergy State edition is online for school year 2017-18 updates. The updated 2017-18 student information will be utilized … Continue reading PRIORITY NOTICE: Reporting 2017-18 Student Information – Due Date October 31, 2017