Upcoming Rulemaking to Support the Implementation of a Diploma Based on Proficiency

The Maine DOE recently submitted to the Secretary of State proposed regulation, Chapter 134, pursuant to 20-A MRS § 4722-A (Regulations for Awarding a High School Diploma). This rule chapter supports the implementation of a diploma based on proficiency, and fosters the culture of learning that makes it possible for each learner to graduate ready for next steps after secondary school.

We anticipate that a formal notice for the rulemaking will be published on July 26 (in the Bangor Daily News, Kennebec Journal, Portland Press Herald, Lewiston Sun-Journal and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel).

A public hearing will be held on August 14th in room 500 at the Cross State Office Building from 9-11 am with the deadline for public comment closing on September 8th at 5 pm.

The development of Chapter 134 has been underway since the summer of 2016 guided by the rule making requirements of the proficiency diploma law. This rule must:

  • Allow flexibility and innovation at the school and district level for the development of consistent graduation standards,
  • Identify the manner in which multiple pathways in career and technical education can provide evidence of proficiency in the disciplines of the content areas and Guiding Principles of Maine’s system of learning results
  • Establish criteria for the placement in career and technical education programs while ensuring all students are exposed to all content areas of the system of learning results.

For more information on the diploma based on proficiency, contact Maine Department of Education Proficiency-Based Education Specialist, Diana Doiron at diana.doiron@maine.gov or 624-6823.

Upcoming Rulemaking to Support the Implementation of a Diploma Based on Proficiency

The Maine DOE recently submitted to the Secretary of State proposed regulation, Chapter 134, pursuant to 20-A MRS § 4722-A (Regulations for Awarding a High School Diploma). This rule chapter supports the implementation of a diploma based on proficiency, and fosters the culture of learning that makes it possible for each learner to graduate ready for next steps after secondary school.

We anticipate that a formal notice for the rulemaking will be published on July 26 (in the Bangor Daily News, Kennebec Journal, Portland Press Herald, Lewiston Sun-Journal and the Central Maine Morning Sentinel).

A public hearing will be held on August 14th in room 500 at the Cross State Office Building from 9-11 am with the deadline for public comment closing on September 8th at 5 pm.

The development of Chapter 134 has been underway since the summer of 2016 guided by the rule making requirements of the proficiency diploma law. This rule must:

  • Allow flexibility and innovation at the school and district level for  the development of  consistent graduation standards,
  • Identify the manner in which multiple pathways in career and technical education can provide evidence of proficiency in the disciplines of the content areas and Guiding Principles of Maine’s system of learning results
  • Establish criteria for the placement in career and technical education programs while ensuring all students are exposed to all content areas of the system of learning results.

For more information on the diploma based on proficiency, contact Maine Department of Education Proficiency-Based Education Specialist, Diana Doiron at diana.doiron@maine.gov or 624-6823.

2017 Commissioner’s Conference Survey

The Maine Department of Education is seeking feedback from superintendents and other administrators who attended the 2017 Commissioner’s Conference held in Bar Harbor on June 26th and June 27th.

Please take a few moments to fill out this 7 question survey:

2017 Commissioner’s Conference Survey »

For further questions or comments, contact Georgette Valliere at georgette.valliere@maine.gov or 207-624-6620.

Hall-Dale educator named 2017 Maine’s History Teacher of the Year

HTOY PhotoThe Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has named a Hall-Dale educator as Maine’s History Teacher of the Year. Karen Doughty graduated from the University of Maine in 1988. She has taught history at Wells Middle School, Lake Region High School, and in 2012, began her current assignment at Hall-Dale. Throughout her career, Doughty has brought her passion for history to her classroom by incorporating experiential, thought-provoking, creative, and hands-on activities into her lessons.

Doughty will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the Hall-Dale school library will receive a core archive of American history books and Gilder Lehrman educational materials. Doughty will be invited to a 2018 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program that offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources. She also has the opportunity to be selected as “National History Teacher of the Year” from a list of the 2017 state winners.

The Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.

Nominations can be made by a student, parent, colleague, supervisor, or other administrator familiar with the teacher’s work. For more information, visit www.gilderlehrman.org/nhtoy.

2016 Maine County Teachers of the Year create platform for local schools

The 2016 Maine County Teachers of the Year collaborated on a platform to promote the benefits and celebrate the successes of connecting classrooms to their communities.

The intent of the platform, Connecting Classrooms to Communities (ConnectC2C) is to share stories and projects that showcase strong community-classroom partnerships in Maine on an interactive website.

They invite all Maine local schools to share stories that highlight community connections.

Visit ConnectC2C Site to see the website and find out how to get involved.

For more information, contact the 2016 County Teachers of the Year point person Morgan Cuthbert at Morgan_Cuthbert@yarmouthschools.org.

 

FY 2018 Gifted and Talented program application now available

The FY2018 annual gifted and talented program and budget approval application is now available on the Maine DOE webite. The deadline for submission is Sept. 30, 2017. All school administrative units (SAU) are required to complete a renewal application, initial application, or waiver request.

Detailed instructions, the renewal application, the initial application, and a waiver request are available on the Department’s Gifted and Talented website.

Gifted and talented educational programs serve students who excel or demonstrate the potential to excel beyond their peers in terms of general intellectual ability, a specific academic aptitude or artistic ability. The Department requires schools identify and service gifted and talented students. A comprehensive, K-12 gifted and talented program ensures such students are provided with challenging curriculum commensurate with their abilities.

As a reminder, gifted and talented programs approved during FY2018 are for FY2020 funding.

If you have questions about the forms, please contact Maine DOE’s School Finance Coordinator Ida Batista at gt.doe@maine.gov or 624-6795.

Scheduled outage of NEO Information System: 7/13 – 7/17

The Maine Department of Education’s NEO Information system will be down for routine maintenance from July 13 – July 17. The scheduled outage is taking place so that staff can make necessary updates to the system.

Users will not be able to use the system or enter information from July 13 through July 17. It is expected to be back up on July 18. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause during the outage period.

If you have questions, please contact Shannon Bartash at 624-6799 or Shannon.bartash@maine.gov or contact the Help Desk at 624-6896 or MEDMS.Helpdesk@maine.gov.

 

 

RFP issued for Translation and Subscription Services to Provide Unlimited Access to Multi-Language Forms

The Maine Department of Education is seeking proposals for subscription services to provide unlimited remote access to all Maine School Administrative Units (SAUs) for the collection of ESSA Parent Notifications and forms to assist Maine’s SAUs in meeting ESSA compliance requirements. These documents must be available in English with translations in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, and Somali, with opportunities for additional languages to be added. The Department and SAUs must have the ability to upload locally created documents. These documents must be available to download and print onto State or local letterhead.

A copy of the RFP, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments related to this RFP, can be obtained at the following website: http://www.maine.gov/purchases/venbid/rfp.shtml

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Purchases, located at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street – 4th Floor, Augusta, ME 04330. Proposals must be submitted by 4:00 pm, local time, on July 25, 2017, when they will be opened. Proposals not received at the Division of Purchases’ aforementioned address by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

NOTICE: Maine DOE during potential government shutdown

In the event of a statewide government shutdown, the Maine Department of Education will have the following lines of communication in place:

  • Civil rights complaints can be reported by calling (207) 624-6692.
  • Complaints about state and federal programs can be reported by calling (207) 624-6692.
  • Special Education complaints can be reported in writing by fax at (207) 624-6700.

For further information about the government shutdown subscribe to the state’s Citizen Alert System (CAS) at www.maine.gov/portal/CAS/ or visit maine.gov.

Maine DOE Special Services Revised Forms

The Maine DOE Office of Special Services has revised the forms listed below. Revised forms are identified as Final Revision: Effective 08/01/2017.

  • Written Notice and all other required forms – updated identifying information for consistency
  • Individualized Education Program – changes include additions and updates. CDS has a required section separate from K-12 for goal writing. Results of all initial and most recent evaluations located in a separate section, no longer divided between academic, functional or developmental. Some minor changes under in the Considerations Section to reflect new language related to accessible education material.
  • Learning Disability Evaluation Report – based on updated MUSER revisions

The Office of Special Services has communicated all revised forms to vendors. We will also offer a webinar in September to further explain the form changes. All updated forms will be available on the Special Services forms page by 8/1/17.  In the meantime, questions may be directed to the Department of Special Services, Roberta Lucas at Roberta.Lucas@maine.gov  or 624-6621.