Middle School Career and Technical Education Has a New Web Page! Grant Information and Resources: Check it Out!

Middle School Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides an opportunity for Maine middle school students to experience hands on learning, workplace skills, and career exploration. CTE empowers them to explore interests and discover activities that are inspiring. It allows students to experience potential career pathways, and gives them an awareness of the many options that are available.

In June of 2017, the legislature enacted law to expand CTE opportunities by requiring Maine schools to provide access to developmentally appropriate CTE for middle school students (grades 6-8). To assist with this new opportunity, there is currently a new grant application available for CTE centers and regions to implement pilot programs in  the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. To kick off this new initiative, the Maine State Board of Education provided federal and special revenue funding in school year 2018-2019 for pilot programs.

Through the current pilots, middle school students are discovering the many opportunities that are available to them in CTE! These pilots have included summer CTE camps, professional development opportunities, hands on CTE tours, as well as after school CTE programs.

The Middle School CTE programs rely on collaboration between the CTE centers, regions and the middle schools. CTE centers and regions have oversight of the CTE programming and can assist with resources. The middle schools and CTE centers/regions work together to design programs that meet the needs of the students, and provide an engaging learning experience. Alignment with the middle school CTE standards is required for all programs. These standards are in draft form, and are being reviewed and revised through the implementation of the current pilot programs. The current draft standards can be found here.

For additional information please visit our new web site at https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/cte/schools/middleschool or contact Margaret Harvey at margaret.harvey@maine.gov

 

Who’s in Charge? Let Us Know!

Do you have new leadership in your school or district? Maine Department of Education asks that you please update new superintendents, principals, and other leadership contact information in NEO Staff as soon as possible.  The contact information in NEO Staff is used to send Department of Education communications, and is also used to keep the ESSA Data Dashboard as up to date as possible for the public.

If you need help entering in NEO Staff, please review our Staff Data Entry Guides.

Once you have updated the Staff Assignments, if the staff member should be assigned a District Role within NEO Staff Certification, please ensure to update him/her there as well. Within SAU Staff Certification (which is under Certification within NEO Staff), scroll to the bottom of the certification page and click one of the roles to change the previous person to the new person. Anyone with the Staff Assignment of that role will be an option in the dropdown. Please note that if you do not have someone for a role, such as school nurse, the Superintendent can be selected without giving him/her a nurse staff assignment).

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If you have any questions, please call the Data Systems Helpdesk at (207) 624-6896, or email at MEDMS.Helpdesk@maine.gov.

WHY DATA MATTERS: SAU Leaders Invited to Train and Talk!

Are you a school or district leader who wonders why the Department of Education collects certain data sets, and what they are used for?  Have you ever wanted to have a frank discussion with the DOE’s Data Team about the data collections and how they could be improved?  Charlotte Ellis, the Maine Department of Education’s Data Manager will be hosting open discussion sessions throughout the state during the first two weeks of August.  These sessions will be held from 1-3pm in the same locations as the MDOE Data Team Summer Trainings.

The sessions will be geared toward each location’s participants, and the topics they have indicated interest in during the registration process.  Please use the following link to register and select the topics for the session you wish to attend.  Tip – if you have any interest in a topic, please move the indicator bar.  Leaving the bar in the middle without moving it registers a null response.

https://mainedoe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8owiimlOciexsEt\

Dates and Locations – all sessions 1-3PM

August 6, Caribou High School

August 7, Brewer High School

August 8, Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School

August 12, Cony High School (Augusta)

August 13, Mt. Blue High School (Farmington)

August 14, Mt. Ararat Middle School (Topsham)

August 15, Buxton Center Elementary School

Please contact Charlotte Ellis with any questions at Charlotte.ellis@maine.gov 207-624-6696 or 207-485-3445

Public Preschool Annual Report due July 31, 2019

In the event that you missed the announcement of the Public Preschool Annual Report, this is a friendly reminder that the report is now available  and due to the Department of Education no later than close of business on July 31, 2019.  All public preschool programs are required to complete the Public Preschool Annual Report.

If you accidentally submit the report before finalizing, please email Nicole Madore for a link to access and continue your work.

A preview of the report can be found here.

Before you start the survey, the following information will be useful to have available:

  • Information related to staff turnover
  • Program operation:
    • Hours/day
    • Days/week
    • Any major changes to the program including but not limited to:
      • partners
      • curriculum
      • location
  • Successes/challenges experienced over the course of the year
  • Student attendance-
    • percentages for Free & Reduced Lunch
    • chronic absenteeism
    • transient students
  • Student’s identified for additional support:
    • English Learners- screening process
    • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) information including but not limited to:
      • referrals
      • active identifications
      • no longer qualify
  • Student growth in all learning domains

Any questions should be directed to Nicole Madore at Nicole.madore@maine.gov  or 624-6677.

 

Certification Renewals Due July 1, 2019: Update

At this time 57% of those with certifications that were set to expire on July 1 have submitted their renewal application and materials.  To avoid complications and delays, SAU leaders are encouraged to check the certification portal, to ensure your staff members hold valid certification.  Educators can easily check their current certification status by following the directions on how to create an account, and further information on the renewal process can be found here. For assistance, please contact our certification team at cert.doe@maine.gov or by phone: 207-624-6603.