Category Archives: Dispatches

Maine DOE provides complimentary 2016-17 law books to superintendents

The Maine DOE acquired enough copies of the Maine Education and School Statutes 2016-2017 Edition law book from the publisher, Swan Island Press, to distribute one at no charge to each superintendent of schools in Maine.

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New procedures for audit and corrective action plan extensions

Maine DOE has implemented new procedures for audit and corrective action plan extensions for school administrative units and municipal school units.

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English language teacher leaders attend ESL Summer Academy at UMaine

English learner educators from twenty-five school districts participated in the ESL Summer Academy at UMaine in Orono where participants engaged in activities to facilitate professional development planning based on the needs of their schools and districts. This valuable training supports educators as they become in-house facilitators, building capacity within districts to develop all teachers into teachers of English language to further support the needs of all students.

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National Board Certified Teacher Salary Supplement due Oct. 15

Superintendents of a school administrative unit or the director of a publicly-supported secondary school or CTE region, with eligible staff who have attained National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification prior to July 1, 2016, must submit to the Maine DOE the list of those eligible to receive the salary supplement for the 2016-17 school year by October 15.

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National Board Certified Teacher Scholarship Funds available

State law, 20-A MRSA Section 13013-A subsection 5 & 6; as amended by PL 2012 c. 702, established the National Board Certification Scholarship Fund to encourage teachers to apply to and enroll in the certification program offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, or its successor organization.

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Maine DOE invites arts teachers to participate in regional professional development series

All visual and performing arts teachers are invited to participate in a three-part, regional professional development series on assessment in the classroom.

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Maine DOE and UMaine system to provide professional development for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

This fall the Maine DOE and three campuses from the University of Maine system (University of Maine, University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington) will begin providing professional development and technical assistance to school administrative units who commit to developing, implementing and evaluating a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) program in their respective schools.

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A reminder to be safe when sharing the road with school buses

It is crucial to follow the rules of the road to keep Maine children safe on their journey to and from school. Maine traditionally has one of the best safety records in the nation, even as 80 percent of students ride the school bus.

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2017 Teacher of the Year state finalists selected

The Maine DOE in partnership with Educate Maine, recently named three teachers as state finalists for Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. They were chosen from this year’s County Teachers of the Year who were named in May at a celebration at the State House Hall of Flags.

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Maine STEM Summit and grant competition for educators

Maine DOE encourages educators to attend the upcoming Maine STEM Summit on Friday, Nov. 18 at Colby College in Waterville. This summit will provide an opportunity to foster discussion, engagement, and innovation across the education, workforce, and technology sectors of Maine. This year, K-12 educators are encouraged to apply for the first annual STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition to fund innovative projects in the classroom. Finalists of the challenge will present their pitches at the summit.

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