The Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition office kicked off their 4th annual Farm to School Cook-off last month. Cook-off teams representing nine school districts from across Maine participated in the event. The teams, consisting of a student and school nutrition staff member, served up tasty and nutritious breakfast and lunch meals within a specific time frame that showcased Maine grown ingredients. Apples donated from Ricker Hill Orchards and dried black beans donated from Fairwinds Farm were used as “challenge” ingredients in the competition. The regional cook-off’s were hosted by the culinary arts programs at the Lake Region Vocational Center, Bath Regional Career and Technical Center and Eastern Maine Community College.
South Portland, RSU 12, and Cherryfield will be advancing to the Farm to School Cook-off finals competition on April 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kennebec Valley Community College- Alfond Campus in Clinton. A panel of judges including a student, chef and school nutrition director, will score the dishes based on presentation, taste, creativity, and feasibility to be used in a school breakfast or lunch program. Other criteria will include food safety and time management.
The winning team will be awarded a plaque and have the opportunity to be spokespeople and participate on the judging panel for the cook off in School Year 2020. Recipes used in the cook-off will later be shared with all schools in a Maine farm to school cook-book.
Members of the media are welcome to attend the final cook-off but need to confirm prior to the day of the event.
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The Maine Department of Education Career and Technical Education Team is currently developing a CTE Statewide Plan. This plan is being developed to address the requirements as part of the Carl D. Perkins federal funding that Maine receives to support CTE. As part of developing this plan, we are holding regional stakeholder meetings throughout the state, in order to get feedback and input and to share some of the initiatives around Career and Technical Education. These meetings are open to the public and we welcome the opportunity to hear from many stakeholders.
The times and locations for all of the regional stakeholder meetings are as follows:
Tuesday April 23, 2019
United Technology Center; Bangor, Maine
From: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday April 24, 2019
Westbrook Regional Vocational Center; Westbrook, Maine
Students in Lewiston Adult Education’s Construction Training Program measured and cut wood last month as part of their hands-on work.
The wood framing marked a first project to prepare them for entry-level jobs in construction. The integrated training also includes work experience, case management, and job coaching of students.
Students who complete the program will transition to on-the-job training and full-time employment. Employees of local construction companies have made presentations in class about the kind of work they do and what they are looking for in new hires.
Graduates will receive a WorkReady credential, OSHA 10 certification, a National Center for Construction Education and Research and a Renovation credential as well as a Renovation, Repair and Painting credential.
The Construction Training Program is a partnership with the Lewiston CareerCenter, Western Maine Community Action, the John T. Gorman Foundation, Community Concepts, the city of Lewiston, Youthbuild Goodwill Northern New England Take 2 and FedCap. This year’s employer partners include Northeast Painting & Coating, Hahnel Brothers Company, Consigli Construction, H.E. Callahan, and St. Laurent and Son Excavation, Inc.
Submitted by Reza Namin, Superintendent of MSAD#49.
Dr. Reza Namin, Superintendent of MSAD#49 has been selected and named the Harvard University Fellow for the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Summer Institute. Participants are teachers and administrators from all around the United States and the World.
Fellows are typically educators who have experience with the Project Zero ideas and are committed to deepening work with Project Zero ideas in their communities. This will take place from July 21-26 at the Harvard University Campus.
The Project Zero is a professional learning and development experience where the fellow can advance his/her understanding of Project Zero ideas, frameworks and practices. Fellows participate fully in all the events of the institute, including plenary sessions, mini-courses that have space available, faculty meetings, fellow meetings, and social gatherings. As a member of a study group team, the fellow will also be a part of the smooth running of the institute, helping behind the scenes when needed.
The next meeting of the Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children will be held on Friday May 3rd at 9 am in Room 400 of the Cross Office Building in Augusta.
All 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, belong to the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3). Each state appoints a council to oversee the implementation of the Compact at the state level.
States that sign on to the Compact commit to doing what it takes to:
Enroll children of military families at their new schools as quickly and seamlessly as possible, even in the absence of normally required official records and immunizations; and
Ensure that students with parents in the Armed Forces stay on track to graduate on time, even when such students’ academic records don’t comply perfectly with local graduation requirements.