PRIORITY NOTICE: Seeking Proposals for Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of a request for proposals (RFP) seeking bids from interested parties to implement comprehensive 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programming in 2022-2023.  It is anticipated that roughly $2M will be available to issue grant awards later this year.

Authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Act of 2015, the 21st CCLC program provides competitive grant funding to support before school, after school, and summer learning programs that focus on improving the academic performance of students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12.

The primary purpose of Maine’s 21st CCLC program is to provide funding for school and community partnerships to establish or expand community learning center programs.  These programs provide students in high-need, economically-disadvantaged communities with academic tutoring and enrichment opportunities designed to complement their school-day academic program.  In addition, these programs can provide a broad array of additional support services related to overall student health and well-being.

Local 21st CCLC programs – which can be located in elementary schools, secondary schools or similarly accessible community facilities – provide high quality support services to students during non-school hours.  As such, these programs also support working parents and families by providing safe, supportive learning environments for students at times when school is not in session.

The request for proposal (RFP), which includes information regarding eligibility, program requirements, and more, is available here. An informational webinar for this RFP will be posted to the Department’s application website on January 25, 2022.  It is strongly recommended that interested parties view this presentation, in its entirety, prior to submitting a proposal for 21st CCLC program funding.

Below is the anticipated timeline for the Department’s current 21st CCLC grant competition:

Date Task
January 5, 2022 RFP Released to Public
January 25, 2022 Informational Webinar Posted Online
February 15, 2022 Deadline for Submission of Questions in Response to RFP
March 1, 2022 Interested Parties Submit Letter of Intent to Apply
April 14, 2022 Proposal Deadline
April 2022 Formal Peer Review of Proposals
May 2022 Grant Award Notifications
July 1, 2022 Grant Award Start Date

Please be advised that the dates above are subject to change.  Interested parties must consult the RFP document for the most accurate dates and deadlines regarding this opportunity.

For more information on the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Program, contact State Coordinator, Travis Doughty, at travis.w.doughty@maine.gov.

Partner with Other Schools to Create a Remote Plan as Part of RREV Responsive Pilot Accelerator

In an ongoing effort to meet the clear and present needs of the educators across our state, Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures (RREV) in partnership with several School Administrative Units (SAUs) across Maine have created the “Responsive Pilot Accelerator.”

The Responsive Pilot Accelerator is a hyper focused pilot design class that will enable participants to develop a pilot based on a prototype designed by RREV educators. The prototype serves the needs of remote students while maintaining a personal connection with in-school opportunities to participate in extra curriculars or unified arts courses. Its unique online-hybrid features support the individualized needs of students while increasing capacity by using a shared approach to staffing and resources.

Participant who successfully complete the eligibility requirements of the Responsive Pilot Accelerator will leave with:

  • A remote pilot blueprint and;
  • $100K in seed money for staffing, supplies, and administrative expenses.

Awards are available as earlier as January of 2022 for eligible teams.  Please contact Martin Mackey, RREV Director to begin your team’s course as early as Mid-October or Click here to book an appointment directly with the RREV team today.

For additional information, check out our Responsive Pilot Fact Sheet (here) or contact Martin Mackey, RREV Director.

PRIORITY NOTICE: U.S. CDC COVID-19 School Testing Toolkit To Help Communicate with Families

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a COVID-19 School Testing Toolkit that includes materials that school administrators can use to teach parents, students, and staff about school testing programs and encourage participation. Many of these materials are customizable and can be adapted according to the school’s needs.

Toolkit features:

  • Social media content that communicates the importance of COVID-19 school testing and can be shared on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Informational flyers to promote school COVID-19 testing programs and answer questions about COVID-19 school testing.
  • Posters that highlight the benefits of COVID-19 testing programs in schools and portray in-person learning and activities.
  • Customizable letters and FAQs for teachers, parents, and guardians that address frequently asked questions about school COVID-19 testing programs.

Access the U.S. CDC COVID-19 School Testing Toolkit here!

A link to the COVID-19 School Testing Toolkit can also be found in the Testing Section of the Maine Department of Education (DOE) COVID-19 Toolkit.

PRIORITY NOTICE: Fall Office Hours, Training, & Professional Learning Opportunities NOW Available

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is providing a comprehensive collection of fall professional learning, training, office hours and other opportunities for Maine’s education field as they prepare for and begin the 2021-2022 school year.

Please find below a listing from the Maine DOE Professional Development & Training Calendar with links to a description, more information, and how to register.

In addition, below the calendar listing you will find ongoing and upcoming cohort learning opportunities, as well as links to curriculum resources that can help educators plan classroom and remote learning opportunities throughout the year.

Professional Learning/Training Opportunities:

Note: the below listing is a copy/paste of our Professional Development & Training Calendar. The calendar gets updated every day, check it out anytime for the most up-to-date listing.

September 1, 2021 – Wednesday

10:00 am – 11:30 am School Based Mental Health Supports Content Hour
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Child Nutrition Update with Walter
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Distance Learning Basics: Recruitment, Intake, and Orientation
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Discover Digital Creativity on International Dot Day

September 2, 2021 – Thursday

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Public Pre-K Return to School Open-Office Hour

September 7, 2021 – Tuesday

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Primary Source Fall Workshop Series: Part 2: “Freedom & Captivity” Primary Source Set
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual MAP Growth Basics for Maine Educators (NWEA)

September 8, 2021 – Wednesday

10:00 am – 11:30 am School Based Mental Health Supports Content Hour
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Special Education Office Hours: Referral to Special Education

September 9, 2021 – Thursday

9:00 am – 10:00 am Federal Emergency Relief Programs Office Hours (ESSER & ARP ESSER applications)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm McKinney-Vento Orientation / Refresher
10:00 am – 11:30 am Finance Training – Coding… Just the Basics
10:00 am – 11:00 am English Learner Data Webinar September 9th at 10am
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Public Pre-K Return to School Open-Office Hour
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Virtual MAP Growth Basics for Maine Educators (NWEA)
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm HE & PE Teachers Welcome Back To School Resources & Conversation

September 13, 2021 – Monday

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Essential Reports for Administrators for Maine Educators (NWEA)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Essential Reports for Administrators (NWEA)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Essential Reports for Administrators (NWEA)

September 14, 2021 – Tuesday

8:30 am – 12:00 pm NSLP Review Training
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Verification Training
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 1: Virtual Connecting MAP Growth Scores to Student Learning for Maine Educators
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 1: Virtual Connecting MAP Growth Scores to Student Learning for Maine Educators

September 15, 2021 – Wednesday

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Overview of Alternate Assessment Participation
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Assessment Lunch & Learn Office Hours

September 16, 2021 – Thursday

10:00 am – 12:00 pm McKinney-Vento Orientation / Refresher
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 1: Virtual Connecting MAP Growth Scores to Student Learning for Maine Educators

September 17, 2021 – Friday

12:00 AM Digital Worksheets – Asynchronous
8:00 am – 4:00 pm ServSafe Manager Class & Exam
10:00 am – 11:00 am Adult Education: English Language Arts/Literacy Office Hours

September 20, 2021 – Monday

8:30 am – 3:30 pm Fall Mentor Training

September 21, 2021 – Tuesday

9:00 am – 1:00 pm CACFP Basic Training

September 22, 2021 – Wednesday

8:00 am – 12:00 pm Suicide Prevention Curriculum Lessons Training Part 1
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Special Education Office Hours: Alignment
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm The Math Pact – Mathematics Whole School Agreement (Series A)

September 23, 2021 – Thursday

9:00 am – 10:00 am Federal Emergency Relief Programs Office Hours (ESSER & ARP ESSER applications)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm McKinney-Vento Orientation / Refresher
10:00 am – 11:30 am Finance Training Maine Care Seed
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Seesaw Skill Scaffolding
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm The Math Pact – Mathematics Whole School Agreement (Series B)
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm The Power of Language: Foundational Strategies for a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment

September 24, 2021 – Friday

10:00 am – 11:00 am Tech Talk: Digital Marketing in Adult Education
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Special Education Office Hours: Lunch and Learn Q & A

September 27, 2021 – Monday

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CNPWeb Claims

September 28, 2021 – Tuesday

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Integrating Computer Science in the PK-12 Classroom

September 29, 2021 – Wednesday

10:00 am – 11:00 am Adult Education ESOL Teachers Office Hours
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm Suicide Prevention Curriculum Lessons Training Part 2
3:30 pm – 7:00 pm Early Mathematics Diagnostic Interview (EMDI) Professional Learning

October 1, 2021 – Friday

12:00 AM Supporting Video Production in the Classroom, Part One

October 2, 2021 – Saturday

8:00 am – 4:00 pm ServSafe Manager Class & Exam

October 4, 2021 – Monday

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 1: Virtual Connecting MAP Growth Scores to Student Learning for Maine Educators

October 5, 2021 – Tuesday

12:00 AM Strategies for Hybrid Learning – Asynchronous
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 1: Virtual Connecting MAP Growth Scores to Student Learning for Maine Educators
3:00 PM #PODtober – Podcasts as a Resource
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm MTSS Office Hour

October 6, 2021 – Wednesday

10:00 am – 11:30 am Finance Training – EPS Student Data
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm The Math Pact – Mathematics Whole School Agreement (Series A)

October 7, 2021 – Thursday

9:00 am – 10:00 am Federal Emergency Relief Programs Office Hours (ESSER & ARP ESSER applications)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Essential Reports for Administrators for Maine Educators (NWEA)
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm The Math Pact – Mathematics Whole School Agreement (Series B)

October 8, 2021 – Friday

8:00 am – 4:00 pm ServSafe Manager Class & Exam
10:00 am – 11:00 am Tech Talk: TopsPro- Using CASAS Reports for Instruction

October 12, 2021 – Tuesday

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Primary Source Fall Workshop Series: Part 3: “Maine’s Bicentennial” Primary Source Set
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Essential Reports for Administrators for Maine Educators (NWEA)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Supporting Video Production in the Classroom, Part Two
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm MTSS Office Hour

October 13, 2021 – Wednesday

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Assessment Lunch & Learn Office Hours
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Special Education Office Hours: Writing Compliant IEPs

October 14, 2021 – Thursday

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 1: Virtual Connecting MAP Growth Scores to Student Learning for Maine Educators

October 15, 2021 – Friday

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Essential Reports for Administrators for Maine Educators (NWEA)

October 18, 2021 – Monday

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Essential Reports for Administrators (NWEA)

October 19, 2021 – Tuesday

9:00 am – 11:30 am Special Education IEP Training
12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Special Education IEP Training
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 1: Virtual Connecting MAP Growth Scores to Student Learning for Maine Educators
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm #PODtober – Podcasting in the Classroom
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm MTSS Office Hour

October 20, 2021 – Wednesday

3:30 pm – 5:30 pm The Math Pact – Mathematics Whole School Agreement (Series A)

October 21, 2021 – Thursday

9:00 am – 10:00 am Federal Emergency Relief Programs Office Hours (ESSER & ARP ESSER applications)
10:00 am – 11:30 am Finance Training CTE Student and Staff
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 2: Student Growth and Goal Setting with MAP Growth
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm What Does Cyber Security Mean to ME?
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm The Math Pact – Mathematics Whole School Agreement (Series B)

October 25, 2021 – Monday

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 2: Student Growth and Goal Setting with MAP Growth
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 2: Student Growth and Goal Setting with MAP Growth

October 26, 2021 – Tuesday

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 2: Student Growth and Goal Setting with MAP Growth
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm MTSS Office Hour

October 27, 2021 – Wednesday

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Special Education Office Hours: Writing Compliant IEPs

October 28, 2021 – Thursday

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 2: Student Growth and Goal Setting with MAP Growth
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Tech in the Classroom: It Doesn’t Need to be Scary. 🎃

October 29, 2021 – Friday

10:00 am – 11:00 pm Tech Talk: Excel- After the Export, Part II
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Special Education Office Hours: Lunch and Learn Q & A
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Applying Reports 2:A1:C131 Student Growth and Goal Setting with MAP Growth

Cohorts and Other Opportunities

  • Maine’s Leadership Development Program (Maine LDP) – Executive leadership training to selected educational leaders across Maine at no cost to the fellows or their sending school administrative units (SAUs). | Learn more here
  • The Transformational Leaders’ Network (TLN) – A two-pronged approach to leadership development that provides school principals an opportunity to deepen their leadership skills while they are leading transformational efforts in their schools. 2 hour virtual monthly sessions and 3 in-person full days over 8 months | Learn more here
  • Learning Moments of Mindfulness: Managing Difficult Situation – In this facilitated, online course, learn about different mindfulness techniques to use both inside and outside the adult education classroom to help you manage difficult situations. Offered October 12 – November 22, 2021 | Register & More Info
  • Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures is gearing up for several fall offerings.  RREV offers customizable PD to PK-12 public and private schools state wide at no cost to your teams. We still have over 9 million dollars to award innovative pilot projects over the next two years.  Please contact: Martin Mackey, RREV director to learn more about how RREV can support your team in developing a culture of innovation in your school or creating  Innovative pilots or check out our website for more info: RREV Website here
  • ThinkerAnalytix – join a team of teachers to work closely with ThinkerAnalytix over the 2021-2022 academic year to receive in-depth training in argument mapping and intellectual empathy- the ability to engage in constructive disagreements over controversial issues with precision and care. Educators are encouraged to register in teams of 2 or 3 with their colleagues. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE
  • EVERFI – join a team of teachers to work closely with EVERFI over the 2021-2022 academic year to receive in-depth training on how to successfully implement EVERFI’s digital resources to build your classroom culture and academic readiness. | LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE
  • Webinar: Engaging Your Students with Learning Activities using the Founding Documents of the United States – Join the National Archives Foundation and Dr. Charles Flanagan (Outreach Supervisor – Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives) on Thursday, September 9 (4:00pm ET) to learn about engaging your students with learning activities using the founding documents of the United States. Free lessons and resources will be shared. The webinar is free, but registration is required by using this link.

Coming Soon:

  • Text Study for K-5 teachers – The Writing Revolution by Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler. The study will run from October – December – dates to be determined.
  • Understanding the Maine DOL Employment Projections for Career and Development staff/educators – Registration expected to start mid-September.
  • Economic Trends for Career and Development staff/educators – Registration expected to start mid-September.
  • Rethinking Literacy: Sputnik Meets Why Johnny Can’t Read (K-3) – Join Maine DOE Elementary Literacy Specialist Dee Saucier, Maine DOE Science and Engineering Specialist Shari Templeton and other K-3 teachers across the state to learn and work together synchronously and asynchronously. We will read recent research, view short videos and webinars, participate in group discussions and work collaboratively – registration coming fall and early winter.
  • The National Archives – More information about this learning cohort is coming soon. Contact Joe Schmidt (schmidt@maine.gov) with any questions or if you are interested in participating in this learning cohort when more details are made available.
  • The OER Project from The Gates Foundation – More information about the learning cohort coming soon. Contact Joe Schmidt (schmidt@maine.gov) with any questions or if you are interested in participating in this learning cohort when more details are made available.

Curriculum & Other Resources:

  • Maine DOE Webinar Library – recordings of webinars, office hours, and other professional learning categorized by subject.
  • SEL4ME – a free to use, comprehensive, CASEL aligned and trauma informed PreK-12th grade Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for Maine schools
  • MOOSE (Maine Online Opportunities for Sustained Education) – anytime, anywhere learning options and resources for educators, students, and their families
  • Standards and Instructional Support – The Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) Team collaborates with statewide and national partners to provide professional learning opportunities, resources, and guidance for educators to promote integrated learning experiences and educational practices for the whole child that lead all students to become well-rounded citizens.
  • Digital Learning 101 – A 12-Part Series – Creating a successful remote learning environment requires numerous considerations. In this series, we look at some models and best practices for digital learning. We also draw from both the successes and challenges of the emergency digital learning of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Rethinking Digital Learning – As we emerge from the cloud of digital learning due to necessity, let’s explore what worked and what didn’t. We’ll share best practices for remote learning as well as dig into innovative ways to rethink how digital learning can be done.
  • Memes, Gifs, and Emojis – A Mini-Series – In this mini-series, we explore innovative ways to use memes, gifs, and emojis to enhance connection in remote and hybrid environments and increase general student engagement. We also look at some best practices to get students excited about digital communication.
  • Green Screen Creation in the Early Elementary Classroom – Green screen technology may seem intimidating at first, but the basics are fairly simple and allow for tremendous creativity.  While having a professional green screen is helpful, teachers have been “hacking” this technology for years with green clothing, green tents, puppets on green sticks, green screen boxes and even green playdough.  Teachers can transport themselves anywhere and students’ imaginative play can go to a new level.
  • Building a Digital Toolbox for Asynchronous Learning at the Elementary Level – This video series has been developed as part of the Maine Department of Education’s efforts to provide guidance and support around the use of digital tools in the 2020-2021 school year. Some of these trainings are tied in with the Department’s MOOSE platform training materials while others are being covered that are specifically not part of the MOOSE digital tools.  The goal is to explore those digital tools that can used effectively for asynchronous learning with a focus on the elementary level.

PRIORITY NOTICE: Toolkit of Resources Available to Promote the Meal Benefit Application

As schools across Maine prepare for the 2021/2022 school year with many changes, including the implementation of free school meals and the challenges of COVID-19, we are aware of the increasing difficulty you face with asking families to fill out the Meal Benefit Application.

Families, schools, communities, and our state can greatly benefit from the data that is gathered from the application, which includes key funding for school resources and additional resources for families in need.

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) has created a Meal Benefit Application Toolkit for schools/districts to help inform and promote the application within your school community:

Meal Benefit Application Toolkit for Schools

We hope that having these resources laid out in this toolkit can ease some of the burden to create your own promotional and informational materials. Here are some of the resources you will find in the toolkit:

  • Social Media Graphics – short informational graphics that can be shared on your district/school social media platforms.
  • Translated Informational Materials – a one-page info sheet that can be printed and distributed to families (translated versions available), info for teachers and school staff, and a letter to families expressing the importance of the Meal Benefit Application.
  • Meal Benefit Application Form Options – links to the original printable application, an online option, and an alternative sample form that can be used to help inform state subsidy calculations.

We recognize and appreciate all your hard work as you prepare for the start of the school year. Please contact Maine DOE for questions and/or additional resources:

  • If there is a specific additional resource you’d like to see in this toolkit, please contact Caroline Bennett (caroline.bennett@maine.gov) and Rachel Paling (rachel.paling@maine.gov).
  • For questions regarding application collection and SSO (Seamless Summer Option), please contact David Hartley (david.hartley@maine.gov).
  • To add your district to the web-based application via Nutrilink (we HIGHLY recommend this to increase accessibility of application), please contact Sarah Platt (sarah.d.platt@maine.gov).