PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule – Friday 4/17

Virtual office hour schedule for Friday, April 17, 2020

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators.

As a reminder, virtual meeting schedules are regularly updated on this web page: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/contentmeetingsThe Department will continue scheduling content specific office hours as needed.

Please note that Department staff hosting the virtual meetings have ramped up security measures to keep out participants that are attempting to join the meetings for reasons other than to participate in education related conversations – this includes password protecting meetings and in some cases requiring registration. Thank you for your patience!

Virtual Office Hours:

(Please note: some meetings have a 100 person max capacity.)

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30 AM Join this session. bear.shea@maine.gov
Health Education and Physical Education Susan Berry, Jean Zimmerman and Dan Chuhta 9:00 AM Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Special Eduction: Weekly Wrap Up Special Ed Consultants 10:00 AM Register here roberta.lucas@maine.gov
SPPS/SAC Mary Adley 10:00 AM Contact meeting host for link and password tracey.whitlock@maine.gov
Alternative Education Heather Whitaker 12:00 PM Join this session. heather.whitaker@gorhamsschools.org
PK-12 Science Networking/Office Hours Shari Templeton 12:00 PM Contact meeting host for link and password shari.templeton@maine.gov
Mindfulness Session (catered to Visual Arts Educators, but all are welcome) Jason Anderson, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist (MDOE); Kellie Bailey, SEL Specialist (MDOE); Hannah Bailey, Visual Arts Educator 2:00 PM Register here jason.anderson@maine.gov
CED and Middle School CTE Networking Diana Doiron & Meg Harvey 2:00PM Contact meeting host for link and password diana.doiron@maine.gov & margaret.harvey@maine.gov
Maine Seal of Biliteracy Roundtable Lavinia Rogers 2:30 PM Register lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30 PM Join this session. bear.shea@maine.gov

 

PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule – Thursday 4/16

Virtual office hour schedule for Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators.

As a reminder, virtual meeting schedules are regularly updated on this web page: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/contentmeetingsThe Department will continue scheduling content specific office hours as needed.

Please note that Department staff hosting the virtual meetings have ramped up security measures to keep out participants that are attempting to join the meetings for reasons other than to participate in education related conversations – this includes password protecting meetings and in some cases requiring registration. Thank you for your patience!

Virtual Office Hours:

(Please note: some meetings have a 100 person max capacity.)

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2020
(meeting times and information for the rest of the week are available here)

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME MEETING INFO HOT CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30 AM Join this session. bear.shea@maine.gov
School Nursing: MaineCare Focus Emily Poland with Trista Collins from MaineCare 8:30 AM Contact Emily Poland for meeting link and password emily.poland@maine.gov
Pre K For ME- Focus on Classroom Environments Nicole Madore 9:00 AM Contact meeting host for link and password nicole.madore@maine.gov
Exploring Different Types of Primary Sources in Social Studies Joe Schmidt 9:00 AM Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
PK-12 Social Studies Office Hour Joe Schmidt 10:00 AM Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Special Education: Middle School/High School/Transition Special Ed Consultants 10:00 AM Register here roberta.lucas@maine.gov
Adult Education Instructors Open Office Hours Amy Poland 10:00 AM Registration Link amy.poland@maine.gov
Physical Education Office Hours with Grade Span Breakout Rooms Jean Zimmerman & Susan Berry 10:00 AM Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Pre K Open Office Hours Nicole Madore 10:30 AM Contact meeting host for link and password nicole.madore@maine.gov
Health Education on Suicide Prevention via Distance Learning Susan Berry, Jean Zimmerman, Greg Marley & Karyn Bussell 11:00 AM Register susan.berry@maine.gov
ELA 6-8 Facilitated work session: thought partners to workshop your insructional taks Morgan Dunton 11:00 AM Contact meeting host for link and password morgan.dunton@maine.gov
Digital Learning- Best Practices in Video Tutorials and Self-Recording Jon Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 11:00 AM Register here jonathan.m.graham@maine.gov or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
School Psychology During the COVID-19 Crisis Erin Frazier 11:00 AM Contact meeting host for link and password Colene.Oneill@maine.gov
Mathematics: Intro to DESMOS Grades 3-5 Michele Mailhot &  Jen Robitaille 1:00 PM Register michele.mailhot@maine.gov or jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov
Elementary Literacy Danielle Saucier 1:00 PM Contact meeting host for link and password danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
World Language Office Hours (language specific) Lavinia Rogers 1:00 PM Register lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
“Meaningful but Managable” Weekly Session for Music Educators Jason Anderson 2:00 PM Register here jason.anderson@maine.gov
SEL/Mindfulness For Secondary Educators and Staff Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 2:00 PM Contact meeting host for link and password kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Mathematics: Intro to DESMOS Grades 6-8 Michele Mailhot &  Jen Robitaille 2:15 PM Register michele.mailhot@maine.gov or jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov
ELA 6-12 Office Hours Morgan Dunton 3:00 AM Contact meeting host for link and password morgan.dunton@maine.gov
Digital Learning- Best Practices in Video Conferencing Jon Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 3:00 PM Register here jonathan.m.graham@maine.gov or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
Mathematics: Intro to DESMOS Grades 9-12 Michele Mailhot &  Jen Robitaille 3:30 PM Register michele.mailhot@maine.gov or jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov
ELA 6-12 Office Hours Morgan Dunton 3:00 AM Contact meeting host for link and password morgan.dunton@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30 AM Join this session. bear.shea@maine.gov

PRIORITY NOTICE: Spotting Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect During the COVID-19 Emergency: An Updated Guide for Educational Professionals and Others who Care for Maine Children

The Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) issued the following updated guidance for education professionals and others who care for Maine children.

Spotting Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect During the COVID-19 Emergency: An Updated Guide for Educational Professionals and Others who Care for Maine Children

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SUPPORT FOR MAINE’S CHILDREN AND FAMILIES:

In our great state of Maine, we are fortunate to have many talented professionals who positively impact the lives of children on a regular basis, and who continue to do so during this time of intense challenge. Teachers, principals, social workers, mental health providers, and countless other professionals have quickly transitioned to supporting youth and families virtually via phone, video, text, email, and other online resources. Maintaining contact with children and their caregivers is critical to supporting our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS), relies on professionals, community and family members, and others to recognize and report child abuse and neglect concerns. OCFS recognizes that the current pandemic may increase stress, fear, isolation, financial instability, potentially creating higher risk for both child abuse and domestic violence within families. Professionals, community and family members, and others must continue networking with families to provide needed support, guidance and outreach, so that any observed concerns of suspected abuse or neglect can be reported.

HOW TO IDENTIFY SIGNS OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT WHILE WORKING WITH FAMILIES:

First, take a deep breath and know that we are all in this together. As “helpers” who work with children and families you may experience added strain and worry for the families you work with, which takes an additional toll on each of you. Don’t forget to take care of you and your family, while also being there for those you support – be it in a classroom, therapy session, or other environment.

Even from a distance, there are ways to help to connect with children and families during this time:

Regularly engage with children and their caregivers and make it clear how you can be contacted and when you plan to meet, even if virtually. Children thrive on knowing what to expect, and this is particularly important now as children are surrounded by uncertainty and stress in our world and homes.

Acknowledge when working with children and families that virtual contact and communication will look different and is a change for all of us. Explain how video chats, online forums, and phone calls will work and point out what you hope can be familiar for children in these interactions. *See additional resources below regarding how to stay virtually connected to families.

Ensure the ability to have conversations in private when talking to children and families.

Talk to children and their caregivers and listen to their stories. It is important that each person can share their experiences and frustrations, and understand that feeling “upside down” right now is normal and to be expected. Pay attention to the environment during video chats, changes in child or adult behaviors, and to families with whom you are unable to engage or make contact.

Be curious and ask questions of children and caregivers about how they are doing, what is going well, and what concerns them about their current environment. For example, ask children: How are you feeling? What was the best/hardest part of your day? What did you have for breakfast? What do you like best about being home? What do you miss about being at school? What worries you?

Recognize as educators and professionals that you can’t do this alone. It is the responsibility of each of us to collaborate and provide a network of support and resources for families. Suggest resources and refer families to additional support as needed. *See additional resources below.

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT: TYPES AND REPORTING

There are four main types of abuse: PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, SEXUAL, and NEGLECT. Below are some potential signs of abuse and neglect that could indicate a child may not be safe:

PHYSICAL abuse:

  • Child has bruising, welts, burns, bite marks, broken bones or other injuries that are not explained,
  • appear to be inflicted, or are suspicious.
  • Child may report having pain caused by parental behavior, though have no obvious signs of injury.
  • Child has been directly present in a room where domestic violence incidents have occurred.
  • Behaviorally, child may appear to be afraid of caregiver(s) and flinch when around them.

EMOTIONAL abuse:

  • Child may appear withdrawn, sad, or emotionally unattached to caregivers.
  • Caregiver is known or heard to repeatedly blame, belittle, or berate the child.
  • Child is aware of and exposed to domestic violence incidents between caregivers.

SEXUAL abuse:

  • Child may describe being sexually touched by a parent, caregiver, or other person in the home.
  • Child may demonstrate unusual sexual knowledge or behavior for their age.

NEGLECT:

  • Child is witnessing illegal substance use by caregivers, and/or has access to unsafe items in the home.
  • Child is not being supervised adequately for their age and developmental ability.
  • Child’s primary needs for food, education or, medical, dental, or mental health care are not being met

IMPORTANT: Please obtain as much detail as possible regarding any concerns, such as WHEN/WHERE an incident occurred, HOW something made the child feel, or WHAT injuries look like (size, shape, location). Ask open ended follow up questions to clarify information.

Additional information regarding law which defines Maine abuse and neglect can be found here: http://mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/22/title22sec4002.html

ANY person can report abuse/neglect. Persons who work professionally with children are required by law to report suspicions of abuse or neglect. It is NOT necessary for a reporter to first verify that the abuse or neglect has occurred. Click here for Maine’s Mandated Reporter Law

The Maine Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) operates the statewide hotline for child abuse and neglect. Trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take reports and answer questions.

To Report Child Abuse and Neglect call: 
1-800-452-1999

Deaf/Heard of Hearing Call Maine Relay 711

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR RECOGNIZING AND REPORTING CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT:

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS AND PROVIDERS TO STAY VIRTUALLY CONNECTED WITH FAMILIES:

OTHER STATEWIDE RESOURCES IN MAINE:

  • Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services 1-877-452-1999 https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/
  • 2-1-1 Maine, Inc. (Free information & Referral): Dial 211 or 1-877-463-6207 (Out of State) https://211maine.org/
  • Office of Financial Independence (OFI) Support and Services: OFI Main Telephone Line 1-(800)-442-6003
  • Maine Unemployment Hotline: 1-(800)-593-8660 https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/
  • Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse: 1-800-624-8404 (Voice) or 711 (Maine Relay)
  • Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222 (Voice) 1-877-299-4447 (TTY) Northern New England Poison Center
  • Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112 (Voice/TTY) (Crisis Hotline)
  • Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program
  • Domestic Violence Hotline 1-866-834-HELP (4357) www.mcedv.org

ON BEHALF OF THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, OFFICE OF CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES, WE APPRECIATE THE ONGOING WORK OF EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN JOINING WITH US TO KEEP MAINE’S CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SAFE AND HEALTHY.

PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule – Wednesday 4/15

Virtual office hour schedule for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators.

As a reminder, virtual meeting schedules are regularly updated on this web page: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/contentmeetingsThe Department will continue scheduling content specific office hours as needed.

Please note that Department staff hosting the virtual meetings have ramped up security measures to keep out participants that are attempting to join the meetings for reasons other than to participate in education related conversations – this includes password protecting meetings and in some cases requiring registration. Thank you for your patience!

Virtual Office Hours:

(Please note: some meetings have a 100 person max capacity.)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020
(meeting times and information for the rest of the week are available here)

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME MEETING INFO HOST CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30 AM Join this session. bear.shea@maine.gov
ELA 9-12 Facilitated work session: thought partners to workshop you instructional tasks Morgan Dunton 10:00 AM Contact meeting host for link and password. morgan.dunton@maine.gov
School Clinical Mental Health “Office Hours” Bear Shea 10:00 AM This Meeting Occurs Weekly Register for this and ALL Future Sessions: Register here

Content Hour Certificate

w.bear.shea@maine.gov
Special Education: Updates K/12 Special Ed Consultants 10:00 AM Register here roberta.lucas@maine.gov
A Book Share for Integrating Middle Level Social Studies & Reading Joe Schmidt w/ Crystal Polk/MSAD 58 10:00 AM Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
SPPS/SAC Mary Adley 10:00 AM Contact meeting host for link and password tracy.w.whitlock@maine.gov
PK-5 Mathematics:  Office Hour Jen Robitaille & Michele Mailhot 11:00 AM Register jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov
School Gardens Heather Whitaker (Maine 2020 TOY), Laurie Bowen (UMaine Coop. Ext.), Bryan Murphy 11:00 AM Register here heather.whitaker@gorhamschools.org
PK-12 Social Studies Office Hour Joe Schmidt 11:00 AM Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
PK-8 Earth Day Resources Shari Templeton 12:00 PM Contact meeting host for link and password. shari.templeton@maine.gov
Music K-5 Office Hour Jason Anderson, Visual and Performing Arts Content Specialist 1:00 PM Register here jason.anderson@maine.gov
Advising Adult Learners Online Amy Poland 1:30 PM Registration Link amy.poland@maine.gov
Google Classroom Support Session (creating quizzes) Jason Anderson, Visual and Performing Arts Content Specialist/Judith Michalik, Music Educator 2:00 PM (90-minute session) Register here jason.anderson@maine.gov
World Language Office Hours (K-12) Lavinia Rogers 2:00 PM Register lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
CED and CTE Networking Diana Doiron & Meg Harvey 2:00 PM Contact meeting host for link and password. diana.doiron@maine.gov & margaret.harvey@maine.gov
Health Education & Physical Education on Student Mental Health Supports Susan Berry,  Jean Zimmerman and Bear Shea 2:00 PM Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Digital Literacy – Finding Reliable Sources on the Web Joe Schmidt w/ John Raby/Thornton Academy 2:30 PM Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30 PM Join this session. bear.shea@maine.gov

PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule – Tuesday 4/14

Virtual office hour schedule for Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The Maine Department of Education continues to schedule virtual office hours with Department Specialist to support educators and administrators during extended remote learning. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning and school supports, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators.

As a reminder, virtual meeting schedules are regularly updated on this web page: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/contentmeetingsThe Department will continue scheduling content specific office hours as needed.

Please note that Department staff hosting the virtual meetings have ramped up security measures to keep out participants that are attempting to join the meetings for reasons other than to participate in education related conversations – this includes password protecting meetings and in some cases requiring registration. Thank you for your patience!

Virtual Office Hours:

(Please note: some meetings have a 100 person max capacity.)

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME MEETING INFO HOST CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30 Meeting information available here bear.shea@maine.gov
Pre K for ME- Focus on Thinking & Feedback and Small Groups Nicole Madore 9:00 AM Contact meeting host for meeting link and password nicole.madore@maine.gov
School Counseling: Open Office Hours Bear Shea 10:00 This Meeting Occurs Weekly
Register for this and ALL Future Sessions:
Register here
w.bear.shea@maine.gov
Special Education: Elementary Special Ed Consultants 10:00 AM Register here roberta.lucas@maine.gov
Elementary Literacy Danielle Saucier 10:00 AM Contact meeting host for meeting link and password danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
Adult Education ELL Instructor Support Megan Dichter 10:00 AM Contact meeting host for meeting link and password megan.dichter@maine.gov
Pre K Open Office Hours Nicole Madore 10:30 AM Contact meeting host for meeting link and password nicole.madore@maine.gov
Virtual “Hands On History” Joe Schmidt 11:00am Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
School Nursing Emily Poland (Guest host, Patricia Endsley) 11:00 Contact meeting host for meeting link and password emily.poland@maine.gov
Visual Art, K-12 Office Hour Jason Anderson, Visual and Performing Arts Content Specialist 1:00 Register here jason.anderson@maine.gov
Physical Education Office Hours with Teens To Trails Jean Zimmerman and Susan Berry 1:00 p.m. Register here susan.berry@maine.gov
6-12 Mathematics:  Office Hour Michele Mailhot &  Jen Robitaille 1:00 PM Register here michele.mailhot@maine.gov
SEL/Mindfulness Content For Elementary Educators and Staff Kellie Bailey 2:00 PM Contact meeting host for meeting link and password kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Health Education on Sexuality Education via Distance Learning Susan Berry and Jean Zimmerman 2:30 p.m. Register here susan.berry@maine.gov
ELA 6-12 Learning Goals and Feedback: meaningul learning in the pass/fail format Morgan Dunton 3:00 Contact meeting host for meeting link and password morgan.dunton@maine.gov
Taking a Risk! With Game-Based Learning Joe Schmidt w/ Derek Carroll/SeDoMoCha MS 3:30 Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30 Meeting information available here bear.shea@maine.gov
Google Classroom Support Session (follow-up to using the “classwork” tab) RESCHEDULE FROM LAST FRIDAY Jason Anderson, Visual and Performing Arts Content Specialist 4:30 PM (90-minute session) Register here jason.anderson@maine.gov