PRIORITY NOTICE (UPDATE): Virtual Meeting Schedule – Friday 4/10

UPDATE: Many of today’s meetings may be canceled due to wide spread power outages across the state. If a session is not available today it is likely because the host does not have power – we apologize for the inconvenience. 

Virtual office hour schedule for Friday, April 10, 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 hack into the meetings for reasons other than to participate in education related conversations.

Virtual Office Hours:

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey 8:30 https://zoom.us/j/689251005  kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Pre K for ME- Focus on SWPLN & Math Nicole Madore 9:00 AM https://zoom.us/j/288501942  nicole.madore@maine.gov
Healh Education and Physical Education Susan Berry and Jean Zimmerman 9:00 a.m. https://zoom.us/j/341148318

See email from Susan Berry
for password or request password from Susan

susan.berry@maine.gov
Social Studies: Sharing No Tech & Interdisciplinary Ideas Joe Schmidt w/ Jenn Lagasse/Ellsworth Elementary School 10:00am Contact Joe Schmidt for meeting link and password joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Special Education: Weekly Wrap Up Special Ed Consultants 10:00 AM https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/184810547 roberta.lucas@maine.gov
Alternative Education                   *email Heather for zoom password Heather Whitaker (Maine 2020 TOY) 12:00 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/752839765?pwd=akMxTVVXdnZxalpva05pUHZLY0R5UT09 heather.whitaker@gorhamschools.org
PK-12 Science Networking/Office Hours Shari Templeton 12:00 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/412002677 shari.templeton@maine.gov
Google Classroom Support (FOLLOW UP TO using the “classwork” tab) Jason Anderson, VPA Specialist 1:00 p.m. (90 minute session) https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZ
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jason.anderson@maine.gov
SEL Content Hour – social distancing vs emotional distancing Kellie Bailey 2:00 https://zoom.us/j/689251005 kellie.bailey@maine.gov
CED and CTE Networking Diana Doiron & Meg Harvey 2:00 PM Contact Diana or Meg for link & password diana.doiron@maine.gov & margaret.harvey@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Bear Shea 3:30 https://zoom.us/j/689251005 bear.shea@maine.gov

PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule – Thursday 4/9

Virtual office hour schedule for Thursday, April 9, 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 hack into the meetings for reasons other than to participate in education related conversations.

Virtual Office Hours:

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Bear Shea 8:30 https://zoom.us/j/689251005  bear.shea@maine.gov
School Nursing: with focus on puberty education/reproductive health resources Emily Poland 8:30 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/615139238 

Password required, please email Emily

emily.poland@maine.gov
Healh Education – Apps and Websites Susan Berry and Jean Zimmerman 9:00 https://zoom.us/j/462706067

See email from Susan Berry for password or request password from Susan

susan.berry@maine.gov
MUSIC, 6-8 Office Hour Jason Anderson, VPA Specialist 10:00 Links and passwords are emailed nightly through the VPA Listserv jason.anderson@maine.gov
Physical Education – Apps and Websites Jean Zimmerman 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/462706067

See email from Susan Berry for password or request password from Susan

 susan.berry@maine.gov
Adult Education: Support for AE Instructors Amy Poland 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/8097107454 amy.poland@maine.gov
Special Education: High School/Transition Special Ed Consultants 10:00 AM https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/455923434 roberta.lucas@maine.gov
SPPS/SAC Mary Adley 10:00 AM https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/461510694 tracy.w.whitlock@maine.gov
MUSIC, K-5 Office Hour Jason Anderson, VPA Specialist 11:00 AM Links and passwords are emailed nightly through the VPA Listserv jason.anderson@maine.gov
Digital Learning – Best Practices in Video Tutorials and Self-Recording Jon Graham & Emma Banks 11:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/962503394

Email Jon for password

Jonathan.M.Graham@maine.gov or Emma-Marie.Banks@maine.gov
PK-12 Social Studies Office Hour Joe Schmidt 11:00am Contact Joe Schmidt for meeting link and password joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Elementary Literacy Danielle Saucier 1:00 PM Please email Danielle (Dee) for a link and password danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
Online Resources to Teach About WWII Joe Schmidt w/ Shane Gower/Maranacook Community High School & The World War II Museum 1:00 Contact Joe Schmidt for meeting link and password joe.schmidt@maine.gov
“Meaningful but Manageable” for Arts Educators Follow-up #2 (No PD Credit) Jason Anderson, VPA Specialist and Rob Westerberg, York High School 2:00 https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZYpc-uvpzotdSZ0BuRmu7Qs77oQBUx0XA jason.anderson@maine.gov
SEL Content Hour – social distancing vs emotional distancing Kellie Bailey 2:00 https://zoom.us/j/689251005 kellie.bailey@maine.gov
PK-12 Science Networking/Office Hours Shari Templeton 2:30 https://zoom.us/j/288624294 shari.templeton@maine.gov
Digital Learning – Best Practices Around Video Conferencing Jon Graham & Emma Banks 3:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/796303782

Email Jon for password

Jonathan.M.Graham@maine.gov or Emma-Marie.Banks@maine.gov
ELA 6-12 Office Hours Morgan Dunton 3:00 Email Morgan for link and password morgan.dunton@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey 3:30 https://zoom.us/j/689251005 kellie.bailey@maine.gov

PRIORITY NOTICE: Expanded Authority of Reserve Funds

An Act Regarding the Reserve Funds of Certain School Organizational Structures was signed by Governor Mills on March 12, 2020 and will become effective on June 16, 2020.

The contents of the new legislation are summarized below and may be of interest to leaders of some School Administrative Unit (SAU)s. Administrators may wish to consult with legal counsel regarding the procedures for establishing reserve funds for their school organizational structure.

School Administrative Units included in this act are School Administrative Districts (SADs), Regional School Units (RSUs), Community School Districts (CSDs), and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Regions.

Previously, School Administrative Units were able to establish a reserve fund for school construction projects and for financing the acquisition or reconstruction of a specific or type of capital improvement. This new legislation provides additional flexibility to create reserve funds for any of the following: regular education, special education, career and technical education, other instruction such as summer school and extracurricular activities, student and staff support, system administration, school administration, transportation and buses, facilities maintenance, debt service and other commitments; and all other expenditures including school lunch. The request for the reserve fund must be included in the district budget and have a description of the purpose for the reserve fund. The governing board is the trustee of the reserve fund, and in the cases of SADs, RSUs and CSDs, the fund must be deposited or invested by the treasurer as directed by the governing board.

Previously, Boards of Directors of any of these SAUs were able to expend money from reserve funds only if they were authorized to do so by a vote at a district budget meeting and an article for the purpose for the reserve fund had been in the warrant calling the meeting. However, this legislation now also provides the Boards of Directors with the ability to expend funds when the expenditure is required by law or in an emergency where the cost of a district vote is prohibitive. The governing board of the SAUs may expend the funds after providing public notice of a regular or special meeting, at which a vote to expend funds from the reserve fund will be taken. A public hearing must be held prior to the vote to expend funds from the reserve fund, and the vote must be recorded in the meeting minutes.

Step 1 – Reserve fund proposed in the budget for specific purpose is approved

Step 2 – Reserve fund set aside in SAD, RSU, CSD organizations

Step 3 – To expend the funds in the budget year, provide notice and:

  1. Hold a district meeting, OR
  2. Hold a regular or special meeting of the governing board with a public hearing, vote, and recorded vote.

For CTE regions, the cooperative board may expend the reserve fund if permitted by any indebtedness secured by the reserve fund and if approved in the region budget. A separate article for that purpose must be included in the budget proposal.

Please reference PL 2019 Chapter 588 for additional information.

Expanded Authority of Reserve Funds

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PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule – Wednesday 4/8

Virtual office hour schedule for Wednesday, April 8, 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/contentmeetings. The 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 hack into the meetings for reasons other than to participate in education related conversations.

Virtual Office Hours:

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey 8:30 https://zoom.us/j/689251005  kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Pre K for ME- Focus on Centers Nicole Madore 9:00 AM https://zoom.us/j/142611875  nicole.madore@maine.gov
Physical Education Jean Zimmerman and Susan Berry 9:30 https://zoom.us/j/580974456

See email from Susan Berry for password or request password from Susan

susan.berry@maine.gov
School Clinical Mental Health “Office Hours” Bear Shea 10:00 https://zoom.us/j/975637699 w.bear.shea@maine.gov
Special Education: Elementary/Middle School Special Ed Consultants 10:00 AM https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/841008831 roberta.lucas@maine.gov
Adapted Physical Education Jean Zimmerman and Susan Berry 10:15 https://zoom.us/j/580974456

See email from Susan Berry for password or request password from Susan

susan.berry@maine.gov
ESEA Federal Programs Update and Office Hour Shelly Chasse-Johndro 10:30am See email from the GEMS system for link. Link and password can also be requested via email shelly.chassejohndro@maine.gov
Pk-5 Mathematics Office Hour: Networking Jen Robitaille & Michele Mailhot 11:00 AM Register jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov
Pre K Open Office Hours Nicole Madore 11:00 AM https://zoom.us/j/257654032  nicole.madore@maine.gov
PK-5 Science: ME Audubon & PBS Shari Templeton 12:00 p.m. https://zoom.us/j/385026278 shari.templeton@maine.gov
PK-12 Social Studies Office Hour Joe Schmidt 1:00pm Contact Joe Schmidt for meeting link and password joe.schmidt@maine.gov
School Psychology During theCOVID-19 Crisis Ann Belanger 1:00 PM https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/381739019 ann.belanger@maine.gov
6-12 Mathematics Office Hour: Networking Michele Mailhot & Jen Robitaille 2:00 PM Register michele.r.mailhot@maine.gov
School Nursing/How to Host a Vaccine Clinic, Part 2 Emily Poland, Patricia Endsley,  & MeCDC 2:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/253041016

Password required, please email Emily

 emily.poland@maine.gov
Health Education Susan Berry and Jean Zimmerman 2:30 https://zoom.us/j/662765411

See email from Susan Berry for password or request password from Susan

susan.berry@maine.gov
CED and CTE Networking Diana Doiron & Meg Harvey 2:00 Contact Diana or Meg for link & password diana.doiron@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Bear Shea 3:30 https://zoom.us/j/689251005 bear.shea@maine.gov
English for Speakers of Other Languages April Perkins 4:00 https://zoom.us/j/407031543 – Contact April Perkins for password. april.perkins@maine.gov

PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule – Friday 4/3

Virtual office hour schedule for Friday, April 3, 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/contentmeetings. The 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 hack into the meetings for reasons other than to participate in education related conversations.

Virtual Office Hours:

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

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME Join Meeting CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey 8:30 https://zoom.us/j/689251005 kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Health Ed and Physical Ed with grade span breakout rooms Susan Berry and Jean Zimmerman 9:00 https://zoom.us/j/790086867

Password required, email Susan Berry

susan.berry@maine.gov
ESEA Federal Programs Update and Office Hour Shelly Chasse-Johndro 9:00 See email from the GEMS system for link. Link and password can also be requested via email shelly.chassejohndro@maine.gov
Special Education: Weekly Wrap Up Special Ed Consultants 10:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/723182562 roberta.lucas@maine.gov
Digital Learning – Best Practices Around Video Conferencing Jon Graham & Emma Banks 11:00 https://zoom.us/j/830817204 jonathan.m.graham@maine.gov
MTSS Lunch and Learn Andrea Logan 12:00 Please email Andrea for a link and passcode. andrea.logan@maine.gov
SEL Content Hour Kellie Bailey 1:00 https://zoom.us/j/5080785422 kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Career and Education Development Networking Diana Doiron 2:00 https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/549688895 diana.doiron@maine.gov 
PK-12 Low/No-Tech Science Shari Templeton 2:00 https://zoom.us/j/987629444 shari.templeton@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Bear Shea 3:30 https://zoom.us/j/689251005 bear.shea@maine.gov