PRIORITY NOTICE: Second Day of Content Specific Virtual Meetings Available to Support Continued Learning

Good morning,

The Maine Department of Education has scheduled a second day of content specific virtual office hours to support educators during extended school closures. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators.

Please note that Office Hour Schedules will be regularly updated on this web page: and the Department will continue scheduling content specific office hours as needed by educators.

DAY TWO: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Content Specific Office Hours Available to Maine Educators
(Please note: each of these meetings as a 100 person max capacity.)

Content Area/Grade Span Facilitator Date Time Link
Social Studies 6-8 Joe Schmidt 3/17 9:00am
Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports Andrea Logan 3/17 9:00am
Digital Learning – General Discussion Jon Graham 3/17 9:00am
Music Educators, K-12 Jason Anderson 3/17 10:00am
Health Education Susan Berry 3/17 10:00am
Mathematics K-5 Jen and Michele 3/17 10:00am
Social Studies 9-12 Joe Schmidt 3/17 10:00am
World Language Lavinia 3/17 10:00am
Physical Education Jean Zimmerman 3/17 11:00am
Social Studies PK-5 Joe Schmidt 3/17 11:00am
Visual Art Educators, K-12 Jason Anderson 3/17 11:00am
Mathematics 6-8 Jen and Michele 3/17 12:00pm
pK-5 Science Shari Templeton  3/17 12:00pm
3/17 12:00pm
Theatre Educators, K-12 Jason Anderson 3/17 12:30pm
Literacy K-5 Danielle Saucier 3/17 1:00pm
Public Pre-K Nicole Madore 3/17 1:00pm
Dance Educators, K-12 Jason Anderson 3/17 2:00pm
ELA 6-12 Morgan Dunton 3/17 2:00pm
Career and Education Development Diana Doiron 3/17 2:00pm
Mathematics 9-12 Jen and Michele 3/17 2:00pm
6-12 Science Distance Learning Shari Templeton  3/17 2:00pm
World Language Lavinia Rogers 3/17 3:00pm
Digital Learning – Early Elementary (PreK-2) Jon Graham 3/17 3:00pm
Social Studies K-12 Joe Schmidt 3/17 3:00pm
Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports Andrea Logan 3/17 4:00pm

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Recordings of previous sessions will be available as soon as we can process them and upload them to the following content specific webpages:

Social Studies:
World Languages:
English Language Arts (ELA):
Visual and Performing Arts (VPA):
Health Education:
Physical Education:
Learning Through Technology:

Maine DOE Seeks Applicants for Paid Professional Learning Opportunity

The Maine Department of Education is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in learning more about the competitive grant process.  Selected applicants will be trained to serve as peer reviewers who assist the Department in to reviewing, assessing, and scoring competitive grant proposals for the 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21st CCLC) Program.  The 21st CCLC program is a federally-funded education program that provides competitive funding for schools and communities to develop before-school, after-school, and summer educational programs that support students and their families.

This year’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 21st CCLC program was released to the public on January 2 and is available online at: The Department anticipates receiving proposals from local education agencies, community-based organizations, and other eligible entities seeking awards under this RFP.


Applicants will be selected based on their experience in providing effective academic support, enrichment, youth development, and related support services for children and youth.  The most qualified candidates will be individuals who have experience in the administration of high-quality youth development programs within schools and communities.  Examples of the experienced individuals sought include, but are not limited to:

  • 21st CCLC program directors and site coordinators
  • Teachers and principals
  • College and university staff
  • Youth development workers
  • Community resource providers

Please note that an applicant or member of an applicant’s organization will not be selected to serve as a member of the Department’s peer review team.

Required Tasks:

Selected applicants will work individually to read each assigned application and create detailed, objective, constructive, and well-written comments on approximately 10-12 applications based on the criteria established in the RFP. These comments will be turned in to the Department prior to participating in on-site consensus scoring sessions.  Applicants must be able to participate in an online training webinar and review grant applications through a web-based system.  It is anticipated that selected candidates will have a three (3) week window in which to complete the individual review of assigned proposals.  Following the individual review of proposals, each successful applicant will be required to travel to the Maine Department of Education for two scheduled scoring days.  It is during these consensus scoring sessions that the peer review team to score each application.

Selected candidates must complete the following tasks during the following date(s):

Task Date(s) Time(s)
Participate in an online training webinar April 3, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Review grant applications through a web-based system and provide individual, written comments on each application (which MUST be turned in to the Department) April 6, 2020 –
April 28, 2020
Any Time
Participate in on-site consensus scoring sessions which will be located at the Maine Department of Education in Augusta, ME April 30, 2020;
May 1, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM;
9:00 AM – Finished

Compensation for Services:

Selected reviewers who complete the required tasks will be reimbursed for travel costs to and from the consensus scoring sessions as well as provided a $85 honorarium per assigned application.

Previous participants have also found that serving as a member of the peer review team is an excellent opportunity for professional development and growth. It is likely that, if selected, applicants will be exposed to new program models, strategies, and practices.  These new concepts may provide ideas and support for ongoing work as well as future grant writing efforts.  Most importantly, the time given to this effort will help ensure the funding of quality education programs for the children and families of Maine.

How to Apply:

Interested parties must contact Travis Doughty at to obtain a copy of the 2020 peer reviewer application and then return the completed application along with a current resume or CV.

Pursuant to Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, peer reviewers may not include any applicant, or representative of an applicant, that has or will submit a proposal in response to the current competition.


The Maine Department of Education will continue accepting peer reviewer applications through March 12, 2020 or until the needed positions are filled.  Interested parties are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


For more information, contact State Coordinator, Travis Doughty at or 624-6709.

Thru the EYES of INNOVATION Conference 2020

Department of Education is providing this information to educators, students and parents as a resource. This is not a Maine DOE sponsored event.

Thru the EYES of INNOVATION Conference 2020

Hosted by Camden Hills Regional High School
25 Keelson Dr, Rockport, ME
Wednesday and Thursday, July 1 & 2, 2020

This exciting two-day conference in the cozy seaside town of Rockport, Maine focuses on the intersection of education and innovation. Here, you can mix it up… and, yes, collide…with leading educators, students, entrepreneurs, and industry thought leaders.

The days are jam-packed, too. Participants can choose from more than a dozen fast-paced and lively sessions, a Design Sprint Challenge, roundtable discussions, and a young entrepreneurs panel, with plenty of networking opportunities along the way.

We guarantee a one-of-a-kind experience. So come ‘on. Let the sparks fly!

Visit our website to register and for up-to-date information. *space is limited to 200 participants*

Follow us on Twitter @SchoolsCamden  or Facebook page is Thru the Eyes of Innovation Conference or LinkedIn Five Towns CSD/MSAD #28

G.E.A.R. Parent Network & Maine Parent Federation Peer Support Conference: It Takes A Village

Department of Education is providing this information to educators, students and parents as a resource. This is not a Maine DOE sponsored event.

Peer Support: It Takes A Village

This event is sponsored by G.E.A.R. Parent Network (a program of Crisis and Counseling Centers) & Maine Parent Federation.

Saturday March 14, 2020
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Governor Hill Mansion
136 State St Augusta ME, 04330

Come and learn about parent and youth peer supports and how you can benefit from receiving these free services available in our state! Also learn how parents and youth can become peer mentors themselves.

There will be a special guest speaker, 21 year old Self-Advocate Jake Shumbo. Jake’s
message of “Different Ability” versus “Disability” inspires his audiences to look beyond
labels and how despite your ability you can be the leader of your own destiny.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Learn more & register:

For more information about the event including and agenda, contact information and registration information please visit


Suicide Prevention Trainings Posted for School Staff this Spring

The Maine Suicide Prevention Program (MSSP) and NAMI Maine are offering a series of training opportunities for the school community over the next two months. If you have not developed or revised your suicide prevention and management protocols for your district, this may be the last chance to train a team from your school district before the deadline of June 2020. These trainings are all funded through the MSSP and offered at no or little costs.

The trainings offered during March and April include:

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training: Multiple Dates and Locations

This day-long training prepares school personnel for their role as a suicide prevention resource for their school community. Though a non-clinical training, it provides the basic information and resources to identify risk and engage in an intervention to connect a student to appropriate help. Each district is required to maintain a minimum number of Gatekeepers based on the size of their student body. The requirement is at least 2 Gatekeepers, and for districts with more than 1,000 students, an additional person for every 500 students. It is recommended to have a Gatekeeper in each school building.

Advanced Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for School Personnel: Multiple Dates and Locations

The Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers must renew their training at least every 5 years. Those who were trained in the foundational Gatekeeper Training 5+ years ago are due for renewal. This session offers an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills in suicide prevention for school personnel renewing their training.

Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training: Multiple Dates and Locations

The process of developing a school or district protocol managing suicide prevention, intervention and postvention requires several conversations with personnel across a district. This 5-hour workshop offers an opportunity for a small team from the district to get started on the process. Training includes templates, model forms and added resources to support your efforts.

Non-Suicidal Self Injury management in a school setting: March 10, 2020

Non-suicidal self-injury is the direct, deliberate destruction of body tissue in the absence of suicidal intent. It has been on the rise over the past decade There is significant connection between self-injury and suicide risk that must be understood and addressed. This training will review demographics, risk factors and warning signs of self-injury as well as recommendations for assessment, intervention and management of self-injury in a school setting.

Collaborative Safety Planning in a school setting: March 24, 2020

Best practice recommendations for addressing and managing suicide risk include use of a good assessment tool for determining risk and guiding intervention. A vital next step is the collaborative development and use of a Safety Plan to help an individual to manage themselves during and following periods of crisis. A Safety Plan is a tool and a process for working with a student and family to identify and increase the use of coping skills, social and family support and professional resources. It is an excellent tool for use with anyone at risk for escalating crisis. This session will provide the tools and process for implementing safety planning for supporting students at risk in Maine schools

Suicide Prevention Training of Trainers (to learn to present the required suicide prevention staff training):

All school staff across the district are required to attend a 1-2 hour Suicide Prevention Awareness Session. The TOT session is for school staff who are Gatekeepers and offers them the support and access to the materials to support their delivery of the staff awareness sessions for their school or district. Plan to send at least 2 staff!

The full range of training dates and registration links are available through the suicide prevention Training Calendar at NAMI Maine.