PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule: May 11 – May 15, 2020

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

It is advised to check the schedule in advance. Many of the virtual meetings now require pre-registration or the need to email the host for a link and password, these measures help to prevent inappropriate interruptions.

Virtual Meeting Schedule:

PRIORITY NOTICE: Virtual Meeting Schedule for Next Week; PL for Ed Techs Now Available

Virtual Meeting Schedule May 4 – May 8, 2020

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

***NEW – Professional Learning for Education Technicians: Through ongoing efforts to support the needs of Maine schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine Department of Education is responding to requests for professional learning for Education Technicians with a series of online opportunities, scheduled through the month of May and early June. Learn more here

Please note: many of the virtual meetings now require pre-registration and password protection to prevent  inappropriate interruptions, so be sure to check the schedule ahead of  time, and make sure  you can register or obtain a password ahead of the meetings you wish to attend.

Virtual Office Hours:

(Some meetings have a 100 person max capacity.)

The virtual meeting schedule for educators is regularly updated on the Maine DOE website: See the schedule

See the professional learning schedule for Education Technicians here!

Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5 – No Cost Professional Development Training

Maine Resilience Building Network (MRBN) will once again offer free professional learning opportunities focused on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and resilience building. MRBN offered this training in the fall of 2019 and is now offering 6 more sessions virtually between April 21-June 2, 2020. This learning opportunity is funded through the Preschool Development Grant, a collaboration between Maine Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.  These new sessions are open for Pre-K and child care educators, as well as other staff working with this population, to strengthen their role in supporting children and families.

Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities: The Impact of ACEs and Resilience Building will bring together childcare and public Pre-K professionals to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences research, early brain development science, the effects of toxic stress on social emotional learning and protective factors including positive relationships.   This training will provide an understanding of how adverse experiences at a young age can affect a person’s emotional and behavioral development. Participants will also hear suggestions for how to support the individual and family and learn classroom strategies including the practices of mindfulness, compassion and co-regulation.

In the fall of 2019, the training was offered in 12 sites across the state to early childhood educators working with children up through Pre-K. Through the evaluation, participants shared that they learned strategies to build stronger connections and relationships with children and families, to be more compassionate and less judgmental, and to be better prepared for stressful situations.  They felt they had a better understanding and awareness of where children are “coming from” and to think about what happened to the child as opposed to what is wrong with the child.  One participant commented that “All professionals who work with children should attend.”

Registration is required

Date/Time Registration Link
April 23, 2020   6-8pm https://maineresilience.org/event-3790527
April 28, 2020   9-11am https://maineresilience.org/event-3799333
May 4, 2020   2-4pm https://maineresilience.org/event-3799347
May 12, 2020   9-11am https://maineresilience.org/event-3799366
May 21, 2020   6-8pm https://maineresilience.org/event-3799397
June 2, 2020    6-8pm https://maineresilience.org/event-3799412

For more information, contact Karen Bergeron, PDG Director, Maine Department of Education

Karen.j.bergeron@maine.gov  207-446-3754 or Info@maineresilience.org

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: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/contentmeetings 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 https://zoom.us/j/169146685
Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports Andrea Logan 3/17 9:00am https://zoom.us/j/276009316
Digital Learning – General Discussion Jon Graham 3/17 9:00am https://zoom.us/j/830817204
Music Educators, K-12 Jason Anderson 3/17 10:00am https://zoom.us/j/701080295
Health Education Susan Berry 3/17 10:00am https://zoom.us/j/218784074
Mathematics K-5 Jen and Michele 3/17 10:00am https://zoom.us/j/122353475
Social Studies 9-12 Joe Schmidt 3/17 10:00am https://zoom.us/j/138884087
World Language Lavinia 3/17 10:00am https://zoom.us/j/504161923
Physical Education Jean Zimmerman 3/17 11:00am https://zoom.us/j/218784074
Social Studies PK-5 Joe Schmidt 3/17 11:00am https://zoom.us/j/572643303
Visual Art Educators, K-12 Jason Anderson 3/17 11:00am https://zoom.us/j/780977350
Mathematics 6-8 Jen and Michele 3/17 12:00pm https://zoom.us/j/576208163
pK-5 Science Shari Templeton  3/17 12:00pm https://zoom.us/j/860243437
3/17 12:00pm https://zoom.us/j/945481019
Theatre Educators, K-12 Jason Anderson 3/17 12:30pm https://zoom.us/j/270033318
Literacy K-5 Danielle Saucier 3/17 1:00pm https://zoom.us/j/605841732
Public Pre-K Nicole Madore 3/17 1:00pm https://zoom.us/j/230023813
Dance Educators, K-12 Jason Anderson 3/17 2:00pm https://zoom.us/j/927873579
ELA 6-12 Morgan Dunton 3/17 2:00pm https://zoom.us/j/692586787
Career and Education Development Diana Doiron 3/17 2:00pm https://zoom.us/j/393949234
Mathematics 9-12 Jen and Michele 3/17 2:00pm https://zoom.us/j/453773957
6-12 Science Distance Learning Shari Templeton  3/17 2:00pm https://zoom.us/j/428290865
World Language Lavinia Rogers 3/17 3:00pm https://zoom.us/j/558995276
Digital Learning – Early Elementary (PreK-2) Jon Graham 3/17 3:00pm https://zoom.us/j/554219857
Social Studies K-12 Joe Schmidt 3/17 3:00pm https://zoom.us/j/719815036
Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports Andrea Logan 3/17 4:00pm https://zoom.us/j/4525406402

(link corrected!)

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: maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/social
Science: maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/science
World Languages: maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/wl
Mathematics: maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/mathematics
English Language Arts (ELA): maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/ela
Visual and Performing Arts (VPA): maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/vpa
Health Education: maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/health
Physical Education: maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/physed
Learning Through Technology: maine.gov/doe/continuityoflearning/ltt

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: https://www.4pcamaine.org/century21/FY2020/. The Department anticipates receiving proposals from local education agencies, community-based organizations, and other eligible entities seeking awards under this RFP.

Qualifications:

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 travis.w.doughty@maine.gov 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.

Deadline:

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.

Contact:

For more information, contact State Coordinator, Travis Doughty at travis.w.doughty@maine.gov or 624-6709.