Maine DOE Update – July 9, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

Maine DOE Data Management Systems Summer Training 2020-2021

The Maine Department of Education Data Team will be holding their annual summer trainings during the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August.  The focus this year will be on tips and resources to assist School Administrative Units (SAUs) with data reporting and with viewing/certifying reports. | More

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News & Updates

Maine Adult Education Programs to provide laptops to remote learners with help from Maine Community Foundation grant

Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) is partnering with the Maine Department of Education (DOE) to ensure that adult learners have the technology they need to continue their studies. A grant of $75,000 from MaineCF will fund laptops for 56 adult education programs to allow students to remotely complete their high school equivalency or workforce training programs. | More

A Message from Maine Education Commissioner Regarding Fall 2020 Survey

The Maine Department of Education has released a special video message from Maine Education Commissioner Pender Makin and other key leaders from the Department to encourage and remind the people of Maine to provide input for ensuring a safe return to classroom instruction. | More

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Seeking Nominations for MAITC Teacher of the Year Award

Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is currently seeking nominations for their 2021 Teacher of the Year Award. This award is for any Maine elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects. | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

FREE Virtual Professional Development for School Transportation Teams July 30-31

Build your excitement for the new technology being developed at Transfinder. See the next generation of Wayfinder Navigation allowing drivers to benefit from turn-by-turn voice guidance. Learn about Tripfinder for managing field trip requests and secure access for district personnel to submit requests and track approvals. . | More

Upcoming and Ongoing Virtual Sessions and Recordings Offered by the Maine DOE

Check out the Maine Department of Education’s Professional Development Calendar for upcoming professional development offerings. The Department continues to offer office hours for School Based Mental Health Supports and School Counselors each week. Now is the time to register for two of our upcoming series, one on Reading Differentiation using Jan Richardson’s Practices and our Pre K for ME Curriculum Training  | Find a schedule of upcoming sessions here | Find recorded sessions here.

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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Maine DOE Update – July 2, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

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News & Updates

PRIORITY NOTICE: Invitation to a Conceptual Conversation Regarding Rule Chapter 124: Basic Approval Standards for Public Preschool

Since July 1, 2017, school approval standards governing implementation of public preschool programs in Maine have been in effect, as authorized by Title 20-A, Maine Revised Statutes, Chapters 203 and 206. Now that these rules, incorporated in Rule Chapter 124, have been in effect for several years, and in preparation for continued expansion of public preschool programming, the Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) invites interested stakeholders to attend a conceptual conversation related to the rule on July 14, 2020 from 1pm-3pm via Zoom. The conceptual conversation will be an opportunity to provide feedback on current implementation of the Rule. If you are interested in being part of the conversation | More

Report Released on Maine’s State and Local Initiatives to Improve Outcomes for Children

On June 24, New America released a report describing efforts to expand and improve early education in Maine: Building Systems in Tandem – Maine’s State and Local Initiatives to Improve Outcomes for Children by David Jacobson. | More

Department of Education to Release Statewide Survey to Inform Framework for Returning to Classroom Instruction

Maine Department of Education continues to work with educators and health experts from across the State to develop health markers and corresponding plans to ensure the safe return to classroom instruction.  As this work develops, the Department is seeking input from additional stakeholders from across the State, and will release a survey on July 6. | More

Get to Know the DOE Team: Meet Margaret Harvey

Maine DOE team member Margaret (Meg) Harvey is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Meg. | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Pre-K for ME Curriculum Training

The Early Learning Team at the Maine Department of Education is pleased to host this free training for public Pre-K teachers, ed techs and administrators. Together with four Pre-K teachers from RSU 57, we’ll provide a two-day training for those interested in implementing the newly developed, whole-child, comprehensive curriculum, Pre-K for ME. Access to curriculum units is free and available now | More

Find an Array of Virtual Support Sessions Crafted Just for Maine Educators and School Staff on the Maine DOE Website

The Maine Department of Education’s content specialists along with partnering educational leaders from the field continue to schedule, provide, and record a wide variety of virtual support sessions, professional development, and continued and engaging conversations over the summer | Find a schedule of upcoming sessions here | Find recorded sessions here.

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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Maine DOE Update – June 26, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

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News & Updates

Engage Young Readers with Resources from the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival

Indigo Arts Alliance launched the Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival across the State of Maine in Summer 2020 and shines a spotlight on the Black artists and writers who create children’s books featuring characters of the African Diaspora. Named in honor of Maine’s own Ashley Bryan, this inaugural event presented in partnership with I’m Your Neighbor Books, Diverse Book Finder, and the Maine Association of School Libraries honors roots, identity and resiliency of Black people across the world. | More

DOE Begins the Work of Creating Maine Learning Platform

Created by Maine educators for Maine educators and students, the Department of Education is proud to announce that the work of creating the Maine Learning Platform has begun. To provide anytime, anywhere learning options and resources for educators, students and their families, the Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with curriculum coordinators, Maine educational community organizations, museums, learning centers, and Maine educators, is creating a library of asynchronous learning modules that are aligned to Maine’s Learning Results. | More

Get to Know the DOE Team: Meet Jen Robitaille

Maine DOE team member Jen Robitaille is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Jen in the question and answer | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

Our Remote Learning Journey: Thriving Not Just Surviving

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

Find an Array of Virtual Support Sessions Crafted Just for Maine Educators and School Staff on the Maine DOE Website

The Maine Department of Education’s content specialists along with partnering educational leaders from the field continue to schedule, provide, and record a wide variety of virtual support sessions, professional development, and continued and engaging conversations over the summer | Find a schedule of upcoming sessions here | Find recorded sessions here.

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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Maine DOE Update – June 19, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

MaineCare Seed Adjustments to be Made, Review Q3-20 Reports by July 15, 2020

The recovery of Q3-20 MaineCare Seed will occur in the July 2020 subsidy payment and the Maine Department of Education (DOE) is asking School Administrative Units (SAUs) to review their reports by July 15, 2020 to ensure accurate adjustments to subsidy. Please review student by student claims on both the public and private MaineCare reports for Q3-20 by July 15, 2020. | More

2020-2021 NEO Maine Schools for Private Schools and School Approval Process Now Open for Completion

In accordance with 20-A M.R.S. Chapter 117, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) requires private schools seeking approval status to be approved annually. | More

End of School Year 19’-20’Checklist for Completing Reports

The following checklist is designed to assist school administrative units (SAUs) with publicly funded students in completing required end of year reports.  The dates listed after each report are when the report is open for entry and due for certification, if required. | More

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News & Updates

DOE Statement & Resources for Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, honoring African American freedom and highlighting education and achievement. Today, we join others in our community for a Day of Solidarity to promote greater racial justice and equality. We invite you to take action and join us.In accordance with 20-A M.R.S. Chapter 117, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) requires private schools seeking approval status to be approved annually. | More

Maine DOE Launches New Professional Development Calendar and Video Library

The Maine Department of Education has launched a new and improved calendar system that will house all the of its professional learning, virtual office hours, and training opportunities in one place on the DOE Website. The Department has also created a new video library that accompanies the calendar as a place where educators and school staff can browse recorded webinars and office hours for additional professional learning opportunities. | More

Message from Kellie D. Bailey SEL Specialist Maine DOE

It has been such a pleasure to collaborate with you over the past few months. You are Educational Warriors. Your passion, strength, ingenuity and resilience overwhelms me. I’m beyond grateful to work for Commissioner Makin who clearly supports and honors the emotional wellbeing of our Maine educators and support staffs. When I accepted this position as the first SEL specialist for the Maine DOE in January 2020, I could never have foreseen that in just 10 short weeks, Maine educators would be faced with such sadness, grief and concern for their students and the world. | More

Maine Students Create Innovative Solutions to Real-World Problems in 2020 MLTI Prototype Challenge; Winners Announced

The Maine Department of Education held a Prototype Challenge this year. An educational activity for students involved with the MLTI (Maine Learning Technology Initiative) Student Conference, the post conference prototype challenge offered students the opportunity to work in teams to develop an innovative product that solves a real-world problem defined in Maine DECDs 2030 report. | More

Maine DOE Welcomes 5 Student Interns for the Summer

The Maine Department of Education today announced five student interns have joined the team for the summer. Throughout the summer, the students will assist in the daily operations of the Maine DOE while working remotely due to COVID-19. The interns will be working for a variety of Department of Education teams including the Department of Assessments, the Volunteer Maine Commission, the Commissioner’s Office, and the Office of Special Services. | More

Get to Know the DOE Team: Meet Brenda Vigue

Maine DOE Team member Brenda Vigue is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the DOE Team Campaign. Learn a little more about Brenda in the brief question and answer below. | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

NEW: Remote Learning 101 with Maine DOE Digital Learning Specialists

Digital Learning Specialists at the Maine Department of Education are hosting a Remote Learning 101 professional learning series. The series is currently underway and consists of three modules total. Sessions are being recorded and will be posted to the Maine DOE website and YouTube Channel as they happen. | More

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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Maine DOE Update – June 12, 2020

 

From the Maine Department of Education


Reporting Items

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News & Updates

MEDIA RELEASE: Draft Framework for Return to Classroom Instruction Released

The Maine Department of Education released a draft framework to assist schools in planning for return to school scenarios in the fall. The framework was developed with input from multiple stakeholder groups, including the Department of Education’s Student Cabinet, community health experts, and educators representing the many roles in schools. | More

Child Nutrition Programs Continue to Feed Children Beyond School Year with Summer Food Service Program

With the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maine public schools have long offered a nutritious breakfast and lunch meal program to thousands of children in Maine during the school year. This year, many flexibilities were put into place to ensure children still had access to meals while learning remotely from home. We applaud everyone who worked hard to provide food to children during a challenging school year. With summer right around the corner, that important service must continue. The Summer Food Service Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program, operates at hundreds of sites across Maine to ensure children get the nutrition they need. | More

Department of Education: Our Commitment and Shared Resources to Combat Racism

During the recent weeks we have seen the very best and the very worst in humanity, and this is a time of deep divides, fear, and anger. The murder of George Floyd is only the most recent example in a long and tragic pattern. There are glaring injustices faced by members of our communities, rooted in a long history of systemic racism and violence. We at the Department of Education (DOE) share in the outrage and frustration, and stand with those who are peacefully protesting and demanding a change. We believe in the basic human dignities that should be afforded to all people in our country. We stand with and for our many colleagues, students, and their families who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) around the state, and will do all that we can to fight racism and inequities, and to ensure they are safe and welcomed in the State of Maine. We affirm with you that Black Lives Matter. | More

Get to Know the DOE Team: Meet Amelia Lyons

Maine DOE Team member Amelia Lyons is being highlighted this week as part of the Get to Know the Maine DOE Team campaign. Learn a little more about Amelia | More


Maine Schools Sharing Success Stories

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Professional Development & Training Opportunities

DOE Virtual Professional Learning Available Through Summer

The Maine Department of Education continues update a robust schedule of virtual professional learning, office hours and meetings through the summer months to support school and district staff with their professional learning needs as they prepare for the possible scenarios we will face in the 2020-2021 school year. | See the Virtual Meeting Schedule or try browsing in our new Calendar.

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Latest DOE Career/Project Opportunities

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