The Maine Department of Education recently hosted the 9 regional service center (RSC) executive directors in the inaugural meeting of RSC statewide leadership. Representatives from each RSC participated in the meeting led by the Maine Department of Education’s EMBRACE team.
The meeting provided opportunities for:
Discussing a framework for continued state-level support for RSCs
Creating a professional cohort of RSC Executive Directors
Questions and answers from Maine DOE staff and each other
Gaining a statewide perspective on RSC implementation, organizational development, activities, and services
Maine DOE outlined the data points the regional service center will report in the first year of operation, in addition to the following:
Define the RSC goals
Define how the RSC will measure year 1 success
Provide financial reports
Detail specific elements of state-level support needed
Regional Service Center executive directors shared their RSC’s activities. It was noted that RSCs are in varying stages of development; some are further along because the regional collaboration is a continuation of efforts already in place.
Some highlights include:
In 2015-16 Valley Unified’s RSC (prior to becoming an RSC) began working on their comprehensive regional strategic plan, which allowed them to be well-positioned to apply for Maine DOE’s EMBRACE I and II grant funding opportunities. Most recently the RSC was approved for an integrated, consolidated 9-16 facilities project.
In southern Maine, the Greater Sebago Education Alliance RSC is developing, among their many services, resources for a leadership academy in partnership with the University of Southern Maine, and developing resources for English Learners diversity training and intake procedures.
This notice is one of four priority notices being sent to district and school administrators on 10/24/18 regarding proposed major substantive rules that have been filed with the secretary of the State of Maine on this day (Rule Chapters: 101, 115, 122 and 132). Please share this notice with all interested parties.
The Maine Department of Education is seeking public comment regarding proposed revisions to Rule Chapter 122, Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services.
The proposed revisions will:
Provide clarification by connecting language in rule to Title 20-A M.R.S. §2651
Correct statutory citations throughout
Provide clarification on project design, objectives, and sustainability
Revise programmatic criteria for evaluating grant applications
Add budget criteria for evaluating grant applications
Include clarification regarding consensus scoring
Refine the method of scoring proposals
Provide clarification regarding the eligibility for subsequent grants
Rename the Division of Purchases the Division of Procurement Services
Public Hearing Information for Rule Chapter 122: November 14, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street, Augusta, room 501.
People wishing to speak will be asked to sign in and, preferably, provide two written copies of their comments. Anyone unable to attend the public hearing may send written comments.
Comment Period Deadline: 5 pm on November 26th, 2018.
The Maine Department of Education is focused on improving educational services, increasing student achievement, and creating efficiencies through creative regional partnerships.
As we work together with local districts to help facilitate regional efforts, the Maine DOE frame these efforts under an overarching program called EMBRACE: Enabling Maine students to benefit from regional and coordinated approaches to education.
In our effort to provide the highest level of service to Maine schools and to help focus conversations, visions, and goals that improve education for all Maine students, two members of our staff will specialize in specific superintendent regions for regional service center, EEOG and FEDES grants.
Jennifer Pooler, the Department’s Regionalization Project Manager, will focus on the following superintendent’s regions:
Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, by email, to Proposals@maine.gov, no later than 4:00 pm, local time. Proposals not submitted to the Division of Procurement Services’ email address by the deadline will not be considered for the grant award.
Proposals must be submitted to the State of Maine Division of Procurement Services, via e-mail, to the following email address: Proposals@maine.gov. Proposal submissions must be submitted no later than 4:00 pm, local time, on November 7, 2018, when they will be opened. Proposals will be opened at the Burton M. Cross Office Building, 111 Sewall Street – 4th Floor, Augusta, Maine. Proposals not submitted to the Division of Procurement Services’ email address by the deadline will not be considered for the grant award.