Virtual Construction Trades Career Fair – November 19

MaineSPARK, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Education, invites students, educators, and caregivers for a morning with the Construction Trades!

Join us as we promote career opportunities in Maine! This is the first of our Trades Virtual Career Fair Series and it takes place on Thursday, November 19th, from 9am-11am via Zoom.

We ask teachers to challenge and encourage your students to participate. Use this event as an assignment, earning credit! Whether they are at home (remote learning) or in your classroom, this is an opportunity you don’t want your students to miss!

Through this very challenging time we must be innovative. This is a win-win for both students who are seeking careers in Maine and for our Maine businesses who are seeking a future workforce.

Maine construction companies will be presenting in their own breakout rooms, but only after participants hear from one of the most dynamic and inspiring guest speakers they will ever experience.

Hear from the following ABC Members:

  • Connectivity Point Design Installation
  • DeBlois Electric Inc.
  • Eastern Fire
  • Hebert Construction
  • Johnson & Jordan, Inc
  • Landry & Sons Acoustics, Inc.
  • Langford & Low
  • N.S. Giles Foundation, Inc.
  • R.J. Grondin & Sons
  • Sargent Corporation

Students will have the opportunity to network with employers virtually. Instructors can host a socially distanced ‘watch party’ at your school – we can help provide the snacks! There is no cost to attend. We strongly encourage students to sign into Zoom individually so they may choose their own breakout rooms.

Please register at  Students, teachers and caregivers are encouraged to register.


Welcome and Keynote 9:00am – 9:30 am

  •    Greg Sizemore, Vice President, HSE and Workforce Development, Associated Builders and Contractors

Breakout sessions from 9:35am – 11:00 am

  •    Students can self-select the industry representative/organization of their choice to hear more about that industry and job opportunities.

This is the first in a series of events for careers in the trades, and we will be announcing more in the future.

Questions can be sent to

MYAN Hosting Fall and Winter Virtual Training Series & Youth Action Forum

Fall and Winter Virtual Training Series

Looking for some professional development opportunities to get you through the winter?

This year, MYAN (Maine Youth Action Network) has eight new virtual trainings across three topic areas: Supporting Social Justice Movements, Community Based Action, and Positive Youth Development.

Each training will be run two to three times between November and February. All of our trainings this year will be held virtually and are free to attend. Space in some sessions may be limited, so sign up early to reserve a spot!

Our Winter Trainings include:
• Practicing with a Restorative Lens
• Neuroscience, SEL, and Racial Equity
• Fostering Strong Relationships with Young People
• Community-Driven Research with Youth
• Uprooting Inequities: Using Dialogue to Build Community
• Play to Learn: Gamifying Learning Experiences
• Youth-Driven Programming
• Beyond the Book Club: Building and Sustaining Anti-Racist Work

For more information, visit MYNA’s website ( for more details about training content and links to register.

A Youth Action Forum

Young Mainers across the state continue to take action on the issues that matter to them the most – from mental health, to Black Lives Matter, to implementing restorative practices in schools, young people are leading the way.

MYAN and the Youth Planning Team want to continue supporting youth leadership and we didn’t want to wait until our annual Youth Leadership Conference in March. We’re providing a virtual space to meet, discuss, and tackle the topics that are most urgent to young people.

On November 14th, Join MYAN and the Youth Planning Team for a special virtual event designed for current and aspiring youth leaders all over Maine!

With an exciting Youth Leadership panel and inspiring break-out sessions representing 6 major topics – Mental Health, Restorative Practices in School, Black Lives Matter and Racism, Youth Leadership, Climate Change, and Body Positivity – young people will have the opportunity to discuss and explore perspectives and effective actions to take now.

While this event is designed primarily for young people, adult participants are welcome to attend the Youth Leadership panel discussion. However, the breakout topics will be reserved exclusively for young people.

For more information visit

If you have any questions about either of these opportunities, email


MEDIA RELEASE: Maine Department of Education Opens Applications for 2020/2021 Student Cabinet 

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) today announced that it is opening applications for the 2020/2021 Student Cabinet, a group of students that meet regularly with Commissioner Makin and other leaders at the Maine DOE to discuss educational opportunities, improvements, and policy. The purpose of the Student Cabinet is to provide a forum for Maine students’ voices to be heard. 

The Maine DOE launched its first Student Cabinet in 2019 along with the Maine State Board of Education’s student members. The inaugural year provided the opportunity for 34 students to be selected from a pool of nearly 500 applicants to serve on the 2019/2020 Student Cabinet.  

Initially set to meet quarterly with the Commissioner, the Cabinet ended up meeting many more times virtually, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread to Maine and changed everything about the way schools could provide education. Not only did the group set an intentional focus on improving mental health supports in schools, which has led to a set of recommendations to schools, they have also provided input on the Department’s Framework for Reopening Schools and Returning to In-Person Instruction, and have begun a student led effort to combat racism in Maine schools. 

The 2020/2021 Student Cabinet will be comprised of 16 members who were randomly selected from the 2019/2020 Cabinet as well as the State Board of Education’s two student representatives, and an additional 16-20 students who will have the opportunity to apply and be selected during this round of applications. The application is open to students in grades 4 – 12 and first year of college. The newly selected members will serve for a term of two years starting on November 1, 2020.  

Student Cabinet members are selected based on representation of Maine’s geography, with a goal of at least two students serving on the Cabinet from each county in Maine each year. Students are also selected with an emphasis on inclusivity of the diverse experiences, interests, cultures, and backgrounds of students throughout Maine. 

Selected students will be expected to attend scheduled meetings, prepare for each meeting as needed, work in a collaborative manner with one another and with Department staff as needed; and express views and opinions openly, constructively, and respectfully. 

Instructions for applying:
Students interested in serving on the Maine DOE Student Cabinet will need to submit the electronic application, with consent from a parent or guardian, by Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5 pm. Applications can be submitted electronically here. 

For more information contact Rachel Paling, Communications & Outreach Manager, Maine Department of Education at 

6th Annual Count ME In Multimedia Contest Promoting School Attendance, Learning and Community

Count ME In is broadening its annual contest to include multimedia submissions that promote learning and being part of a school community. Students age 6 through high school are invited to create a poster, sculpture, song, poem, story or video for the 2020 celebration in September and October 2020.   This is an opportunity for students to share their view on why school learning and being part of a school community is important.  Students can participate from home, school, or summer program.

The winning submissions will be reproduced, including the artist’s name and distributed throughout Maine.  In addition, the winning artists will receive money gift cards.  View the contest guidelines.

Please share with student you think might be interested in submitting artwork.  The deadline is Friday, July 17, 2020

For more information check out the Count ME In website.

MEDIA RELEASE: Reminder – April is Month of the Military Child

April is designated nationwide as Month of the Military Child. Maine honors the sacrifices made by military families statewide by encouraging school districts to engage in a variety of activities of their own choosing to celebrate Month of the Military Child.

As schools utilize remote learning to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, school districts are encouraged to engage in activities via social media. The Maine State Council of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) has created the following alternatives for districts to participate in a virtual Purple Up! Month:

  • Wear purple to an online classroom via Zoom, Skype, and/or Teams.
  • Purple Up Selfie!  School staff, students, family members, and legislators are encouraged to wear purple, take selfies, and post them on social media.
  • Encourage your social community to participate in Purple Up! Month

Persons posting materials are encouraged to tag Maine DOE and MIC3 and to use the hashtags #PurpleUp and #MOTMC. Families can post pictures about their experiences as a military family to Facebook, Twitter and tag the Maine Department of Education at @mdoenews (Twitter) and at @MaineDepartmentofEducation1 (Facebook) as well as the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) at @MIC3.Compact (Facebook) and @MIC3Compact (Twitter).