Programs & Initiatives

This page describes both Maine Department of Education initiatives and visual and performing arts programs and initiatives, the majority of which involve collaboration with the Maine DOE. Maine student artwork

  • Education Evolving: Maine's Plan for Putting Learners First. The Department's strategic plan that sets out objectives and action steps for building an education system in Maine that meets the needs of all learners, from early childhood into adulthood, and prepares them for college, careers and civic life.
  • Getting to Proficiency: Helping Maine Graduate Every Student Prepared. The Maine DOE provides technical assistance, resources and guidance for school districts to implement the proficiency-based diploma and to do so in a way that promotes student learning and achievement of the Maine Learning Results.
  • Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). In the spring of 2011, the Maine DOE launched the MAAI. Presently in phase three, the MAAI continues inviting educators to participate in professional development opportunities by collaborating, expanding and building on knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment in arts education. The initiative aims to create an environment in Maine where quality assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts educators do to deepen student learning in the arts.
  • Maine DOE Art Exhibit. The Department hosts a rotating student art exhibit at its headquarters in the Cross State Office Building in Augusta. School districts across the state may submit two-dimensional art for 24 available picture frames that hold artwork up to 18 inches by 24 inches in size. A district's student work represents grades preschool through 12 and is displayed for three months. At the culmination of the exhibit, a Celebration of Arts Education is held at the Blaine House with Maine’s First Lady. For more information, contact Rachelle Tome at rachelle.tome@maine.gov.
  • Maine Learning Results. The Maine Learning Results were most recently updated in 2011 to include Common Core as the standards for math and English language arts, better preparing our students for success in college, career and civic life by creating deeper, more rigorous and clearer expectations for learning.
  • Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). Maine schools have led the way for more than a decade when it comes to harnessing the power of technology to make learning a customized, engaging and demanding endeavor. MLTI also partners with the Maine DOE's visual and performing arts specialist to provide an opportunity to recognize student artwork. Student artwork has been selected for the screensavers that are used on MLTI computers across the state. This annual opportunity is announced each November, and the selected artwork is featured on the MLTI machines during the following school year. For more information, contact Jeff Mao at jeff.mao@maine.gov.
  • Middle Level Education in Maine. The Commission on Middle Level Education created the report "Bright Futures!" on the current state of middle level education to make recommendations to the Maine DOE about improvements for educating 10- to 15-year olds. The report provides middle level educators, parents and policy makers with a clearer understanding of what is needed for high quality, equitable and effective education for Maine students.
  • World Languages in Maine Schools: Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment. The Maine DOE is working with the Foreign Language Association of Maine and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages to improve teaching and learning by creating an environment in Maine schools where standards-based curriculum, instruction and assessment in world languages are an integral part of the work that all K-12 world language educators do.