Resources for Supporting Maine Schools

School improvement must be driven locally, but the Maine DOE is a resource to support that work. In the past year, the Department has delivered professional development to thousands of educators, had improvement consultants working in the state’s most challenged schools, and provided new and expanded resources to support schools including webinars, tools for local use and an expanded Center for Best Practice.

In conjunction with the launch of the 2014 school report cards, the Department is pleased to make available the following resources to further its support and ensure every Maine student reaches their potential and leaves school prepared for success in college, career and civic life.

Data to Inform School Improvement

The Education Data Warehouse provides multi-year, detailed information about Maine schools. Users can compare a specific school to others throughout the state using a wide range of measures to identify school strengths and opportunities for improvement.

School Improvement Webinars

Strategies to Support Struggling Learners
Details: Today’s classrooms are diverse, with students at varying stages of learning and need. This webinar features the experiences of Deborah Howard, who has spent 27 years as a classroom teacher. A majority of that experience has been with students who are Deaf, English Learners, in multi-age and multi-grade classrooms. She has found that thinking about individual student strengths and needs during lesson planning allows an opportunity to consider strategies ahead of time. This helps ensure that all students are able to engage in the lessons.  Listeners will learn about strategies, including resources, websites and classroom ideas to support struggling students. 
Presenters: Deborah Howard, Title III-English Learner Support and Intervention Specialist
View a recording of the meeting (Flash* - approximately 21 minutes)

Conversations about School Improvement: Strategies that Work
Details: School improvement in an ongoing process and many school leaders have asked for examples of practices that work. This webinar features a conversation with six of Maine DOE’s Title I school improvement specialists who provide technical assistance and support to schools. Each will share successful strategies in the areas of leadership, networking, data, interventions for all students and other key topics of interest.
Presenters: George Tucker, Steve Cottrell, Fran Farr, Al Pfeiffer, Marsha Cottrell and Al Struck, Maine DOE Title I School Improvement Specialists
View a recording of the meeting  (Flash* - approximately 22 minutes)

Attendance Matters! Lessons Learned
Details: Regular attendance plays a critical part in student success in school. Students may be more likely to succeed if they attend school regularly. This webinar examines the efforts of a southern Maine multi-district consortium that worked throughout the year to boost daily attendance in local schools. Key findings will be shared, as well as the framework used in the initiative.  Listeners will also learn potential strategies and ways to get involved in the 2014-15 school year.
Presenters: Rachelle Tome, Chief Academic Officer, Maine Department of Education and Susan Lieberman, Coordinator for Count Me In
View a recording of the meeting  (Flash* - approximately 21 minutes)

Strategies to Improve Instruction and Student Performance: Understanding and Responding to NECAP Data Mathematics
Details: State and local student achievement data collected as part of the administration of Maine assessment for mathematics offers school leaders and community members a valuable window into student learning. Analysis of the data can help educators understand program strengths and highlight areas of focus to improve student achievement. This webinar examines student achievement data at the state level, supports educators and parents in examining local data and identifies strategies and resources that educators can use to increase student proficiency. 
Presenter: Michele Mailhot, Mathematics Specialist/Penquis Regional Representative
View a recording of the webinar  (Flash* - approximately 15 minutes)

Strategies to Improve Instruction and Student Performance: Understanding and Responding to NECAP Data English Language Arts/Literacy
Details: State and local student achievement data collected as part of the administration of Maine assessment for English language arts offers school leaders and community members a valuable window into student learning. Analysis of the data can help educators understand program strengths and highlight areas of focus to improve student achievement. This webinar examines student achievement data at the state level, supports educators and parents in examining local data and identifies strategies and resources that educators can use to increase student proficiency. 
Presenters: Lee Anne Larsen, Literacy Specialist/Kennebec Valley Regional Representative and Morgan Dunton, English Language Arts Specialist/Mid-coast Regional Representative
View a recording of the webinar  (Flash* - approximately 25 minutes)

Instructional Leadership: Improving Student through Coaching
Details:  Maine principals reported that supports for the implementation of ELA/literacy and mathematics standards are critical to student and school success.  In direct response to these needs, the Maine DOE hosted regional workshops to support school leaders in mentoring and coaching teachers to implement instructional practices that allow all students to demonstrate growth and proficiency in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. This webinar summarizes the information from the meeting including the instructional shifts for ELA and mathematics and provides the instructional practices guides shared that at the regional meetings.
Presenters:  Anita Bernhardt, Director of Standards and Instructional Supports and Kristie Littlefield, Social Studies Specialist/Western Maine Regional Representative
View a recording of the webinar  (Flash* - approximately 20 minutes)

Strategies to Improve Instruction and Student Performance: Understanding and Responding to MEA Data Science
Details: State and local student achievement data collected as part of the administration of Maine assessment for science offers school leaders and community members a valuable window into student learning. Analysis of the data can help educators understand program strengths and highlight areas of focus to improve student achievement. This webinar examines student achievement data at the state level, supports educators and parents in examining local data and identifies strategies and resources that educators can use to increase student proficiency. 
Presenter: Shari Templeton, Science and Technology Specialist/York County Regional Representative
View a recording of the webinar (Flash* - approximately 15 minutes)

Maine DOE School Improvement Contacts

All of the staff at the Maine DOE are committed to supporting schoolsinspire students and raise achievement levels. The following Department contacts may be especially useful to schools and districts in their local improvement efforts:

Peg Armstrong, Special Services Consultant for Students with Disabilities 207-624-6654   
Anita Bernhardt, Director, Standards and Instructional Support Team 207-624-6835   
Susan Berry, Health Education and Health Promotion Coordinator 207-624-6695
Diana Doiron, Standards Based Education/Aroostook County Regional Representative 207-624-6823   
Morgan Dunton, English Language Arts 6-12 Content Specialist/Midcoast Regional Representative  207-624-6625 
Kevin Facer, Visual and Performing Arts/ Washington/Hancock Regional Representative 207-624-6826 
Lance Gilman, Statewide Longitudinal Data System Trainer  207-624-6681 
Jay Ketner, World Languages Specialist/Cumberland County Regional Representative  207-624-6825 
LeeAnn Larsen, English Language Arts K-5/ Kennebec Regional Representative 207-624-6628 
Kristie Littlefield, Social Studies Content Specialist/Western Maine Regional Representative 207-624-6828 
Michele Mailhot, Mathematics Content Specialist/Penquis Regional Representative  207-624-6829 
Nancy Mullins, English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education Director, Title III 207-624-6788 
Sue Reed, Early Childhood Consultant 207-624-6632 
Margaret Southworth, No Child Left Behind Professional Development Coordinator/NCLB-Title II 207-624-6723 
Shari Templeton, Science and Tech Specialist/York County Regional Representative 207-624-6880  
Rachelle Tome, Chief Academic Officer 207-624-6705 
George Tucker, Title I School Improvement Coordinator 207-624-6705 
James Wells, Maine Learning Technology Initiative Coordinator of Educational Technology 207-624-6656  
Jean Zimmerman, Physical Education and Health Education Consultant 207-624-6687