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TO:                      Superintendents of Schools

                            No Child Left Behind Coordinators

                            Title I Directors

                            Curriculum Coordinators

                            Maine Math and Science Alliance


FROM:                 Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:                  April 14, 2003


RE:                       Distinguished Educator Positions


Attached is a profile for three positions that will be filled by the Federal Program Services Team in the Department of Education.  The Department of Education will contract with school administrative units for three practitioners with strong facilitation skills.  Candidates should also be knowledgeable in the use of data to make program decisions and in the current best practices in math at the middle and high school level.


Units will be reimbursed for the employee’s salary plus benefits and fixed costs.  The employee returns to the district at the end of the contract period.







Department of Education

Federal Program Services Team


Distinguished Educators:  Member Profile


General information:  In order to provide assistance to school administrative units, the Maine Department of Education will contract with school districts for three practitioners.  Distinguished Educators are individuals on leave from a school administrative unit who will work for the Department of Education.  Positions are available during the 2003-2004 school year.  These are individuals who have been successful in enabling children to make outstanding progress toward meeting high educational standards.  This professional service work involves facilitation, data analysis, and staff development.  Individuals must be able to work as part of a self-directed work team.  Extensive use of technology, travel and field assignments is required.  STATEWIDE TRAVEL IS REQUIRED.


The three Distinguished Educators will have primary responsibility in the area of technical assistance to schools identified as priority under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  These positions will serve as technical experts to the schools implementing the No Child Left Behind federal grant program and that have been identified as Priority Schools.  These positions will provide the following assistance to Priority Schools:




  1. Provide facilitation to schools identified as Priority Schools.
  2. Review the school unit’s planning documents.
  3. Facilitate the identification of what should be considered as indicators of student performance, collect data on these indicators, and analyze the data.
  4. Benchmark unit resources against Essential Programs and Services.
  5. Analyze how time is used, and how budgeted resources are allocated across schools in the unit.
  6. Facilitate the development of a Comprehensive Education Plan.
  7. Assist in identifying and implementing training and development, instructional strategies, and methods of instruction that are based on scientifically based research.
  8. Coordinate with the Maine Department of Education staff to identify financial resources to assist priority school staff in implementing their technical assistance plans.


Knowledge and Abilities Required:


·       Knowledge of state and federal rules and regulations specific to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

·       Knowledge of current learning research and exemplary educational practices with an emphasis on math at the middle and high school level;

·       Knowledge of comprehensive local assessment systems and data analysis;

·       Ability to use computers for word processing, data applications, and technology-based communications (i.e., Internet, Web, E-Mail systems);

·       Ability to facilitate groups and to use exemplary interpersonal skills; and

·       Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to solve problems in a team environment.


If you are interested and have questions, please contact Jacqueline Soychak at 624-6730 by April 25, 2003.  The application is available on the Maine Department of Education website at or can be obtained by calling Lorraine Cote at 624-6707.  Applications and requests for applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. 




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