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TO:                 Superintendents of Schools


FROM:           Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:            April 9, 2004


SUBJECT:     No Child Left Behind Maine Model for Identifying Highly Qualified Teachers


As you are aware, the Department of Education has been preparing the overall plan to assist districts in complying with the Highly Qualified Teacher requirement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.  Today the Department is releasing the Maine Model for Identifying Highly Qualified Teachers.  This is a packet of general information, forms and instructions to assist districts in complying with the highly qualified teacher identification provision.  The Maine Model is included in a tool kit for Superintendents which includes Guidance for Administrators, PowerPoint presentations, the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Toolkit, U.S. Department of Education Guidance, lists of Title IA schools, lists of rural school districts, and other resources.  This Toolkit is being mailed to you in hard copy as a reproducible format.  All of the documents in the Toolkit will be available on the Department web site go to "Most Popular Sites" box then click on NCLB "Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals".  ALSO, all forms are available on a CD upon request.  If you wish to receive all of these documents in CD format, please contact Danielle McKay at 207-624-6842 or e-mail:


The U.S. Department of Education requires the Department to provide data annually on the percentages of Highly Qualified Teachers in all Maine schools.  For this academic year, 2003 -  2004, we must provide baseline data by July 1, 2004.  Therefore, districts are requested to conduct the Highly Qualified Teacher identification process as outlined in the Maine Model prior to the end of this school year.  The information you collect includes the number and percentage of teachers in each of your schools and district-wide who are "Highly Qualified" for  their CURRENT teaching assignment(s).  Once the Department completes its design of the mechanism that will be used to collect data from LEAs for this round of reporting, either through MEDMS or by an abbreviated electronic method designed only for this initial data collection requirement, the Maine Department of Education will notify Superintendents of the method and timeline for reporting.




Please be advised that the Department, in cooperation with the Maine School Superintendents' Association, the Maine Education Association and the University of Maine System Regional Teacher Development Centers, will hold regional informational meetings on the topic of the NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher and Paraprofessional Requirements.  One meeting will be held  in  each  of  the  nine (9) Superintendents' Regions.   All meetings will  be held from  4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 



Mid Coast Region                   Belfast

- April 26, 2004, Hutchinson Center;

York County                            Sanford           

- April 27, 2004, Sanford High School Cafeteria;

Washington County                University of Maine Machias

- April 29, 2004, Science Building 102;

Aroostook County                   University of Maine Presque Isle

- May 3, 2004, Weiden Auditorium;

Kennebec Valley Region         University of Maine Augusta

- May 4, 2004, Jewett Hall Auditorium;

Western Maine Region            University of Maine Farmington

- May 5, 2004, Thomas Auditorium;

Penquis Region                       MSAD # 48, Newport

- May 6, 2004, Nokomis High School Cafeteria;

Cumberland County               University of Southern Maine

- May 10, 2004, 10 Bailey Hall; and

Hancock County                     Bucksport Schools      

- May 13, 2004, Bucksport Middle School Auditorium



These meetings are designed for administrators and teachers who have questions and / or need clarification surrounding any aspects of the "Highly Qualified" teacher or paraprofessional requirements.


I thank you for your hard work and for doing all that you do every day to assure that no child is left behind.