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Amendments to Maine Department of Education Regulation 118: PURPOSES, STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL SUPPORT SYSTEMS
INFORMATIONAL LETTER: 20
TO: Superintendents of Schools, Principals, and Certification Chairs
On July 11, 2007, the State Board of Education adopted amendments to Maine Department of Education Regulation 118, following a public rule-making process. The Secretary of State approved those amendments on July 17, 2007.
Local certification support system committees (termed the Professional Learning Community Support System, or PLCSS, in the new regulation) will be expected to submit their revised certification support system plans by December 31, 2009. We strongly recommend that reorganization work in your region be considered before rewriting these action plans. Collaboration with the “partnering” SAUs when revising the plans is highly recommended, as the certification support system committees are likely to be affected by any reorganization in your region.
The following is a list of the major revisions to the existing Maine Department of Education Regulation 118:
More information is available on the Maine Induction website, including a comparison chart and an overview document that shows the major changes in the newly amended rule. These can be found on the Resources page:
The full Maine Department of Education Regulation 118 document can be viewed at http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/05/chaps05.htm
Informational workshops will be offered regionally during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years. These workshops will help local certification teams assess their current structure and help them create action plans based on the amendments to the rule.
There are currently 197 mentor trainers statewide in Maine who are prepared to train mentors using the Maine Model. If your district does not have a trainer, we will be offering a three day train the trainer workshop entitled Mentors Training Mentors this year. In addition, a Refresher Day workshop for current Mentor Trainers will be offered regionally during the 2007-2008 school year. Educators interested in becoming mentor trainers should complete an application by October 15, 2007, as the workshops will be scheduled based on regional needs. Registration information for these workshops is also available at the website:
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