Content Specialist Meetings

To best support educators during extended school closures, Maine DOE specialists have scheduled a series of virtual meetings. During these meetings, our specialists will be available to provide support and guidance regarding distance learning, as well as to facilitate networking and resource sharing between educators.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Best Practices in Social Studies: Part One - Curriculum Planning & Inquiry Joe Schmidt 8:00am ET 90 minutes Learn about how some of the best practices in social studies can help shape curriculum planning and the role that inquiry plays in social studies education. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Physical Education  - Adapted Education Activities/Games using little to no equipment Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Guy Pollino, Traip Academy 8:30 a.m. 1 hour Guy will share easy to set up APE games and activities using little or no equipment followed by a facilitated sharing of additional ideas. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Special Purpose Private Schools meeting Mary Adley, SPPS/SAC Coordinator 9:00AM 1 hour Meeting for SPPS Education Directors & Administrators contact Tracy Whitlock tracy.w.whitlock@maine.gov
Special Education Special Education Consultants 10:00 a.m. 1 hour B13 Training (Transition) Part 1 Register Here  Roberta.Lucas@maine.gov
Health Education - A Distance Learning Domestic Violence Prevention Series for all Grade Spans Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Nancy Provost, Family Violence Project 10:00 a.m. 1 hour Nancy will overview a four part Prezi Video series, one per grade span, for teaching distance learning lessons on domestic violence prevention and healthy relationships. It will also include a brief instruction on how to use the Prezi Video platform, including how to track views and link to Google classroom. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Tools and Resources for Supporting Students Who are English Learners Robin Fleck, ESOL Consultant 10:30am 1 hour We will explore and discuss tools and resources that will help students excel with content learning and learn language for success within and beyond school walls. The sessions will be based on: 1. Expectations 2.Engagement and Observation 3.Support 4. Reflection Contact Robin Fleck for link and password. robin.fleck@maine.gov
Minding The Gaps (Elementary Teachers): Identifying Where Your Students are at in Order to Adjust Instruction Joe Schmidt w/ Beth Ratway - Senior Consultant at the American Institutes for Research 11:00am ET 1 hour This session will focus on sharing strategies to make the transition to next year manageable and meaningful. Educators will learn how to clearly identify the non-negotiables for their grade/course, how to build pre-assessments to determine where each student is coming in at connected to the non-negotiables and how to adjust learning plans to ensure all students are engaged in meaningful learning experiences around the non-negotiables. Register for this session here joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Remote Learning 101 - Module 1, Part 3, Establishing Classroom Norms Jonathan Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 11:00am ET 1 hour It is vitally important to set norms as soon as possible and be clear with students about which platforms you will be using and how you will be using them.  We will explore the considerations to make in establishing your norms as well as break down the norms for different grade levels, learning environments and different platforms.  Register Here jonathan.m.graham@maine.gov; or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
Midcoast ESEA Coordinators Daniel Weeks 11:00am ET 1 hour Optional meeting for ESEA coordinators from the Midcoast region to come together to ask question, discuss current situations, and converse with others about all things ESEA. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86082330443?pwd=MHgyUFpOc0pFREJSRnNKeTNZd3pyZz09 daniel.r.weeks@maine.gov
World Language conversation re: Minding the Gap (Elementary) Lavinia Rogers 12:00 PM 1 hour pre-requisite: Minding the Gaps (Elementary Teachers) at 11 am.  This session provides an opportunity to examine topics discussed in the pre-requisite session through the lens of world language Register Here  lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
Minding The Gaps (6-12 Teachers): Identifying Where Your Students are at in Order to Adjust Instruction Joe Schmidt w/ Beth Ratway - Senior Consultant at the American Institutes for Research 1:00pm ET 1 hour This session will focus on sharing strategies to make the transition to next year manageable and meaningful. Educators will learn how to clearly identify the non-negotiables for their grade/course, how to build pre-assessments to determine where each student is coming in at connected to the non-negotiables and how to adjust learning plans to ensure all students are engaged in meaningful learning experiences around the non-negotiables. Register for this session here joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Special Education Special Education Consultants 1:00 p.m. 1 hour B13 Training (Transition) Part 1 Register Here  Roberta.Lucas@maine.gov
Mindfulness Application for All Educators Kellie Bailey 2:00 PM 1 hour Mindfulness practices for all educators building the foundation for present moment awareness for self and students SEL Webinar Contact Hour Certificate Form This Meeting Occurs Weekly Register for this and ALL Future Sessions: Register here kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Child Nutrition Michele Bisbee & Robin Kerber 1:00 PM 1 hour Weekly open office hours Contact paula.nadeau@maine.gov paula.nadeau@maine.gov
World Language conversation re: Minding the Gap (6-12) Lavinia Rogers 2:00 PM 1 hour pre-requisite: Minding the Gaps (6-12 Teachers) at 1 pm.  This session provides an opportunity to examine topics discussed in the pre-requisite session through the lens of world language Register Here lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
K-12 Visual Arts Jason Anderson, MDOE with Cory Bucknam, VA Educator at Brunswick Junior High School 2:00pm 1-hour "Updating your Advocacy" - this 1-hour session will help teachers examine how they used to advocate for and promote their programs, and explore how they might need to change their stategies/approaches in the future.  A presentation followed by questions/roundtable. Register Here  jason.anderson@maine.gov
ELA 6-12 Office Hours Morgan Dunton 3:00 p.m. up to 1 hour open discussion for updates and sharing - no agenda register for series: morgan.dunton@maine.gov
Digital Learning - Nuts & Bolts Help Session: Flipgrid & Padlet Jonathan Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 3:00pm 1 hour This is a help session designed for troubleshooting, problem-solving, and questions/answers. Bring your questions and join us for this interactive help session! Register Here jonathan.m.graham@maine.gov; or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30pm 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Friday, June 5, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Title I Schoolwide Authority -Next Steps” Zoom Office Hours Monique Sullivan 9:00 a.m. 1 hour These sessions are designed for ESEA coordinators, Principals, and Title I Staff operating Title I Schoolwide programs in FY21. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about Title I Schoolwide Authority. Discussion topics may include: Navigating the school project page in GEMs, Budgeting, Programming, Interventions, Staffing, Parent Involvement and Notification, and Family Engagement. Contact Monique Sullivan at monique.sullivan@maine.gov for links and passwords monique.sullivan@maine.gov
Special Education Special Education Consultants 10:00 a.m. 1 hour B13 Training (Transition) Part 2 Register Here  Roberta.Lucas@maine.gov
Middle School Alternative Education Heather Whitaker, 2020 Maine Teacher of the Year and Gorham Middle School Alternative Education Teacher 11:00 AM 1 hour Alternative education teachers from across the state meet weekly to share strategies for meeting the social-emotional needs of their students during school closure. This has been a powerful opportunity for our group to meet one another for the first time, collaborate, learn, and have rich conversations about the critical role of Alternative Education in the state of Maine. Registration information coming soon heather.whitaker@gorhamschools.com
High School Alternative Education Heather Whitaker, 2020 Maine Teacher of the Year and Gorham Middle School Alternative Education Teache 12:00 PM 1 hour Alternative education teachers from across the state meet weekly to share strategies for meeting the social-emotional needs of their students during school closure. This has been a powerful opportunity for our group to meet one another for the first time, collaborate, learn, and have rich conversations about the critical role of Alternative Education in the state of Maine. Registration information coming soon heather.whitaker@gorhamschools.com
Special Special Educaton Consultants 1:00 p.m. 1 hour B13 Training (Transition) Part 2 Register Here  Roberta.Lucas@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30pm 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Monday, June 8, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Health Education - Formative Assessment Strategies to Make Your Job Easier in These Hard Times Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Erin Bjorkdahl, Bonny Eagle HS 9:00 a.m. 1 hour Erin will share formative assessment strategies designed to make your job easier in these hard times. She will demonstare things she found to be helpful while teaching from home. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Title I Schoolwide Authority -Next Steps” Zoom Office Hours Monique Sullivan 9:00 a.m. 1 hour These sessions are designed for ESEA coordinators, Principals, and Title I Staff operating Title I Schoolwide programs in FY21. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about Title I Schoolwide Authority. Discussion topics may include: Navigating the school project page in GEMs, Budgeting, Programming, Interventions, Staffing, Parent Involvement and Notification, and Family Engagement. Contact Monique Sullivan at monique.sullivan@maine.gov for links and passwords monique.sullivan@maine.gov
Retrieving data. Wait a few seconds and try to cut or copy again. Michele Mailhot & Jen Robitaille 10:00 AM 1 hour A follow up session for the Activity Builder will be provided by grade spans (6-8 and 9-12). We will explore how these activity builders could work whole class or in an asynchronous setting to review or allow for formative assessment to occur, as well as introducing new learning. click here  michele.mailhot@maine.gov or jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov 
Rethinking Literacy Kick-off  PK-5 Shari Templeton & Dee Saucier 10:00 AM 1 hour This series dives into engaging students and improving their literacy and critical thinking skills through the integration of literacy and science in PK-5 classrooms. This series is a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning which comes with text sets and science supplies. FMI see https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/content/scienceandtech Register for the series shari.templeton@maine.gov
Avoid Bad Press: Teaching about Religion in Social Studies with Constitutionally-sound Pedagogy Joe Schmidt w/ Dr. Gayle Pagnoni - Program Director at Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance/Rice University 11:00am ET 1 hour Teaching about religion in public schools can be fraught with anxiety and discomfort over inevitable controversies that may arise in the classroom.  Most of all, teachers want to teach well, without causing a public ruckus and avoiding bad press!  This session will share some guidelines for teaching about religion using Constitutionally-sound pedagogy to insure a non-devotional approach, equity and inclusion across traditions, and to promote religious pluralism as a civic value. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Physical Education - How to Use Apps and other technology for PE and Successful Virtual Field Days to Virtual Gymnasiums; Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Matthew Downs, Ellsworth Elementary Middle School 11:00 a.m. 1 hour This session will be dedicated to different apps or technology pieces that can be used in the PE program. It will include how to utilize virtual field day ideas into the virtual gymnasium. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Child Nutrition Walter Beesley 1:00 PM 1 hour School Closure update Contact paula.nadeau@maine.gov paula.nadeau@maine.gov
K-12 VPA Educators Jason Anderson, MDOE 3:00pm 1 hour This is the first in the Summer series (Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of July) of "Coffee Hours" for VPA Educators at all levels.  Discussion will be driven by topics brought to the meeting (no set agenda - a time to network, collaborate with others around Maine.) Register Here (register once for the entire series.) jason.anderson@maine.gov
Title I Schoolwide Authority-Next Steps Monique Sullivan 9:00 AM 1 hour Opportunity for participants to ask questions about Title I Schoolwide Authority. Discussion topics may include: Navigating the school project page on the GEMS, Budgeting, Programming, Interventions, Staffing, Parent Involvement and Notification, and Family Engagement. Contact Monique Sullivan for link and password monique.sullivan@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30pm 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
School Counseling: Open Office Hours Bear Shea 10:00am 1Hour Open office hours focused on discussing school counseling roles, barriers and best practices. School Counseling Content Hour Certificate This Meeting Occurs Weekly Register for this and ALL Future Sessions: Register here w.bear.shea@maine.gov
Session 1: Math Routines and Games (Pk-5) Jen Robitaille and Michele Mailhot 10:00 AM 1 hour These professional learning sessions will focus on several mathematical routines and games that can be used to formatively assess students.  We will explore how these routines could work whole class or in an asynchronous setting.  We will also explore games that students can play to review or allow for formative assessment to occur.  Different routines and games will be shared in each session.   michele.mailhot@maine.gov or jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov 
Senator Margaret Chase Smith: Gender and Politics in the 1964 Presidential Election Joe Schmidt w/ John Taylor - Margaret Chase Smith Library & Museum 10am ET 1 hour Aside from giving a brief overview of Senator Margaret Chase Smith's life, John Taylor will discuss the role of gender during Smith's political career focusing mostly on her 1964 presidential run.  He will be using primary sources from the Margaret Chase Smith Library that he uses with students to discuss Smith's life and career. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Investing Students in Growing Proficiency Lavinia Rogers 10:00 AM 1 hour As language educators we can describe the growth that our students make in their ability to comprehend and communicate in another language.  In this session, we will look at how our instructional practices develop student abilities to recognize their own growth. Register Here lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
Health Education - Time Capsules and Vision Boards Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Carolyn Gross, Maranacook HS 10:00 a.m. 1 hour Time Capsules are a great way for students to preserve a time in their personal history and are an innovative way for health ed to integrate with ELA and social studies content areas.  Vision Boards are an awesome method to get a sense of your student's hopes and dreams for middle school/high school and beyond. Starting the school year with remote learning is a real possibility, so this is a cool way to meet your students. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Adult Education  Office hours for Data/Support Staff Kelley Heath 11:00 A.M. 1 hour Recurring meeting for adult education staff to get adult education data questions answered and to recieve guidance/best practices for working in MaineSTARS. Please Register Here kelley.heath@maine.gov
Remote Learning 101 - Module 2, Part 1: Instructional Models and Best Practices for Remote Learning Jonathan Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 11:00 AM 1 hour Remote learning is different enough from in-class learning to require adaptation to instruction. We will explore models for remote learning and best practices for designing remote instruction. How might we adapt in-class instruction for a remote setting? Register Here jonathan.m.graham or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
McKinney-Vento Office Hour Amelia Lyons 11:00 AM 1 hour This is a session for McKinney-Vento liaisons to hear updates from the DOE and to share concerns, successes, and questions. Register Here amelia.lyons@maine.gov
Physical Education - Innovative ways to Teach PE While Experiencing the Great Outdoors Jean Zimmerman & Susan Berry with Teens to Trails 11:30 a.m. 1 hour With school operating remotely, and a likely hybrid model in the fall, TTT is redesigning the way they support schools and teens. This session provide suggestions for PE teachers and all teachers to deliver their traditional course content in nontraditional settings - outside, where the air is clean and healthy. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Mindfulness Application for All Educators Kellie Bailey 2:00 PM 1 hour Mindfulness practices for all educators building the foundation for present moment awareness for self and students This Meeting Occurs Weekly Register for this and ALL Future Sessions: Register here kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Connecting K-5 Learning to Student Aspirations Presenters: Jane Eberle and Jim Horn 2:00 PM 1 hour  Strong relationships matter. Come hear how 2 Maine school districts are embracing the  benefits of educators building relationships within and outside of school and the positive impact this has for students. In South Portland, grades 2-5 students discover connections among learning targets, their community, and ideas for their future self. In Auburn, grade 5 students explore the connections among community college programs and careers and grade 6 students explore the hierarchy of career pathways within local manufacturing facilities. Contact Diana or Meg for link and password diana.doiron@maine.gov & margaret.harvey@maine.gov
Supporting Social Studies Inquiry and Argument Writing with a Read.Inquire.Write. Investigation Joe Schmidt w/ Dr. Chauncey Monte-Sano - Founder & Director of Read.Inquire.Write/University of Michigan 2:00pm ET 1 hour Join Dr. Chauncey Monte-Sano (founder of Read.Inquire.Write) as she explores the research and resources that support disciplinary literacy in social studies and the connections to quality reading and writing. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
K-12 Visual Arts Jason Anderson, MDOE with Lynda Leonas, VA Educator in Auburn Public Schools 2:00pm ET 1 hour A presentation on "Mindful Me" alternative spaces and the student "Willing Able" grid to determine SEL (Social Emotional Learning) protocol for students.  Questions and discussion will follow, as time allows. Register Here  jason.anderson@maine.gov
ELA 6-12: In Search of Grading Equity. Facilitated by Patti Forster, CHRHS Morgan Dunton 3:00 p.m. 1 hour This is a text-based study of Grading Equity by JoeFeldman. 4 session series. Register for series:  http://events.egov.com/eventreg/ME/event.htm?name=insearchofmoreequitablegrading morgan.dunton@maine.gov  
Digital Learning - Nuts & Bolts Help Session - Google Apps Jonathan Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 3:00 PM 1 hour This is a help session designed for troubleshooting, problem-solving, and questions/answers. Bring your questions and join us for this interactive help session! Register Here jonathan.m.graham or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30pm 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
ELA 6-12: Distance Learning Inquiry - A three-tiered discussion and collaboration for the techno-phobic to the techno-fantastic Morgan Dunton 9:00 a.m. 1 hour This session will attempt to cover the needs of teachers who have varying degrees of skill using technology and who are in the midst of making the transition to distance learning. Starting with some foundational terminology and concepts connected to distance learning, we will progress through some of the most-used platforms for distance learning (Tier 2), and then to some of the more advanced, feature-rich platforms that can be used for distance learning (Tier 3). School Based Clinical Mental Health Content Hour Certificate contact Morgan Dunton morgan.dunton@maine.gov 
Physical Education & Health Education - Youtube Channel: An Effective Tool for HE & PE Remote Teaching Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Chris Araujo, Mountain Valley HS, RSU 10 9:00 a.m. 1 hour Chris will show participants how YouTube Videos and Channels and other technology can be used for remote teaching. His focus will be on the steps to creating, effectively using and safely sharing YouTube videos. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
School Clinical Mental Health "Office Hours" Bear Shea 10:00am 1Hour Open office hours focused on discussing school based clinical resources, barriers and best practices. This Meeting Occurs Weekly Register for this and ALL Future Sessions: Register here w.bear.shea@maine.gov
Engaging Partner: Junior Achievement's Voluntary Support for 6-12 learning Presenter: Michelle Anderson 10:00 AM  1 hour This session will engage and invite participants to consider the Junior Achievement  experiential learning opportunities for 6-12 students. Contact Diana or Meg for link and password diana.doiron@maine.gov & margaret.harvey@maine.gov
Guiding Classroom Conversations to Support Science Learning Shari Templeton 10:30 a.m. 1 hour We'll look at several tools that can be utilized in your classes to encourage productive talk to support science learning. contact Shari for link shari.templeton@maine.gov
Health Education - Best Practices in Sexuality Education Adapted for Distance Learning Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Lynette Johnson, MFP and segment by Kelly Koziol, Fort Fairfield MS/HS 10:30 a.m. 1 hour This session will engage participants in learning adaptions that have been created for the Best Practices for Sexuality Education curriculum program. Kelly Koziol will also share an example of a virtual classroom for sexuality education. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Remote Learning 101 - Module 2, Part 2: Selecting & Integrating Technology Tools Jonathan Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 11:00 AM 1 hour With the wealth of technology tools that are available to educators, it can be helpful to use frameworks to select, evaluate, and integrate a technology tool into a remote setting. We will discuss several of these models, framed with familiar pedagogy, and provide resources for your own tool selection and integration process. Register Here jonathan.m.graham or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
Special Purpose Private School Meeting Mary Adley, SPPS/SAC Coordinator 11:00AM 1 hour Meeting for SPPS Education directors and administrators contact Tracy Whitlock contact Tracy Whitlock
Amplifying Student Voice through Project Soapbox Joe Schmidt w/ Jill Bass - Chief Education Officer/Mikva Challenge 12:00pm ET 1 hour The first step to being an active and engaged citizen is to be able to stand up and speak out on an issue that you care about. Challenging the stereotype that young people are apathetic, Mikva’s Project Soapbox curriculum provides an avenue for students to identify a passion and learn effective public speaking skills. Students also learn listening and empathy skills. This workshop walks participants through the Project Soapbox process. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Session 2: Math Routines and Games (Pk-5) Jen Robitaille and Michele Mailhot 1:00 PM 1 hour These professional learning sessions will focus on several mathematical routines and games that can be used to formatively assess students.  We will explore how these routines could work whole class or in an asynchronous setting.  We will also explore games that students can play to review or allow for formative assessment to occur.  Different routines and games will be shared in each session.   michele.mailhot@maine.gov or jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov 
Adult Education -- Amy Poland 1:00 PM 1 hour Schoology and Online Learning Support Registration Link amy.poland@maine.gov
Child Nutrition Adriane Ackroyd 2:00 PM 1 hour Weekly open office hours Contact paula.nadeau@maine.gov paula.nadeau@maine.gov
Interrupting Hate & Bias in School Joe Schmidt w/ Dr. Tina Ellsworth - K-12 Curriculum Specialist & Instructor at University of Kansas 2:00pm ET 1 hour Teachers understand well that hate and bias exist in school and in society. However, when it happens in the moment, we are often unsure how to respond. Given that our social studies classrooms are primed for controversy, it is imperative that we learn ways to respond to hate and bias in a correct way. Using materials from Teaching Tolerance, this session will provide some examples of strategies to interrupt hate and bias as they happen in real time. We will talk through the strategy, and do some role playing so you can practice a strategy as if you were "in the moment." Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
K-12 VPA Educators Jason Anderson, MDOE 3:00pm 1 hour This is the first in the Summer series (Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of July) of "Coffee Hours" for VPA Educators at all levels.  Discussion will be driven by topics brought to the meeting (no set agenda - a time to network, collaborate with others around Maine.) Register Here (register once for the entire series.) jason.anderson@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30pm 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
World Language Conversation Lavinia Rogers & the Foreign Language Association of Maine 4:00 PM  1 hour Opportunity to connect with other World Language Teachers Register Here lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
English for Speakers of Other Languages April Perkins 4:00 PM 1 hour Virtual office hour for ESOL educators Email April Perkins for link to join. april.perkins@maine.gov

Thursday, June 11, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Formative Assessments in Social Studies: Part One - Inquiry & Thinking Joe Schmidt 9:00am ET 90 minutes This session will walk teachers through current research about assessment in social studies, provide resources to examine current assessment practices. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Q&A Hour for Admin Assistants Stephanie Clark 9:00 AM 1 hour Provides a forum for adminstrative assistants to gather and ask questions of each other and to share struggles and successes. Contact meeting host for meeting ID & Password Stephanie.Clark@maine.gov
Health Education - Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman 10:30 a.m. 1 hour Instructional Strategies for distance learning. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Early Childhood, PK/K Nicole Madore & Marcy Whitcomb 10:00 AM 1 hour 4-part series that focuses on the collaboration and alignment strategies across Pre-K and Kg. Participants are encouraged to join as a Pre-K/Kg team, although this is not mandatory. Each session will discuss different key topics associated with the unique relationship between Pre-K and Kg teachers. June 11: Professional Learning Communities- protocol for Pre-k/Kg teachers to collaborate June 25: Social-Emotional Supports for Pre-K and Kg Students July 16: How to assess Pre-k/Kg students remotely July 30th: Strategies for “minding the gap” for Pre-K students going to Kg Nicole Madore nicole.madore@maine.gov Marcy Whitcomb marcy.r.whitcomb@maine.gov
Mathematics K-12: Curriculum Alignment Michele Mailhot & Jen Robitaille 10:00 AM 1 hour This professional learning session will highlight the key focus areas in mathematics for grades K-12 and how best to take a vertical look at your curriculum.  We will be utilizing the achievethecore.org documents and the provisionally adopted Maine Learning Results. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=q6g_QX0gYkubzeoajy-GTkvvBAhUJM5Lkt5UJKjn4OFUOTJYMVlKS09SNlpQNzQySVc2TzZXVUtXOS4u michele.mailhot@maine.gov or jennifer.r.robitaille@maine.gov 
Formative Assessments in Social Studies: Part Two - Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing Joe Schmidt 10:30am ET 90 minutes This session will walk teachers through current research about assessment in social studies, provide resources to examine current assessment practices. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Physical Education - Modeling Effective Instructional Strategies for Distance Learning; Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Kathi Gallant, Mary Snow School 10:30 a.m. 1 hour Kathi will share a recording modeling effective instructional strategies used during distance learnin. Register susan.berry@maine.gov
Differentiating Instruction for English Learners Robin Fleck 10:30 AM 1 hour We will explore differentiation strategies for English Learners at varying levels of English Language Proficiency. Contact Robin Fleck. robin.fleck@maine.gov
Remote Learning 101, Module 2, Part 3: Designing for Remote Student Engagement Jonathan Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 11:00 AM 1 hour Engagement in the classroom tends to be natural. In a remote learning environment, engagement often needs facilitation. We will discuss some strategies for increasing meaningful student engagement and offer some resources and tool suggestions for engaging with students remotely. Register Here jonathan.m.graham or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
World Language & Technology Integration Lavinia Rogers and Emma-Marie Banks 1:00 PM 1 hour We will examine the TPACK and SAMR Models through the context of teaching language.  Throughout the session, participants will be reflecting on their current practice and opportunities for further integration. Register Here lavinia.m.rogers@maine.gov
Mindful Practices for Educators and Support Staff Kellie Bailey 2:00 PM 1 hour Mindfulness practices for all educators building the foundation for present moment awareness for self and students SEL Webinar Contact Hour Certificate Form This Meeting Occurs Weekly Register for this and ALL Future Sessions: Register here kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Child Nutrition Michele Bisbee & Robin Kerber 1:00 PM 1 hour Weekly open office hours Contact paula.nadeau@maine.gov paula.nadeau@maine.gov
K-12 Visual Arts Jason Anderson, MDOE with Suzanne Goulet, VA Educator at Waterville Senior High School 2:00pm ET 1 hour Suzanne Goulet will lead a discussion on cross-content collaboration strategies and "thinking outside the new box" in a post-COVID-19 environment.  Q&A/discussion will be encouraged, as times allows. Register Here jason.anderson@maine.gov
So you want to be President? Teaching Presidential Elections During Contentious Times Joe Schmidt w/ Abigail Swetz/Former MS Teacher Leader & Graduate of the LaFollette School of Public Policy 2:30pm ET 1 hour Teaching social studies in an election year is exhilarating, challenging, and most of all, rewarding. I'll walk you through some strategies I've used, talk about how and why I've shifted the focus of my lessons over the years, and provide some guidance on navigating potentially contentious conversations. My hope is to leave you with some concrete lessons to modify for your classroom and future elections. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
ELA 6-12 Office Hour Morgan Dunton 3:00 PM 1 hour Unstructured conversation contact Morgan Dunton morgan.dunton@maine.gov
Digital Learning - Nuts & Bolts Help Session: Presentation Tools Jonathan Graham & Emma-Marie Banks 3:00 PM 1 hour This is a help session designed for troubleshooting, problem-solving, and questions/answers. Bring your questions and join us for this interactive help session! Register Here jonathan.m.graham or emma-marie.banks@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30pm 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Friday, June 12, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Engaging Partner: Junior Achievement's Voluntary Support for K-5 learning Presenter: Michelle Anderson 9:00 AM 1 hour This session will engage and invite participants to consider the Junior Achievement  experiential learning opportunities for K-5 students. Contact Diana or Meg for link and password diana.doiron@maine.gov & margaret.harvey@maine.gov
Science Instruction at a Distance for 6-12 Shari Templeton 10:00 a.m. 1 hour What does science instruction look like if we are teaching remotely in the fall? We'll discuss some possibilities. contact Shari for link shari.templeton@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30pm 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Monday, June 15, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Elementary Literacy - The importance of teacher and student language K-2 Danielle (Dee) Saucier 8:00 AM 1 hour This session will review the opportunites for integration of teaching, learning and formative assessment via teacher-led and student-led diaglogic for grades K-2. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sd-usrz4qG9QPBlfp1_nv15QrWtpTBHZq  To register please use the meeting info link or email danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
Elementary Literacy - The importance of teacher and student language 3-5 Danielle (Dee) Saucier 9:30-10:30 am 1 hour This session will review the opportunites for integration of teaching, learning and formative assessment via teacher-led and student-led diaglogic for grades 3-5. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvde6hrDooHtzB4fYaJ8teWONcn2IKxVrZ   To register please use the meeting info link or email danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30pm 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
High School Career and College Explorations Presenter: Sheree Inman 9:00 AM 1 hour Sheree Inman designs learning experiences to open student's minds to possibilities for their future.  Come interact with Sheree and see how she structures learning in ways that foster students learning more about themselves, developing employability skills, understanding trends for tomorrow's jobs, understanding the financial impact of postsecondary programs, and developing decision-making skills that weigh options and support making the right decisions for themselves. Contact Diana or Meg for link and password diana.doiron@maine.gov & margaret.harvey@maine.gov
With a Little Help From My Friends: Interdisciplinary Social Studies Joe Schmidt w/ India Meissel - NCSS Past President & Social Studies Department Chair 10:00am 1 hour Too much material to cover? Not enough time? Feeling overwhelmed? Learn how interdisciplinary pairings with colleagues can cut your workload in half and double student learning time. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Elementary Literacy - Rethinking the Power of the Read Aloud Grades K-2 Danielle (Dee) Saucier 11:30 AM 1 hour This session will explore ideas for the power of the read aloud in building classroom community, protocols and supporting social and emotional learning for grades K-2. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtf-ihrzwtGdbtunBQyRdMK6ggAWpMhn6D  To register please use the meeting info link or email danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
Integrating Interdisciplinary Teaching in a Social Studies Classroom Joe Schmidt w/ Sherri Michalowski - WCSS President & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher 1:00pm ET 1 hour This session would be an informal discussion about the how-tos of an interdisciplinary social studies classroom. Experiences and resources would be shared. Along with the interdisciplinary teaching inquired and inclusion would blend into this discussion naturally. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Andrea Logan 10:00 AM 1 hour Session 1: Assemble Your Team This is the first session in a 4 part learning series that is an MTSS primer/reboot for schools looking for best practices in MTSS, innovating their MTSS systems, getting creative with MTSS, and how to utilize the problem-solving framework when implementing MTSS. There will be some work suggested (not required) in between sessions. The link will register you for the 4-part series. Other sessions in the series will be held from 10-11on June 18 (Leading Equity-based MTSS), June 23 (Innovate Inside the Box), and June 25 (Strategic Planning When Issues Arise). Click here to register for this series  andrea.logan@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 3:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Fake News: What It Is, Why It Works, and What Social Studies Can Do About It Joe Schmidt w/ Dr. Wayne Journell - Author of "Unpacking Fake News: An Educator's Guide to Navigating the Media with Students" 12:00pm ET 1 hour The term "fake news" has become ubiquitous since the 2016 Presidential Election; however, its meaning is often dependent on who is using the term. This presentation will discuss the various definitions of fake news and use elements of political psychology to explain why we often succumb to believing actual fake news and discrediting legitimate news that has been branded as fake. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Health Education & Physical Education - Inclusivity for Distance Learning & Face to Face in HE, PE & Beyond Susan Berry & Jean Zimmerman with Maddy Magnuson , MFPA 10:30 a.m. 1 hour Sometimes we say or do things out of habit and might not evenm realize we have exclused people with the language or actions we take. This sessions will provide critical information and strategies for HE & PE classrooms and beyond that ensure terminilogy and practices in the curriculum are inclusive of all students. Register susan.berry@maine.gov 
Elementary Literacy - Rethinking the Power of the Read Aloud Grades 3-5 Danielle (Dee) Saucier 11:00 AM 1 hour This session will explore ideas for the power of the read aloud in building classroom community, protocols and supporting social and emotional learning for grades 3-5. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qce2tpz4jH9y0fY6tN648wjfHZIF5PgWv  To register please use the meeting info link or email danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
PK-5 Rethinking Literacy: Integration of Maine Science & ELA Standards Shari Templeton & Dee Saucier 1:00 PM 2 hours PK-5 Literacy & Science intersections will be examined as we explore ways to improve both through integration. Finally, a way to improve literacy and fit in science. contact host for link shari.templeton@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Thursday, June 18, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
All the News That's Fit to Teach: Current Events in the Classroom Joe Schmidt w/ David Olson - PBS Digital Innovator & iCivics and Constitution Center Board Member 11:00am ET 1 hour Teachers will examine the rationale for incorporating Current Events in the classroom, and explore methods for teaching informational literacy and news analysis. Complete this form to register and to receive more information. joe.schmidt@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov

Friday, June 19, 2020

FOCUS AREA SPECIALIST TIME DURATION DESCRIPTION MEETING INFO CONTACT INFO
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov
Elementary Literacy - Bringing Literacy and Outdoors Together Grades K-2 Danielle (Dee) Saucier 8 am- 9am 1 hour We will discuss and explore the opportunities to develop literacy skills in the outdoors when school resumes in the fall for grades K-2. Register Here To register please use the meeting info link or email danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
Elementary Literacy - Bringing Literacy and Outdoors Together Grades 3-5 Danielle (Dee) Saucier 9:30 am -10:30 am 1 hour We will discuss and explore the opportunities to develop literacy skills in the outdoors when school resumes in the fall for grades 3-5. Register here To register please use the meeting info link or email danielle.m.saucier@maine.gov
Brain Centered Emotional Support Kellie Bailey/ Bear Shea 8:30am 15 minutes Join educators in building and practicing skills to relieve stress and regulate our brains Join this session. kellie.bailey@maine.gov