May 4, 2021
We hope to provide you with helpful information monthly through the newsletter and office hours. Our newsletters will often include:
General and Title Specific Updates from the ESEA Federal Programs Team
Fun Data Fact(s)
Friendly Reminders for Planning and Program Implementation
Professional Learning Opportunities
Virtual Office Hours: 2nd Tuesday of every month from 10:15 – 11:15 am
(Next Virtual Office Hour is Tuesday, May 11th: contact Cheryl.Lang@maine.gov or your regional program coordinator for the link)
General & Title Specific Updates from the ESEA Federal Programs Team
Starting in June, the ESEA Federal Programs Team will host our Summer ESEA Virtual Office Hours twice a month through August from 9 – 10 AM. The dates for the Summer Virtual Office Hours are as follows:
June 8th and 22nd
July 13th & 27th
August 10th & 24th
Maine LDP Action Learning Project (Piloting a Template – Volunteers Needed)
ESEA Federal Programs Team member, Daniel Weeks, has been participating in the Maine Leadership Development Program (LDP) and, as part of the work for the program, he is looking for ways to increase effectiveness and efficiencies for districts. The project being undertaken is a template that is designed to guide districts as they conduct their annual review and update their CNA in a structured yet flexible way. Upon completion, the template would then be used to support the completion of the FY22 ESEA Application and would be uploaded to the District Profile Page. Your feedback, after trying this template out, would be instrumental in providing the team with insight to make any necessary changes for future versions that could be rolled out to all districts. Any district that would like to volunteer for the pilot can do so by signing up for the pilot here:
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out for more information at: Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-624-6749.
US Department of Education News
The US Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, offers a monthly newsletter that includes a wealth of information and resources on topics such as, Handbook of Best Practices, Lessons from the Field, Summer Programming, Student and Family Reengagement Learning Series, etc. The amount of resources can be overwhelming, but there may be a topic or two that are of importance or significance to you and your school district. Archived newsletters are available on this website. If you would like to subscribe to the Office of State Grants and Program Support (SGPS) Newsletter, sign up! This link also will allow subscribers to manage their subscriber settings and unsubscribe. You can also sign up for more Department of Education-supported news resources:
Please join us in welcoming Jessica Caron to our ESEA Team as the new Title I Regional Program Manager. We are extremely excited to have her working with us to support all of you. Jess is originally from Fort Kent and is thrilled to be back in Maine. She is an outdoor enthusiast and especially enjoys biathlon and cross-country skiing.
Friendly Reminders for Planning and Program Implementation for the month of May
Parent & Family Engagement
ESEA Data Dashboard: Districts need to annually notify and educate their families about the ESEA Dashboard. Along with posting the link to the state’s ESEA Dashboard, districts need to provide an explanation to their families about the dashboard and the information found on the dashboard. The dashboard is provided at the following link: https://www.maine.gov/doe/dashboard
We recommend posting this information on a district’s webpage and sharing it with your families.
We encourage Business Managers to submit monthly invoices for all ESEA titles.
State and Local
Professional Learning Opportunities
Professional Learning offered through the Department of Education is a fantastic resource for supporting leadership development for administrators and educators. The Department’s professional learning calendar is available at https://www.maine.gov/doe/calendar. This calendar has increased functionality including a search feature.
For more information about professional learning opportunities specific to Tier III identified schools, please contact Teri Peaslee, School Turnaround Professional Development Coordinator at email@example.com or (207) 624-6706.
As always, reach out to your ESEA regional program manager with questions. Their contact information can be found at https://www.maine.gov/doe/learning/esea/contact. Also, your feedback is encouraged and appreciated. Please contact Cheryl Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback and suggestions.