Special Education Initiatives

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Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.

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Educational Surrogate Parent Program 

The Educational Surrogate Parent Program was established to provide educational surrogate parents to children with disabilities whenever the natural parents or guardian of a child with a disability cannot be identified or located, or when the child is in the custody of the state. 

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Maine's Alternative Certification and Mentoring Program (MACM) for Special Educators

This program is an alternative pathway to certification to support Maine’s need for highly qualified special educators. MACM offers intensive, focused support and mentoring during the special educator’s critical first year of practice.

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Math4ME

As a component of Maine’s State Systematic Improvement plan, Math4ME is designed to implement evidence-based professional development to improve math proficiency of students with disabilities in grades 3-8 and to improve instructional practices of teachers of these students.

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Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports

PBIS is a multi-tiered approach to supporting the social, emotional and behavioral development of students in K-12 settings.