TeachMaine

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Develop, Support, and Sustain a Robust Educator Workforce

#TeachMaine is an initiative of the Maine Department of Education seeking to attract and retain talented educators who understand the “magnitude of the mission” of public education.
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Educators who design, create, collaborate, and innovate! Educators who are curious. Educators who care. Educators who love to learn. Educators who value diversity. Educators who believe in equity and racial and social justice. Educators who know their daily efforts have a positive impact on students, families, communities, and the world. Educators who love kids.

Efforts to Date:

New! (Fall 2020) Learning Facilitator Credential Program

In order to be responsive to critical staff shortages in Maine schools as a result of the pandemic, Governor Mills created additional flexibilities and opportunities for educators in Executive Order #7. Based on the Executive Order, the Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with Maine Community College System and Eastern Maine Community College, has developed the Learning Facilitator Program, a fast-track training program for paraprofessional level educators to expand, strengthen and support a high quality educator workforce.

The program, which is offered at no cost to the participants, is completed in two phases in one academic year with the ongoing support of Eastern Maine Community College faculty.

  • A week-long 3-credit course "boot camp" with foundational elements of classroom management and school culture. Additionally, the core boot camp curriculum includes training n COVID readiness, bloodborne pathogens, suicide awareness and prevention, mandated reporter training, and fingerprint clearance in order to address both substitute teacher and long-term support staff preparedness. 
  • The second phase of the program consists of a combination of online work, professional learning community meetings, and a structured teaching apprenticeship (315 hours). 

Upon completion of the 3-credit course "boot camp," participants will have the foundational skills necessary to fill short- and long-term substitute educator roles, as well as all paraprofessional positions. They can support instruction and provide guidance to learners in the classroom under the supervision of a mentor teacher or teaching team. Mentor teachers or teaching teams may be working remotely or in-person. Special coding for Learning facilitators has been created within NEO for schools, so that subsidy will not be impacted. 

Educators who complete all elements of the Learning Facilitator Program, as outlined above, will qualify for an Educational Technician III certification. 

For more information, please visit:

https://www.emcc.edu/workforce-development/non-credit-and-continuing-education-classes/learning-facilitator-credential-program/

Regional Think Tanks: (Summer 2019)

MDOE staff traveled throughout the state seeking stakeholder input via Regional Think Tanks on the challenges involved in recruiting and retaining educators, as well as suggested action steps we can take to address these challenges.

 

Teachers in Semi Circle having discussion
Educator Talent Committee: (Spring, 2019 - Current)

A group of stakeholders working on the #TeachMaine initiative. Work completed:Cookie with #TeachMaine written on it

  • Synthesized data from Think Tanks
  • Researched recruitment and retention trends, data, and initiatives
  • Presented initial findings & work at MSMA Conference
  • Site visits:  Educator Preparation Programs, CTE Centers, “Grow Your Own” initiatives
  • Partnered with Thomas College to host “Future Teachers Academy” 
  • Developed framework for strategic plan
  • Writing subcommittee working on draft of five year strategic plan

Next Steps:

Fall 2020
  • Draft of plan to Educator Talent Committee and MDOE Leadership for vetting
  • Draft of plan to wider group of stakeholders in “the field”  for vetting
  • Implement revisions
January, 2021

#TeachMaine Strategic Plan published and disseminated 

Contact

Tamara L. Ranger
Educator Excellence Coordinator
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
tamara.ranger@maine.gov
PH: 207-624-6703

Emily Doughty
Educator Effectiveness Coordinator
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
emily.doughty@maine.gov
PH: 207-624-6748