Archive for June 12th, 2020


School Reopen Preparations

June 12, 2020

Maine DOE

Nikki Millonzi

The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders and experts in the field, has created this initial iteration of a framework to assist in planning for a safe return to in-person instruction. It should be noted that this framework will be further developed and will evolve as additional information and guidance is provided about the epidemic.

This framework provides options, ideas, and considerations for organizing the work of reintegrating back to in-person, classroom instruction. In general, these steps are not intended to be used as requirements or mandates, rather they should be viewed as customizable starting points and resources for school administrative units (SAUs) in the difficult work of planning for the fall.

Each SAU’s Collaborative Planning Team, led by the superintendent, is responsible for the development and review of their Emergency Operations Plans. Your Collaborative Planning Team should include school nurses, administrators, educators, and representatives from transportation, food service, local emergency responders, and your local or regional community health experts. This team will need to determine procedures for the schools within that unit.  Exceptions to this include any applicable executive orders, state laws or local ordinances, which may be subject to change during this unpredictable emergency, and the “minimum expectations for remote learning” which will be required of all SAUs.

The pillars of this framework include safety, equity, and accessibility for all students and staff, and  should encourage innovation and honor the professional integrity of Maine educators.

This framework is organized in this way – click to read each section of the framework.
Part I – Physical Health and Safety Considerations
Part II – Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental HealthConsiderations
Part III – Academic Programs and Student LearningConsiderations
Part IV – Common Foundation for Remote Learning
Part V – Additional considerations


Congrats Visual and Performing Arts Educators

June 12, 2020


The following educators were recently recognized by the professional organizations who represent music and visual arts.



Maine Music Education Association 

  • Spirit of Education Award -Joseph Meyers
  • Education Appreciation Award – Joe Shaw
  • Outstanding New Music Educator – Alexander Adams
  • Outstanding Administrator – Heather Blanchard, Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School, Brunswick
  • Dale F. Huff Outstanding Music Program – Cape Elizabeth
  • Hall of Fame – Gerry Wright and Terry White
  • Music Educator of the Year – Caitlin Ramsey and Phil Edelman

Maine Art Education Association

  • Art Educator of the Year – Jodi Thomas, Thornton Academy, Saco
  • Middle Level Art Educator of the Year – Libbie Winslow, Medomak Middle School, Waldoboro
  • Secondary Art Educator of the year – Raegan Russell, Berwick Academy, South Berwick
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