School Improvement Webinar Series

As part of our commitment to being a resource to support all schools in their ongoing improvement efforts, the Maine Department of Education is hosting a new school improvement webinar series. If you are unable to participate but have questions to pose to the presenter(s), please send them in advance to communications.doe@maine.gov, and we at the Department will do our best to address them during the webinar.

The Webinars

Putting the Data Warehouse to Work

Originally presented 6/6/13
Detail: The Maine Department of Education’s new Data Warehouse is a powerful tool in the arsenal of educators working to improve student outcomes. It's an equally powerful tool for parents and students who want to find out how their local schools are performing and how their performance compares to other Maine schools', districts' and the entire state's. This session introduces educators to the Data Warehouse and its many capabilities for initiating informed, data-driven decision-making about school improvement planning and action.
Presenters: Bill Hurwitch, Director of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System, and Lance Gilman of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System training team.
View a recording of the meeting (Flash* - approximately 40 minutes)

Measured Progress: Using Your Data to Inform Planning for the 2013-14 School Year

Originally presented 6/10/13
Detail: Building on the Data Warehouse training, this session is intended to help educators access iServices, the portal to Measured Progress's assessment data, with an eye toward using results from this year to inform planning for next year. This presentation has been developed for teachers and administrators who are beginning- to intermediate users of the iServices site.
Presenters: George Tucker and Linda Parkin, Maine DOE School Improvement Specialists
View a recording of the meeting (Flash* - approximately 21 minutes)

The Characteristics of Effective Schools

Originally presented 6/13/13
Detail: Every school has its own challenges and opportunities, but, despite their differences, high performing schools share similar characteristics. In this session, we present key indicators of effective practices based on professional and research literature and share examples of them in action in Maine schools, from leadership team planning practices to how teachers are successfully interacting with students and parents.
Presenters: Rachelle Tome, Chief Academic Officer, and CIPS consultants Al Struck and Steve MacDougall
View a recording of the meeting (Flash* - approximately 60 minutes)

Low Income and High Performing: What is Working in Maine

Originally presented 6/18/13
Detail: Education is the great equalizer yet it’s no secret to educators that children from low-income communities struggle to achieve proficiency at the same rate as their peers in wealthier communities. Still, throughout Maine there are stories of schools successfully overcoming socio-economics and other challenges to produce proficient, engaged students prepared and passionate for college, career and civic life. In this session, leaders of schools with high free/reduced lunch populations and high performance share their proven strategies in ensuring demographics doesn’t determine destiny.
Presenters: Rachelle Tome, Chief Academic Officer, and Guests
View a recording of the meeting (Flash* - approximately 56 minutes)

Getting Kids to Show Up

Originally presented 9/17/13
Detail: No matter how effective your instruction is, students need to actually be in your classroom to learn. Yet despite many schools' best efforts to ensure attendance, too many kids are just not showing up. This session examines ways to improve attendance and provides takeaways for structuring the school day, communicating with families and much more, including successful strategies straight from Maine schools that have improved their average daily attendance and student performance as a result.
Presenters: Rachelle Tome, Chief Academic Officer; Susan Lieberman, Spurwink; Suzanne Godin, South Portland Schools; and Daniel Chuhta, MSAD 75.
View a recording of the webinar (Flash* - approximately 44 minutes)

Supporting Common Core Implementation (English Language Arts)

Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Detail: This session will overview ELA implementation support available from Maine DOE, ideas for what schools can do as their local implementation of the updated Maine Learning Results moves forward including how to effectively communicate with students and families, the timeline for Smarter Balanced roll-out and much more. Featuring Maine DOE’s Rachelle Tome, Lee Anne Larsen, Morgan Dunton and best practices from Maine schools.

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Conference Number: +1 8774550244
Conference Code: 4690629793

Supporting Common Core Implementation (Math)

Thursday, Sept. 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Details: This session will overview math implementation support available from Maine DOE, ideas for what schools can do as their local implementation of the updated Maine Learning Results moves forward including how to effectively communicate with students and families, the timeline for Smarter Balanced roll-out and much more. Featuring Maine DOE’s Rachelle Tome, Michelle Mailhot and best practices from Maine schools.
Invited By: Rachelle Tome (DOE-NCLBA@maine.gov)

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Conference Number: +1 8774550244
Conference Code: 4690629793
Further Dial-In Numbers: https://iccapi.audiocontrols.net:8443/axis2/listNumbersByCode?confCode=4690629793

Details about the following webinar, offered as part of our commitment to being a resource to support all schools in their improvement efforts, will be coming soon. In the meantime, save the date for:

  • Graduating Every Student Prepared: Implementing Maine’s Proficiency-Based Diploma, coming in October


To join our School Improvement webinars:
1.  Go online to the web address provided.
2.  Select the ‘Enter as a Guest’ option and type your name in the corresponding text field.
3.  No phone connection is necessary. To listen, be sure your computer speakers are on and set at an appropriate level.

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