Professional Development Events

This is a help session designed for troubleshooting, problem-solving, and questions/answers. Bring your questions and join us for this interactive help session!


Are you interested in teaching in one of the most healthy, healthful, beautiful, and interesting states in the nation? One that values autonomy, innovation, and creativity in teaching? One that values equity and diversity? Then this is the session for you! Our team is excited to share information with you regarding Maine’s certification process, tips for successful searches for current openings, avenues for completing coursework, supports in place for newly-hired educators, and the benefits of teaching in Maine!  #TeachMaine #LiveAndWorkInMaine  

Virtual Webinar

In order to continue to support educators throughout Maine, I will resume having open office hours for anyone wishing to “stop by” and ask questions of me or chat with anyone who attends. These sessions do not have an agenda or a formal presentation, but rather are meant as an opportunity to connect with myself and other interested social studies educators.


IRLP Training for Special Ed Directors and Staff


Techniques for Self-Care and Peer Support (RSE)
Train-the-Educator (TtE) Virtual Training by Request (VTBR)

A virtual learning opportunity for caregivers in schools and school districts to better understand, and teach others, resilience strategies following emergency events


Registration for this event closes on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).

When: Monday, October 26, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET


An email with the training link and instructions will be sent prior to the event.


Tabatha Rosproy, a 10-year veteran teacher from Kansas, is the first early childhood educator to be named National Teacher of the Year. She teaches preschool for Winfield Early Learning Center (WELC) in Winfield, Kansas. The preschool is housed in Cumbernauld Village, a local retirement community and nursing home. Her classroom was highlighted in a video that can be seen here

Maine Department of Education is very excited about the opportunity to host Tabatha in a meet and greet session that will be moderated by Nicole Madore, Early Childhood Specialist. We will discuss important early childhood topics including inclusion, family engagement, transitions, and other best practice strategies. There will also be time for participants to ask their own questions to gain further insight from Tabatha’s experience as an early childhood educator. 

All early childhood (birth-3rd grade) educators, administrators, childcare providers, Head Start staff and higher-education students are welcomed and encouraged to join! 

The two-hour event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 3pm-5pm. Pre-registration is required. 

More information about the National Teacher of the Year process, as well as Tabatha’s bio, is available here: 

 Any questions can be directed to Nicole Madore, Early Childhood Specialist, at


When students write and speak, we want them to support their claims with evidence. Too often, however, students choose irrelevant or unreliable evidence - or none at all. Further, students often struggle to clearly explain the reasoning of how exactly their evidence supports their claim - a subtle skill that challenges even the brightest learners. Fortunately, ThinkerAnalytix (a Harvard-affiliated nonprofit) has developed a series of practice exercises designed to help students target and improve these exact skills. In this interactive workshop, we will introduce you to our "logic boot camp" and show you how to use argument mapping to help students support their claims with relevant evidence and careful reasoning. Join ThinkerAnalytix on Wednesday, February 17 at 3:00pm ET for their latest webinar. Participants will leave this workshop with resources to make students' writing more precise and class discussions more constructive.. Registration is required and educators can register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar as well as a reminder one hour before the webinar starts. Attendees to the live session will receive a contact hour certificate and the session will be recorded and posted on the MDOE Social Studies Professional Learning page for those who are not able to attend live.


MDOE Special Services will be providing bi-weekly Special Education Office Hours and a monthly Lunch and Learn Q & A Session.  The February Schedule is as follows:

2/10/21 - Case Study-SLD with Suzie Part 1

2/24/21 - Case Study-SLD with Suzie Part 2

2/26/21 - CANCELLED due to Schedule Conflict. Lunch and Learn Q & A-related to topics from February presentations and any other questions you may have.

*Please note: Special Education Office Hours Schedule is subject to change without notice. Thank you.


An hour the second Tuesday of each month when you can hear the latest updates from your Regional Coordinators and Title Specialists and have any questions you may have answered in live time.


This training on the ESEA Application is mandatory for all ESEA Coordinators regardless of years in the position.  We are changing from the GEMS platform to the Grants4Me platform and the training must be attended.


B-13 Transition Planning Webinar: B-13 Transition Planning with an emphasis on assessment resources.

Presentation Schedule:

3:00-3:30 p.m. - B-13 Transition Planning presentation and recording: This recording will be used for public training. We ask that you type all questions in the chat box during the presentation. Questions will be addressed during the Q & A Session at 3:30 ~ Thank you!

3:30-4:00 p.m. - Q & A Session: Discussion of questions generated from today’s presentation.


This will be a time to join members of the Early Learning team in an open discussion about the return to school.


This session is meant to be a refresher on conducting a nursing assessment after injury to the head. Participants will review recent research on brain injury in children/adolescents, standards of care and best practices.  

Cost: Free 


This 5-part virtual professional learning opportunity is specifically designed for a team/sub-team of a school leadership team consisting of 4-6 members (which includes at least one administrator) to support the development and implementation of a mathematics whole school agreement.  Please plan to attend all 5 virtual sessions. Thursdays, Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, and Nov. 18


Writing Compliant IEPs: Present Level Statements

Power Point: 11.10.2021%20Present%20Level%20Statements.pdf

*schedule subject to change without notice


August 10th - Restorative Justice Board: A Showcase of Options for Thinking about RJ and Community Impact
August 11th – Lt. Carlos Camacho, Nashua, NH Police Department
See SRO Summit Flyer 2021 for sample breakout sessions and topics.

Cost: Free
Registration link to come for both in person and virtual options.


On-Line and in person at Windham High School, Windham Maine

Applying Reports 1: Connecting MAP Growth Scores to Student Learning

Once you’re comfortable with the basics of administering MAP Growth assessments, get hands-on with your reports. Learn to access, interpret, and apply rich data.


  • Understand how MAP Growth RIT scores measure what each student knows and is ready to learn
  • Identify ways to use MAP Growth data to flexibly group students
  • Access, interpret, and apply MAP Growth data
  • Analyze MAP


The Maine DOE is pleased to host a virtual mentor training session on September 20, 2021.  The training may serve as an introduction to those interested in becoming mentors or as a refresher to those that have served as mentors in the past.  We will review the foundations of mentoring in this interactive session! 

For more information, please contact Emily Doughty at

The session will take place over Zoom.  Registrants will receive a confirmation email and a detailed agenda following registration.

Designed for adult educators, this four-week course will review the fundamentals of social and emotional learning and its relationship to executive functioning skills. Participants will identify their own executive functioning strengths and weaknesses using a questionnaire and explore how those strengths and weaknesses impact their relationships with others. Additionally, participants will identify ways to introduce and work on executive functioning concepts with adult learners, both in and outside the classroom.

12.0 CEHs will be awarded upon successful completion.

Online Schoology

Have you wondered how you can use CASAS to help you plan your instruction? Come hear about TopsPro, the website from CASAS, where you can see diagnostic information about your students. We will discuss what TopsPro is, and how to access it.  We will spend time exploring the TopsPro tool including going over useful diagnostic and programmatic reports.

Presenter: Megan Dichter, Workforce Development Coordinator, Maine Department of Education- Adult Education & Family Literacy