Maine CLA

The Maine Curriculum Leaders’ Association’s mission is to support curriculum leaders and to champion curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices and policies that enhance learning. MCLA’s long-term goals:

Goal 1. MCLA’s organizational functions and structures support its mission.

Goal 2. MCLA supports effective implementation of standards and proficiency-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Contact: Heidi McGinley, Executive Director

MCLA + State Policy

MCLA + State Policy

How We Represent Members

MCLA’s mission is to support curriculum leaders and to champion policies and practices that enhance learning. In 2014 MCLA’s board decided to take an active role in state education policy making by providing information to both the Department of Education and to the legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee.

MCLA tracks bills that impact curriculum, instruction, assessment and standards and proficiency implementation. We poll our members on upcoming bills and potential state policies and report the results to members, the Department of Education, and to the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. MCLA’s members work in 77 districts. We provide poll data to state policy makers when we’ve heard from a majority of those districts (approved by the board on January 27, 2017). Read more on our Leadership page.


Providing Opportunity to Learn May 15 & 16, 2017

Back by popular demand!

Providing Opportunity to Learn

May 15 & 16, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn, Great Falls Plaza, Auburn

Registration Deadline — May 1, 2017

Registration fee: $275 MCLA members, $300 Non-members

Register for

Strand 1. Planning Proficiency-based Instruction


Strand 2. Personalized/Independent Learning

Participants must choose one of the two strands for both days.

Register up to five participants online.

Download the paper flyer and registration form.

Our November 7 & 8, 2016 Opportunity to Learn experience repeated.

What participants said about Strand 1. Planning Proficiency-based Instruction:

“Fantastic, informative, useful!! Plenty of time to digest and motivation to progress!”

“Great leaders. Excellent format. Ample time to work as a team and reflect.”

“Fantastic job! A nice balance of direct instruction and time to work.”

“Great pacing/organization of teaching, work time, breaks, and support.”

About Strand 2. Personalized/Independent Learning:

“I’m so grateful for the willingness of our stand leaders to share EVERYTHING! The resources/tools we have at our disposal are amazing and will be invaluable in supporting next steps.”

“Beautifully done. I am energized to go back to school and do even better.”

“Provided terrific modeling of the kind of learning opportunities we want for students.”

“I really enjoyed the learner-centered format with mini-lessons that were geared toward our needs.”

Visit the Providing Opportunity to Learn page for detailed information about the experience.