Our mission is to support curriculum leaders and to champion curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices and policies that enhance learning.
The Maine Curriculum Leaders’ Association’s (MCLA) Board of Directors and its members work together by:
- Promoting and providing professional learning.
- Influencing policy and decision making.
- Advancing the use of effective practices.
- Developing and fostering partnerships with organizations consistent with our mission.
- Supporting opportunities for networking and sharing.
MCLA’s Vision 2020
The Maine Curriculum Leaders’ Association is a recognized expert voice on effective learning practices and their applications in schools and districts. State and local policy makers view MCLA as a non-political source of information and guidance, and seek its participation in the development of state education policy. MCLA’s board, members, and stakeholders develop thoughtful responses to proposed education policies and propose additional approaches necessary to enhance learning in Maine. The Association will:
- Provide high quality, user-friendly technology to promote two-way communication.
- Sponsor rich professional development in conferences, subcommittees, special interest groups, and webinars.
- Fund local action research projects and disseminate results.
- Mentor new curriculum leaders.
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Contact: Heidi McGinley, Director email@example.com
MCLA represented Maine curriculum leaders in the DOE’s Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Advisory Committee in May and August 2013. The group’s purpose was to advise the department on the adoption of the SBAC options, which include grade level interim assessments and the digital library. The group included representatives from Maine’s education associations.
After hearing from the advisory group and weighing costs, the department expects to offer both the SBAC summative assessments in grades 3-8 and 11 and the full menu of options (interim grade level assessments and all the resources in the digital library). The Grade 11 SBAC summative assessment will replace the SAT beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The department is weighing the additional costs of also offering the SAT, but as of November 2013 had made no final decision. The options will be available to all districts beginning in the fall of 2014.
Mary Giard, Director of Curriculum and Instruction in RSU 22 (Hampden, Newburgh, and Winterport) was nominated by her district and chosen by MCLA’s board of directors. The announcement was made on October 21 at MCLA’s fall conference. Mary receives a free MCLA membership and free conference attendance and will be recognized at the 2013 Educate Maine Leadership luncheon in December.
What her district says about Mary:
“Mary consistently serves SAD #22, our regional Penobscot Regional Partnership consortium and her fellow curriculum leaders statewide with a dedication and perseverance that benefit students, teachers and communities alike. Mary is the first one to lend a helping hand, to willingly offer up her serv ices and to believe that where there is a will there is a way. Mary leads by example and her follow through is impeccable.“
Mary is an active member and leader in MCCL, PREP, EMCC, the Literacy Leadership Network, and ASCD.
Anita Bernhardt, recently named Coordinator for Standards and Instruction at the Department of Education, closed MCLA’s NGSS conference on October 22 with a state policy update on NGSS. The department wants to use the current school year to increase understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and the K-12 Science Framework before asking the legislature to replace Maine’s current science standards with NGSS. The adoption process won’t begin until 2014-15. Download Anita’s slides.