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

Maine’s Curriculum Leader of the Year

Peter Lancia is Maine’s 2016 Curriculum Leader of the Year

Peter Lancia, Assistant Superintendent of the Westbrook School Department, was selected this week as Maine’s 2016 Curriculum Leader of the Year. Peter, Maine’s 2002 Teacher of the Year, “has the heart of a teacher” and leads from his heart.

“We make an impact on our students,” he says, “when we help our teachers grow.” Peter’s modeling and clear vision for proficiency-based teaching and learning means that all of Westbrook’s 451 teachers participate in regular and continuous professional development aligned with the district’s strategic plan. He’s created PLC’s, early release days, led school reconfiguration to support looping and ease student transitions across grades, and helps teachers use data to support special needs students, English Language Learners, and Title I and gifted and talented learners.

His tireless work to build partnerships with community organizations and elected officials brought new opportunities to Westbrook’s students (60% qualify for free and reduced meals and 14% are part of the district’s transient population), including the K-12 “summer slide” academy, full-day Head Start, and the Westbrook Children’s Cabinet.

In his spare time, Peter is active in ASCD at the state and national levels, serving as Maine ASCD’s past president, and teaches at the University of Southern Maine.

“Westbrook is extremely proud of Dr. Peter Lancia and all that he’s accomplished as a teacher, principal, and educational leader,” wrote Westbrook superintendent Marc Gousse in Peter’s nomination letter. So are we. The Maine Curriculum Leaders’ Association is looking forward to working with Peter as a board member in the coming year.

2016 Legislative Summary

Four Key Statutes Enacted — One Vetoed

MCLA followed five bills related to standards and proficiency in the 2016 legislative session just concluded. Visit our leadership page to read more about our legislative work.  LD 1641, which established the ‘commission to reform public education funding and improve student performance’, was in the news when the Governor convened the group in a private meeting at the Blaine House.  LD 1627 significantly amended the proficiency-based diploma requirements. LD 1459 delays full PEPG system implementation for a year, expands local piloting throughout the district, and prohibits the use of MEA data to measure educator effectiveness for a year. LD 1253 requires the commissioner to convene a stakeholder work group to develop an equitable school accountability system to replace the letter grade system.  LD 1253 marks the first time curriculum leaders have been included as a stakeholder group in statute. LD 1492, which was vetoed by the Governor, specified the rule making and educator input process the DOE was to follow in reviewing and revising the Learning Results and Guiding Principles.