Maine CLA
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.

Contact: Heidi McGinley, Director

Heidi’s Short History of the Guiding Principles

I was the lead Department of Education staff person who supported the State Board of Education’s Task Force on Learning Results. The Task Force was charged with developing a vision for education in Maine, a five-year plan to work toward it, and the development of a new set of state standards to replace Maine’s original Common Core of Learning. The vision was developed by stakeholders representing business, education, nonprofits, parents, and community members.

The standards development process began with the Guiding Principles. Continue Reading Heidi’s Short History of the Guiding Principles

MCLA Fall 2015 Conference

MCLA’s Fall Conference — October 19 & 20, 2015

Guiding Principles Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Conference resources link

Guiding Principles Work & Challenges October 20, 2015 Data Collection (pdf)

What participants said about the experience:

“Your sessions were excellent! Very useful and thought provoking.” “The conversations were fabulous!” “Practical information.” “Inspiring.” “I feel so much better about what I’m struggling with.” “Among the best conferences I’ve attended.”

Follow-up Problem Solving Session November 9

Identify your own Guiding Principles challenges and use a structured process to design solutions. Work with your own team or across districts.

MCLA members and their guests are invited to register online or download the paper form (word) (pdf) by October 29.


Deb McIntyre Named Curriculum Leader of the Year

Deb McIntyre, Assistant Superintendent in RSU 3, is Maine’s 2015 Curriculum Leader of the Year.

Surprised to be nominated and even more surprised to be selected, Deb said “all my colleagues deserve this award. No one can be successful in this job without people who support the work. We have some great teachers who make this work possible.”

Continue Reading Deb McIntyre Named Curriculum Leader of the Year