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

Kids Unfazed by the SBAC Pilot

“Kids across the board were unfazed by taking the test – it was the adults that were stressed.”

Southern Maine curriculum leaders and technology coordinators met on May 9 to debrief the SBAC pilot process. They reported a few technical issues, but had more concerns about teachers’ preparation to proctor the test.

Clear and practical training and information for teacher proctors wasn’t available in the pilot. Pilot districts recommend that all teachers take the practice test and urged the Maine Department of Education to develop “pared-down, clear instructions” and protocols for teacher proctors, including how to administer the performance tasks, videos of proctor best practices, and local processes to ensure test fidelity and student fairness in administration. Continue Reading Kids Unfazed by the SBAC Pilot

Mary Giard Named 2013 Curriculum Leader of the Year

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.