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 director@mainecla.org

MCLA Fall Opportunities

Save the Date!

MCLA’s fall conference, Practical Proficiency, is scheduled for October 27 and 28. Look for registration information in August.

Click on the Professional Learning tab to learn more about:

Finding Leverage, September 15, Augusta.

Assessing Proficiency, September 29, Augusta.

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