Author Archives: Heidi McGinley

Curriculum Leader of the Year Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2017 Maine Curriculum Leader of the Year close on April 14, 2017. The Curriculum Leader of the Year:

  1. Has successfully served as a curriculum leader (designated curriculum director, assistant superintendent, or teacher leader) in public education for at least five years.
  2. Is an MCLA member at the time of nomination.
  3. Is a proven champion of curriculum, instruction, and assessment policies and practices that enhance learning both within and outside the district, who also:
    • Promotes and provides opportunities to learn and to share learning.
    • Develops partnerships and networks with other districts and organizations to support learning.

Download more information about the nomination and selection process.


Providing Opportunity to Learn May 15 & 16, 2017

Back by popular demand!

Providing Opportunity to Learn

May 15 & 16, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn, Great Falls Plaza, Auburn

Registration Deadline — May 1, 2017

Registration fee: $275 MCLA members, $300 Non-members

Register for

Strand 1. Planning Proficiency-based Instruction


Strand 2. Personalized/Independent Learning

Participants must choose one of the two strands for both days.

Visit the Providing Opportunity to Learn page for detailed information about the experience.

Register up to five participants online.

Download the paper flyer and registration form.

Our November 7 & 8, 2016 Opportunity to Learn experience repeated.

What participants said about Strand 1. Planning Proficiency-based Instruction:

“Fantastic, informative, useful!! Plenty of time to digest and motivation to progress!”

“Great leaders. Excellent format. Ample time to work as a team and reflect.”

“Fantastic job! A nice balance of direct instruction and time to work.”

“Great pacing/organization of teaching, work time, breaks, and support.”

About Strand 2. Personalized/Independent Learning:

“I’m so grateful for the willingness of our stand leaders to share EVERYTHING! The resources/tools we have at our disposal are amazing and will be invaluable in supporting next steps.”

“Beautifully done. I am energized to go back to school and do even better.”

“Provided terrific modeling of the kind of learning opportunities we want for students.”

“I really enjoyed the learner-centered format with mini-lessons that were geared toward our needs.”