Author Archives: Heidi McGinley

MCLA + State Policy

MCLA + State Policy: How We Represent Members

MCLA tracks bills that impact curriculum, instruction, assessment and standards and proficiency implementation. We poll our members on upcoming bills and potential state policies and report the results to members, the Department of Education, and to the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.  Read more on our Leadership page.

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 Guiding Principles 2015 Conference Links

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.”