MCLA’s 2018-19 Advocacy Agreements
MCLA’s mission is to support curriculum leaders and to champion curriculum, instruction and assessment policies and practices that enhance learning.
MCLA believes that state education policies must:
- Be based on evidence of effectiveness in increasing student learning.
- Identify broad goals and common ends but allow flexible local interpretation and implementation based on the needs and diversity of students and community.
MCLA supports the Maine Department of Education’s (MDOE) mission and believes the department’s role is to:
- Articulate a stable vision based on research and evidence of high impact strategies that improve learning.
- Provide timely messaging to all stakeholders regarding enacted state policies.
- Provide professional development and resources to enhance school and district capacity to implement state requirements.
- Seek input, listen to, and incorporate the voices of all stakeholders in state interpretations of education statutes.
- Evaluate the data it collects from districts and use it to report to all stakeholders on state and local status and capacity to implement state policies.
MCLA’s advocacy role in state policy development and implementation is to:
- Provide its members with a voice in policy development and adoption.
- Advocate for policies consistent with evidence-based practices.
MCLA evaluates proposed state policies and MDOE interpretations of statutory requirements using a consistent filter:
- The proposed policy is likely to raise student aspirations, increase student engagement in learning, increase student achievement, or raise students’ capacity to keep succeeding on their own:
- Is there evidence of effectiveness? Does the proposed policy draw from research-based practices? Or, if in a new area, does it not conflict with research-based practices?
- Is this one of the highest-leverage efforts to increase student achievement we could engage in statewide? If it’s worked in a few places, is it scalable statewide?
- Have the impacts on all stakeholders been considered?
- The initiative is achievable:
- Is there a clear plan for successful implementation?
- Is there an honest accounting of the resources needed across the state?
- Does the state have the capacity to see the initiative through or a plan for increasing that capacity?