Opportunities for all Maine Educators
MCLA offers conferences, workshops, and problem-solving opportunities for all Maine educators. Our 2018-19 learning opportunities are focused on high impact practices at the classroom, school, and district levels.
Starting or Transforming an Instructional Coaching Program, March 8, 2019, led by MCLA’s Instructional Coaching Co-Op members. More information coming soon!
Student-Centered Coaching Foundations, April 29 & 30, 2019, led by Julie Wright, Diane Sweeney Consulting. More information coming soon!
Supporting Instructional Coaching, May 16, a repeat of our October 12 experience with Julie Wright and Co-Op district representatives. More information coming soon!
When Teachers Believe, Students Achieve: The Power of Collective Efficacy, led by Dr. Jenni Donohoo. December 13 & 14, 2018, Augusta Civic Center. Follow-up work and learning under development!
“Collective teacher efficacy is greater than three times more powerful and predictive of student achievement than socioeconomic status. It is more than double the effect of prior achievement and more than triple the effect of home environment and parental involvement.” (The Power of Collective Efficacy, Donohoo, Hattie, and Eells)
Reflections on the day from participants: “This was one of the most valuable professional development events I’ve been to in a long time. The design and facilitation of the two days was incredibly powerful.” “Now I see there is a direct correlation between adult collaboration and student achievement.” “Collective efficacy is crucial to school improvement and student success.” “This is the key! I have a number of new leadership strategies I can use to coach my district forward.” “This feels like the “right stuff”. “Very helpful in expanding my ability to problem solve the quality of learning in my district.”
Messaging Plus: Helping Stakeholders Understand How Students Learn. November 5, 2018, Freeport Hilton, with Nora Carr, nationally-recognized school public relations expert and Chief of Staff of the Guilford County NC public schools.
Educational leaders have more information about how to support student learning than we’ve ever had. At the same time, we’re working in an era of “fake news”, issue-oriented Facebook pages, increased Freedom of Information Act requests, and community distrust of information sources. Clear messages about what we want to do to support student learning are easily ignored or misinterpreted when stakeholders don’t know why those actions are needed. Learn how to quickly communicate a key message and deepen stakeholder understanding at the same time.
Reflections on the day from participants: “Great practical points.” “Loved the ‘words real people don’t use’ list!” “It’s incredibly helpful to realize there are problems that can be solved and issues that need to be managed — not every issue is a problem to be solved.” “We’ve got concrete tools to use back home.” “Very timely information and process.”
Supporting Instructional Coaching. October 12, 2018, Auburn Hilton, with Julie Wright and Maine school and district administrators. Registration deadline September 24, 2018.
Reflections on the day from participants: “This opportunity was incredibly timely for my district. The quality of the program was excellent.” “Great resources!’ “Very, very informational!” “Got clarity around the principal-coach collaboration by using a student-centered lens.” “Thank you for opening my eyes to the importance of instructional coaching.”
MCLA Member Opportunities
MCLA also offers opportunities open only to its members, including regional member meetings, policy discussions, and curriculum, instruction, and assessment problem solving sessions.
Regional member meetings are scheduled for September and December 2018 and March 2019:
September focus in Bangor and Auburn — Leading learning in the aftermath of PBD repeal. Read the summary.
- Bangor, September 11, 9:00 — 12:00, UTC; Auburn, September 24, 9:00 — 12:00, Auburn Public Library
December focus — Advocating for increased student achievement. See MCLA’s 2018-19 Advocacy Agreements.
- Bangor, December 4, 9:00 — 12:00, UTC; Auburn, December 3, 9:00 — 12:00, Auburn School Department Central Office.
- Bangor, March 5, 2019, 9:00 — 12:00, UTC; Auburn, March 4, 2019, 9:00 — 12:00, Auburn School Department Central Office.