Opportunities for all Maine Educators
MCLA offers conferences, workshops, and problem-solving opportunities for all Maine educators. Our learning opportunities are focused on high impact practices at the classroom, school, and district levels.
November 4 & 5, 2019 Fall Conference, Freeport Hilton. SAVE THE DATE!
August 5 & 6, 2019 The Power of Collective Efficacy — How Educators’ Beliefs Impact Student Learning, Freeport Hilton, led by Dr. Jenni Donohoo. A repeat of our December 13 & 14, 2018 institute with Jenni. Register by June 30, 2019. Reduced hotel accommodations available at the Hilton.
“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 two days from December 2018 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.”
September 10 & 11, 2019 Coaching for Change, Thomas College, led by Julie Wright, Diane Sweeney’s east coast consultant. Register by August 2, 2019.
Designed for educators who’ve participated in a student-centered coaching workshop with Julie and district curriculum leaders.
Join us for a deeper dive into student-centered coaching practice. This two-day experience focuses on ways to use co-planning as the vehicle for instructional coaching and includes strategies from Julie Wright and Barry Hoonan’s new book What are You Grouping for?
April 29 & 30, 2019 Student-Centered Coaching Foundations, Thomas College, led by Julie Wright, Diane Sweeney Consulting. Register by April 12, 2019. Designed for all instructional coaches.
“Modeling was powerful. Great breaks periodically to reflect and debrief as we encountered learning.” “I learned so much! I have much clarity on how to do my job and where I want to take it.” “We got things to use tomorrow as we plan for next year and tools for the toolbox.”
May 16, 2019 Supporting Instructional Coaching, a repeat of our October 12 experience with Julie Wright and Co-Op district representatives. Register by May 3, 2019. Designed for principals and district leaders.
Instructional coaching can be the most effective professional development teachers experience. Coaching can change classroom practice, build a positive school and district learning culture, and significantly increase student achievement. But hiring coaches and putting them to work doesn’t automatically yield these results. We’ll use Diane Sweeney’s student-centered coaching model and best practices from Maine administrators to identify the characteristics of effective support for instructional coaching.
“Great use of time!” “My best conference.” “Great resources!” “Every teacher can benefit from a learning partner.” “Julie is such a gift to all of us.”
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.