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.
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.
May 6, 2019 The Core 4 — Essentials for Effective Teaching and Learning, led by curriculum leaders from four districts. Register by April 19, 2019. Designed for curriculum and school leader teams.
Feeling a bit sidetracked by grading and reporting issues? Join us for a day focused on the core work of teaching and learning, including grading and reporting challenges.
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.
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.”
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.
March 2019 Focus — Legislative review, understanding the power of collective efficacy to increase student achievement.
- Bangor, March 5, 2019, 9:00 — 12:00, UTC; Auburn, March 4, 2019, 9:00 — 12:00, Auburn School Department Central Office.