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.
When Teachers Believe, Students Achieve: The Power of Collective Efficacy, led by Jenni Donohoo. December 13 & 14, 2018, Augusta Civic Center. Register by November 30, 2018. $275 MCLA members, $300 non-members.
“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)
Collective efficacy has the strongest influence on student learning of any strategy identified by John Hattie (effect size of 1.57). Designed for school and district leaders, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches, this two-day experience will delve into the concept of collective efficacy and provide concrete strategies to work toward it.
December 13 — Learn what collective efficacy is, why it matters, and how to evaluate it in your school and district.
December 14 – Learn concrete practices that build collective efficacy, including:
- Which leadership behaviors support collective efficacy.
- How to focus collaborative work on student learning.
- Strategies to structure professional learning that support teacher efficacy.
- Processes and protocols that increase team efficacy.
Our Two-day Process: Educators will be engaged in a structure over the two days for planning, acting, assessing, and reflecting on practices that foster collective teacher efficacy.
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.
Register by October 26, 2018 online or download the flyer and paper registration form.
MCLA members $100, non-members $175
3:15 — 4:30 on November 5 — Important MCLA annual member meeting. Topic — Helping state policy makers understand education policies that enhance learning.
Designed for school and district administrators. 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.
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.
- Bangor, September 11, 9:00 — 12:00, UTC.
- Auburn, September 24, 9:00 — 12:00, Auburn Public Library