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Certifying Guiding Principles Proficiency

Join us on April 2, 2018 at the Freeport Hilton for a day of learning, self-assessment, problem solving, and planning for Guiding Principles proficiency certification. We’ll use a framework based on the statutory requirements and what we expect to be included in the next version of Chapter 134. If a new version of Chapter 134 is available on April 2, we’ll incorporate those requirements. Learn more and register by March 23, 2018.

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The Rewards and Challenges of Curriculum Leadership (Commentary)

About 65% of Maine’s school districts employ a district-level curriculum leader. They may be called coordinators or directors or assistant superintendents. Curriculum leaders’ primary responsibility is to develop and implement a guaranteed and viable curriculum with all the associated instruction, assessment, and professional development. But the definition of the role is fuzzy, varies from district to district, and seems to curriculum leaders to be continually expanding – a catch-all for local, state, and federal requirements,… Continue Reading The Rewards and Challenges of Curriculum Leadership (Commentary)

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MCLA Identifies Four Key Elements of Proficiency-based Education

Fifty-five districts and more than 360 educators have experienced MCLA’s proficiency-based instruction learning opportunities. Our work began with two learning strands – planning proficiency-based instruction and personalized/independent learning. Strand leaders Becky Brown, South Portland; Christine Hesler, RSU 14; Julie Meltzer, MDIRSS; Shelly Mogul, Auburn; and Matt Shea, RSU 2 — identified these four elements present in a proficiency-based system: (Go to our Proficiency-based Education page or click on an element to learn more.) A learner-centered… Continue Reading MCLA Identifies Four Key Elements of Proficiency-based Education

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