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Matthew Shea Named 2018 Curriculum Leader of the Year

Matthew Shea, Coordinator of Student Achievement in RSU 2, was selected by the Maine Curriculum Leaders’ Association as the 2018 Curriculum Leader of the Year. Matt was nominated by his superintendent, Bill Zima and by curriculum leaders outside his district. “Matt definitely falls into the category of one of the best administrators I have had the pleasure to work with,” Zima said. “His ability to vision, communicate his ideas, gather and listen to feedback, and… Continue Reading Matthew Shea Named 2018 Curriculum Leader of the Year

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MCLA Forms Instructional Coaching Co-Op

MCLA’s Instructional Coaching Co-Op includes 14 founding districts: Auburn, Hermon, Maine Indian Education, MSAD 17, MSAD 53, Mt. Desert/AOS 91, RSU 2, RSU 4, RSU 12, RSU 24, RSU 57, RSU 79/SAD 1, Saco, and South Portland. Each Co-Op district is represented on the Co-Op Council, which identifies short and long-term goals and activities. On June 14 the Council developed five-year effectiveness indicators, created a baseline data collection framework to evaluate where Maine is now… Continue Reading MCLA Forms Instructional Coaching Co-Op

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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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