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When Teachers Believe, Students Achieve — The Power of Collective Efficacy

MCLA’s focus on high impact practices that increase student learning continues on December 13 and 14, 2018 at the Augusta Civic Center with our two-day institute on collective efficacy, led by Jenni Donohoo. “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… Continue Reading When Teachers Believe, Students Achieve — The Power of Collective Efficacy

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Leading Learning After PBD

40 Districts Share Their Status The topic of MCLA’s September 2018 regional member meetings was Leading Learning in the Aftermath of PBD Repeal. Members from 40 districts described the status of local diplomas and proficiency-based education. Eight are continuing their work with no changes in either diploma requirements or proficiency-based practices. Five are experiencing significant parent opposition to local continuation. These vocal parents equate proficiency with standards-based grading and often refer to proficiency-based education as… Continue Reading Leading Learning After PBD

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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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