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Julie Meltzer Named 2019 Curriculum Leader of the Year

Julie Meltzer, Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction for the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (AOS #91) is Maine’s 2019 Curriculum Leader of the Year. “I’m truly honored to join the group of curriculum leaders recognized in Maine. I’m honored to have them as my colleagues. I don’t know another group of people so focused on teaching and learning practices,” Julie said. Julie is a passionate advocate for the learning and development of all… Continue Reading Julie Meltzer Named 2019 Curriculum Leader of the Year

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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 August 5 & 6, 2019 at the Freeport Hilton with our second two-day institute on collective efficacy, led by Jenni Donohoo. 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… 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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