Mary Paine, a former English teacher, has been named the new educator effectiveness coordinator for the Maine DOE. The Department established the position in order to better coordinate its efforts to prepare, evaluate and support educators to promote the goal of having an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective leader in every school.
Prior to coming to the Department, Paine was a classroom teacher for 19 years, the last 16 of which she spent as an English teacher at Messalonskee High School in Oakland. She also served as a teacher representative to the Maine Educator Effectiveness Council, which was charged with making recommendations for the rules that will govern the implementation of LD 1858, An Act to Ensure Effective Teaching and School Leadership. Paine’s classroom experience and her immersion in discussions and workgroups related to the challenges, benefits and requirements associated with the implementation of a performance evaluation and professional growth system have provided her the expertise to assist school leaders in developing and sustaining successful educator evaluation and growth systems.
In the coming months, Paine intends to launch new resources for performance evaluation and professional growth on the Maine DOE website; provide information and resources to school leaders; and begin to develop networks among districts to facilitate partnerships and opportunities for sharing educator effectiveness resources.
As a first step toward coordinating resources and opportunities, the Department has developed a performance evaluation and professional growth system implementation survey for superintendents. The survey will provide a source of valuable information for school leaders and will help the Maine DOE tailor educator effectiveness work to the needs of educators and students. The survey was sent to all superintendents earlier this week, and Paine presented initial results at the Maine School Management Association’s fall conference this week. Superintendents who have not yet completed the survey are encouraged to do so as soon as possible so that all districts can be informed of and benefit from statewide efforts.