Maine DOE to host regional workshops for principals as instructional leaders

The Maine DOE is offering a series of free regional workshops this month to support principals in mentoring and coaching teachers to implement instructional practices that allow all students to demonstrate growth and proficiency in State standards.

Proficiency-based education (PBE) and Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PE/PG) systems place increased attention on student learning and on evidence of student growth and proficiency. Requests received over the past year from principals across Maine indicate the need for tools and resources to support their ability to create the conditions that bolster student learning. Principals also acknowledge they appreciate opportunities to engage with their peers to share successes and problem-solve challenges.

The Department workshops, entitled Principals as Instructional Leaders in Mathematics and ELA Classrooms, will be led by staff from our Standards and Instruction Team and will:

• Build understanding to leverage classroom coaching/mentoring and improve student learning.
• Explore instructional practice guides for coaching/mentoring.
• Provide opportunities to network to share successful practices related to mentoring/coaching teachers.
• Identify critical needs that can shape future outreach sessions.

Regional workshops are scheduled April 28, 29 or 30 in the following locations.

• April 28 – Kennebec Valley: Maine Principals’ Association (2 – 5:30 p.m.),
• April 28 – Penquis: United Technologies Center (UTC) in Bangor (2 – 5:30 p.m.)
• April 29 – Aroostook: Hall of Fame room at Presque Isle High School/Presque Isle Tech Center (morning session) (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
• April 29 – Western Maine: UMF-Room 103 in Roberts Learning Center (2 – 5:30 p.m.)
• April 29 – Mid-Coast: Oceanside High School Library (2 – 5:30 p.m.)
• April 30 – York: York County Community College in Mid-Café (2 – 5:30 p.m.)
• April 30 – Cumberland: Council Chambers, Scarborough Municipal Building (2 – 5:30 p.m.)
• April 30 – Downeast: Hancock County Technical Center-Culinary Arts Room (2:30 – 6 p.m.)

Please register to attend one of these workshops at a regional location near you.

We hope to see you at one of the upcoming workshops. In preparation for the workshop, participants are asked to view the following short video clips regarding shifts in English language arts and mathematics practices.

English language arts and literacy
Shifts in Practice 7:32

Mathematical Practices, Focus and Coherence in the Classroom 1:13

The Importance of Coherence in Mathematics 4:37

The Importance of Focus in Mathematics 2:41

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