Maine DOE Cross Discipline Literacy Network offers instructional strategies in support of proficiency

More than 300 Maine educations have engaged in professional learning through the Maine DOE’s Cross Discipline Literacy Network (CDLN) already this school year.

The network supports K-12 educators as they learn and apply literacy strategies that improve content instruction across disciplines. Learning opportunities occur through the use of face-to-face meetings in regional locations and webinars. Teacher leaders work with content specialists from the Department to develop and deliver webinars and to facilitate the in-person sessions. Teachers who collaborate on the webinar development provide concrete examples of how to use literacy strategies and samples of student work that reflect their use.

Participants in the network are encouraged to try the strategies in their own classrooms and share their examples of the applications in future face-to-face meetings. Text-based discussions, another component of the CDLN, serve to connect educators to current research related to content area literacy strategies. Archived CDLN webinars are available and posted on the Maine DOE’s CDLN web page as a resource for all educators to use.

Maine educators are encouraged to consider joining the CDLN for the 2014-15 school year when registration opens in the fall. For more information, contact Maine DOE English Language Arts Specialist Lee Anne Larsen at leeann.larsen@maine.gov or 207-624-6628.