The following case studies describe the steps school districts took to implement a proficiency-based, learner-centered instructional system. Featured schools share their best practices, with the hope of serving as models for other Maine districts to reform their instructional systems.
- The Power of Principals (RSU 20 – Belfast/Searsport Area Schools)
- Sustained Change, Continuous Improvement (RSU 16 – Mechanic Falls, Minot, Poland)
- Regional Possibilities (Western Maine Education Collaborative)
- The Long Conversation (RSU 2 – Kennebec Intra-District Schools)
- Ready, Aim... (RSU 18 – Messalonskee & China Schools)
- The Logical Next Step (RSU 57 – Massabesic Schools)
Sincere thanks to the dozens educators, teachers, board members, parents and administrators who agreed to be interviewed for these case studies. Thanks also to colleagues who aided in research design and who read early drafts. Thanks especially to the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation for supporting this research.
--Gary Chapin, Research Associate
This Center for Best Practice is a collaboration between the Maine Department of Education and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, made possible by the contributions of the Maine schools that share their stories.