Educator Effectiveness

Many factors influence the ability of children to thrive in school. Some factors are school-based, and some are personal. As researchers and educators attempt to identify the major influences on children’s learning and unravel the associated complexities, one fact remains clear: every child deserves excellent teachers and building principals.

Indeed, the more factors in a child’s personal life that present barriers to learning, the greater the need for excellent educators in that child’s school. An Act to Ensure Effective Teachers and School Leaders was signed into law in 2012. But the law in and of itself cannot ensure effectiveness among educators. Such a promise requires a shared vision and commitment among all members of a school community--teachers, administrators, school board members, parents and students. In Maine we value the flexibility that allows individual communities to govern their schools according to the ideals of the local culture and the needs of the local children. We also value our educators.

The work of the Educator Effectiveness Office is to assist school administrative units in implementing performance evaluation and professional growth systems that place a premium on developing viable processes of identifying, maximizing, supporting and maintaining excellence among its teachers and principals.

Resources - Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Systems

While the Department works to fully update this page, these and additional resources related to the development, implementation, and approval of teacher and principal evaluation  systems will be made available via the Commissioner’s Weekly Update and other publications.

  • MENU of MDOE Approved Professional Practice Models As part of Education Evolving: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learners First, the Maine Department of Education has made it a priority to adopt state standards of professional practice for teachers and principals to be used in Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PE/PG) systems. The menu provides information about the adoption of the state standards and identifies models approved for use in PE/PG systems.
  • Maine Schools for Excellence. The teachers at 45 schools in nine Maine districts are participating in two five-year teacher incentive grants that tie together intensive professional development, meaningful performance evaluations designed largely by teachers, incentives and stipends to reward educators for improved student performance, and performance-based pay systems--also designed largely by teachers. Many of the resources developed under the federal Teacher Incentive Fund grant are available free as downloads to districts who are not participating in the Teacher Incentive Fund grant.

Related Resources

  • Center for Best Practice. See best practices from Maine schools for implementation of proficiency-based learning.
  • Educator & School Recognition. Maine is home to countless teachers, principals, superintendents, specialists and support staff who make the difference each day that allows students to succeed in their learning. The Maine DOE manages some award programs that recognize great educators and acts as a liaison between the sponsors of other award programs and the award recipients.
  • Maine DOE Strategic Plan. The second core priority area of the Maine DOE's strategic plan is Great Teachers and Leaders.

Legislative Activity

Contact

Mary Paine
Coordinator, Educator Effectiveness
Maine Department of Education
207-624-6748
mary.paine@maine.gov