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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.
While the Department works to fully update this page, relevant and timely information and resources will be made available via the Commissioner’s Update and other publications. A field survey sent to superintendents will be the basis for tailoring resources to Maine schools.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ensuring an effective educator in every Maine classroom
- Notice of proposed new educator evaluation rule
- A public hearing will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room 500 of the Cross State Office Building, 111 Sewall Street in Augusta.
- Written comments must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. to Deborah Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coordinator, Educator Effectiveness
Maine Department of Education