In Maine, how schools implement standards is entirely a local decision. The Maine Department of Education has compiled the following resources that educators may find helpful as part of our commitment to supporting Maine's learning community.

Digital Resources

  • Achieve the Core. The authors of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for both English language arts (ELA) and math provide free resources for implementation.
  • The Council of Chief State School Officers' Compiled Resources. Find an extensive list of digital resources from various organizations to support CCSS.
  • Literacy Micro-Courses Collection. The micro-courses are under construction and will be available soon. The Maine DOE developed this professional learning tool as a resource to K-5 educators. The courses are designed specifically for teachers seeking to further their knowledge of research-based, literacy-related content and to explore methods for applying that knowledge to their classroom practice.
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills. This national organization advocates for 21st-century readiness for every student by supporting local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.
  • ReadWriteThink. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the International Reading Association host a website with a plethora of resources for the English classroom. Find lesson plans, professional learning opportunities and more.
  • TextProject. This teacher development series aims to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction. Text Complexity and CCSS is a digital learning series from TextProject.

Research & Policy

Professional Organizations

  • International Reading Association. Supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism and professional development activities.
  • Maine Council for English Language Arts (MCELA). As the Maine affiliate of the NCTE, MCELA provides teachers of ELA with opportunities to reflect upon and improve their teaching practices.
  • NCTE. Grades K-12 and college-level educators may join this professional organization serving teachers of English studies, language arts and literacy.

Other Resources

  • Literacy Links Newsletters. Literacy Links is the Maine DOE's monthly electronic publication for educators that provides research-based information related to a number of aspects of literacy education.
  • ELA Listserv. If you would like to receive information about upcoming ELA and literacy events, new resources and developments, and opportunities specific to ELA/literacy interests, sign-up for the ELA listserv. This is a receive-only service and does not allow conversations.
  • Putting Reading First in Maine DVD Series. The Department's Putting Reading First in Maine initiative offers a series of 17 video segments for professional development.
  • Model Course in Expository Reading & Writing. Wondering what to do in a senior English class? California State University has developed a high school senior year English course based on expository reading and writing. It is organized into modules, which can be downloaded online. Most of the assignments do not require the purchase of textbooks.
  • Professional Development. The Maine DOE has developed three professional development modules to help educators understand and implement the CCSS for ELA/Literacy.
  • Common Core Tools & Resources from:
    • Delaware. Model lessons and other instructional resources.
    • Hawaii. Find a long list of CCSS resources for instruction.
    • Kentucky. Site includes sample aligned curriculum maps, deconstructed standards, support for professional learning and teaching resources.
    • North Carolina. Unpacked standards and other professional support. 
    • Oregon. Information about Oregon's curriculum framework and proficiency diplomas.
    • Rhode Island. Explore CCSS shift resources.
    • Washington. Separates ELA areas into different strands.
    • Multiple CCSS States. Dynamic learning maps.