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Index

About the Plan

Strategic Plan Framework

The Case for Change

The Challenges We Face and a Way Forward

Challenge 1: Our schools are struggling to accomplish what they need to accomplish

Challenge 2: Recent efforts to improve schools have come up short

Challenge 3: Our traditional approach to education is standing in the way of success

Challenge 4: Change must be achieved within existing resources

A way forward through a relentless focus on our core priorities

The Core Priorities

Core Priority Area 1: Effective, Learner-Centered Instruction

1. Rigorous standards and aligned curricula

2. Learner-centered instructional practices

3. Assessment systems that provide educators with timely, accurate information on learner achievement and growth

4. Information systems that track learner growth over time

Core Priority Area 2: Great Teachers and Leaders

1. Common standards for teacher and leader effectiveness

2. Initial preparation and ongoing professional development programs that are rigorous, relevant, and data-driven

3. Next-generation evaluation systems for teachers and leaders

4. Communities of practice designed to foster continuous improvement

Core Priority Area 3: Multiple Pathways for Learner Achievement

1. Advancement based on demonstration of mastery

2. Student voice and choice in the demonstration of learning

3. Expanded learning options

4. “Anytime, anywhere” learning

Core Priority Area 4: Comprehensive School and Community Supports

1. Effective and efficient services for learners with special needs

2. Coordinated health and wellness programs

3. A commitment to community and family engagement

4. Career and workforce partnerships

Core Priority Area 5: Coordinated and Effective State Support

1. Seamless integration of educational programs from early childhood into adulthood

2. Adequate and equitable state resources for Maine’s schools

3. Comprehensive integration of technology

4. A robust and transparent accountability and improvement system