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LETTER NO. 48
Superintendents of Schools
J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner
March 6, 2003
Training and Development Quality Standards web site
June of 2000, I charged a Professional Development Policy Advisory Committee
with the task of establishing guidelines to assist Local Educational Agencies (LEAs)
in planning high quality professional development.
Last summer, the Committee completed its work and submitted the Final
Report on July 25, 2002. Central
to that work was the establishment of Maine's
Training and Development Quality Standards.
asked the Committee, as part of its work, to prepare a special publication
highlighting the Quality Standards and describing how they look in action.
Today, the Department of Education is launching a new web site entitled Achieving
Results. This dynamic-linked
document explores each of the five Quality Standards and examples of benchmarks
to measure progress toward achieving the Standards. You can view the publication
online or download a copy suitable for reproduction at the Department web site www.maine.gov/education/achievingresults
The publication will also be available
shortly in a print version.
work is of special importance because the Training and Development Standards
established by the Committee were recently enacted in rule to serve as the
foundation for professional development planning, an integral part of the LEA
Comprehensive Education Plan. Section 8.08 of Chapter 125 reads:
school board shall establish a System for Training and Development of all
personnel that meets the following standards.
The System is based on continuous improvement of each individual, the
school, and of the school administrative unit;
The System focuses on practices that raise the academic performance of
students on the content standards of the system of Learning Results and enhance
The System is aligned with other goals in the Comprehensive Education
Plan and integrates individual development, building goals, and school
administrative unit goals;
The System is driven by information from local, state, and national
resources for planning, implementation, and evaluation; and
The System defines relevant roles for all stakeholders.
Quality Standards are based on the conviction that the purpose of training and
development is to improve student achievement. They represent the belief that
all adults who work with children in Maine's public schools are learners too,
and deserve access to learning opportunities based on research and proven
My hope is that the Quality Standards and the examples provided of the Standards in Action will guide educators and communities across Maine - and all of us in Augusta - as we strive to develop, implement, and evaluate strategies of professional training and development. Our children's future depends on the quality of our effort.
J. Duke Albanese
Commissioner of Education