Maine's Leadership Development Program

Empowering Leaders to Increase Achievement for All Maine Students


The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is pleased to release the school year 2020-2021 application for the Maine Leadership Development Program (Maine LDP), an initiative intended to build and strengthen instructional leadership skills among Maine’s educational leaders at the school, district, and state levels. The Maine DOE partnered with the National Institute for School Leadership(NISL) to prepare Maine’s certified trainers through NISL's nationally recognized Executive Development Program (EDP). The Maine DOE provides executive leadership training to selected instructional leaders across Maine at no cost to the fellows or their sending school administrative units (SAUs).

Maine's LDP is delivered through a blended learning model and includes study, inquiry, and hands-on activities with practical applications that meet the rigorous expectations for today’s educational leaders. Completion of the program may contribute to credit hours for participants pursuing an advanced degree or contact hours for recertification purposes.

Training Delivered by Proven Leaders

Maine's LDP facilitators understand education in Maine and are recognized in the field. All facilitators are NISL certified.

Benefits for Maine Schools

  • Prepares educational leaders to lead for excellence and equity

  • Increases student achievement, fosters a culture of high expectations

  • Enhances teacher recruitment, retention, and quality

Program Curriculum

  • Nationally researched, evidenced-based, and locally delivered in a cohort model

  • Improves the practice of leadership, transforms instruction and student achievement in schools

  • Consists of 12 two-day units, delivered in 12 months

  • Bridged with online coursework, readings and job-embedded application of key concepts



Chelsey Fortin-Trimble
Director of Policy and Government Affairs

Shelly Chasse-Johndro
ESEA Title II Coordinator

Emily (Gribben) Doughty
Educator Effectiveness Coordinator