English Language Arts/Literacy

The Maine Department of Education is committed to the development of strong language and literacy skills for all Maine learners because literacy is the foundation for learning across disciplines. With world-class English language arts and literacy standardsLiteracy for ME: a Statewide Literacy PlanMoMEntum, a K-3 Literacy initiative, and support for Early Learning and Development, Maine DOE provides learners of all ages, as well as their families, communities and educators, with a pathway to achievement.

This site offers detailed information about English language arts and literacy instruction in Maine public schools, free and open resources that align with the Maine DOE strategic plan and tools for continued learning about literacy education in schools and in the greater community.

Note: Maine DOE has begun the process to review and update the Maine ELA standards. Please visit the English Language Arts Standards Review page to learn more. 

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 list is primarily for middle and high school topics. Subscribe to the Literacy listserv for primarily early childhood topics. This is a receive-only service and does not allow conversations.

Literacy Links is the Maine DOE's blog for educators that provides research-based information related to a number of aspects of literacy education. You may choose to follow the blog to receive notification of new posts. The archive for Literacy Links Newsletters provides access to many previously published newsletters.

Maine DOE occasionally needs Maine educators to participate on committees or teams to provide feedback and inform decisions. Please consider enrolling in the ELA and Math Volunteer Registry registry for the 2018/2019 school year.