Professional Learning - English Language Arts

Maine Department of Education encourages and supports the continuous learning of all Maine educators. How schools implement the 2020 Maine English language arts (ELA) standards is entirely a local decision, however, the Department offers these professional development resources that educators may find helpful as part of our commitment to Maine's learners. Through in-person and virtual events, and by sharing free and open resources, Maine DOE provides affordable learning opportunities.

Recent events

Essential Topics in ELA: What, Why, and How

The Maine ELA standards have been updated. Understand what has changed, why they have changed, and how these changes can impact your practice.

Slides. Session recording 9.22.2021  

Essential Topics in ELA: How Does the Text Work? 

Close reading strategies that focus on how a text works build the foundations for learning transfer and literacy growth with complex texts. 

Slides. Session recording 10.7.2021

Personalized Professional Learning

Would you like support from Maine DOE specialists to help with your professional learning? Complete this form to request in-person support from Dee Saucier or Morgan Dunton.

Essential Topics in English Language Arts

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Understand the 2020 ELA standards - changes, tools, and instructional resources. 

Go to the Standards Support page. 

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Foundational Literacy Skills

The foundations of reading, writing, and speaking rely on direct instruction and practice with support from everyone.

Go to the Foundational Skills Support page. 

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Writing Instruction, Assessment, and Feedback

The 2020 ELA standards focus on the core practice of written communication. 

Go to the Writing Support page. 

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Braided ELA Instruction and Interdisciplinary Learning 

Implementing the 2020 ELA standards requires an understanding of how the four strands braid together for literacy development. 

Go to the BII Support page. 

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Equity, Inclusion, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

We live and thrive in a global community. Our ELA instruction must be welcoming, inclusive, and diverse. 

Go to the EICR Support page. 

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Digital and Media Literacy Development 

The 2020 ELA standards include explicit and implicit expectations of digital and medial literacy development. 

Go to the DML Support page. 

Supporting Students to Develop Literacy in Elementary Grades: A Series for Education Technicians with Dee Saucier

Ed Techs are often on the front line of intervention with elementary students. Develop the vocabulary of literacy instruction and intervention, experience effective strategies, and learn some of the latest research about literacy development. Slides