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.
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.
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.
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Essential Topics in English Language Arts
Understand the 2020 ELA standards - changes, tools, and instructional resources.
Go to the Standards Support page.
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.
Writing Instruction, Assessment, and Feedback
The 2020 ELA standards focus on the core practice of written communication.
Go to the Writing Support page.
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.
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.
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.
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