Professional Learning - English Language Arts

Maine Department of Education encourages and supports the continuous learning of all Maine educators. How schools implement 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 events, webinars and other digital events, and by sharing free and open resources created in-state, with other states and by others, Maine DOE provides affordable learning opportunities.

The Distance Learning Playbook: Grades 6-12 Text Study           

The most popular need identified by Maine ELA teachers is support for distance or blended learning practices. The Distance Learning Playbook: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie describes "plays" to be used as needed to effectively teach from a distance. The book will be familiar to those who studied Visible Learning in the Literacy Classroom, Grades 6-12 Companion. Maine teachers show us how they have used the plays in their schools as they move between brick and click classrooms. 

Session 1: Self-CareModule 1 SlidesClick here for a recording of the live session

Session 2: Clarity & Feedback. Module 5 Slides. Modules 8 Slides. Click here for a recording of the live session. 

Session 3: Engagement. Module 6 slides. Click here for a recording of the live session

Session 4: Planning Units. Module 7 slides. Click here for a recording of the live session

Session 5: Reset & Relationship. Modules 2 & 3 slides. Click here for a recording of the live session

Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms 

Many of us grade the way we were graded as students, but some of these practices reflect mathematical inaccuracies that do not reflect student learning, unintentionally create advantages for some students and disadvantages for others, and often discourage engagement and motivation. Examining our grading procedures will help us move toward equitable and inclusive practices.

Session 1: Foundations of grading. To view a recording of the live session click here

Session 2: Traditions of grading. SlidesTo view a recording of the live session click here 

Session 3: Call for changeTo view a recording of the live session click here

Session 4: Accuracy part 1. SlidesTo view a recording of the live session click here  Example of progress reports

Session 5: Accuracy part 2To view a recording of the live session click here

Session 5: Bias-resistant practices part 1. Chapter 9 study guide. Slides. To view a recording of the live session click here

Session 6: Bias-resistant practices part 2. Chapter 10 study guide

Kindergarten through Grade 12

 

Maine’s Updated English Language Arts Standards: A Professional Learning Journey Access a professional learning plan for understanding and implementing the updated standards. Use this guided study in your PLC or on your own.

Maine DOE features a library on You Tube that is sortable and includes the professional learning sessions recorded during the Spring of 2020. Click here for the ELA Playlist on the Maine DOE YouTube channel. 

Kindergarten through Grade 5

Session offers an overview of professional terminology and basic instructional strategies to support elementary students in the areas of phonological awareness and phonics. May 7, 2020 Slides

Learn essential terminology and basic instructional strategies to support elementary students in the areas of reading comprehension and fluency. Slides

Developing fluency with words requires deliberate and direct instruction of specific strategies and developing transferable skills. Vocabulary knowledge has evolved and the updated standards reflect current research in the field. Learn how to support both vocabulary and spelling development.  Slides

Writing instruction in the elementary grades remains one of the most requested professional learning topics. What we call writing is changing rapidly due to technology and a changing world. Learn essential current terminology including multiple definitions of “writing” in the digital era and strategies to help students improve and practice writing skills. Slides

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

Grades 6 through 12: Archive of Resources

During the summer of 2020, educators from across the state studied Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman and made commitments to change their own practices. Watch recordings of each session and explore resources to study equitable grading.

Create a plan for continuing your learning through the summer to be ready for whatever comes next. Topics to consider include using the updated ELA standards; enhancing your understanding of informational, media and digital literacies; planning collaboration among students; adding diversity of sources to your curriculum. May 19, 2020  Slides

  • ELA 6-12 Podcasts in the Classroom with Morgan Dunton, Jon Graham, and Emma-Mari Banks

Podcasts are growing in number and popularity. DOE specialists explore podcasts in three phases: as a genre study, transferring close reading skills to listening; as a catalyst for collaboration and planning; and as a form of presentation and feedback. Slides

          Part 1: Phase 1 & 2, May 5, 2020                       Part 2: Phase 3 May 12, 2020

Providing feedback without grades can be a challenge. Updated ELA standards may provide a simpler framework for developing manageable goals.April 14, 2020  Slides 

Explicit learning goals and success criteria provide the means to give feedback and advance the learning without a grade or rubric. April 7, 2020  Slides

Remote classroom practices require some fine tuning from our regular classroom strategies. Making sure that the tasks we are asking students to complete can be done with the resources at hand is critical. Developing text-dependent questions (TDQ) takes some practice. March 31, 2020   Slides