Literacy for ME: Maine's Comprehensive State Literacy Plan
I: About the Plan
The Maine Department of Education (Maine DOE) is fully committed to ensuring that Maine's children are ready for post-secondary education, careers, and civic life by the time they graduate from high school. Maine's learners must be highly literate to accomplish this goal. The Maine Department of Education looks to a recently formed State Literacy Team and the implementation of a comprehensive State Literacy Plan as supportive components to increasing the literacy levels of Maine's learners.
During the fall of 2010, the Maine DOE received a Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) formula grant. The Department used the funding to establish a Statewide Literacy Team charged with assisting the Maine DOE in the development of a Statewide Literacy Plan. Stakeholders with expertise in the area of literacy from the Department of Education, local school systems, parent and community groups, and institutions of higher education were nominated and invited to serve on the Statewide Literacy Team. The Statewide Literacy Team has guided the development of Maine's comprehensive literacy plan, Literacy for ME. The Statewide Literacy Team will continue to meet to guide its implementation.
Literacy for ME unifies the efforts of several state agencies and community groups as well as Maine's public schools to provide direction and support to improve literacy achievement. Increasing demands for a variety of literacy skills and rapidly changing technology that affects how we work and how we communicate have combined to highlight the need to modify our perceptions of literacy, literacy instruction, and the role of literacy in our daily lives.