Standards Based/Proficiency Survey

October 1, 2014

5-minute survey

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 5.27.06 AMThe Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Leadership Team has put together a survey that will take you about 5 minutes. We are interested in knowing where you and your school district are on critical topics including standards-based and proficiency education. Please take the time to provide answers to the 8 questions. The information provided will be used to guide MAAI in responding to the needs of the field and in creating resources to assist Arts educators. The window of opportunity to complete this is one week – the survey closes on October 8 at 11:59 pm. The data collected will be shared on this Maine Arts Education blog in the near future.

Please go to http://esurvey.inspiredata.com and type in the code 672562 to complete the survey. If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor argy.nestor@maine.gov. Thanks for participating!


Fine Arts Academy

October 1, 2014

Bangor HIgh School

 Susan Bryand works with Fine Arts Academy students during a summer enrichment activity

Susan Bryand works with Fine Arts Academy students during a summer enrichment activity

Bangor High School is the largest high school in the region with a student population around 1200. The school prides itself on helping each student to strive for academic excellence.

A few years ago, Bangor High School started a STEM Academy for motivated science and math students. The Fine Arts Academy is based on that model and is designed to enhance the opportunities for students who are interested in the arts. The Visual Arts component of the Academy will start this fall, with Theater and Music components coming in the near future. The Academy has had strong support from school administrators and the school board voted unanimously to approve it.

When we designed the Academy we looked at several models and talked about what would work for Bangor High students and we believe the plan will be very successful here. The BHS art teachers are very excited to have this opportunity as we continue to encourage art students to get the most out of their high school experience and work to provide additional enrichment opportunities whenever possible.

The main elements of the Fine Arts Academy (Visual Arts strand) plan include:

  1. A course for freshmen called The Creative Process. This is the foundation course and expands the Art I curriculum in numerous ways.
  2. Students in The Creative Process will earn honors credit by completing studio and writing assignments pertinent to the course.
  3. A quarterly seminar based on a theme or topic and offered to all BHS advanced art students will extend learning about artists, techniques, career exploration, community art connections, etc.
  4. Summer enrichment options for students include summer assignments, independent work, mentoring/internship opportunities, and group activities.
  5. Honors credit option for all advanced art classes for Academy students – more depth and breadth.
  6. Three distinct pathways to earning the Academy endorsement on student graduation certificates – Drawing/Painting, Digital/Commercial Art, and 3-D Design options. Each pathway culminates in an AP Art course.
  7. A Capstone exhibit during the spring of each student’s senior year – will include a portfolio, an artist statement, documentation of the artist’s process, and a formal presentation of student accomplishment.
  8. Additional options for community art connections will be encouraged.
  9. Fine Arts Academy students take all the regular classes offered at BHS and will take at least 6 art credits during their 4 years.
  10. This program will help prepare students for a wide range of post secondary options.

Twenty students have accepted the challenge and have signed up to take The Creative Process and to be a part of the BHS Fine Arts Academy. Eight sophomores have also opted to be part of the program. We are off to a great start and are looking forward to seeing great results from this innovative program.

This post was contributed by art teacher, Kal Elmore, Bangor High School. For further information please contact Kal at kelmore@bangorschools.net or colleagues Susan Bryand at sbryand@bangorschools.net, or Eric Hutchins at ehutchins@bangorschools.net.


Tech-focused Courses

September 28, 2014

Available courses for K-12 educators, fall 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 2.55.05 PMThe Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy is offering four great technology focused courses to K-12 educators. These courses were developed and are presented through a collaborative effort of the Department of Education and the ConnectME Authority, the agency charged with expanding and enhancing broadband internet availability across the state. Support for the course development was funded by the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Broadband Data and Development Grant.

The online courses are facilitated by a team of adult educators, most of whom have extensive experience in the K-12 classroom as well as using Moodle and a variety of web-based and video conferencing. Classes are taught in cohort groups of 8-10 and will be available in the fall and spring. Classes begin the week of September 29th or as the cohorts fill. Most courses are 10 weeks in length and participants can expect to spend 2-3 hours each week completing assignments.

Registration and Cost

Course information is available at the Maine Adult Education PD Portal (pdportal.maineadulted.org) Search Keyword MARTI K-12. Registration for continuing education hours is through the PDPortal. A portal account is required and is available free of charge by clicking “PD Account” in the upper right hand corner of the portal homepage.

A course registration application is available on the PD Portal as well. Tuition cost is $250.00 for each course. Upon successful competition course credit will be posted to the participant’s PDPortal account. Send a completed application and payment by check or purchase order to Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Technology Integration for Teaching and Learning

This ten-week introductory survey course will serve as an overview of some of the current technology applications and the multiple ways they can be used to enhance classroom instruction. This is a blended course which begins with an introductory face to face regional meeting, video conference or web conference. Participants will try out a variety of applications, some of which might find immediate application the classroom. As well as learning about digital tools, participants will participate in a professional learning community with other educators through the online discussion forums and real-time tools to investigate ways of enhancing instruction and learning. This course may be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first course of two for those who want to complete the MARTI certification program. If the intent is to take as a standalone course, registration here on the portal is sufficient for a completed application. 30 continuing education hours are awarded for successful completion.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction

The course explores the development and adaptation of curriculum to improve accessibility for learners of varying abilities. Participants in the UDL course must have successfully completed the Technology Integration course or participate in a short “Intro to Moodle course.” The UDL course provides a framework for preparing curriculum and instruction that meets the varied and diverse needs of students. A universal need of educators is to be both proactive and responsive to how students learn.  The course is a guide for differentiating instruction while, at the same time, addressing issues of access to learning that result from unique student needs, such as varying abilities, language, or culture. Within UDL, the use of technology is consistent with the research behind how people learn, as well as focused on individual student needs and preferences. The outcome and objectives of this course allow participants to begin using UDL in practice. This is the second semester course required for MARTI Certification. 30 continuing education hours are awarded for successful completion.

Teaching in the Blended Classroom

This course prepares educators to teach in blended classroom environments. Participants will learn effective strategies for managing and teaching students in blended environments and explore the ways blended learning can effectively support standards-based teaching and learning in all subject areas. Participants will learn techniques to foster student collaboration in an online learning community through online discussion and group projects and to assess student work. In addition, participants will learn to meet the learning needs of all students by selecting and using a variety of teaching strategies that aid in personalizing learning for students. During this course, participants will learn about and practice using tools to teach critical thinking skills, explore student academic integrity issues and the safe and legal use of online resources. Additionally, teachers will learn about and practice using instructor tools in a course management system. Course content includes online readings, web-based and multimedia activities, and facilitated online discussions. 30 continuing education hours are awarded for successful completion.

Teaching and Learning Through Video Conferencing

This course provides participants the skills and experience needed to identify, prepare, and provide effective, interactive instruction via real-time, interactive video conferencing.

By the end of the course participants will have had in-depth experience and peer feedback in the preparation and delivery of lessons. Participants will discuss how video conferencing can expand learning opportunities and increase student engagement, plus develop a site guide for available equipment. This is a blended course. Participants are expected to attend 4 face-to-face sessions connecting regional sites and participate in an asynchronous 4 week online Moodle course.20 continuing education hours are awarded for successful completion.

For more information contact Nancy Dionne by email at nancy.dionne@maine.gov or call 207-624-6780 or Bob Mcintire at bob.mcintire@maine.gov or call 207-624-6778.


MARTI K-12 Course Registration

First Name
Last Name
Mailing Address
Telephone – Work
Work Email address
Webpage (if applicable)
Subjects/courses I teach:
Coursework or workshops I have taken related to technology integration in teaching and learning:
I am interested in participating in the MARTI program because 

Personal Contact Information – This information will not be shared.

Home Mailing Address
Telephone – Home
Telephone – Mobile
Summer/Alternate email address
Undergraduate College – Major
Post Graduate College – Major

Send registration application and payment of $250 per course to Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy – 23 State House Station – Augusta, ME 04333-0023 Development and presentation of MARTI courses is funded by the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program Award Number 23-50-M09062 in collaboration with the ConnectME Authority



Art Works!

September 27, 2014

Students, grades K-8, UMaine Orono

Application deadline: October 3rd

ArtWorks!, an art program for students in grades K through 8, provides children an opportunity to explore the world of art Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 1.16.47 PMthrough hands-on experiences with a variety of visual media, the history of art, and the viewing of art works.

The fall ArtWorks! session will run for five consecutive weeks with classes held on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 in Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus, beginning October 17th and continuing through November 14th.

Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s transportation to and from the program. Classes will begin promptly at 3:30 and conclude at 5:00 sharp. For safety, students will not be allowed to leave the classroom until the pre-designated adult has come to the room to pick him or her up.

Class sections are organized by age or grade level, and are limited to 22 students per group. Acceptance into the program will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. A list of alternates will be kept in case of vacancies.

A $25. course fee will be charged for the fall session to cover the costs of materials used during the classes. The course fee must be paid on or before the first day of classes. Checks should be made out to the University of Maine. A limited number of scholarships are available.

♥ All ArtWorks! classes are taught by Art Education students, under the close supervision of Dr. Constant Albertson. ArtWorks! is a lab school designed to provide future art teachers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for success in their future classrooms. To facilitate this, we ask parents and Ed. Techs to stay outside the classroom during the ArtWorks! sessions. They are welcome to sit in the lobby area where they will be close at hand should their assistance be needed, but we ask that the art education students be given a chance to succeed as independent teachers. As this will be the students’ first formal teaching experience it is important that it be as realistic as possible. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

♥ Art classes will take place on the second and third floors of Lord Hall. There is an elevator to all floors and the bathrooms are accessible. Art Education students will contact you prior to the first class to give you your child(ren)’s room number(s).

FOR MORE INFORMATION and an application, contact Constant Albertson at 581-3251 or the Dept. of Art, Lord Hall, at 581-3245 or by e-mail: constant.albertson@umit.maine.edu.


Talking Walls

September 26, 2014

Thomas College, October 9, 2014

Talking Walls2(3)(1)


Brewer Performing Arts Center

September 25, 2014

Student Opportunity

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 5.19.25 AMPerforming at the Brewer Performing Arts Center on October 7 is GRAMMY award winning, world class saxophone player Eric Marienthal.  It will be an incredible, once in a lifetime experience.  He will present a masterclass at 4 PM (only $5 per person!) and a concert at 7 PM with the Maine All Star Big Band ($10 a ticket).  They are offering a special deal to schools if you purchase tickets before the event;  for every 10 tickets purchased, you get one free!  We can accept school purchase orders (the payment needs to be received before October 6).

Please email Lanissa Nadeau for more information at lnadeau@breweredu.org or call the box office at 207-200-5447.  www.brewerperformingarts   www.ericmarienthal.com


Kinetic Rain

September 24, 2014

This is AMAZING!!! Time for a trip to the Changi Airport, Singapore…


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