Registration Open: MAAI Mega MDI

October 21, 2014

Mount Desert Island High School Mega-regional workshop, Tuesday, November 25

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is once again offering Mega-regional workshops in five locations across the state of Maine during the 2014-15 school year. The workshops are being facilitated by the MAAI Teacher Leaders with each location scheduled with different workshops.

The five Mega dates and locations for the 2014-15 school year

  • Tuesday, November 25 Mount Desert Island High School
  • Friday, March 6 Aroostook county
  • Friday, March 13 Oxford Hills Middle School South Campus
  • Thursday, April 2 UMaine, Orono
  • Friday, April 3 University of Southern Maine, Portland

The information for MDIHS Mega is located at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-2014-2015#.

Once you read through the details, you can determine which workshop you’d like to attend for Session I and Session II. Click on this link

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e9vs7ccfi0fmlna1/start to complete the registration. You can pay the $25 registration fee using PayPal or you can pay by sending a check to me at the Maine Arts Commission. You will find all of the information and details that you need. Please contact me if you have any questions at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

Overall Workshop Schedule

  • 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Session and Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 – 10:20 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session I
  • 10:20 – 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 – 11:40 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session II
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. Session III Large group by Arts Discipline
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Session

The workshop titles and descriptions for the MDIHS Mega are included below.

Session I

The Studio Habits of Mind: Using the “Hidden Curriculum” to Encourage Student Autonomy

Join us in our exploration of assessment and proficiency using the Studio Habits of Mind. This workshop will present a practical look at how we came to understand and use the constructs of Studio Thinking in our K-4 and K-8 classrooms to promote independent, self-directed learning. You will gain hands-on knowledge of these habits and leave with strategies you can use in your own classroom. Grades K-8 (Easily adapted for grades 9-12.)


Jane Snider Hancock Grammar School Visual Arts
Lisa Ingraham Madison Elementary School Visual Arts


Making Evidence of Learning from a Sequence of Artworks

This hands-on workshop will explore a simple photographic darkroom technique to produce artworks to use as examples of proficiency for several of the National Core Arts Standards along with links to Maine’s present P.E.I.’s. Student work will also be presented as examples/exemplars for levels of proficiency. Grades 6-12


Charlie Johnson Mount Desert Island High School Visual Arts

Efficient and Effective Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom

When you see 200 or more students each week, assessing everyone is challenging.  The lack of time seems insurmountable!  At this collaborative session, we will discuss ways to make assessments efficient for both class time and your time, while still keeping them effective for teaching and learning.  The presentation is directed toward elementary classroom music, but all are welcome to attend and give input. Grades K-5


Frances Kellogg  Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Music 

Let the Maine Learning Results guide your Ensemble Curriculum

The Maine Learning Results are still the state wide Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Take a closer look at your ensemble and discover how you are using the MLRs each and every day.  Learn new ways to integrate all of the MLRs. This workshop is applicable for any age ensemble elementary through high school.  Grades 5-8


Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music

Session II

Standards-Based Grading and Assessing for Proficiency


This workshop is about how to use standards and create learning targets in the visual art classroom.  We will be focusing on using standards in every day art lessons, assessing for proficiency and showing growth through the use of portfolios.  Grades 6-12


Shannon Westphal Ellsworth High School Visual Art

It’s Elementary, My Dear!



Come find out ways you can advocate for your elementary school arts program. In this workshop, we will share ideas and strategies to get what you need for your visual art or music classroom and simultaneously take arts education to a whole new level.  Let’s put all those wonderful resources and tried and true strategies to work for us!  Grades PK-8



Catherine Ring New England Institute for Teacher Education Visual Art

Stir-Crazy: A Movement Tool Kit for the Sedentary Classroom


Kids not sitting still in class?  Unable to focus?  This session is for all teachers wanting to add some movement activities and games into the classroom without sacrificing important academic time.  All games can be adapted to fit all subject areas. Grades PK-12 All Teachers



Stephanie McGary Dance

Resources, Resources and MORE Resources for Music Educators


This session will identify helpful, meaningful resources for every need under the sun! Attendees will inform the conversation, bringing their own unique needs to the table. The take-away will be for every music teacher to leave with a bucketful of assistance towards implementing standards, proficiency and assessment practices into their own classrooms. Grades PK-12


Rob Westerberg York High School Music

Session III

The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?

The afternoon session will be focused around group discussions utilizing key questions on how proficiency is being implemented across the state of Maine in our own arts classrooms. Participants will leave with concrete ideas and/or plans to facilitate their own actions. These may lead to breakout sessions to deeper discussions and common concerns. This session will be separated between visual and performing arts teachers.


MAAI Teachers as Resources

October 20, 2014

Teacher Leaders as leaders

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 8.15.47 PMResponding to the needs and voices of teachers in the field, the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAA) has begun a series of steps to help all PK-12 Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art teachers develop their own quality work as Maine implements the new proficiency law, Maine Statute 4722-A-Proficiency Based Diploma Standards, that requires all students to display “proficiency” in all subject areas.

The first of these steps is designating past and current MAAI Teacher Leaders to serve as live “go-to” people for advice, talking through problems and ideas and providing support. Between the Leadership Team and Teacher Leaders, there are over three dozen people who have volunteered to be these live resources. Go to maineartsassessment.com, click on either of those two pages (Leadership Team and/or Teacher Leaders) under the dropdown, “About MAAI: who we are”. You will find contact information in red for those who are willing to work with you, as well as what grade levels and subject areas they teach, where they teach it, and a list of topics they have had experience with.

DSC02227As the only grassroots arts assessment entity in the United States, it remains a goal of MAAI to be here in a practical way for teachers in the field, “removing us from the islands” for once and for all. Please take advantage of the work that has already gone on in recent years by respected colleagues throughout Maine, and contact them often as you progress through your proficiency work!

If you have questions or ideas for other needs that you have during the transition, please contact MAAI Leadership Team member Rob Westerberg at mllama4@maine.rr.com or Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov. MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission with many partners including MAEA, MMEA, New England Institute for Teacher Education, USM, MLTI, MDOE, and MAAE.


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NCAS Launch

October 19, 2014

Monday, October 20


The public launch of the National Core Arts Standards will take place, Monday, October 20, 9:00am. Some of the featured presentations will be from Ben Fols, Songwriter and arts education activist, Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and David A. Dik, Executive Director of Young Audience Arts for Learning. To attend the livestream please click here www.nationalartsstandards.org/content/launch. If you can not join live, the link will take you to the archive of the stream that you can access as a follow-up.




Wisdom of the Group

October 18, 2014

What’s it all about?

IMG_0989The feedback is clear, every time the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) provides professional development opportunities for educators.  I hear how important it is to be together with like-minded educators. Educators that teach similar content and/or grade levels. Communicating, collaborating, creating, and simply coming together is soooooo very important to everyone who participates. Arts teachers say over and over and OVER how valuable it is to have the opportunity to talk about teaching! Sharing ideas, stories, exchanging emails, and learning so much from each other.  And, yes in many cases, follow-up afterwards and the communication continues. I am forever impressed at the connections that are forged during the MAAI gatherings. Kudos to the Maine Arts educators – it is sooooo very coooool to work with all of you! I am so fortunate!! Thank you!


I love this piece, it gives me a glimpse into why communicating and bringing arts teachers together is an essential key to the success of Arts teachers and ultimately, students are the big winners!

“In the face of the unknown—the always nagging uncertainty about whether, under complex circumstances, things will really be okay—the builders trusted in the power of communication. They didn’t believe in the wisdom of the single individual, of even an experienced engineer. They believed in the wisdom of the group, the wisdom of making sure that multiple pairs of eyes were on a problem and then letting the watchers decide what to do.”       ~ Atul Gawande

IMG_0967During the next several months arts teachers will have multiple opportunities to come together at the MAAI Mega-regional workshops. The dates and locations are below. Please watch the blog for registration that will be opening in the very near future.

Mega-regional workshops 2014-15 school year

  • Tuesday, November 25 Mount Desert Island High School
  • Friday, March 6 Aroostook county
  • Friday, March 13 Oxford Hills Middle School South Campus
  • Thursday, April 2 UMaine, Orono
  • Friday, April 3 University of Southern Maine, Portland




October 17, 2014

Conference: November 13-15

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 9.26.57 PM Join us for Juice Conference 4.0!
Inspiring speakers, expertise building workshops, fun events, a variety of networking opportunities, and unique opportunities to discover Rockland…
There’s so much packed into this year’s conference, we can’t list it all here!

Get the Scoop on Juice Conference 4.0 at:

Registration is Open:
(Early Bird Ticket Price Available!)

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, 11/13/14: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Songs Beyond Borders 2
Songs Beyond Borders 2 will be a true cross-border, musical culture exchange, featuring two Maine Artists, Denny Breau and Emilia Dahlin as well as two New Brunswick artists, Caroline Savoie and Danny Boudreau. Presented by Maine Arts Commission and Music NB.

Friday, 11/14/14:
Speakers, Workshops, Networking, and Performances
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Strand Theatre and Venues throughout Rockland
Visit http://www.juiceconference.org for details

Pecha Kucha Night, Strand Theatre
Doors Open at 6:30pm, Presentations at 7:00pm

PKN After Party, Trackside Station
Kick-off at 8:30, Band at 9:00
A fun night of music and dancing with band, Hello Newman

Saturday, 11/15/14:
New this Year!
Saturday Tours and Workshop: 9:00am – 12:00pm
New this year!  Three unique and exciting opportunities for learning and networking on Saturday morning. We’re celebrating downtown Rockland with two tours:
Tour 1:  From Maine to Main Street: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fisheries and Food Production. Come immerse yourself in downtown Rockland’s vibrant food scene during a leisurely-paced walking tour.  Witness how community, technology, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and arts are all being utilized to successfully produce, distribute, and sell Maine’s food.  While sampling delectable treats at several businesses, we will hear about the significance of the food production cluster in Maine along with the assistance that some of these venues are able to utilize to help them succeed.

Tour 2: Rockland Main Street Tour: Preservation and Innovation (more info to come!)

Workshop: Using Innovation Engineering to Think About Sustainability.  What does sustainability mean to your organization? Staying in business for the long run?  Using resources in an environmentally responsible way?  Diversity and inclusion as a workforce strategy? During this highly interactive, creative, and fun workshop, we will use Innovation Engineering (TM) tools to help you think about sustainability for your situation. You will leverage the diversity of the other participants to come up with ideas to tackle your opportunities and challenges, and learn ways to systematically make progress towards these goals. The workshop will be led by Catherine Renault, a Certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt, and owner of Innovation Policyworks, located in Brunswick, ME.

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Call for Volunteers:
If you’d like to help (and get a discounted ticket price as our “thank you”), contact us at info@midcoastmagnet.com to get started!

Sponsorship opportunities for promotion at the event and on our website and conference materials are available at a variety of levels.  A great way to show your support for the creative economy!

Conference Partners:
Juice Conference is made possible by the support and partnership of these organizations:

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MAEA Exhibit Opening

October 16, 2014

Friday night


Maine College of Art (MECA) is hosting the fall exhibit of the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA). The opening reception for “Reap and Sow” is Friday, October 17 – 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

I had the chance to see the show last week and it is spectacular! Congratulations to MAEA members and thank you to MAEA and MECA for providing this wonderful opportunities for the members. Another great benefit of joining MAEA. For membership information please go to http://www.mainearted.org/MAEA/Home.html






New Visual Arts Standards

October 16, 2014

Opportunity for professional development from National Art Education Association

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Implementing the New Visual Arts Standards: A Resource to Support Instruction Aligned with State Standards
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 7pm ET
Complimentary to NAEA members; $49/non-members
Presenters: Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team; Scott Russell, Elementary Art Teacher and Writing Team Member; Cory Wilkerson, Communications Chair, National Coalition of Core Arts Standards

The new standards provide opportunities for art educators to look at instruction and student growth through an aspirational lens.   Learn how art educators are connecting the new voluntary standards with their own state and district standards. See how the new standards framework can be aligned with state standards to support student learning by embedding Enduring Understandings for instruction.

To register, please click here.


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