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Funding Opportunities

August 28, 2014

 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The NCTM is accepting applications from teachers of pre-K-2 mathematics for projects that incorporate music into the elementary school classroom to help young students learn mathematics. For 2015–16, grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to individual classroom teachers or small groups of teachers collaborating in one grade or across grade levels. Any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant. Proposals must address the combining of mathematics and music, planning for improving students’ learning of mathematics, and/or the anticipated impact on students’ achievement. Please click here to read more.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Accepting Applications For Arts-Integrated Education Programs
The mission of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education is to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. The foundation is accepting grant applications from educators who need financial assistance to maintain or implement an arts education program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to support new or evolving programs that integrate the arts into educational programming. Although the purpose of the grant program is to assist teachers who wish to establish an effective way of using the arts to teach children who learn differently, proposed projects must serve all children in the classroom, including those with no trouble learning in a general education setting. Please click here to read more.

Teens Teaching Tech
Apply for a grant to hold your own Teens Teaching Tech program in your community. Older adults have gadgets like digital cameras, tablets, mobile phones, and apps that they find challenging to use. The goal of this program is to help senior citizens feel comfortable with ever-evolving technology. The applicant must be part of a school-based club or homeschool community organization in the United States. The $250.00 grants are provided to high school clubs: community service, National Honors Society, and computer clubs. http://bit.ly/TeenTechGrant Deadline: September 15

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship 
The State Department is currently accepting applications to help fund innovative travel around the world by young people who use education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. The fellowship is intended for American college students who have not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. Through 4 to 6 weeks of travel anywhere in the world, you can have the opportunity to interact with individuals from other nations while promoting the goals of UNESCO! http://bit.ly/statedeptfellowship Deadline: September 22

Captain Planet Foundation Grants 
Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500.  All proposed activities must be project-based, projects must be performed by youth; and projects must have real environmental outcomes. The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.  International requests are also accepted, with preference given to international projects that have U.S.-based partners. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects.  http://bit.ly/y1tPpz   Deadline: September 30

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants 
Whatever goals and dreams you have for your school, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program can help fulfill them with grants of $2,000 to $5,000. K-12 public schools as well as school parent-teacher groups are eligible. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping or clean up projects. http://bit.ly/195qDKm  Deadline: October 15

Ben & Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program
The Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program supports non-profit grassroots, constituent-led organizations across the country that are using direct action, grassroots community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. Proposals should align with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. They fund organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less. Grant awards are up to $20,000 for a one-year period.  http://bit.ly/1pQmD6A                      Deadline: October 15

NYLC Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award
The Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award recognizes service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership. This award focuses on projects that show a high level of youth initiative in all areas including identifying an authentic need, planning the service, and putting that plan into action. Teams of young people participating in service-learning projects can apply. http://bit.ly/1rfyhas  Deadline: November 7

NYLC Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award
The Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award recognizes those who have equipped young people to lead and serve, both through their direct work with youth and by nurturing other practitioners. Nominations are accepted from the general public, and a committee of leaders from the service-learning field will select the winners. http://bit.ly/1rfyhas  Deadline: November 7

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Art and Music Courses

August 24, 2014

Course Opportunities for Art and Music Educators

As arts educators, we know how important a quality arts education is for every student. That is why we are constantly seeking to improve teaching and learning  in our classrooms. And the arts have never been more relevant and essential than they are right now – in the 21st century.  But where do we find quality, professional development in arts education?

The New England Institute for Teacher Education is proud to announce that it will be offering three courses in Visual Art and Music Assessment practices this fall to any Art or Music educators, K-12.  The courses are all taught by leaders in art and music education who have played an integral role in the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative in the past three years.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to work with Rob Westerberg, who will be bringing the Music course to Hanover, New Hampshire (Vermont and New Hampshire music educators, take note!), Jake Sturtevant who is teaching Music Assessment in Standish, Maine, or Catherine Ring who is teaching Visual Art Assessment in Bangor, Maine.  All of these courses meet on teacher-friendly schedules (two weekend sessions with 10-12 weeks in between) and are tailored to meet each individual’s needs.

If you want to be in on the most current thinking, research and best practices used in arts classrooms, this is a great way to get started and connect to a network of other professionals and a wealth of shared resources. Over 85 arts educators have taken advantage of arts assessment courses through the New England Institute and many have taken on leadership roles in their schools and districts as a result of their work. Three graduate credits will be awarded upon successful completion through the New England Institute’s academic partnership with Endicott College.

So please join us. We’re excited to share what we have with you and to learn from you!

Questions?  Call the New England Institute at 207-367-5807 or email newenglandinstitute@gmail.com.

Catherine, Rob and Jake

FLYER (1)

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The Art of Giving Gala

August 18, 2014

Last week in Portland

IMG-20140814-00079 To mark the diamond anniversary of Down East Magazine, they commissioned six commemorative covers from six of Maine’s top artists. The art was raffled off last Thursday at a gala event in Portland. Down East is donated $10,000 to 6 charities of the artists’ choosing. Five hundred tickets were sold, 6 lucky people went home with wonderful artwork, and 6 charities benefited from all the generosity.

It was a great evening with delicious food, wonderful company, and great art to look at before they were given away. The artists included the following and their chosen charities are listed with them.

 

  • Eric Hopkins – North Haven EMS
  • Alex Katz – Colby College Museum of Art
  • MECA Emerging Artist Renee Bouchard – Maine College of Art
  • Angela Adams – The Locker Project, a Community Partner of The Good Shepherd Food Bank
  • William Wegman – Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association
  • Barbara Ernst Prey – Bowdoin College Museum of Art
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Eric Hopkins

The evening’s festivities were inside the working buildings of the Portland Company Marine Complex where we were surrounded by three dimensional art structures created by Cindy Thompson at Transformit. The mood was further be set by Laurie Andrews Design, and Headlight Audio Visual.

Music included 60 years of hits performed by the Larry Williams Band of Tony Boffa Music followed by a special performance by Gunther Brown.

Several businesses provided delicious food and drink. It was a delight to see Eric Hopkins. Many of you remember him from the statewide arts education conference in 2007 that we held at the Samoset in Rockport. Eric provided an inspirational keynote that day. And, it was a treat to meet William Wegman and one of his Weimaraner’s that was featured in the magazine. The Wegman dogs have been the inspiration for nearly 20 children’s books. Some of you may have seen his dog photos on the Maine Turnpike rest area in Kennebunkport.

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Fireworks in Your Brain

August 16, 2014

Video on the brain and music

Thanks to Madison Art Teacher Lisa Ingraham for sending me the link to this TEDed video called How Playing an Instrument Creates Fireworks in Your Brain. In her words: “It’s pretty great!” Researchers have looked closely at the brain to see what is happening when people are “listening” to music AND when “making music” is taking place. The music making strengthens the brains capacity. Check it out for yourself.

 

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In Today’s News

August 14, 2014

Just out from the Maine Department of Education, Commissioner’s Update

August 14, 2014

FEATURED DISPATCH

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative hosts New England Summit on Arts Education

The Maine DOE joined over 90 educators, teaching artists, and interdisciplinary teams at the New England Summit on Arts Education, July 29-August 1, at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. This three day professional training opportunity was coordinated by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) and provided participants with a collaborative approach to explore methods of teaching, learning, and assessment in arts education.

Jeff Poulin, Arts Education Program Coordinator for Americans for the Arts, delivered an important message about the critical role of arts education in developing essential knowledge, skills and creative abilities needed for success in school, work and life. During the Summit, educators developed individual action plans focused on essential components of student learning and proficiency including arts integration, studio habits, technology and assessment.

Veteran teacher-leaders and educators new to MAAI joined together to learn from each other through numerous presentations, workshops and lectures. Over the past year, the MAAI teacher-leaders have developed standards-based units, including assessments, lesson plans and resources, and have provided guidance on how to select appropriate tools for classroom assessment. These materials are now available for review and use on the MAAI Resource Bank.

Representatives from the Department and arts organizations and institutions from across New England were in attendance at the Summit, including Lesley University, Lincoln Street Center and Northland Village Foundation, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, Maine College of Art, New England Institute for Teacher Education, Portland Ovations, Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Art Education and Music Education Departments of the University of Maine.

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative was an initiative established in 2011 to create an environment in Maine where quality assessment is an integral part of the work of all integral part of the work of all arts educators in order to improve student achievement through teaching and learning. The initiative builds capacity through collaboration and the development of professional practices designed by teachers, for teachers.

For more information about MAAI, contact the Maine Arts Commission’s Director of Arts Education, Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

For more information about arts integration, contact the DOE’s Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Kevin Facer, at kevin.facer@maine.gov or 207-624-6826.

To read the above article on the Department’s website please click here.

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In Today’s News

August 13, 2014

Maine’s teachers of the year need your help so our students can succeed

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Kate Smith

In today’s Bangor’s Daily News you can read an article about the revised Maine Teacher of the Year program – now for the first time we have county teachers of the year. Representing Franklin County is the Central Elementary School, South Berwick music teacher Kate Smith. Kate is also one of the Phase IV Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s (MAAI) Teacher Leaders. We’re proud of you Kate – CONGRATULATIONS!

The article includes how important it is that each of us has a responsibility. Educators, families, administrators, students, and community members all have a role to play in this standards-based school environment. Gone are the days that students could move along the school track from grade level to grade level getting pieces. The proficiency-based learning environment is about all kids! If you’re wondering how to get started or have questions about the work you are doing in your arts classrooms/schools/districts you can find helpful resources on the new MAAI website, specifically in the section called Proficiency Toolbox that you can find at this link.

To read the entire Bangor Daily News article please click here.

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Kate with Village Elementary School, York, music teacher Cynthia Keating. Kate and Cynthia will be collaborating to present their workshop for phase IV of the MAAI.

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Phase IV Teacher Leaders: MAAI

August 13, 2014

Teacher Leaders announced

MAAI Logo_Color_TxtCtrThe Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is proud to announce the new Teacher Leaders who have stepped up to take on a leadership role during phase IV and the 2014-15 school year. The Summit on Arts Education officially launched Phase IV of the MAAI with the Summit on Arts Education held at USM, Portland, July 29-August 1.

The following are the new Teacher Leaders and below them you will find the Teacher Leaders returning for another year from a previous phase. To date, MAAI has provided professional development for 61 Teacher Leaders representing all regions of Maine. These teachers have created and presented workshops to over 1000 Maine educators during the first three phases of MAAI. Please join me in thanking them for taking on the leadership and providing learning opportunities for Maine teachers! MMAAI has 38 active teacher leaders participating during Phase IV! YAHOOOOO!

During the 2014-15 school year you will be able to read their Another Arts Teacher’s Story which is a series of blog post containing the Teacher Leaders stories. You can read the teacher stories from the last three years by searching for them on the blog using the search words “Another Arts Teacher’s Story”.

For a complete listing of the MAAI Teacher Leaders from all four phases please go to the new website and check out the Who We Are page under MAAI, specifically at http://www.maineartsassessment.com/#!teacher-leaders/ceac.

New Teacher Leaders

MUSIC

  • Cynthia Keating, grades K-2, Village Elementary School, York
  • Frances Kellogg, grades K-4, Ellsworth Elementary Middle School
  • Pamela Kinsey, grades K-12, Easton Schools
  • Kate Smith, grades PK-3, Central Elementary School, South Berwick

VISUAL ART

  • Theresa Cerceo, grades K-12, Dr. Levesque Elementary School, Wisdom Middle/High School
  • Samantha Davis, grades 6-8, Molly Ockett Middle School
  • Michaela DiGianvittorio, grades 9-12, Gray-New Gloucester High School
  • Sarah Gould, grades 9-12, Gray-New Gloucester High School

DANCE

  • Emma A. Campbell, grades 9-12, Thornton Academy

Returning Teacher Leaders from Phase I, II, and/or III

MUSIC

  • Drew Albert, grades 9-12, Maranacook Community High School
  • Sue Barre, grades 5-12, Waterville Senior High School
  • Jennifer Etter, grades 5-8, York Middle School
  • Judy Fricke, early childhood, Maine Street Music Studios
  • Patricia Gordan, grades K-4, Raymond Elementary School
  • Jane Kirton, grades 9-12, Sanford High School
  • Linda McVety, grades K-5, Songo Locks Elementary School
  • Jen Nash, grades 5-8, Sebasticook Valley Middle School
  • Jenni Null, grades K-6, Songo Locks Elementary School
  • Ashley Smith, grades 9-12, Brunswick High School
  • Jake Sturtevant, grades 9-12, Bonny Eagle High School
  • Shari Tarleton, grades 6-8, Brunswick Junior High School

VISUAL ART

  • Amy Cousins, grades 6-8, Gorham Middle School
  • Melanie Crowe, grades 6-8, Marshwood Middle School
  • Jennie Driscoll, grades 9-12, Brunswick High School
  • Suzanne Goulet, grades 9-12, Waterville Senior High School
  • Gloria Hewett, grades 6-8, Mount View Middle School
  • Lisa Ingraham, grades K-4, Madison Elementary School
  • Danette Kerrigan, grades 6-8, Sacopee Valley Middle School
  • Charlie Johnson, grades 9-12, Mount Desert Island High School
  • Lisa Marin, grades K-12, Jonesport-Beals High School and Union #103
  • Brian McPherson, grades K-5, Woodside Elementary School
  • Jeff Orth, grades 6-12 Richmond Middle/High Schools
  • Pam Ouellette, grades 9-12, Lisbon High School
  • Janie Snider, grades K-8, Hancock Grammar School

DANCE

  • MaryEllen Schaper, grades 6-8, Bonny Eagle Middle School

PERFORMING ARTS

  • Beth Lambert, grades 9-12, Carrabec High School
  • Lisa Neal, grades 9-12, Nokomis Regional High School
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