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Feedback is clear
The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative offered an all day Mega-regional workshop yesterday at the beautiful Ellsworth High School. Forty-four educators attended from surrounding and had the opportunity to spend the morning in two different workshops. The teacher leaders offered workshops on digital portfolios and the digital classroom, gifted and talented music programs, looking outside the school day to fulfill the high school arts requirement, the MLRs and music ensembles, reporting on student progress, student empowerment, and advocacy.
The two afternoon sessions were spent on technology and the Arts and proficiency. The focus for the proficiency session was on answering “what does proficiency look and sound like in the visual or performing arts classroom?” The conversation was very worthwhile. Some teachers left with more questions than answers. The visual art teachers worked in small groups to look at student work samples. Below are some of the questions included from the both visual and performing arts groups.
- Does proficiency really include growth of the student over time?
- How do we chart the artist growth through the process and not just the end result?
- How can we use the data collection to make sure we hold teachers accountable for teaching the curriculum and therefore allowing the kids the opportunity to BE proficient?
- How will students find the time to become proficient? If a student is continually not meeting they would always be behind.
Some of what the teachers learned:
- Being clear with students what the standards are.
- Recording students to demonstrate proficiency.
- There are many aspects to showing proficiency.
- That I am accomplishing more thank I realized but I need to create better documentation.
If you are interested in attended a future Mega-regional workshop there are three more scheduled during the school year along with several regional workshops. You can see the MAAI workshop opportunities by clicking here.
Ellsworth High School
It will be more like a hattening, I mean a happening! Tuesday, November 22, 8:15 – 3:15, Ellsworth High School visual and performing arts teachers will converge on Ellsworth High School for the Mega-regional workshop. Hopefully we will see you there. The cost is $20 and 5.5 contact hours are being awarded at the completion of the day.
To register please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals#. And click on November 22, 2013 Ellsworth High School.
- 8:15am: Registration begins
- 8:45am: Opening Session Morning Workshops
- 9:10 -10:20am: Session I
- 10:20 -10:35am:Break
- 10:35 – 11:45am: Session II
- Lunch 11:45am – 12:45pm: Participants on their own (Ellsworth site only: Student Council providing lunch for a donation)
- 12:45 – 1:00pm Afternoon workshops: Session III Large group
Breakout Workshops 1:00 – 2:00pm
The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?
Let’s work together to explore what is proficiency in the arts? How do teachers in the arts articulate what proficiency is? What does proficiency look like at different grade levels? Either as a veteran of standards-based work or just curious to know more, this interactive session will get to heart of the fundamental questions we have in front of us in Maine. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring samples of student work, including recorded and/or visual artworks.
Breakout Workshops 2:00 – 3:00pm
Think Tanks on Technology
This interactive session will focus on technology and its importance in our 21st Century arts programs in Maine. Topics will include the Media Arts National Core Arts Standards draft, practical usage for facilitating arts assessment and communicating results, creative ways of utilizing technology, Digital Arts and Music programs, and hands-on learning of technology. We have much to share and much to learn from each other, so be ready for engaging discussions, demonstrations and questions about technology and 21st Century arts programs.
Participants may attend two of the sessions included below. To register please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals#. And click on November 22, 2013 Ellsworth High School.
Explore progressive rubrics that build upon each other from “developing” to “exemplary”. We will also investigate practiced rubrics and checklists from specific to general. These templates will be used in a grade level activity to assess student work. Participants will examine student works of art in grade level groups and share insights with assessing creativity. Grades 6-12
Leah Olson Ellsworth High School Visual Arts
“What did I get and how did I do?” Participants will explore and analyze how involving students in the assessment process (from planning, choosing criteria and selecting various assessments) can empower them in their art experience. This workshop will introduce participants to The Studio Habits of Mind as a guide to creating formative and summative assessments. Students can become the advocates of their art programs through understanding the standards and assessments! Grades 5-12
Jane Snider Hancock Grammar and Lamoine Consolidated Schools Visual Arts
Explore strategies for identifying students as gifted and talented in music. Participants will discuss issues around what to assess, how to assess, when to assess, and common pitfalls in assessing large numbers of students. Grades K-12
Andrea Wollstadt Biddeford Intermediate School Music
“From Real Time to Report Time” – Developing a Meaningful Assessment System.This workshop will focus on techniques for the elementary music classroom that make developing rubrics, gathering student assessments and organizing report cards a manageable task. Sample rubrics and report cards will be presented. Participants are encouraged to bring their own rubrics and/or report cards to share with the group. Grades 1-8
Alice Sullivan Princeton/Woodland Elementary Schools Music
Learn about Evernote, a digital notebook that allows online file sharing to organize student work, documents proficiency, and allows teachers to share documents with students. This workshop is relevant to all arts teachers, visual and performing. Grades 3-12
Shannon Westphal Ellsworth High School Visual Art
As we move to standards based grading, how do we ensure that we are able to assess student work outside of the classroom? Particularly in the visual/performing arts students may be meeting standards out in the world at large. This workshop seeks to explore internships and contracts with students for standards met outside the classroom via performance, apprenticeships, private study, etc. Grades 9-12
Rebecca Wright Ellsworth High School Theatre
This workshop will encourage the participant to look beyond the concert to developing life-long arts producers and consumers in the ensemble setting. Suggestions to meet each of the Maine Learning Results and tools for assessment will be shared. Grades 6-12
Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music
Digital materials and techniques will be presented and examined for providing an open and collaborative dialogue among learners, teachers, and administrators. An essential question for this workshop is “What might student and teacher portfolios look like as evidence of teaching/learning and what should they contain to meet requirements of proficiencies and accountability?” A demonstration of Google+ and it’s available apps and uses will give participants an example of structures possible through web-based collaboration. Grades 9-12 all subjects
Charlie Johnson Mount Desert Island High School Visual Arts Digital Media/ Photography and Kathleen Murphy (student)
Save the Date – July 29, 30, 31, 2014
More information will be available in the near future as the
Leadership Team and Teacher Leaders plan this
SUMMER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
Ellsworth High School, UMF, USM, and UMaine
Feedback on the biennial statewide conference Arts Education: Leading the Way that was held at UMaine on October 24th continues to come in. But that is not all that the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is providing for professional development this school year.
I am soooooooo excited to announce the professional development opportunities that continue to take place by the MAAI teacher leaders. There are 35 sessions scheduled at the 4 locations listed below that the MAAI calls Mega-Regional workshops.
- November 26, 2013 Ellsworth High School
- January 13, 2014 University of Maine, Farmington
- March 7, 2014 University of Southern Maine, Portland
- April 11, 2014 University of Maine, Orono
You can click on each site above to get to the details or go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals#. In the AM at each Mega-Regional session teachers will select 2 workshops from a variety (each site offering different workshops). There are two PM sessions that teachers will have a chance to drill down on important arts education topics that are impacting all of us in today’s education environment:
- The Arts and Proficiency
- Think Tanks on Technology
The cost to attend a Mega-Regional workshop is $20.00 with 5.5 contact hours provided. Registration is required to attend the all day, 8:15 – 3:15, Mega-Regional workshops.
Please note: Each mega-regional workshop has a different link for registering! The MAAI teacher leaders are anxious to share their workshops with you and look forward to what you bring to the workshops. These are multiple opportunities for the Maine Arts education community to come together to deepen our knowledge!
If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you at a Mega-Regional workshop.
Also scheduled are 34 Regional workshops taking place in various locations all over the state. You can find the information on these workshops by clicking here.
Arts Education: Leading the Way conference
Another statewide conference is history and from all the reports it was a SUCCESS! If you were able to join us THANK YOU! A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the Leadership Team and the Teacher Leaders who worked long hours to plan and provide AMAZING workshops. If you were there and didn’t provide feedback at the end of each session and again at the end of the day please be sure and do so! It is not too late! We really appreciate you to taking the time to provide the feedback to help us build on the needs of arts education. Below you can see photos from the conference, thanks to Heidi O’Donnell for taking and sharing pictures!
Maine is the winner!
We are so fortunate in Maine to have amazing teacher leaders in the Arts who have stepped up to offer workshops they’ve created based on their learning in the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. On Thursday, October 24, the biennial statewide conference was held: Maine Arts Education: Leading the Way. We had 223 arts educators attend and the MAAI teacher leaders did a fantastic job offering over 35 workshops. You can probably tell from this photo taken at the end of the day that it was a SUCCESS! More info on the conference in other blog posts coming up. If you were one of those who attended, THANKS for coming!
During the last month SupportMusic Coalition created and archived 4 webcasts in collaboration with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. The 4 webcasts can be viewed on YouTube by clicking below. The webcasts are about the importance of music and arts education with communities and education leaders in 5 cities.
- Tuesday, September 10, Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad, CA
- Wednesday, September 25, Decatur High School, Indianapolis, IN
- Monday, September 30, Everett High School, Lansing MI
- Thursday, October 3, Baldwin High School, Pittsburgh, PA
- Friday, October 4, Martin Luther King High School, Philadelphia, PA
Just around the corner!
Preparing for a conference is time consuming and takes several months but the last week before the event is pretty intense! This week is no exception. Yesterday was spent on many details including copying, creating nametags, individual schedules, checking numbers, names, stuffing folders, etc. The more I rush to complete the tasks the ‘to do’ list seems to grow longer.
I think back to the first statewide arts education conference that I helped plan in 2007 and I realize how much I’ve learned over the years. Carol Trimble who was the Executive Director of Maine Alliance for Arts Education and I periodically chat about that conference which was held at The Samoset in Rockport with almost 300 attendees. We turned away several teachers since there wasn’t enough space. Scott Shuler gave the keynote, Karen Montanaro and Camden Hills singers performed at the Farnsworth reception and we had over 25 workshops. The next one was held in 2009 at Point Lookout with the 2007 National Teacher of the Year, music teacher Andrea Peterson provided the keynote and First Lady Karen Baldacci danced with us at the opening evening reception. In 2011 the biennial conference was held at USM and was focused on the first teacher leader group of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. It was a fabulous success – teachers teaching teachers created a huge learning environment for all attendees. Each conference was unique and provided fabulous learning opportunities.
I am really looking forward to the conference this Thursday, October 24, Arts Education: Leading the Way. You can still register, there is still space in some workshops. Lynn Tuttle will provide an update on the National Core Arts Standards during the opening session. I am guessing it won’t just be educational but also fun! The door prizes will be given during the closing (I need to remember a hat and funny glasses) along with a performance by the University Singers. We are thrilled to be having music students from UMaine attending and providing assistance! Thank you to Laura Artesani for her help with the details and arrangements!
Work details are also happening for the Maine International Conference on the Arts being held in the same location on Friday and Saturday. If you are interested in attending either conference please go to https://mainearts.maine.gov for information and for a link to registration.
I need to get back to the details…. I know I will see at least 185 (last count from registration) of you on Thursday – YAHOOOOOOOO!
Still time to register
There is still time to register for the biennial statewide arts education conference Arts Education: Leading the Way being held at UMaine, Orono, October 24, 2013. This is a great opportunity for you to learn what your colleagues from throughout Maine are doing in their standards-based arts classrooms.
- Information is located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/
- Link to the 35 workshops being offered by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative teacher leaders at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Media-and-Performing/conference-education-workshops
- Link to UMaine, Collins Center for the Arts, where you can register by purchasing a ticket https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Media-and-Performing/Conference-Register# PLEASE NOTE: after you purchase your ticket you will receive an email that will request you complete a survey which is actually where you will reserve your space in the workshops.
- The conference schedule is at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Media-and-Performing/Conference-Schedule
- We are fortunate to have Lynn Tuttle, AZ Department of Education Director of Arts Education, presenting at the conference Opening Session on the National Core Arts Standards. The high school draft of these are posted until October 21 for public review. What a great opportunity to hear from Lynn, who has been a leader with this work, so close to this review.
Happening on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 is the Maine International Conference (MICA) on the Arts at the same location. Information for the MICA conference is located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Media-and-Performing/MICA-LANDING.
The entire 3-day event is going to be chock full of great sessions, showcasing artists, and information! If you have questions please contact me at email@example.com. Any questions specific to the MICA conference please contact Kerstin Gilg at firstname.lastname@example.org.