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Registration Open: MAAI Mega USM, Portland

October 30, 2014

University of Southern Maine, Portland, Mega-regional workshop, Friday, April 3, 2015 

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, different workshops scheduled for each location. Yes, you can register for more than one! 5.5 contact hours are being provided for all-day participation.

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

  • Friday, March 6, 2015 Aroostook county

Registration is also open for Mega Mount Desert Island High School, Mega Oxford Hills, South Campus, and Mega UMaine, Orono.  It will be available for Aroostook county in the very near future.  MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission.

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

Once you read through the details, you can determine which workshop you’d like to attend for Session I and Session II. To complete your registration please click on this link http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ea1ghdq4i1s4snna/a014xi1tzgnbz/questions.

You can pay the $25 registration fee using PayPal or you can pay by sending a check made out to Maine Art Education Association and mail it to Maine Arts Commission, c/o Argy Nestor, 193 State Street, 25SHS, Augusta, 04333. You will find all of the information and details that you need when you register at the link above. 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 Mega UMaine, Orono 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
 

The Recipe: Ingredients in a Proficiency-Based Curriculum

The thought of creating a proficiency-based curriculum from scratch can be daunting. When we try cooking something new for the first time, we seek a recipe to follow, and over time we adjust, improvise, substitute, and personalize the ingredients to make the recipe our own. We would like to share our recipe with you, it may not be exactly your taste, but we have ingredients and tools to share to help you get started. Grades 9-12 (Easily adapted for all grades.)

 

Michaela DiGianvittorio and Sarah Gould Gray-New Gloucester High School Visual Arts

 

 
Unpacking the Standards with your BFF (Best Foot Forward)

Looking for meaningful conversations around assessment in the elementary music classroom? So often music teachers feel as if they are working in isolation. Come see how Teacher Leaders Cynthia Keating and Kate Smith worked together to unpack the standards to identify their essential learnings. Tips for how to report essential learnings to parents will be shared. Grades PK-5

 

Cynthia Keating Village Elementary School Music

Kate Smith Central Elementary School Music

 

The Foolish Man Builds his House Upon the Sand: Laying a Firm Foundation for the Arts (and life) in Early Childhood

 

A workshop for Early Childhood Educators, Elementary Arts Specialists, and Elementary Administrators. Come join the fun as we explore how and why arts play is essential to every young child’s ability to learn how to learn! Grades PK-2 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Judy Fricke Main Street Music Studios Music

 

Writing What We Do: A Guide to Standards-Based Curriculum Mapping & Unit Design

Essential what? Enduring Understandings? Why is it important to write down what I do in my classroom? Many districts across the state are focused on Curriculum Mapping and Unit Design using a variety of systems for tracking and organizing curriculum, units, and assessments.  This session will focus on developing skills in navigating the Understanding by Design model of unit and curriculum design. Participants will learn how to organize their curriculum, develop essential questions and enduring understandings, and determine assessment types based on what they are already teaching in their arts classrooms.  Examples and resources will be provided. Grades PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)

Brian McPherson Woodside Elementary School Vistual Arts

Jake Sturtevant Bonny Eagle High School Music

 

Session II

Using Digital Process Folios as a Journaling Approach to Self Assessment

Have you ever wondered how to digitally document students growth and understanding? Using technology, students document their learning experiences in the art room through a process-folio. For many of us, learning is about the process not the end result – learn how reflective writing and self assessments can guide students through a greater understanding of their work. Grades 6-8 (Easily adaptable for grades 9-12.)

 

Melanie Crowe Marshwood Middle School Visual Arts

 

Hatching A Songbird: Teaching and Assessing Singing Skills at the Primary Level

Focusing on the Kindergarten year, this workshop will offer methodical strategies for teaching young children to sing.  Included will be ideas for formative assessment, including student self assessment. Grades K-2 

 

Patti Gordan Raymond Elementary School Music

 

Moving Towards Your Goals: Using Technology for Self-Assessment in a Performing Arts Classroom

This workshop will demonstrate how to have students successfully self-assess their work in your performing arts classroom using their own devices.  Using an existing high school dance lesson, participants will learn how to have their own students measure and analyze their work using applications such as Twitter, Nearpod, eBackpack, and Youtube. Grades 9-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 


Dancing With the Standards: How to Incorporate Standards-Based Dance and Movement Activities in Classroom Learning and Assessment

Are you an arts teacher who would like to incorporate more movement in your classroom, but may feel that you lack confidence or familiarity with dance movement? This experiential workshop will walk you through a powerful yet simple creative movement exploration and dance making process that are standards-based and well suited to integrate with any content area. You will learn simple movement tools and a dance making activity that you can implement – no dance background needed – to help your students explore lesson content and engage in creative problem solving together. Grades PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

John Morris Dance


The How and Why of Digital Portfolios

This workshop is focused on using Google Drive to create a digital portfolio as a means to show evidence of proficiency, allow for a method of feedback on student work and as a way to organize and maintain student work. This workshop can be used by all VPA teachers. Grades 6-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

 

Jeff Orth Richmond Middle/High School Visual Arts

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Registration Open: MAAI Mega UMaine, Orono

October 29, 2014

University of Maine, Orono, Mega-regional workshop, Thursday, April 2, 2015 

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, different workshops scheduled for each location. Yes, you can register for more than one!

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

Registration is also open for Mega Mount Desert Island High School and Mega Oxford Hills, South Campus. It will be available for USM, tomorrow and for Aroostook in the very near future.  MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission.

The information for Mega UMaine, Orono is located at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-UMaine-Orono.

Once you read through the details, you can determine which workshop you’d like to attend for Session I and Session II. To complete your registration please click on this link http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ea1grfwqi1s5vizl/a014xi1tyq8jt/questions.

You can pay the $25 registration fee using PayPal or you can pay by sending a check made out to Maine Art Education Association and mail it to Maine Arts Commission, c/o Argy Nestor, 193 State Street, 25SHS, Augusta, 04333. You will find all of the information and details that you need when you register at the link above. 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 Mega UMaine, Orono are included below.

Session I

Finding the Hidden Treasure in Art with Student Self Assessment

Learn how setting criteria with students sets the stage for formative assessment. Participants will create a small art work and practice the use of exemplars, setting criteria, and use of assessments to inform instruction.  Come explore the benefits that come from student self assessments. Grades 5-12

 
Jennie Driscoll Brunswick 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

 

Multiple Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Proficiency in ELA and Social Studies through Performing Arts Class!

With the new proficiency based learning law, students must be allowed a variety of ways to demonstrate proficiency. This workshop will examine cross disciplinary units that assess, not only drama standards, but ELA and social studies standards as well.  Specifically, we will look at performance assessments that evaluate ELA and social studies standards and can be demonstrated in the performing arts classroom but count towards a students ELA and social studies requirements. Grades 7-12

 

Beth Lambert Carrabec High School Performing Arts

 

Moving Towards Your Goals: Using Technology for Self-Assessment in a Performing Arts Classroom

 

This workshop will demonstrate how to have students successfully self-assess their work in your performing arts classroom using their own devices.  Using an existing high school dance lesson, participants will learn how to have their own students measure and analyze their work using applications such as Twitter, Nearpod, eBackpack, and Youtube. Grades 9-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 

The Foolish Man Builds his House Upon the Sand: Laying a Firm Foundation for the Arts (and life) in Early Childhood

A workshop for Early Childhood Educators, Elementary Arts Specialists, and Elementary Administrators. Come join the fun as we explore how and why arts play is essential to every young child’s ability to learn how to learn! Grades PK-2 (all Arts disciplines)

 

 

Judy Fricke Main Street Music Studios Music

 

Session II

My Choice-Based Art Class, Nurturing Proficiency through Voice, Choice and Reflective Teaching

What are the benefits of a choice-based art room? How can assessments be used to foster creative growth, skill development & proficiency?  In this workshop teachers will have these questions answered as well as see how a choice – based art class can teach studio behavior and allow for art creation and teacher feedback that is individualized and authentic to the learners’ experience. Grades K-12

 

Theresa Cerceo Dr. Levesque Elementary, Wisdom Middle/High School Visual Arts

 

Proficiency-Based Education in Visual Art

This workshop will provide an overview of what Proficiency-Based Education looks like in a middle school art program.  Unpacking standards, creating rubrics, understanding meeting proficiency, formative vs summative, and assessment will all be part of this workshop.           Grades 6-8

 

Gloria Hewett Mount View Middle School Visual Arts

 

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 Arts disciplines)

 

Stephanie McGary Dance

 

Gold, Silver or Bronze? A Rubric fit for the Olympics!

This workshop is focused on using Google Drive to create a digital portfolio as a means to show evidence of proficiency, allow for a method of feedback on student work and as a way to organize and maintain student work. This workshop can be used by all VPA teachers. Grades 4-8

 

Pam Kinsey Easton Schools Music

 

Rappin’ Differentiated Instruction and Implementing Standards Based Grading

Formative assessments are instrumental in giving teachers the tools they need to discover where each of their students are in the learning process.  Participants  will learn how to use this data to differentiate instruction for content, process and product to meet the needs of all learners. I will also share how Nokomis High School is beginning to implement standards-based grading. Grades 7-12

 

Lisa Neal Nokomis Regional High School Performing Arts

 

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Registration Open: MAAI Mega Oxford Hills

October 27, 2014

Oxford Hills Middle School, South campus Mega-regional workshop, Friday, March 13, 2015 

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, different workshops scheduled for each location.

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

Registration is also open for Mega Mount Desert Island High School. It will be available for the other three locations in the near future.  MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission.

The information for Oxford Hills Mega is located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-Oxford-Hills.

Once you read through the details, you can determine which workshop you’d like to attend for Session I and Session II. To complete your registration please click on this link http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ea0miwpwi1kow719/a014qi1r1gpoc/questions.

You can pay the $25 registration fee using PayPal or you can pay by sending a check made out to Maine Art Education Association and mail it to Maine Arts Commission, c/o Argy Nestor, 193 State Street, 25SHS, Augusta, 04333. You will find all of the information and details that you need when you register at the link above. 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 Mega Oxford Hills Middle School, south campus are included below.

Session I

Transform Your Fear of the Bear: Examining Proficiency-Based Arts Diploma Systems

Join us for a modified roundtable opportunity to share and glean developed strategies, reflections, benefits and challenges on this student centered journey. Beginners to full scale implementors are encouraged to participate. Please bring questions and/or artifacts to share: assessments and systems for documentation and communicating proficiency, as well as business cards/info strips to help with networking and the digital sharing of resources. Grades PK-12
 
 
Suzanne Goulet Waterville Senior High School Visual Arts
 

The Recipe: Ingredients in a Proficiency-Based Curriculum

The thought of creating a proficiency-based curriculum from scratch can be daunting. When we try cooking something new for the first time, we seek a recipe to follow, and over time we adjust, improvise, substitute, and personalize the ingredients to make the recipe our own. We would like to share our recipe with you, it may not be exactly your taste, but we have ingredients and tools to share to help you get started. Grades 9-12 (Easily adapted for all grades.)

 

Michaela DiGianvittorio and Sarah Gould Gray-New Gloucester High School Visual Arts

 

Dancing With the Standards: How to Incorporate Standards-Based Dance and Movement Activities in Classroom Learning and Assessment

Are you an arts teacher who would like to incorporate more movement in your classroom, but may feel that you lack confidence or familiarity with dance movement? This experiential workshop will walk you through a powerful yet simple creative movement exploration and dance making process that are standards-based and well suited to integrate with any content area. You will learn simple movement tools and a dance making activity that you can implement – no dance background needed – to help your students explore lesson content and engage in creative problem solving together. Grades PK-5 (all Arts disciplines)

John Morris Dance

 

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 5-12

 

Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music

 

Session II

The Choir Gets It: A Meaningful Approach to Arts Advocacy

Have you been exposed to a wealth of information about why the arts are important in schools and why, as arts educators, we should advocate for our programs? If you answered “yes,” consider attending this reflective workshop that offers an opportunity to think about arts advocacy on a personal level. Listen to the arts advocacy journey of the presenter, while also having ample opportunities to share ideas with colleagues and develop your own attainable arts advocacy goal. PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Samantha Davis Molly Ockett Middle School Visual Arts

 

The Foolish Man Builds his House Upon the Sand: Laying a Firm Foundation for the Arts (and life) in Early Childhood

A workshop for Early Childhood Educators, Elementary Arts Specialists, and Elementary Administrators. Come join the fun as we explore how and why arts play is essential to every young child’s ability to learn how to learn! Grades PK-2 (all Arts disciplines)

 

 

Judy Fricke Main Street Music Studios Music

 

 

Graphic Notation: “Do You See What I Hear?”

Participants will learn a simple music graphing process that can serve as an effective tool for teaching repetition & contrast, form, and note reading skills to visual learners.  In addition, participants will match audio examples with their corresponding music graphs, as well as have the opportunity to play simple melodies on Orff instruments by reading the melodic graphic notation. Those in attendance will discover there is an answer to, “Do You See What I Hear?” for all the learners in their music classes. Grades K-8

 

Linda McVety and Jenni Null Songo Locks Elementary School Music

 

The How and Why of Digitial Portfolios

This workshop is focused on using Google Drive to create a digital portfolio as a means to show evidence of proficiency, allow for a method of feedback on student work and as a way to organize and maintain student work. This workshop can be used by all VPA teachers. Grades 6-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Jeff Orth Richmond Middle/High School Visual Arts

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MAMLE Conference

October 11, 2014

Maine Association for Middle Level

Powerful Learning for Young Adolescents
October 23-24, 2014
Point Lookout Resort and Conference Center, Northport

One of the many spectacular views from Point Lookout.

One of the many spectacular views from Point Lookout.

What makes an outstanding school for 10-14 year olds? The well – research position paper from the Association for Middle Level Education, This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents lists four essential attributes:

  • Developmentally Responsive: using the nature of young adolescents as the foundation on which all decisions are made.
  • Challenging: recognizing that every student can learn and everyone is held to high expectations.
  • Empowering: providing all students with the knowledge and skills they need to take control of their lives.
  • Equitable: advocating for every student’s right to learn and providing challenging and relevant learning opportunities.

The MAMLE Annual Conference is the perfect time for staff to reflect on the vision for their school and how it is being implemented. It is the only event in Maine that explores the current issues facing schools through the lens of effective teaching and learning for 10-14 year olds as exemplified by the essential attributes outlined in This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents.
Just look at the opportunities at the conference:

For everyone:

  1. Two outstanding keynote speakers: Matt Nelson, MPA Middle Level Principal of the Year and Nancy Doda, international expert on educating young adolescents.
  2. 35 + concurrent sessions on a wide range of topics

For folks interested in STEM:

  1. A STEM Model For Problem Solving – Sara Nason, Sanford Middle School
  2. Make ‘Space Day’ Everyday! – Sharon Eggleston, Aerospace Educator
  3. Getting Students to Beg for More Math Time! – Alison Veilleux, Lyman Moore Middle School
  4. Gaming in the Classroom – Suzanne Simmons, Bonny Eagle Middle School
    Working to save clams from European green crab–Woolwich Central School
    Working to save clams from European green crab–Woolwich Central SchoolSoft Shelled Clam Connections – Denise Friant, Hesper Reith, Edward Striewski, Leanne Fisher Woolwich Central School
Working to save clams from European green crab--Woolwich Central School

Working to save clams from European green crab–Woolwich Central School

5. Soft Shelled Clam Connections – Denise Friant, Hesper Reith, Edward Striewski, Leanne Fisher Woolwich Central School

6. STEM Programs Roundtable – Jeff Rodman, Middle School of the Kennebunks

7. Start Developing iOS and OS X Apps Today! (Double Session D & E) – Maine-based Apple PD Specialists

8. Moon Unit – Alison England, Adam Bullard, Sonja Schmanska, & Josh McPhail, St. George School
9. K-12 Outreach – Interactive Civil Engineering – Lauren Swett

STEM projects

STEM projects

1. The Auburn Land Lab – An Opportunity To Learn Differently – Phil Brookhouse, Auburn School Department
2. FROM CURIOSITY TO CAREER: Transforming Student Engagement into Career Pathways – Jay    Collier, Educate Maine
3. An Interdisciplinary Approach to Field Marine Science – David Williams, York Middle School

For folks focusing on culture and climate:
1. Middle Level Theory into Practice – The Troy Howard Middle School Story – Kimberly Buckheit & Students, Troy Howard Middle School; Kelley Littlefield, Ecology Academy Teacher; Chris LaValle, Innovation Academy Teacher; Sarah Wyman, International Academy Teacher
2. The Power (and Struggles) of Shared Leadership Teams – Mike Muir, Auburn School District
3. Legacy: Making Education Meaningful Through Service Learning – Shianne Priest & Students, Leonard Middle School
4. Meeting the Standards in a Restorative Classroom – Celeste Libby, Travis Taylor, Lisa Hall, Ansley Newton and 6th Grade Guidance Counselor, Saco Middle School

Enthusiastic and engaged students at Space Day-Auburn MS

Enthusiastic and engaged students at Space Day-Auburn MS

5. It’s All About Choice… And a Lot of Planning! – Carl Bucciantini, Auburn Middle School

6. The Fourth “R”-The Power of Relationships in Middle School – Jerry Kiesman, Hermon Middle School
7. Building Community Through Challenge – Gert Nesin & Todd McKinley, Leonard Middle School
8. Positive Adults + Positive Interventions = Positive Students – Sheila Underhill; Reuben Fowlow; & Tracy McKay, Central Middle School
9. The Anatomy of a Successful Parent Night – Ward Willis, Middle School of the Kennebunks
10. Student Reflecting and Conferencing – Melissa Fenelon, York Middle School
11. “Ignite the S.P.A.R.K!”~Students Promoting Acts of Random Kindness – Jodie Bennett & Molly Brewer, Medomak Middle School
12. Brain Breaks for Students – Susan Callahan, Auburn Middle School

For those who literacy throughout the curriculum remains an important topic:
1. Talking About the Text: Engaging Ways to Boost Comprehension and Understanding — Nancy Doda
2. Read 180: Increase Student Engagement, Ownership, and Achievement – Tammy Ranger, Skowhegan Area Middle School
3. A Culture of Collaboration in Writing – Kym Granger, Mt. Ararat Middle School
4. Allagash Tails and Tales – Tim Caverly, Allagash Tails

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

5. Dual Purposes that Serve the Needs of Both Curriculums… Take a Risk!! – Abby Jacobs & Mike Burke, Westbrook Middle School

6. Classroom Blogging with Google Apps for Education – Suzanne Simmons, Bonny Eagle Middle School
7. Creating Visual Notes with Apple MLTI Tools (Apple MLTI Primary Solution) (Double Session D & E) – Maine-based Apple PD Specialists
8. Writing Power: Creating Authentic Audiences for Student Voices – Joyce Bucciantini, Auburn Middle School
9. Meeting Literacy Standards in Health and the Other Allied Arts – Strategies to Help Students Excel in Your Class – Doreen Swanholm & Courtney Belolan, Mt. Ararat Middle School

For participants who believe the Arts are an integral part of any outstanding middle grades program:
1. Recreating Radio Dramas – Barbara Greenstone, Boothbay Region Schools
2. Empowering Students Through Assessment Techniques and Strategies – Jane Snider, Hancock Grammar School
3. Tricks and Tips to Help Students Take Really Good Pictures – Jill Spencer, BoomerTECH Adventures
4. Legacy: Making Education Meaningful Through Service Learning – Shianne Priest & Students, Leonard Middle School
5. Dual Purposes that Serve the Needs of Both Curriculums… Take a Risk!! – Abby Jacobs & Mike Burke, Westbrook Middle School
6. Proficiency-Based Education in an Art Class – Gloria Hewett, Mount View Middle School

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For attendees whose interest is personalizing learning and MCL:
1. Teaching MCL: Beyond the Theory – Erin Hoffses, Presque Isle Middle School
2. Proficiency-Based Education in an Art Class – Gloria Hewett, Mount View Middle School
3. Assessment with iPads – Barbara Greenstone, Boothbay Region Schools
4. May the Force Be With You: Planning for the Unique Needs of Young Adolescents – Lindsay Mahoney & Hope Herrick, Messalonskee Middle School
5. Metacognition and the Middle Schooler – Andrea Logan, Lake Region Middle School
6. Back to Basics: How to Create Learning Targets and “I CAN” Statements – Jennifer Etter, York Middle Schools
7. Motivating Students With Engaging Tasks – Mike Muir, Auburn School District
8. Customize the Brain – Bill Zima, Mt. Ararat Middle School

Americans who Tell the Truth

Americans who Tell the Truth

For folks who help their students develop a world view:
1. Hands-On History: The Bangor Community Heritage Project – Ron Bilancia & Pricilla Soucie, William S. Cohen School; Larissa Vigue Picard, Maine Historical Society; Bill Cook, Bangor Public Library
2. World Language Market – Tad Williams & Ellen Jardine, Middle School of the Kennebunks
3. TOP’s Turning Points and Timelines! Kids Get Chronology! – Jacqueline Littlefield, Goethe-Institute Washington -Transatlantic Outreach Program
4. From History to Action, Using the Lessons of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement to Empower Students – Elizabeth Helitzer, Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine
5. Models of Courageous Citizenship: Connecting students to themes in social studies, language arts, science and other curriculum areas – Connie Carter

Especially for leadership teams and administrators:

Jeff Rodman, President of MAMLE and John Keane, President Elect

Jeff Rodman, President of MAMLE and John Keane, President Elect

1. Developing Teacher Expertise – Ben Harris & Mick Roy, Bonny Eagle Middle School and Stacy Penna with Learning Sciences
2. Apple’s Five Best Practices of Excellent Schools! – (Double Session A & B) – Maine-based Apple PD Specialists
3. Middle Level Theory into Practice – The Troy Howard Middle School Story – Kimberly Buckheit & Students, Troy Howard Middle School; Kelley Littlefield, Ecology Academy Teacher; Chris LaValle, Innovation Academy Teacher; Sarah Wyman, International Academy Teacher
4. The Power (and Struggles) of Shared Leadership Teams – Mike Muir, Auburn School District
5. Making Sense of Chapter 180: Implementing the New Teacher Evaluation System in Two Districts – Bill Zima, Mt. Ararat Middle School & John Keane, Leonard Middle School
6. The Anatomy of a Successful Parent Night – Ward Willis, Middle School of the Kennebunks
7. Administrators Roundtable – Jeff Rodman, Middle School of the Kennebunks
8. Meeting the Standards in a Restorative Classroom – Celeste Libby, Travis Taylor, Lisa Hall, Ansley Newton and 6th Grade Guidance Counselor, Saco Middle School

All of these sessions plus more form the backbone of our conference.  What school wouldn’t benefit from having teachers and administrators participate in such a rich experience?

Registration: http://mainemamle.org/conference/registration/

Full program: http://mainemamle.org/conference/conference-schedule/

Yapp app for mobile devices: http://my.yapp.us/MAMLE

Or contact Wally Alexander:

Phone: (207) 859-1362
Fax: (207) 859-1114
E-mail: Wallace_Alexander@umit.maine.edu

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What’s Happening in Your District?

October 7, 2014

Speak up, we’re listening

You have just 42 hours and 44 minutes from when this blog is posted (5:15 AM, Tuesday, October 7) to complete a survey created by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Leadership Team that will take you about 5 minutes. You have until 12:59 PM, Wednesday, October 8.

I know what some of you are thinking…. I am tooooo busy to complete a survey…. My opinion doesn’t count…. I’d rather go outside and take photos of the leaves changing… Who has time for that?

MAAI has priorities and one of them is this: Listening and responding to the needs of the field to provide resources to assist you with your teaching responsibilities. We know that if you are well equipped that students benefit. We want them to be the big winners and we know if they are there is a darn good chance that you have what you need to be an excellent teacher. So put away those excuses and do what needs to be done now!

Time is running out.

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Please take about 5 minutes and complete the survey located at 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!

 

 

 

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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!

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Jump Right In!

September 16, 2014

Resources

We’ve been receiving feedback during the last month on the NEW WEBSITE that brings together the plethora of resources that the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) has created and located during the first three phases of the initiative. It is especially timely since it has many components that can help guide and direct you as you work in your individual schools/districts on the high school graduation/proficiency requirement. If you have not had a chance to check it out, please do. Once you spend some time roaming around the site send me an email at argy.nestor@maine.gov or post a comment at the bottom of this blog post. If you find that something is missing or you are looking for something that is not provided, please let me know. The MAAI leadership team is interested in hearing from you. Thanks to Rob Westerberg for bringing all of these resources together and creating the new website.

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MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission with several partners including: New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, Maine College of Art, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, Maine Department of Education, Maine Learning Technology Initiative, and the Maine Alliance for Arts Education.

 

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