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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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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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