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MAAI Resources!

September 5, 2012

Maine Arts Assessment Resources

Recently revamping the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative wiki moved to the top of the list of “things to do”. It was prompted by a question from the field, a high school art teacher who emailed asking if the information (“notes and/or minutes”) from the summer teacher leader assessment institute sessions was available. He has been following the work of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) including the blog posts, webinars, and other resources we have made available on the wiki http://maineartsassessment.pbworks.com and Department assessment webpage http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/assessment.html. It was as if the teacher had whacked me upside the head. I thought “why don’t we post the handouts, links, and information that we provided in each of the sessions?”

That is when I moved the task up to the top of the “to do” list and Catherine Ring and I skyped to determine who had time to do what, and where we wanted to make changes on http://maineartsassessment.pbworks.com to provide as many resources to all of you as possible from the summer institute.

This is another example of the MAAI transparency. If you want to get to the summer resources page quickly here is how to do that. Go to http://maineartsassessment.pbworks.com read through the front page, and towards the bottom you will see in capital letters INFORMATION AND RESOURCES. Click there for the  Table of Contents. Click on 2012 Summer MAAI Institute Resources which will take you to a TON, I mean MEGA amounts of resources on the four main topics of the summer institute; ASSESSMENT, LEADERSHIP, TECHNOLOGY, and CREATIVITY. The workshop facilitator is listed with the information so you know the sources. Along with the four topics there are many other resources including books, .pdfs, articles, research, and so much more it will take you several rainy days to get through all of it. Is everything included from the summer institute? No, this would be impossible since the Teacher Leaders and other participants shared continuously throughout the 4-day institute held at MECA in July/August. But you know what it is like when you get together with arts educators; the willingness to share is unbelievable! Is it only from the summer institute? No, but most of it is. There are arts education resources that have been shared during other workshops and on the Department site.

My suggestion is to share this page with your colleagues, administrators, and determine what you can use for your local curriculum and assessment development work that you are doing this school year. Please let me know how you use the resources that we’ve provided for all of you!!

A great big THANK YOU goes to the MAAI Leadership Team who facilitated the MAAI summer sessions and our New England colleagues who stepped in and did sessions on the Common Core State Standards and National Arts Standards. I won’t mention any names here with fear of omitting some but please know that it is several amazing arts educators!

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Honoring Teachers!

May 14, 2012

Thank you for the work you do!

Happy Teachers Appreciation Week (a couple of days late). You are being honored and being thanked for your work each day. I wish it were possible to drive to every school in every district throughout Maine during Teacher Appreciation week and personally thank you for the work you do each day educating students.

I’ve given some thought as to what gift I would give you to honor the work you do with students. I am not able to select only one so here is my list:

  1. A GREAT BIG THANK YOU from each student and parent.
  2. A day off (with no strings attached) to go and do whatever you please.
  3. An attitude change (from the public) that would make teachers heroes.
  4. Most importantly, I’d provide the opportunity for you to learn.

Why do I think that giving you the opportunity to learn is so important? I have watched young teachers blossom and establish themselves when they continue their learning while starting out in their first teaching jobs. I have listened to veteran teachers who have gone from being unhappy teaching to filled with renewed energy because of attending a professional development opportunity.

Since I can’t actually give you any of the items on the list I can ask you to give yourself a learning opportunity. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) has provided many opportunities this year. The Teacher Leaders presented at the statewide conference in October at USM and continue to offer regional workshops all over the state. Six webinars are archived with meeting plans that you can access. And there is one more webinar scheduled for May 23rd with Maine’s Commissioner of Education, Steve Bowen, as the guest. You can learn more about the MAAI by going to the wiki. I invite you to get involved with the MAAI so you can have ongoing learning opportunities that might just make your teaching a little bit better and your life more fun!

I hope that your week is filled with appreciative moments and lots of fun!

A blog post from Education Week called Building Support for Professional Learning provided by Learning Forward you might want to read.

The”Teachers are Heroes” Infographic is posted on the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education blog. The statistics are grabbing and the teacher hero stories are really inspiring!

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