NEI Course Opportunity

February 12, 2016

EDPO 540: Refining Assessment in the Music Classroom
You may be grappling with the following questions:

  • How do I reach every student in my music classes?
  • How is it possible to assess every student in my ensemble?
  • What kind of assessments should I be using?
  • What does a proficiency-based music class look like?
  • How do I convert from grades to a rubric?

You can get answers to these and other questions in an ONLINE course by the New England Institute for Teacher Education and taught by Maine music educator, Jake Sturtevant.  You can take this course for 3 graduate credits or 4.5 Continuing Education Units.

Jacob-at-piano-007emRefining Assessment in the Music Classroom, K-12, March 4 through June 10, 2016

“You may already know Jake Sturtevant, music educator at Bonny Eagle High School.  Jake is an excellent educator, and is a teacher leader for the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative.  The New England Institute has hired Jake because of his excellent knowledge, leadership and expertise.  Jake has now taught graduate level courses to music educators in elementary, middle and high school and to pre-service teachers.  He has helped so many educators navigate the often confusing and tedious process of moving toward proficiency based learning in the music class. And, because every school district handles it differently, he tailors the course to meet your individual needs.”  Catherine Ring, Ex. Director, NEI

Please join Jake and other colleagues in this ONLINE course.  CLICK HERE to register.


Young at Art Exhibit

February 11, 2016

Harlow Gallery Presents 13th Annual

Study of Leonid Afremov’s “The City By The Lake” by Hall-Dale Elementary School students will be on display as part of Harlow Gallery’s “Young at Art” K-8 exhibition on view February 20 - March 19, 2016.

Study of Leonid Afremov’s “The City By The Lake” by Hall-Dale Elementary School students will be on display as part of Harlow Gallery’s “Young at Art” K-8 exhibition on view February 20 – March 19, 2016.

HALLOWELL, ME – The 13th annual Young at Art 2016 exhibition of children’s artwork will be on display at Harlow Gallery from February 20 to March 19, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. In this exhibition area students from kindergarten through 8th grade have their work on display in the professional setting of the Harlow Gallery. Each year the Gallery invites art teachers from elementary and middle schools from throughout the greater Augusta area to select their best student art to showcase in this wonderful celebration of talented young artists and of the importance of arts in education.

The public is invited to celebrate the youngest artists in our community — families with children are especially encouraged to attend. Young at Art will be on view at Harlow Gallery from February 20 – March 19, 2016 with an opening reception on Saturday, February 20 from 10am – 4pm.

Due to the high volume of visitors for this show it is requested that participating artists and their families attend according to the following schedule. Families with more than one artist participating can choose to attend whichever time works best for them. Visitors not affiliated with a participating artist are welcome anytime between 10am – 4pm:

  • 10am– 12pm – artists in kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade
  • 12-2 pm – artists in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade
  • 2-4 pm – artists in 6th, 7th & 8th grade

Participating Schools, by town and listing art teachers are:

Farrington Elementary School, Augusta – Sarah Barnum

Lincoln School, Augusta – Robin Brooks

Hussey Elementary School – Anna Tibbetts

Silvio Gilbert Elementary School, Augusta – Sarah Barnum

Chelsea Elementary, Chelsea  – Sandra L Dunn

Hall-Dale Middle School, Farmingdale – Tess Hitchcock

Gardiner Regional Middle School, Gardiner – Stacy Anderson

Laura E. Richards School, Gardiner – Maxine Marquis

Riverview Elementary School, South Gardiner – Maxine Marquis

Helen Thompson School, West Gardiner, Kathi Susi

Hall-Dale Elementary School, Hallowell – Rosemary Ellis

Monmouth Elementary School – Christeen Mudgett

Monmouth Middle School – Kate Harris

Mount Vernon Elementary School, Mt Vernon – Betsy McPhedran

Palermo Consolidated Schools – Kathy Sparrow

Pittston Consolidated Schools – Kathi Susi

Teresa Hamlin School, Randolph – Maxine Marquis

Maranacook Middle School, Readfield- Hope Lord

Readfield Elementary, Readfield – Betsy McPhedran

Marcia Buker Elementary School, Richmond – Tina Wood

Richmond Middle School, Richmond – Jeffrey Orth

Albert S. Hall School, Waterville – Hollie Hilton

Wayne Elementary School – Betsy McPhedran

Whitefield Elementary School – Janna Civottolo

Windsor Elementary School, Windsor – Genevieve Keller

The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 ​membership-based ​nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community since 1963. It takes a village to help us make Young at Art a reality! Thank you to all the participating art teachers for selecting and preparing the work!

Young at Art is sponsored this year by Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Company, Kennebec Savings Bank, McKee Billings Attorneys and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe.

The 2016 exhibition season at the Harlow Gallery has been made possible by our season sponsors: Capitol Dental Care, Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank, Rosemary Presnar, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, and by a generous grant from the Quimby Family Foundation.

On View: February 20 – March 19, 2016

Opening: Saturday, February 20th, 10am-4pm

Where: 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

Contact: Allison McKeen, PR & Documentation, 207-622-2813, kvaa@harlowgallery.org


College Board Arts Awards

February 10, 2016

Excellence and Innovation

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.50.49 AMApplications are now open for the 2016 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award, for programs that serve students in grades 6–12, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and inventive ways.

Awards are given in three categories:

  1. Arts Integration: For a program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects.
  2. Equity Through Arts: For a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underrepresented students.
  3. Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: For a program that uses art experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.

An award of $5,000 will be given to a winning school in each category. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The application deadline is April 18, 2016.

Visit the website for further details and full application instructions, including eligibility criteria. Email acharleroy@collegeboard.org with any questions during the application process.
Read about last year’s winners.


Census Update

February 9, 2016

How’s it going?

Statewide Arts Education census Champion Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary)

Statewide Arts Education census Champion Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary)

You might be wondering how the data collection is going for the Statewide Arts Education Census. Great news – we have reached 50% of all schools completing the survey! If you had something to do with that THANK YOU so much! This represents 292 schools – GREAT news!


  • Aroostook – 55%
  • Cumberland – 54%
  • Hancock – 47%
  • Kennebec Valley – 51%
  • Mid-Coast – 51%
  • Penquis – 43%
  • Washington – 62%
  • Western Maine – 49%
  • York – 51%

If you are wondering what Superintendents Region your school is in please go to THIS LINK on the Maine Department of Education website.


Below is information on the survey for you and your principal. Please share.

COMPLETED THE SURVEY? YES…. by Superintendents Regions…below are the schools who have submitted the surveys. If your school name is not on the list that means we have not received your schools data yet. There is still time, please do what you can to help!


Ashland District School

Caribou High School

Caribou Middle School

David J Lyon Washburn District Elem School

Dr Levesque Elementary School

Eagle Lake Elementary School

East Grand School

East Range II CSD School

Easton Junior-Senior High Sch

Fort Fairfield Elementary School

Fort Fairfield Middle/High School

Fort Kent Elementary School

Hilltop Elementary School

Houlton Middle/High School

Katahdin Elementary School

Limestone Community School

Madawaska Middle/High School

Pine Street Elementary School

Presque Isle Middle School

Teague Park School

Van Buren District Secondary Sch

Washburn District High School

Wisdom Middle High School

Zippel Elem School


Baxter Academy for Tech & Sciences

Blue Point School

Bowdoinham Community School

Brunswick Jr High School

Canal School

Cape Elizabeth Middle School

Casco Bay High School for Expeditionary Learning

Chebeague Island School

Denmark Elementary School – Brownfield

Durham Community School

East End Community School

Falmouth High SchoolFred P Hall School

Gorham Middle School

Gray-New Gloucester High School

Gray-New Gloucester Middle School

Greely High School

Greely Middle School 4-5

Greely Middle School 6-8

Harpswell Coastal Academy

Harpswell Community School

Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary

Howard C Reiche Community Sch

James Otis Kaler Elementary School

Jordan-Small Middle SchoolKing Middle School

Lake Region High School

Lake Region Middle School

Levey Day School

Lincoln Middle School

Lyman Moore Middle School

Mabel I Wilson School

Mast Landing School

Memorial Elem School

Molly Ockett Middle School

Mt Ararat High School

Ocean Avenue Elem School

Peaks Island Elem School

Portland High School

Riverton Elem School

Scarborough Middle School

Sebago Elementary School

Songo Locks School

South Portland High School

St Brigid School

Stevens Brook Elem School

W H Rowe School

Waldo T Skillin Elementary School

Wentworth School

Windham High School

Windham Primary School


Bucksport High School

Bucksport Middle School

Conners-Emerson School

Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary Sch

Deer Isle-Stonington High Sch

Ella Lewis School

Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School

Ellsworth High School

George Stevens Academy

Hancock Grammar School

Mountain View School

Mt Desert Island High School

Pemetic Elementary School

Peninsula School

Swans Island Elementary School

Tremont Consolidated School


St Michael School

Albert S Hall School

Albion Elementary School

Atwood Primary School

Belgrade Central School

Benton Elementary School

Bloomfield Elementary School

Carrabec High School

China Middle School

China Primary School

Clinton Elementary SchoolCony High School

Edmunds Consolidated School

Fairfield Primary School

Farrington Elementary School

Gardiner Area High School

Garret Schenck School

Hall-Dale Elementary School

Helen Thompson School

James H Bean School

Lawrence High School

Lawrence Jr High School

Lillian Parks Hussey School

Lincoln School

Madison Junior High School

Maranacook Community Middle Sch

Marcia Buker School

Messalonskee High School

Messalonskee Middle School

Mill Stream Elementary School

Monmouth Academy

Morse Memorial School

Mt View High School

Palermo Consolidated School

Pittston Consolidated School

Skowhegan Area Middle School

Teresa C Hamlin Elem School

Troy Central School

Vassalboro Community School

Warsaw Middle School

Waterville Junior High School

Waterville Senior High School

Wayne Elementary School

Williams Elementary School

Windsor Elementary School

Winthrop Grade School

Winthrop High School

Winthrop Middle School


Ames & Weymouth Elementary Schools

Bath Middle School

Belfast Area High School

Boothbay Region Elem School

Camden-Rockport Elementary School

Camden-Rockport Middle School

Captain Albert W. Stevens School

Dike-Newell School

Edgecomb Eddy School

Hope Elementary School

Islesboro Central School

Lincoln Academy

Lincolnville Central School

Lura Libby School

Miller School

Monhegan Island School

Morse High School

Nobleboro Central School

North Haven Community School

Oceanside High School

EastPen Bay Christian School

South Bristol Elementary School

South School

Southport Central School

Troy A Howard Middle School

Union Elementary

Warren Community School

West Bath School

Woolwich Central School


Hollis Elementary School

Alton Elementary School

Brewer Community School

Caravel Middle School

Carmel Elementary School

Central High School

Central Middle School

Corinna Elementary School

Dedham School

Dexter Regional High School

Dr Lewis S Libby School

Eddington & Holding Elem

Etna-Dixmont School

Forest Hills Consolidated School

Hartland Consolidated School

Hermon Elementary School

Holbrook School

Hudson Elementary School

Indian Island High School

John Bapst Memorial High School

Lee/Winn Elementary School

Mattanawcook Academy

Mattanawcook Jr High School

\Medway Middle School

Morison Memorial School

Mountain View Youth Dev Ctr

Old Town Elementary School

Penobscot Valley High School

Penquis Valley High School

Piscataquis Community Secondary Sch

Ridge View Community School

Samuel L Wagner Middle School

Se Do Mo Cha Elem – Middle School

Sebasticook Valley Middle School

Stearns Jr-Sr High School

Suzanne M Smith Elementary School

Veazie Community School


Bay Ridge Elementary

Beals Elementary School

Calais Elementary School

Cherryfield Elementary

Daniel W Merritt School

Harrington Elementary School

Jonesport Elementary School

Jonesport-Beals High School

Lubec Consolidated School

Machias Memorial High School

Milbridge Elementary School

Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School

Pembroke Elementary School

Princeton Elementary School

Shead High School

Whiting Village School

Woodland Jr-Sr High School

Washington Academy


St Dominic Academy-Lewiston

Academy Hill School

Agnes Gray School

Andover Elementary School

Buckfield Jr-Sr High School

Elm Street School-Mechanic Falls

Fairview School

Farwell Elementary School

Greene Central School

Guy E Rowe School

Hebron Station School

Jay Elementary School

Leavitt Area High School

Leeds Central School

Lisbon High School

Livermore Elementary School

Martel Elem School

Minot Consolidated School

Mountain Valley High School

Mt Abram Regional High School

Mt Blue High School

Oxford Elementary School

Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School

Oxford Hills Middle School

Paris Elementary School

Park Avenue Elementary School

Poland Community School

Poland Regional High School

Sabattus Primary School

Sherwood Heights Elementary School

Spruce Mountain High School

Telstar High School

Telstar Middle School

Tripp Middle School

Turner Primary School

W G Mallett School

Walton Elem School

Washburn School

Waterford Memorial – Harrison School


Berwick Academy

Biddeford High School

Biddeford Intermediate School

Bonny Eagle Middle School

C K Burns School Carl J Lamb School

Dayton Consolidated School

Eliot Elementary School

Governor John Fairfield School

John F Kennedy Memorial School

Kennebunk High School

Kennebunkport Consolidated Sch

Lafayette School

Margaret Chase Smith Sch.-Sanford

Marshwood Great Works School

Marshwood High School

Marshwood Middle School

Noble High School

Old Orchard Beach High School

Saco Middle School

Sanford High School

Sanford Jr High School

Sea Road School

Shapleigh School

Village Elementary School-York

Waterboro Elementary School

Wells Elementary School

Wells High School

Wells Junior High School

Willard Elem School

York High School

Young School

Fairfield School


Football or Music?

February 8, 2016

Super Bowl 50 is history

The Sunday football game is over and once again the commercials and the music were powerful components of the event. The highlight for me? Seeing the young people from the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, the ensemble founded and directed by Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, performing alongside Coldplay.

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Coldplay practicing with the students for the Super Bowl half time performance.

Youth Orchestra Los Angeles was founded in 2007 and now serves more than 700 students in the Los Angeles area. Kids between the ages of 6 and 18 take lessons, participate in orchestral ensembles and receive mentoring and academic tutoring at sites in South Los Angeles, the Rampart District and East Los Angeles. The program also supplies free instruments to students who participate. How cool that they had a chance to be part of Super Bowl 50!

Along with the excitement of student musicians in this blog post I also want to share an article that was in Education Week online in June 2015. It is called Football or Music? What’s the Best K-12 Investment? and was written by John R. Gerdy. He looked closely at the use of funds for football and music in schools. His conclusions are based on his own experiences. He is the founder and executive director of Music For Everyone, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating the power of music as an educational and community building tool. He was the son of a high school football coach and was an all-state basketball player and went on to play professional basketball. His conclusions are based on his experiences and research.

The reality of communities and school boards having to make tough decisions about spending is nothing new. About 5 years ago I asked a superintendent, that I had been working with for several years, how he made his decisions when it came to cutting funding in creating the school budget. His response was that it was equal between sports and the arts. I was shocked and said: “Why would you look at a program that is outside of the school day up against courses that are taught during the school day?” My shock turned around when he said: “I never thought about that.”

Mr. Gerdy points out in the article that very few people go on after high school and play football yet many continue with music. Please read the article to learn what Mr. Gerdy has to say on the topic.



SLOs and R.S.V.P.

February 7, 2016

Student Learning Objectives

The February Online R.S.V.P. ME meeting will take a look at SLOs (Student Learning Objectives). R.S.V.P. is an online discussion held throughout the school year to provide you with the opportunity to learn about specific topics that impact teaching and learning. Facilitator of R.S.V.P. ME is Lisa Ingraham, elementary art teacher at Madison Elementary School in M.S.A.D. #59, invites you to participate in the SLO discussion. Lisa’s district is in their second year of piloting SLOs with students. Lisa is still tweaking them for her art room and her challenge is finding a way to seamlessly integrate them into programming without interrupting the regularly scheduled curriculum.

Please join us the R.S.V.P. ME meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 3:30 to 5:00 PM for a roundtable discussion of SLOs. Since each school district in Maine is at a different point in overhauling their teacher evaluation systems, including the use of SLOs, you’ll be able to learn what is happening in art rooms across the state, from each other!

To join the meeting please email Lisa at lisa.ingraham@msad59.org. She will send you a link to the Zoom Video Conference. If you have a suggestion for a future topic please contact Lisa. And be sure and consider sharing your own experience with other Maine art educators!

Future R.S.V.P. ME Dates

  • March 8 – Proficiency-Based Education
  • April 12
  • May 10

National Arts and Humanities

February 6, 2016

Applications open

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 7.38.36 PMNational Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.
The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/

Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 5:00 PM PST is the application deadline.

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