Teaching Artist Opportunity

July 1, 2015

Novice and Experienced Teaching Artists invited

Monday, August 3, Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland, 8:30 – 4:00

The Maine Arts Commission invites you to a day of networking and professional development with PK-12 Visual and Performing Arts teachers.

MAAI Logo_Color_TxtCtrThe day includes workshops designed specifically for Teaching Artists plus opportunities to engage with more than 50 teachers from Maine and NH about arts education; teaching, learning, standards, assessment, advocacy, and other pertinent topics.

You may choose to participate with the teachers as they continue their professional development work on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4 and 5. However, Monday is designed especially for YOU, the Teaching Artist.

The day includes lunch and is FREE but you MUST APPLY by July 15. The application is located at THIS LINK.

Participants will:

  • Network with PK-12 Arts Educators and other Teaching Artists
  • Exhibit your Teaching Artist materials and skills
  • Participate in workshops designed specifically to help you succeed as a Teaching Artist
  • Gain insights and new knowledge about working in public schools
  • Identify as part of a professional Teaching Artist field
  • Learn more about the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist roster

Presented by Maine Arts Assessment Institute (MAAI) of the Maine Arts Commission. To learn more about the MAAI please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI#.

If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission, argy.nestor@maine.gov.


MMEA Leadership Does DC

June 30, 2015

Visiting the Maine delegation

The leadership of the Maine Music Educators Association were in Washington, DC last week representing the professional organization in meetings with NAfME. Their week started with visits to the offices of Representative Bruce Poliquin and Chellie Pingree. And, they met with Senator Susan Collins and Angus King. They did a great job of advocating and were pleased with the responses.

MMEA President-Elect Sue Barre, President Pamela Kinsey, Senator Collins, and Past-President Sam Moore-Young

MMEA President-Elect Sue Barre, President Pamela Kinsey, Senator Collins, and Past-President Sam Moore-Young


In Today’s News

June 29, 2015

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

Recently named Portland’s Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is not only a poet but a hockey player as well. Read about him in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram Audience section in an article written by Bob Keyes at http://www.pressherald.com/2015/06/28/portlands-newest-poet-laureate-writes-about-playing-hockey/. The Maine Arts Commission Poetry Out Loud program has been fortunate to have Gibson participating during the last few years.

Photo by Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer, Maine Sunday Telegram

Photo by Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer, Maine Sunday Telegram


Teacher Leader Quotes

June 28, 2015

Great opportunities

100_3195We often hear what participants have to say about the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) but we don’t share those comments quite enough. Below are some that really speak to me and hopefully they will you, as well!

You will have the opportunity to attend the Statewide Biennial Arts Education Conference: The Measure of Success, Friday, October 9, Point Lookout. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative is proud to continually offer high quality professional development opportunities and The Measure of Success proves to continue this tradition. For more information and to register (during the early bird registration) please click here.

  • “(The Institute) affirmed what I already do and encouraged me to look for more ways to improve my practice”
  • “(I’m interested in) how to implement standards-based assessment in a school system that still uses a traditional grading system”
  • “I’ve changed my rubrics to better reflect what I’ve learned from the workshop and also to reflect what I’m learning about proficiency-based education”
  • “I’m using student input more now to create rubrics and (exemplars) as a basis for creating criteria for student work”
  • “I’m more aware of work other teachers are doing in this area”
  • “It totally changed my assessment practices”
  • “I’m learning with a renewed sense of purpose and a feeling that we WILL make a difference in re-inventing education.”
  • “I have shown video clips to students, I have started my own blog and become a lover of Twitter.  I have learned more about technology and the arts this year than I ever have in my life.”


June 27, 2015

Tips for Summer

From Edutopia Top 12 Summer Tips for Top Teachers. Number 4: Learn and Share. Read all 12 tips by clicking here.

WE are TEACHERS posted this piece called 16 Ways That Summer Drastically Improves Teachers’ Lives. I just had to share it with you. Click here http://www.buzzfeed.com/weareteachers/16-ways-that-summer-drastically-improves-teachers-h0xt

Number 10: You reteach yourself to eat leisurely, like a civilized human instead of inhaling handfuls of Starbursts meant for students. I am guessing that this is true for many of you!


NH Fall Conference

June 26, 2015

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Ricky and Doris

June 25, 2015


What happens when an off-beat street performer and an 86 year old community activist collaborate? Check out this marvelous story.


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