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August 29, 2011

Open Education Resources

I know many of you are aware of the Open Education Resources known as OERs. For over a year a team of visual and performing arts teachers identified hundreds of OERs specifically for the arts. Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) was awarded a grant from the Maine Department of Education. The grant was funded through Title IID Enhancing Education through Technology – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Competitive Grant monies.

The final work is posted on the MAAE site at Camden-Rockport Middle School art teacher, Kristen Andersen, was part of the team. She is providing a unique opportunity for visual and performing arts teachers who are interested in learning more about the OERs and provides the following invitation…

I would like to invite you to an Open Educational Resource Workshop from 4-6pm on September 8 at Camden-Rockport Middle School.  This is a chance for all of us to get together and see what great work the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and 13 fellow Maine VPA teachers have done the last year to gather up quality (and free) educational websites.  During the 2 hour workshop I will explain the process we went through,  highlight a few sites,  give you time to explore the large database and hopefully have time to share and collaborate with fellow VPA teachers.

I know the start of the school is CRAZY but this could inspire you to get excited about your school year with fun, informational sites that can enhance you curriculum and maybe save you time!

If you are interested in learning more and/or attending please contact Kristen by emailing her at

Kristen has a wonderful classroom space and I see this is a great opportunity to get together to and have fun while exploring and learning. I hope you will attend!

In the near future there will be other opportunities for arts teachers to get together regionally as part of the arts assessment initiative. More informatoin will be posted about that in the very near future.

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