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October 11, 2011

All indications point to the conference being a success!

  • Teacher Leaders did a fabulous job leading workshops.
  • USM staff, facility, and food were marvelous.
  • The overall program was outstanding!

It was another successful conference and the arts assessment initiative is seriously underway. To those who attended, THANKS FOR ATTENDING! For those who missed it, please join the teacher leaders at a regional workshop (schedule below) and join us on the 4 upcoming assessment webinars. The details can be found at The next one is scheduled for November 2nd.

The day started with a greeting from USM President Selma Botman followed by a special performance by the Windham High School Chamber Singers. I’ve stood with music educators singing the Stars Spangled Banner but to add the visual art, dance, and theater teachers to the audience made it especially moving for me. I presented an overview of the initiative and our recent history that has led us to our present work in Maine arts education. USM professor Jeff Beaudry and arts educators Shalimar Poulin and Rob Westerberg provided a keynote that focused on our attitudes, assessment, and the impact of assessment. All day participants were engaged in workshops that provided best practices in curriculum, teaching, and assessment. Our lunch time large group session was presented by MLTIs Steve Garton who wowed the audience with his talents on the guitar which suggested ways to utilize technology in assessing. The day culminated with Karen Montanaro lighting up our boides in movement. Particpants left with smiles, thinking deeply about assessment ready to return to the classroom trying new ideas, and some with wonderful door prizes!

Look for more posts on the conference and information about the regional workshops as they unfold. Regional arts education workshops will be occurring throughout Maine during the 2011-12 school year. Please watch the blog at for more information and details.

Alice Sullivan 5 Nov 201231 March 2012


Elementary Music Teachers Festival: OrringtonWashington County Music Festival: Woodland
Allysa Anderson 24 March 2012 District 3, Elementary Honors Festival: Farrington School, Augusta
Audrey Grumbling 5 Oct 2011 Unified arts teachers: RSU 21
Bill Buzza 27 or 28 Jan 20124 Feb 2012


District 2 Instrumental Festival: Oxford Hills C.H.S.District 2 Choral Festival: Windham H.S.
Charlie Johnson TBD hARTrocks – Hancock County Visual Arts
Deb Large 27 Jan 2012 District 3 HS Honors Festival: Cony HS
Jake Sturtevant 27 Jan 201230 Mar 2012 District 1 Music Festival- Noble High School/SAD/RSU6- Bonny Eagle
Jeff Orth TBD Greater Augusta area Visual art teachers: Harlow Gallery, Gardiner
Jen Nash 7 May 2012 Spring District V Music Meeting
Jennie DriscollLaura Devin 7 Dec 2011TBD Bates College, Auburn -Visual art teachers/ ed students .Mid-coast Visual art teachers: Brunswick High School
Leah Olson 5 April 2012 Art in the Heart
Lisa Marin 11 Oct 2011 Harvest of Ideas workshop, Visual art: Machias
MaryEllen Schaper 30 Mar 2012 All teachers: SAD/RSU6-Bonny Eagle
Matt Doiron 27 January 2012 District 1 Music Festival: Noble High School
Rebecca Wright 10 March 2012 Regional One- Act Play Festival: MDI HIgh School
Shannon Campbell 6 Feb 2012 Regional Visual art teachers: Waterville HS
Shari Tarleton 27 April 2012 7th and 8th grade Honors Festival music teachers:  Cony HS, Augusta
Rebecca Wright, Rob Westerberg, Catherine Ring, Argy Nestor 11 Oct 2011 CACE workshop, Visual and Performing Arts Educators, Aroostook County: Presque Isle HS
Allysa AndersonShannon Campbell 28 Oct 2012  Mid-coast/Augusta area Arts teachers: Jefferson School
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