Almost 300 Maine Arts EducatorsOctober 12, 2011
Professional Development Opportunities
During the last week amost 300 arts educators have participated in opportunities to learn more about assessment in arts education. That is about one fourth of all the arts teachers in Maine.
On Wednesday, October 5th teacher leader Audrey Grumbling presented to her colleagues in RSU 21. At the statewide arts education conference Arts Teachers Leading the Way… Back to the Future: Arts Assessment For Learning at USM, Portland on October 7th, 225 teachers participated in 27 workshops and large group sessions. The workshops were facilitated by the 18 Maine teacher leaders.
Yesterday, October 6th, Lisa Marin, teacher leader from Jonesport presented all day in Machias at the Harvest of Ideas workshop to 10 Washington county teachers. And, I traveled to Presque Isle with teacher leader Rebecca Wright from Ellsworth High School, and leadership team members, York High School music teacher Rob Westerberg, and Catherine Ring. We facilitated an all day workshop with 40 arts teachers who had traveled from all over Aroostook county.
During the next 8 months there will be 21 more workshops available facilitated by the 18 teacher leaders and 4 webinars on arts assessment. The webinar information is located at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/assessment.html