Archive for February 29th, 2012


We Did It!

February 29, 2012

My brain is swirling with ideas

Yesterday’s post was about the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) work we tackled while together at the UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor. We took a look back to evaluate how the first phase of the work has gone and, we looked to the future to help plan phase II of the MAAI. The results of the work are being summarized and when we have a phase II plan in place we will, of course, share it with all of you in the field!

The day was filled with energy, a chance to renew connections, processing, creativity, and a passionate commitment from the Teacher Leaders and the Leadership Team. The take away comments were revealing and included how important yesterday was, and the value of the past several months to everyone. The enormous growth since the work began 9 months ago is incredible! Maine is so fortunate to have arts educators who are so focused on the importance of educating young people!

Thank you to Eva Wagner, Education Coordinator from UMaine Museum of Art and the staff there who made it possible for us to meet in such a wonderful space. I highly recommend that you stop by and see the exhibit. A great big thank you to facilitator Jill Spencer who did a fabulous job. Jill is an active blogger, she writes about exemplary and innovative teaming practices at Teaming Rocks! Collaborate in Powerful Ways and is a contributor to the Bright Futures blog. You can check her out at

Most of the pictures below were taken by Catherine Ring yesterday.

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