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Calling All Arts Teacher Leaders!

March 6, 2012

Professional Development Opportunity

Are you interested in leading Maine Arts Education Assessment Initiative: Phase II?

Regional VPA Assessment Leader Search

Music Teacher Allysa Anderson, Art Teachers Jennie Driscoll and Lisa Marin, Music Teacher Bill Buzza

Join us for a GREAT opportunity! I invite YOU to be part of Maine’s exciting arts education initiative. The initiative is looking for teachers interested in leading and in taking a close look at assessment in the arts. If you are selected, we will provide training and ask that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other educators in your region and in Maine.

OVERALL PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Create an environment in Maine where assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts educators do to improve student achievement in the arts.


  • Summer 2010: Argy Nestor, Rob Westerberg, Catherine Ring attended the New England Arts Assessment Institute and formulated initiative plan
  • Summer 2011: Professional Development – Regional VPA Assessment Leaders
  • October 2011: Regional VPA Assessment Leaders facilitate workshop sessions at statewide conference on arts education assessment
  • Winter/Spring 2012: Regional VPA Assessment Leaders facilitate professional development opportunities on assessment by regions
  • 2011-12 School Year: Arts education assessment webinars for Maine educators
  • February 2012: Reflect on the work and determine next steps

Phase I Maine Arts Assessment Leaders

Phase II

  • March 2012: Call for Phase II Teacher Leaders
  • Summer 2012: 4 day Professional Development – Regional VPA Assessment Leaders
  • Summer 2012: Phase I Teacher Leaders continue assessment work by going deeper and developing resources of best practices in the arts to put in online repository
  • School year 2012/13: Teacher Leaders facilitate professional development opportunities on assessment by regions and in Maine


To read more details and for the application please go to

Phase I Teacher Leaders who have done a fabulous job starting Maine off with the assessment initiative:

  • DANCE EDUCATOR                                                                              MaryEllen Schaper                                                                                                                        MUSIC EDUCATORS
    • ALLYSA ANDERSON – Camden Rockport Middle School, grades 5-8
    • WILLIAM BUZZA – Leavitt Area High School, grades 9-12
    • JEN NASH – Etna-Dixmont, grades PK-8
    • MATTHEW DOIRON, Sanford High School, Sanford, grades 9-12
    • DEB LARGE, Hall-Dale High School, grades 6-12
    • JAKE STURTEVANT, Bonny Eagle High School, grades 9-12
    • ALICE SULLIVAN, Woodland/Princeton, grades K-12
    • SHARI TARLETON, Brunswick Junior High School, grades 6-8


    • SHANNON CAMPBELL, Vinalhaven School, grades K-12
    • LAURA DEVIN, Woolwich Central School, grades K-8
    • JENNIE DRISCOLL, Brunswick High School, grades 9-12
    • AUDREY GRUMBLING, Mildred L. Day School, grades K-8
    • CHARLIE JOHNSON, Mount Desert Island High School, grades 9-12
    • LISA MARIN, Jonesport-Beals High School, grades 9-12
    • LEAH OLSON, Hampden Academy, grades 9-12
    • JEFFREY ORTH, Richmond Middle/High School, grades 6-12
    • SHALIMAR POULIN, Gardiner High School, grades 9-12


    • REBECCA WRIGHT, Ellsworth High School, grades 9-12
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