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MAAI Update

January 4, 2013

Leadership team meets

Today the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) leadership team met to take a look back and a look ahead. Our day was filled with a rich discussion, thoughtful questions, brilliant ideas, and food for thought! Catherine Ring, Jeff Beaudry, Bronwyn Sale, and Matt Doiron met with me in Augusta at the Maine Department of Education and Pam Kinsey joined us by Skype from Easton (where it was 20 degrees below this morning). At lunchtime Meagan Mattingly, Arts in Education Associate, stopped in to discuss possibilities for connecting Maine Arts Commission work.

Pam Kinsey on Skype from Aroostook county

Pam Kinsey on Skype from Aroostook county

As you know we are in the middle of phase 2 of the MAAI. Today’s goal was to reflect on what has been accomplished through the MAAI and to discuss what the next steps might be. The information will be summarized and in early February the teacher leaders will join the leadership team to discuss the ideas to confirm the direction.

In August 20 teacher leaders attended a 4-day institute where they participated in professional development in assessment, leadership, technology, and creativity. They created workshops and are presenting them throughout the state during the 2012-13 school year in 20 locations. These workshops are FREE and contact hours are available for participating.

Along with the regional workshops Mega-regional workshops are taking place in 4 locations. These opportunities are offered by the teacher leaders from phase 2 as well as some teacher leaders from phase 1. At each of the 4 locations Maine Learning Technology Initiative Technology Integrators are partnering with a teacher leader to present an integrated session.

The Mega-regional workshops are being offered, 8:00 to 3:00:

  • January 14: UMF
  • March 1: USM, Portland
  • March 22: Presque Isle High School
  • March 29: Ellsworth High School
Matt Doiron and Jeff Beaudry listen intently

Matt Doiron and Jeff Beaudry listen intently

You MUST register for the Mega-regional workshops. They are FREE to all arts educators, PK through grade 12 and contact hours are available. Participants need a laptop with the most recent MLTI image. If you do not have one we will lend you one for the day. Please check the appropriate box while registering to communicate that.

PLEASE don’t hesitate register today at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/assessment.html#regional or at http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=MLTINews&id=469365&v=details.

Soooooooo… what do you think phase 3 of the initiative could/should include??? Please post your feedback below or email Argy at argy.nestor@maine.gov with your ideas and suggestions!

2 comments

  1. One of the biggest questions that I have is in regard to the Common Core. Will we have to use this or will the revised set of National Standards be done so that we can use that as the arts “Common Core”. It would be great to be able to get a peek at the new set of National Standards and get started on how to teach to those standards. Just a thought!


  2. Thanks for your comment Mari-Jo! The national standards first draft is due out in March so your sneak peek could be just around the corner. Maine arts educators will be invited to provide feedback and I of course, welcome yours!



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