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In Today’s News

April 1, 2013

Aroostook county

The Bangor Daily News included an article about the art exhibit at the Aroostook Centre Mall for Youth Art Month through April 9th. Art Teacher Leader from Ashland, Sue Beaulier said: “We invite everyone to share the successes of our students and check it out.”

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MAAI Update!

April 1, 2013

Last 2 weeks!


Windmills at Mars Hills in the distance

It has been a wild and crazy last two weeks for the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). We’ve had two very full and successful Mega-Regional Workshops. You can read about the workshops that were presented at One was held at the Easton Schools on March 22nd with music teacher Pam Kinsey hosting the event. A great big thanks to teacher leaders Sue Beaulier, Mari-Jo Hedman, Alice Sullivan and Samantha Orchard for providing workshops. Along with them we had an integrated workshop with Ann Marie Hutton (MLTI) and Pam and two MLTI workshops with Lindsey Farnham and Ann Marie, Tim Hart and Jim Wells. Thank you to all involved and the 28 visual and performing arts teachers from Aroostook and Washington Counties who participated.


Pam’s students perform for the Mega-regional participants!


Alice’s session


Samantha answers a participants question

On March 29th we had a second Mega-regional workshop at Ellsworth High School with theatre and teacher leader Rebecca Wright hosting the event. Thank you to the MAAI teacher leaders who presented: Andria Chase, Sarah Williams, Jane Snider, Charlie Johnson (who brought colleague Dan Stillman and two students), Suzanne Southworth, Lisa Marin, Chris Milliken, Shannon Westphall, and Bonnie Atkinson. We had two MLTI integrated sessions with Lindsey Farnham and Charlie, Rebecca and Ann Marie. PM MLTI sessions with Lindsey, Ann Marie, Tim and Jim. Our most attended Mega-regional workshop with 80 participants!! YAY for everyone!


Amanda and Jon planning in Rebecca and Ann Marie’s session


Charlie Johnson and students listen to Dan Stillman present


Lisa and Chris present the research findings


Ellsworth High School Show Choir performs at the opening session for participants


Suzanne displays and discusses work from her session with Charlie’s students

In total we’ve had just over 200 participants attend the 4 Mega-regional workshops. If you have feedback about the workshops please email me since we are in the middle of planning Phase 3 of the MAAI. Your comments and ideas are important to us.


Janie in action at Hancock Grammar School

Your feedback lead us to including videotaping 4 arts classrooms in phase 2. The taping is underway and part of why the MAAI has been busy…

On March 27th Debi Lynn Baker and I spent the day in RSU 24 interviewing and videotaping teacher leader elementary art teacher Jane Snider working with a grade 7 class. Janie was awesome along with her students, colleagues and administrators!

On March 28th Debi and I traveled to Charlie Johnson’s school Mount Desert Island High School for the third videotaping. Charlie’s visual art colleagues and students were fabulous articulating the value of the standards based environment at MDIHS.


Dan Stillman poses for class, MDIHS

Debi Lynn will be editing the hours of tapes along with the first one at York High School and Rob Westerberg’s standards based music classroom. We have one more music classroom to tape in May and all four will be complete in June.

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