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Conrad Hutchings

May 26, 2013

Such pride!

Carol Clark is a music teacher at Gray-New Gloucester High School. Every so often we have those moments in our careers that we are reminded of why we do what we do. Carol had one of those moments last week when a former student sent her a YouTube video. Carol’s student Conrad Hutchings played the trombone in the concert band and he sang in the chamber choir. He graduated from high school and went to USM and studied music. Conrad is presently the Music Director at the Daegu International School in South Korea. In the video below he is directing the SKAC All Conference Orchestra. In Rightfully so, Carol is very proud. And in Carol’s words: “My heart’s bursting!” A great big Congratulations Carol!


Looking for Arts Teachers

May 26, 2013

Call for Applications to Summer Institute
for Maine Visual and Performing Arts Educators
July 23 – 25, 2013
Pine Tree Camp, Smithfield, Maine

The Maine Arts Commission and Syntiro are announcing a call for applications from Maine educators for a three-day summer institute focusing on teaching arts to K-12 students with disabilities.

20130513_100728 The institute will accommodate a total of 15 educators who will be part of a team developing new techniques and best practices for teaching arts to K-12 students with disabilities. The learning experience will consist of both structured training and real time opportunities to work with students. Each participant will receive a $200 stipend to assist with travel.

The summer institute will be held at the Pine Tree Camp in Smithfield, ME, July 23-25, 2013. This beautiful camp is nestled on the shore of North Pond with rustic large cabins and a mile of shorefront.  Participants will spend three days fully immersed in camp enjoying meals and free time with students, while having the opportunity to participate in professional development designing arts curricula throughout the day.  Overnight lodging is available and encouraged. Pine Tree Camp will be providing participants with a large group cabin for their use during the three days at no charge. There are hotels available offsite if you prefer but they would be at your own expense.

By the end of the 3 days, success will look, sound, and feel like:

  • a deeper understanding of students with disabilities
  • an opportunity to learn techniques to help all students succeed in the arts
  • an opportunity to participate in designing curricula that engages  students with disabilities
  • a collaborative arts experience that engages students and helps teachers learn through hands-on experience
  • an understanding of ways various arts mediums can be used to engage students with disabilities
  • Practice using specific skills that promote arts participation and comprehension for students; and
  • Confidence and eagerness to act in new ways that will optimize the performance of the students with whom you are working.

Applications will be reviewed by looking at the following:

  • A brief resume of classroom experience;
  • what skills, perspectives and experiences you hope to bring to the experience;
  • what you hope to gain from the experience;
  • a description of any past experiences you may have had working with students with disabilities;
  • an explanation of what makes you a good candidate for this summer institute.

Submit Application
The institute is open to Maine educators with at least three years of classroom experience. Preference will be given to visual and performing arts educators. Fifteen participants will be chosen based their application. Please CLICK HERE for an application. Chosen participants will be notified by June 21, 2013.

Participants are required to stay from 8-4 each day. Overnight lodging is free, encouraged and available. This is intended to be a full immersion program.

20130513_111310DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JUNE 20, 2013

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