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September 24, 2013

Arts Education: Leading the Way Conference – October 24

I can’t think of two words that better describe why you should seriously consider attending the upcoming conference ARTS EDUCATION: LEADING THE WAY on October 24 at UMaine, Collins Center for the Arts. Relevant and Authentic – YOUR colleagues have created workshops that are both relevant and authentic to the work you do each day in arts classrooms.

There are 35 workshops to select from which are being presented by YOUR colleagues from throughout Maine. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s teacher leaders have been working to put together the following 35 different workshops:

  • It’s Hard to Pick Your Nose When You are Clapping Your Hands – The Importance
    of Music in Early Childhood!
  • Standards-based Proficiency Data Made Manageable
  • The Choreography of Turning it On
  • Do We All Speak the Same Language?
  • LD 1422: Implementing Maine’s Proficiency Based Graduation Requirement
  • Empowering Students Through Assessment Techniques and Strategies
  • Digital Portfolios: Organizing curriculum and student work to show growth and proficiency
  • Progressive Assessments and Creativity
  • Assessing Student Performance in Your Classroom
  • “Dancing on With/On the Dark Side”
  • More on the National Core Arts Standards
  • Guerilla Advocacy-Embracing shameless promotion on behalf of students and Arts programs
  • TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER: School Leaders- YOU CAN support Arts Education in the 21st Century!
  • “All The World’s A Stage”
  • Literacy – A Gateway to Creativity
  • Benefits of a Student-Centered Classroom
  • Rappin’ Differentiation Instruction
  • Learning Through Doing – Using Theatre games to enhance lessons across the curriculum
  • Including Reflection in Formative Assessment
  • Controlling the Chaos: The world of student-centered education
  • Working Backwards from a Great Art Lesson to Standards and Assessment
  • From Overwhelmed to in Control: Power Standards Help Connect the Dots
  • Visual Journaling: A Pathway to Reflective Self-Assessment
  • Thirty Eight Years of Teaching and Still a Rubric Virgin?
  • Stick Figures and Finger Painting – Dispelling myths about elementary art programs
  • You life it? I love it! Strategies for successful art critiques with K-5 Elementary Art students
  • Maine Learning Results: Guiding your Ensemble Curriculum
  • Monitoring Arts Students’ Progress in Meeting Graduations Standards
  • Back to Basics: How to create learning targets and I CAN statements
  • Deep Scuba Thinking: Development of Vocabulary Literate Musicians
  • Gifted and Talented in Music Education
  • Big Journeys Begin with Small Steps
  • Going Beyond the Activity: Assessing the MLRs: Three C’s (Creativity, Criticism, & Connections)
  • iPad, uPad, We All Scream for iPads!

Along with the outstanding workshops the morning presentation will be on the National Core Arts Standards with Lynn Tuttle who has been co-leading the development of the work. We are fortunate to have Lynn joining us for the day. Along with her presentation to the group she will be offering a follow-up session. Learn more about the draft standards AND provide your feedback on the draft.

See photos of the teacher leaders with a description of each workshop by clicking here.

See the schedule for the day by clicking here.

Register by clicking here. PLEASE NOTE: School purchase orders are NOT being accepted. The cost of the conference is $80.00 for the day which includes lunch.

Please consider inviting your administrator (principal, superintendent and/or curriculum leader) to attend since there are several workshops that are filled with information for them as well.

The day will be worthwhile and provide you with “food for thought”, opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the state, and ideas for practical application in your classrooms and schools!

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to email me at

The Arts Education conference is in conjunction with the Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) being sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission and held on October 25 and 26. For information on the MICA conference please click here.

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