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Inviting All Arts Educators!

May 19, 2014

Interested in Being a Teacher Leader?

Regional VPA Assessment Leader Search

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative-Phase 4

The Initiative is a partnership with MAC, MDOE, USM, MAEA, MMEA, MAAE, MLTI, and

New England Institute for Teacher Education

Join us for a GREAT opportunity! The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative invites YOU to be part of Phase IV. We are looking for teachers interested in leading and in taking a close look at assessment in the arts. If you are selected, you will be required to attend the New England Summit on Arts Education, July 29, 30, 31, Aug. 1 at USM, Portland. Details and registration at We will provide professional development and ask that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other educators in your region and beyond.

If interested, please send a completed application to Argy Nestor at NO LATER THAN JUNE 2, 2014.


Selected teacher leader responsibilities for the 2014-15 school year include

  • Communicate by wiki
  • Attend 3-day New England Summit on Arts Ed plus 1 July 29,30,31, Aug. 1
  • Attend all-day meeting as a follow-up to Summit
  • Present a workshop in your region, planned by you
  • Present a workshop at the mega-regional workshop site that will be coordinated by the leadership team
  • Attend an all-day meeting to reflect on work of phase IV with teacher leaders, and leadership team – winter/spring 2015


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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.

Since 2011 the initiative has been building capacity by training arts educators on the “what” and “how” of arts assessment so they can provide the leadership in Maine through professional development opportunities. The details of the initiative are at


Devise a statewide plan for assessment in arts education, which includes professional development opportunities, regionally and statewide, to expand on the knowledge and skills of teachers to improve teaching and learning.

  • Develop and implement standards-based assessment statewide for Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
  • Continuation of building a team representing all regions of Maine
  • Workshops to provide ongoing learning opportunities for arts teachers

HISTORY – Phase I, II, III – Summer 2011 to present

  • Fifty two teacher leaders attended summer institutes on assessment, leadership, technology, creativity, standards-based and student-centered teaching and learning
  • Teacher leaders presented workshops at two statewide arts education conference, USM, Portland and UMaine, Orono with over 450 educators attending
  • Teacher leaders facilitated regional workshops across Maine
  • Teacher leaders facilitated workshops at 8 mega-regional sites across Maine
  • Another Arts Teacher’s Story series (52) on Maine Arts Ed blog
  • Arts assessment graduate courses offered by New England Institute for Teacher Education
  • Nine arts education assessment webinars for Maine educators facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring – archived
  • Video stories of 7 teacher leaders that demonstrate a standards-based arts education classroom
  • Teacher Leader Resource Team ongoing development of items for resource bank

Phase IV components

  • July 29, 30, 31 2014: New England Summit on Arts Education, USM, Portland
  • August 1: Professional Development for teacher leaders
  • Regional and Mega-regional workshops throughout Maine
  • Webinars
  • Video stories
  • Resource Bank continuation
  • Professional development for teaching artists

Goals of Day 4, August 1

  • Professional development for teacher leaders that will prepare them for their role of the MAAI, phase IV

For More Information

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