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Day 4: Summit on Arts Ed

August 6, 2014

Teacher Leaders plus!

On Friday, August 1 we met for a fourth day of the Summit with veteran teacher leaders and those newly selected and those applying to be teacher leaders for the 2014-15 school year! It was a very exciting day; teachers presented their ideas from their Individual Action Plans and we discussed the plans for Phase 4. As I looked around the room I couldn’t help but marvel at the articulate group!  I couldn’t be more proud of the commitment Maine arts educators have to providing high quality arts education to all students. It is amazing to think that the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is starting Phase 4. YAHOOOO!

MAAI has accomplished a great deal in three short years and the plans continue to unroll as teachers step up to take on a leadership role in using our mission:

“Creating an environment in Maine where quality assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts educators do to deepen student learning in the Arts

To date we have 52 teacher leaders and a handful of leadership team members who are committed to carrying out the MAAI mission. In the near future I will announce the next set of teacher leaders who will join the 52 plus five Teaching Artists that have stepped up this year for professional development in arts education.

What is a Teaching Artist? session facilitated by Nancy Salmon

What is a Teaching Artist session facilitated by Nancy Salmon

Veteran Teacher Leader and music teacher Jen Nash from Sebasticook Valley Middle School and new teacher leader Samantha Davis and art teacher at  Molly Ockett Middle School, Fryeburg

Veteran Teacher Leader and music teacher Jen Nash from Sebasticook Valley Middle School and new teacher leader Samantha Davis and art teacher at Molly Ockett Middle School, Fryeburg

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Gorham High School Matt Murray and Middle School Tracy Williamson music educators work together on their team plan to implement back at their schools

Gorham High School Matt Murray and Middle School Tracy Williamson music educators work together on their team plan to implement back at their schools

Team Bonny Eagle (MSAD #6) working on their district arts ed plan

Team Bonny Eagle (MSAD #6) working on their district arts ed plan

Photos taken by Kevin Facer, Roger Fuller, and Argy Nestor

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