Archive for September, 2014


Tech-focused Courses

September 28, 2014

Available courses for K-12 educators, fall 2014

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 2.55.05 PMThe Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy is offering four great technology focused courses to K-12 educators. These courses were developed and are presented through a collaborative effort of the Department of Education and the ConnectME Authority, the agency charged with expanding and enhancing broadband internet availability across the state. Support for the course development was funded by the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Broadband Data and Development Grant.

The online courses are facilitated by a team of adult educators, most of whom have extensive experience in the K-12 classroom as well as using Moodle and a variety of web-based and video conferencing. Classes are taught in cohort groups of 8-10 and will be available in the fall and spring. Classes begin the week of September 29th or as the cohorts fill. Most courses are 10 weeks in length and participants can expect to spend 2-3 hours each week completing assignments.

Registration and Cost

Course information is available at the Maine Adult Education PD Portal ( Search Keyword MARTI K-12. Registration for continuing education hours is through the PDPortal. A portal account is required and is available free of charge by clicking “PD Account” in the upper right hand corner of the portal homepage.

A course registration application is available on the PD Portal as well. Tuition cost is $250.00 for each course. Upon successful competition course credit will be posted to the participant’s PDPortal account. Send a completed application and payment by check or purchase order to Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Technology Integration for Teaching and Learning

This ten-week introductory survey course will serve as an overview of some of the current technology applications and the multiple ways they can be used to enhance classroom instruction. This is a blended course which begins with an introductory face to face regional meeting, video conference or web conference. Participants will try out a variety of applications, some of which might find immediate application the classroom. As well as learning about digital tools, participants will participate in a professional learning community with other educators through the online discussion forums and real-time tools to investigate ways of enhancing instruction and learning. This course may be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first course of two for those who want to complete the MARTI certification program. If the intent is to take as a standalone course, registration here on the portal is sufficient for a completed application. 30 continuing education hours are awarded for successful completion.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction

The course explores the development and adaptation of curriculum to improve accessibility for learners of varying abilities. Participants in the UDL course must have successfully completed the Technology Integration course or participate in a short “Intro to Moodle course.” The UDL course provides a framework for preparing curriculum and instruction that meets the varied and diverse needs of students. A universal need of educators is to be both proactive and responsive to how students learn.  The course is a guide for differentiating instruction while, at the same time, addressing issues of access to learning that result from unique student needs, such as varying abilities, language, or culture. Within UDL, the use of technology is consistent with the research behind how people learn, as well as focused on individual student needs and preferences. The outcome and objectives of this course allow participants to begin using UDL in practice. This is the second semester course required for MARTI Certification. 30 continuing education hours are awarded for successful completion.

Teaching in the Blended Classroom

This course prepares educators to teach in blended classroom environments. Participants will learn effective strategies for managing and teaching students in blended environments and explore the ways blended learning can effectively support standards-based teaching and learning in all subject areas. Participants will learn techniques to foster student collaboration in an online learning community through online discussion and group projects and to assess student work. In addition, participants will learn to meet the learning needs of all students by selecting and using a variety of teaching strategies that aid in personalizing learning for students. During this course, participants will learn about and practice using tools to teach critical thinking skills, explore student academic integrity issues and the safe and legal use of online resources. Additionally, teachers will learn about and practice using instructor tools in a course management system. Course content includes online readings, web-based and multimedia activities, and facilitated online discussions. 30 continuing education hours are awarded for successful completion.

Teaching and Learning Through Video Conferencing

This course provides participants the skills and experience needed to identify, prepare, and provide effective, interactive instruction via real-time, interactive video conferencing.

By the end of the course participants will have had in-depth experience and peer feedback in the preparation and delivery of lessons. Participants will discuss how video conferencing can expand learning opportunities and increase student engagement, plus develop a site guide for available equipment. This is a blended course. Participants are expected to attend 4 face-to-face sessions connecting regional sites and participate in an asynchronous 4 week online Moodle course.20 continuing education hours are awarded for successful completion.

For more information contact Nancy Dionne by email at or call 207-624-6780 or Bob Mcintire at or call 207-624-6778.


MARTI K-12 Course Registration

First Name
Last Name
Mailing Address
Telephone – Work
Work Email address
Webpage (if applicable)
Subjects/courses I teach:
Coursework or workshops I have taken related to technology integration in teaching and learning:
I am interested in participating in the MARTI program because 

Personal Contact Information – This information will not be shared.

Home Mailing Address
Telephone – Home
Telephone – Mobile
Summer/Alternate email address
Undergraduate College – Major
Post Graduate College – Major

Send registration application and payment of $250 per course to Office of Adult Education and Family Literacy – 23 State House Station – Augusta, ME 04333-0023 Development and presentation of MARTI courses is funded by the US Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program Award Number 23-50-M09062 in collaboration with the ConnectME Authority



Art Works!

September 27, 2014

Students, grades K-8, UMaine Orono

Application deadline: October 3rd

ArtWorks!, an art program for students in grades K through 8, provides children an opportunity to explore the world of art Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 1.16.47 PMthrough hands-on experiences with a variety of visual media, the history of art, and the viewing of art works.

The fall ArtWorks! session will run for five consecutive weeks with classes held on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 in Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus, beginning October 17th and continuing through November 14th.

Parents or guardians are responsible for their children’s transportation to and from the program. Classes will begin promptly at 3:30 and conclude at 5:00 sharp. For safety, students will not be allowed to leave the classroom until the pre-designated adult has come to the room to pick him or her up.

Class sections are organized by age or grade level, and are limited to 22 students per group. Acceptance into the program will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. A list of alternates will be kept in case of vacancies.

A $25. course fee will be charged for the fall session to cover the costs of materials used during the classes. The course fee must be paid on or before the first day of classes. Checks should be made out to the University of Maine. A limited number of scholarships are available.

♥ All ArtWorks! classes are taught by Art Education students, under the close supervision of Dr. Constant Albertson. ArtWorks! is a lab school designed to provide future art teachers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for success in their future classrooms. To facilitate this, we ask parents and Ed. Techs to stay outside the classroom during the ArtWorks! sessions. They are welcome to sit in the lobby area where they will be close at hand should their assistance be needed, but we ask that the art education students be given a chance to succeed as independent teachers. As this will be the students’ first formal teaching experience it is important that it be as realistic as possible. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

♥ Art classes will take place on the second and third floors of Lord Hall. There is an elevator to all floors and the bathrooms are accessible. Art Education students will contact you prior to the first class to give you your child(ren)’s room number(s).

FOR MORE INFORMATION and an application, contact Constant Albertson at 581-3251 or the Dept. of Art, Lord Hall, at 581-3245 or by e-mail:


Talking Walls

September 26, 2014

Thomas College, October 9, 2014

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Brewer Performing Arts Center

September 25, 2014

Student Opportunity

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 5.19.25 AMPerforming at the Brewer Performing Arts Center on October 7 is GRAMMY award winning, world class saxophone player Eric Marienthal.  It will be an incredible, once in a lifetime experience.  He will present a masterclass at 4 PM (only $5 per person!) and a concert at 7 PM with the Maine All Star Big Band ($10 a ticket).  They are offering a special deal to schools if you purchase tickets before the event;  for every 10 tickets purchased, you get one free!  We can accept school purchase orders (the payment needs to be received before October 6).

Please email Lanissa Nadeau for more information at or call the box office at 207-200-5447.  www.brewerperformingarts


Kinetic Rain

September 24, 2014

This is AMAZING!!! Time for a trip to the Changi Airport, Singapore…


Share Your Ideas

September 23, 2014

Maine Arts Commission cultural and strategic planning underway

The Maine Arts Commission wants your big ideas, your deep thoughts and your feedback. We want you to think imagesabout the possibilities, think outside the box and to provide information on what is needed to support visual and performing arts education in Maine. The Commission has  cultural and strategic planning underway and you’re invited to contribute by completing the teachers survey. Since what educators have to say is so important to the Commission, we’ve created a survey JUST FOR YOU! The information that you provide is going to help us plan our future work.

Please go to the following link and provide your feedback

In addition, the Maine Arts Commission is interested in hearing from the future of Maine as well. So, we’ve created a survey that we’d like students to complete. Please provide the opportunity for them to do so. The online student survey is located at






September 22, 2014

Recently published

These came through in Jeff Poulin’s weekly email from the Americans for the Arts. I am sure you will find them interesting and you may want to share this post with your colleagues, students and parents.

Hope, Engagement, Well-being and Arts Education
I just read with great interest a study published by Gallup Education this past April titled “State of American’s Schools: The Path to Winning Again in Education”.  Often studies published by education think tanks like these focus on “raising student achievement”–usually referring to the effort to raise student scores on standardized tests.  This research-based study focuses on success rather than achievement, and defined success in a way that had nothing to do with test scores.  In a poll of over 600,000 students, Gallup measured student success based on three factors: Hope, Emotional engagement (defined as the level of involvement and enthusiasm for school), and Well-being.

Read more by clicking here.

Sir Ken Robinson – Can Creativity Be Taught?
Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. He is also one of the world’s leading speakers on these topics, with a profound impact on audiences everywhere. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been viewed more than 25 million times and seen by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries. His 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED’s history. In 2011 he was listed as “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, and was ranked among the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thought leaders. Read more by clicking here.

A Little Light Reading! “Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education”
With the last few days of summer, I’ve actually had a few hours to peruse reports and listen to CDs people send me.  So here I am scanning a publication from OECD – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, based in Paris, titled Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education (  A tidy 264-page 2013 book, it understandably went on my “read-later” shelf, and this may not sound like the most inspiring reading to launch a new season. But I’m glad I did finally open it (and I hope many others in the Roundtable have done so already). Read more by clicking here.


Printmaking Show

September 21, 2014

Jayne Young

Recently retired art teacher, Jayne Young has an upcoming exhibit at Mechanics’ Hall, Second Floor Library, 519 Congress in Portland. Jayne taught at Deering High School in Portland for 31 years. Her exhibit sounds really interesting!

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Video Opportunity for High School Students

September 20, 2014

First Freedom Student Competition

This national essay and video contest offers 9th – 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today.  Students then present their evaluation in written essay or video format.

This school year, students will select a religion from their local community, state or region that was or is a minority group.  They will research and analyze its history as it encounters issues of religious freedom and equality, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation of how this group’s local history compares to the broader narrative of U.S. history and First Amendment law. For the complete topic, essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit, and then click on the First Freedom Student Competition button.

Student online registration is required on or before Monday, November 17, 2014, and the postmark deadline for students to mail their essays or videos with the accompanying entry materials is Monday, November 24, 2014.  Winners will be announced on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, 2015.

Please forward this email to your social studies, English, media, library, guidance and other appropriate educators—and we will look forward to more great entries from Maine students in this school year’s First Freedom Student Competition!

If you have any questions please contact Sandra M. Poulsen, Coordinator, First Freedom Center, 1321 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219, 804.643.1786 phone, Visit us online at:


Music Workshop

September 19, 2014

September 26

The Maine Music Educators Association and the Maine Chapter (American Orff- Schulwerk Association)

is proud to present a General Music Workshop with

Karen Medley

Nationally Known Orff-Schulwerk Clinician

The Journey Is the Destination:

the adventure continues…

Kid-tested Lessons for the Music Classroom

Come spend the day singing, playing, moving, creating and speaking together as we explore some of my students’ favorite kid-tested lessons! Songs, games, stories, poetry, dances, and drumming foster a sense of play and community for younger children, create a sense of adventure for middle grades children and challenge and celebrate older children. Are you looking for ways to involve your children in creative music-making? Come play!!


When: Friday, September 26, 2014

Time: 9 AM – 3 PM

Where: Le Club Calumet

334 West River Road

Augusta, Maine (directions attached)

Credit: 1.5 CEUs from the University of Maine with a paper and lesson plan ($10. Charge)

(Note: 1.5 CEUs = 1 Recertification Credit)

Cost: $50. For the workshop (includes lunch)

To register please contact Nancy Cash-Cobb at

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