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Critical Friends Come to the State House

October 9, 2014

MAAI Logo_Color_TxtCtr3LMAAI converges on the State House Tomorrow!

Three years ago the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Teacher Leaders suggested that they have the opportunity to receive feedback on their workshops before they take them “on the road”. The MAAI prides itself in responding to the needs of the field. So, we created a day that we like to call Critical Friends Day, when the teacher leaders do a dry-run of their workshops before taking them on the road.

On Friday, tomorrow, 52 educators will travel to Augusta and the State House complex to do just that. All 52 will serve as Critical Friends providing feedback to each of the workshop presentations provided by the phase 4 and veteran Teacher Leaders.

It is sure to be nerve wracking, tense, fun, and very worthwhile. Those serving as Critical Friends come from all walks of education. Arts teachers, teaching artists, a retired teacher and Teacher of the Year, an ELA and Social Studies teacher, and an Assistant Principal. All bring something useful to the workshops and we are glad that they will attend!

You might be asking, “when will these workshops be offered to the rest of the education community?” Below is the list of the Mega-regional workshops. Watch this blog for the registration information that will be available in the near future. The regional workshops will also take place throughout the state so check in with the teacher leaders from your region to see when they will take place.

Mega-regional all-day workshop schedule

  • Tuesday, November 25—Mount Desert Island High School Friday
  • March 6—Aroostook County
  • Friday, March 13—Oxford Hills Middle School, South Campus
  • Thursday, April 2—UMaine, Orono
  • Friday, April 3—University of Southern Maine, Portland

Break a leg

Good luck to the Teacher Leaders who go bravely forward sharing their expanded knowledge from being a MAAI Teacher Leader and most importantly THANKS for taking on the leadership role. Thanks to those who will be joining us as Critical Friends. For more information on the MAAI please go to our new and wonderful site at

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