Archive for October 21st, 2014


Registration Open: MAAI Mega MDI

October 21, 2014

Mount Desert Island High School Mega-regional workshop, Tuesday, November 25

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is once again offering Mega-regional workshops in five locations across the state of Maine during the 2014-15 school year. The workshops are being facilitated by the MAAI Teacher Leaders with each location scheduled with different workshops.

The five Mega dates and locations for the 2014-15 school year

  • 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

The information for MDIHS Mega is located at

Once you read through the details, you can determine which workshop you’d like to attend for Session I and Session II. Click on this link to complete the registration.

You can pay the $25 registration fee using PayPal or you can pay by sending a check made out to Maine Art Education Association and mail it to Maine Arts Commission, c/o Argy Nestor, 193 State Street, 25SHS, Augusta, 04333. You will find all of the information and details that you need when you register at the link above. Please contact me if you have any questions at

Overall Workshop Schedule

  • 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Session and Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 – 10:20 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session I
  • 10:20 – 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 – 11:40 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session II
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. Session III Large group by Arts Discipline
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Session

The workshop titles and descriptions for the MDIHS Mega are included below.

Session I

The Studio Habits of Mind: Using the “Hidden Curriculum” to Encourage Student Autonomy

Join us in our exploration of assessment and proficiency using the Studio Habits of Mind. This workshop will present a practical look at how we came to understand and use the constructs of Studio Thinking in our K-4 and K-8 classrooms to promote independent, self-directed learning. You will gain hands-on knowledge of these habits and leave with strategies you can use in your own classroom. Grades K-8 (Easily adapted for grades 9-12.)


Jane Snider Hancock Grammar School Visual Arts
Lisa Ingraham Madison Elementary School Visual Arts


Making Evidence of Learning from a Sequence of Artworks

This hands-on workshop will explore a simple photographic darkroom technique to produce artworks to use as examples of proficiency for several of the National Core Arts Standards along with links to Maine’s present P.E.I.’s. Student work will also be presented as examples/exemplars for levels of proficiency. Grades 6-12


Charlie Johnson Mount Desert Island High School Visual Arts

Efficient and Effective Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom

When you see 200 or more students each week, assessing everyone is challenging.  The lack of time seems insurmountable!  At this collaborative session, we will discuss ways to make assessments efficient for both class time and your time, while still keeping them effective for teaching and learning.  The presentation is directed toward elementary classroom music, but all are welcome to attend and give input. Grades K-5


Frances Kellogg  Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Music 

Let the Maine Learning Results guide your Ensemble Curriculum

The Maine Learning Results are still the state wide Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Take a closer look at your ensemble and discover how you are using the MLRs each and every day.  Learn new ways to integrate all of the MLRs. This workshop is applicable for any age ensemble elementary through high school.  Grades 5-8


Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music

Session II

Standards-Based Grading and Assessing for Proficiency


This workshop is about how to use standards and create learning targets in the visual art classroom.  We will be focusing on using standards in every day art lessons, assessing for proficiency and showing growth through the use of portfolios.  Grades 6-12


Shannon Westphal Ellsworth High School Visual Art

It’s Elementary, My Dear!



Come find out ways you can advocate for your elementary school arts program. In this workshop, we will share ideas and strategies to get what you need for your visual art or music classroom and simultaneously take arts education to a whole new level.  Let’s put all those wonderful resources and tried and true strategies to work for us!  Grades PK-8



Catherine Ring New England Institute for Teacher Education Visual Art

Stir-Crazy: A Movement Tool Kit for the Sedentary Classroom


Kids not sitting still in class?  Unable to focus?  This session is for all teachers wanting to add some movement activities and games into the classroom without sacrificing important academic time.  All games can be adapted to fit all subject areas. Grades PK-12 All Teachers



Stephanie McGary Dance

Resources, Resources and MORE Resources for Music Educators


This session will identify helpful, meaningful resources for every need under the sun! Attendees will inform the conversation, bringing their own unique needs to the table. The take-away will be for every music teacher to leave with a bucketful of assistance towards implementing standards, proficiency and assessment practices into their own classrooms. Grades PK-12


Rob Westerberg York High School Music

Session III

The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?

The afternoon session will be focused around group discussions utilizing key questions on how proficiency is being implemented across the state of Maine in our own arts classrooms. Participants will leave with concrete ideas and/or plans to facilitate their own actions. These may lead to breakout sessions to deeper discussions and common concerns. This session will be separated between visual and performing arts teachers.

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