Archive for January 21st, 2015


Visual Art Assessment Course

January 21, 2015

Opportunity for learning – from Catherine

Catherine Ring, one of the co-founders of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI), an integral member of the MAAI Leadership Team, former art teacher and principal offers graduate courses through The New England Institute for Teacher Education. Her Visual Art Assessment course is being offered during two weekends in January and May this winter/spring. Details below in a letter from Catherine, along with links to the website with more information. Please contact Catherine directly (contact info below), if you have questions.

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I’d like to personally let you know of a special opportunity coming up right in Augusta, starting January 30 — a graduate course on Visual Art Assessment.

You might wonder, how can I add this to my already full plate?  Is Assessment really necessary, or even possible, in an art room when I see so many students?  And it really doesn’t matter where you are on the Assessment bandwagon — both experienced and teachers new to assessment in visual art classrooms have taken this course. There’s always more to learn, and this course gives you the time to talk and learn and try things out — imagine that!

Catherine Ring

Catherine Ring

You’ll be surprised at how much art teachers learn from each other – and that’s just what we do! We share resources that arts educators have created or discovered through the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, ask hard questions, problem-solve, try some things out in our classrooms, and figure out what we CAN do in our very busy schedules to help improve teaching, learning and assessment.  The course meets for two weekends only – Friday night (4-8pm) and Saturday (8-4pm) with weekly contact with me, the instructor, in between.

So come join us and find out what’s happening in Maine with assessment in visual art, and with meeting proficiency in the art room. You will be excited to know that arts educators are leading the way and other educators are following suit.  Here are the details:

EDPO 536: Refining Assessment in the Visual Art Classroom, K-12
Augusta, Maine (Specific location to be determined),
Session 1:  Friday (4-8pm) January 30, Saturday (8-4pm), January 31
Session 2:  Friday (4-8pm) May 8, Saturday (8-4pm) May 9
This course meets for both sessions.

You can choose to take this as a graduate course through our partnership with Endicott College, or for recertification credits for 4.5 CEUs. We can bill your school directly with a purchase order, or are happy to make payment arrangements.

To register, please visit our website at If you have any questions at all, pick up the phone and call me any time, or email me here.

Thank you! Hope to hear from you!

Catherine Ring
Executive Director
New England Institute for Teacher Education
P.O. Box 460
Stonington, Maine 04681

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