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To Providence and Back Again

April 13, 2015

Presenting with MMEA President-Elect Sue Barre

I had the opportunity to go to the 54th NAfME Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference last week held in Providence, Rhode Island. Its been some time since I traveled to Providence for a conference so I was surprised to see changes in the city.

Waterville music educator and Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Teacher Leader Sue Barre invited me to co-present with her. Our workshop called Assessment in Maine – The Way Life Should Be was scheduled for two time slots. The participants were a mix of pre-service teachers, veteran music teachers, and arts administrators. We created a wiki for participants at http://easternmusic15.pbworks.com which is an open wiki with our workshop resources. Participants had good questions, many related to the type of resources that teachers are seeking.

Sue and I also sat on the Teacher Effectiveness panel with leaders from other eastern states. The session provided me an opportunity to learn where other states are in the process that all states are dealing with.

One of the workshops that I attended was called Can We Measure Creativity? A Confluence of Rubrics, Technology and Out-Of-The-Box Thinking  which was presented by music educator Kim Yannon, from the Cheshire Public Schools in Connecticut.  She shared very useful information.

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MAAI Teacher Leader and MMEA President Pam Kinsey and Greg Pattillo from PROJECT Trio

One of the conference highlights was the Thursday evening performance by PROJECT Trio from Brooklyn, NY. Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello and Peter Seymour on bass. They are a unique high energy group who travel around the world playing chamber music. You can view them in the YouTube below. There are several other YouTubes with their work that you may want to check out. We spoke to them about the possibility of them coming to Maine for the fall biennial statewide conference on October 9, 2015. If anyone would like to contribute funding to bring them to Maine please let me know.

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