Just Around the Corner!

June 9, 2015

MAAI in motion

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The best way I can describe MAAI is ALWAYS IN MOTION. Asking questions, learning from the research, listening to the MAAI Teacher Leaders, collecting feedback from participants. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative is always moving – making the most of what each Teacher Leader has to offer. And, as we enter Phase 5 we are planning for the summer institute where 55+ arts educators will come together at USM to build on their knowledge. One Teacher Leader said to me in an email yesterday: “I really enjoy being part of this outstanding, caring and hard working group!!!! I like to hear what other like-minded people are thinking.”

In addition to the summer institute that we are planning for MAAI Teacher Leaders the Leadership Team is also in motion planning a great learning opportunity for all visual and performing arts educators. Just around the corner is the biennial statewide arts education conference Maine Arts Education: The Measure of Success. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 9, Point Lookout Conference Center, Northport. The format is going to be a bit different with a Pecha Kucha adapted format in the AM. We’re calling it 5 X 5. We’ve selected 9 topics (that we’ve gotten the most feedback on) and excellent workshop presenters to provide you with engaging, informative, challenging learning opportunities! Tons of quality resources will be provided. This is only part of the day – this is a great opportunity for you to network with colleagues from all over the state. Space will be limited so watch for more information.

Mark your calendars now AND request release time from your administrators. Registration will be available very SOOOOOON so you’ll want to be ready (before the end of the school year)!

If you have any questions, please send an email to me argy.nestor@maine.gov. REMEMBER: This opportunity only comes around once every two years (that is why it is called BIENNIAL)!


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