MAAI Teacher Leaders – Hats off!

July 15, 2015

Don’t be shy, consider the opportunity

photoAs many of you know the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) has just started phase 5. When the idea was launched after an energizing trip to NH in August of 2010, Rob Westerberg, Catherine Ring and I never dreamed of what would be in store 5 years down the road.

Recently, I had the opportunity to take a different look at MAAI and realize just how much more MAAI has been then “just an assessment initiative”. Five years ago “assessment in arts education” was almost a dirty phrase in Maine. (I am not naive, I know that there are still people out there who don’t understand why we would suggest assessment for and in the arts.)

However, the initiative has become so much more and different than that. Yes, it is about assessment and in addition, it is about leadership, technology, creativity, curriculum, teaching, and learning. It is about educator effectiveness, proficiency-based education, student-centered learning, integration.  And, it is about community, networking, questioning, pushing back, learning from each other, taking chances, finding ones voice and a place at the table, communicating, being brave, respect, individual differences, honesty, and honoring what teachers know.

I am proud to know those who have stepped up to represent Maine arts educators as Teacher Leaders. I am so impressed with the work each one of you have done. The total number is 75 Teacher Leaders, I  am amazed that you continue to expand on your thinking. You are truly life-long learners. The more that you learn, the more you seem to want to share. We all benefit from the great work that you are doing! My hat is off to you, MAAI Teacher Leaders!

If you’ve been thinking about applying to be a Teacher Leader I hope that you will continue to consider it – you have about 11 months to decide because you will most likely have a chance in 2016 to apply to be a Teacher Leader for phase 6 of the initiative.

(Yes, Teacher Leaders, the hats are in and the t-shirts are on the way!)

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