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MALI Update

February 1, 2016

Leadership initiative moving forward

Several Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leaders are presenting workshops throughout the state. Many will be on the schedules for the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) conference and the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State conference.

The MAEA conference will be on Saturday, April 9, Lewiston Middle School, 8:30 – 3:00. Registration will be available in the near future at http://www.aeforme.org/MAEA/Spring_Conference.html. All-State will be held at UMaine, Orono, May 19 and 20. Registration is available now at http://www.mainemmea.org/conference-registration/.

IMG_3762 2MALI Leadership Team met this past Friday and Saturday at Husson University for their annual retreat to reflect on the feedback from phase 5. Even though phase 5 is still underway the team had plenty of feedback from the Teacher Leaders. It was a great meeting and rough ideas for phase 6 are being considered. In March MALI Teacher Leaders will come together to take the preliminary work to the next level of planning. In early spring a call for Phase 6 Teacher Leaders will be announced. Please watch this blog and the Maine Arts Education List-serv for information.

Karen_Montanaro_135x135During the retreat the team also had the privilege of having dancer Karen Montanaro present her drafted TED talk. Many of you know Karen and are aware of her commitment to performance. To hear her speak on arts education and see the passion in her whole self was a special treat. Her performance is thought provoking. Karen is interested in providing the talk for others. Please contact her at KarenHM@maine.rr.com if you are interested in bringing a group together to hear it.

JohnMorris_135x135In addition, John Morris, Dancer educator and MALI Teacher Leader facilitated work on creativity. John created comprehensive resources on creativity that are available on the MALI Resource Bank at http://www.maineartsedresources.org/. If you are looking for a way to communicate with your school staff (arts or other content) John’s resource provides guidelines that can help provide the opportunity. Please check out the creativity resource that he created called Creativity in Education: Discussion Group Format at http://www.maineartsedresources.org/creativity-resources.html. If you have any questions please contact John at johnmorris08@gmail.com.

Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 7.39.26 PMMALIs future looks bright due to the commitment of many extraordinary Maine visual and performing arts educators. It continues to be a thrill to work with the MALI folks including the thoughtfulness of the Leadership Team members:

  • MALI co-founder Rob Westerberg, music educator, York High School
  • MALI co-founder Catherine Ring, Executive Director New England Institute for Teacher Education
  • MAEA representative Suzanne Goulet, Waterville High School Art Educator
  • MMEA representative Pam Kinsey, K-12 Music Educator, Easton Schools
  • Kate Smith PreK-3, Central Ele School, South Berwick Music Educator
  • Theresa Cerceo K-12, MSAD 33 in Frenchville / St Agatha school district, Visual Art Educator
  • Beth Lambert, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Maine Department of Education
  • Barbara Vinal, IMG_3749 2IMG_3745

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