MALIMarch 6, 2016
I am continually amazed and proud of the commitment and passion of Maine’s visual and performing Arts educators. Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend all day at Bowdoin College with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative’s (MALI) for the Phase 5 winter retreat. Twenty five MALI members were able to join us. Thank you to the Bowdoin College Art Museum for hosting. The beauty of the room and the delicious food added to the energy, thoughtfulness, and incredible knowledge of the MALI Teacher Leaders.
The topics of the day included overarching questions that are helping us to formulate the details of MALI’s Phase 6. The ideas are created based on the needs of teachers to meet the needs of Maine’s PK-12 students in the Arts. Who better to know about the needs of Arts education than Maine Arts educators?!
MALI is committed to the development of Teacher Leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning and assessment in the Arts for all students.
Teaching Artist/Teacher Leader – John Morris
During phase 5 John put together Creativity resources for the Resource Bank located at http://www.maineartsedresources.org/. The description of the Creativity resource: This discussion group model will help participants make connections with creativity research, while promoting inquiry and dialogue about the nature of creativity, as well as the role of creativity in K-12 teaching, learning and assessment. John facilitated the use of the model yesterday and the conversation was one that I wish every educator in the state could engage in. Contact John if you have questions about the resource at JohnMorris08@gmail.com.
MALI and Teaching Artists
We spent some time yesterday considering the role of the Teaching Artist and brainstormed ideas on possibilities for Phase 6. The Maine Arts Commission is committed to continue to develop opportunities. The Teaching Artist roster located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artist-Roster will continue to grow and be available for those interested in contracting with a Teaching Artist to provide learning opportunities for students.
The bulk of our day was spent on looking at and discussing the MALI topics that have become essential components of our work. Using the MALI Logic Model we asked two questions: 1) What is the role of the Teacher Leader working with the MALI mission? and 2) What activity or output could be created or included to implement the essential topics? The topics include: Arts Integration, Creativity and 21st Century Skills, Proficiency-Based Learning and Reporting, Educator Effectiveness, Advocacy, Assessment Literacy, Effective Teaching and Learning/Best Practices, Funding, Legislative Policy, and Guiding Principles.
It was a great day and I am so grateful to know and be part of a group that is so positive about the work they do educating PK-12 student in Arts education. It is a pleasure to LISTEN to what each Teacher Leader is doing and has to offer! If you are considering applying to be a Teacher Leader for Phase 6 please watch for the “call” and email me at email@example.com.