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Calling All Teacher Leaders

April 14, 2016

Regional VPA Teacher Leader Search

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) – Phase VI


MALI winter retreat, March 2016, Bowdoin College

Join us for a GREAT opportunity! The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative invites YOU to be part of Phase VI. We are looking for teachers interested in leading and in taking a close look at assessment in the arts. If you are selected, you will be required to attend the summer institute, August 10, 11, and 12, 2016. We will provide professional development and ask that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other educators in your region and beyond.

IMG_1813If interested, please send a completed application by the Friday, May 6, 2016, 11:59PM deadline to Argy Nestor at ASAP. Details are below. TEACHER LEADER APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT

Selected teacher leader responsibilities for the 2016-17 school year include:

  • Communicate by wiki
  • Attend the three-day Summer Institute, August 10-12, 2016, USM, Portland
  • Present workshop to critical friends, all-day, date and location to be determined
  • Present a workshop in your region, planned by you
  • Present a workshop at the mega-regional workshop site that will be coordinated by the MALI leadership team
  • Attend a retreat to reflect on the work of phase VI with teacher leaders and the leadership team to be held winter/spring 2017

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Background Information


IMG_1814Committed 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.

Since 2011 the initiative has been building capacity by training arts educators on the “what” and “how” of arts assessment so they can provide the leadership in Maine through professional development opportunities. The details of the initiative are at


IMG_1808Create and implement a statewide plan for teacher leadership in arts education. This includes professional development opportunities, regionally and statewide, which will expand on the knowledge and skills of teachers to better prepare them to teach in a proficiency-based learning environment.

  • Develop and implement standards-based high quality teaching and learning statewide for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Continue to build an expanding team of arts educators and teaching artists representing all regions of Maine
  • Provide workshops and other professional development opportunities for educators

HISTORY – Phase I, II, III, IV, V – Summer 2011 to present

  • IMG_1818Seventy – three teacher leaders attended summer institutes on assessment,
    leadership, technology, creativity, proficiency-based standards-based and student-centered teaching and learning
  • Teacher leaders presented workshops at two statewide arts education conference, USM, Portland, UMaine, Orono, and Point Lookout Conference Center with over 600 educators attending
  • Teacher leaders facilitated regional workshops across Maine
  • Teacher leaders facilitated workshops at 12 mega-regional sites across Maine
  • Another Arts Teacher’s Story series (72) on the Maine Arts Ed blog
  • Arts assessment graduate courses offered by New England Institute for
    Teacher Education
  • Nine arts education assessment webinars for Maine educators facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring – archived
  • Video stories of seven teacher leaders that demonstrate a standards-based arts education classroom
  • Teacher Leader Resource Team ongoing development of items for resource bank
  • Maine Arts Assessment Resources website that contains a plethora of information

Phase VI components

  • IMG_1811August 3,4,5, 2015: Summer Institute, Portland
  • Regional and mega-regional workshops throughout Maine
  • Continuation of Another Teachers Stories on the Maine Arts Ed blog
  • Continuation of the Resource Bank
  • Professional development for teaching artists

For More Information

The Initiative is a partnership with MAC, MDOE, USM, MAEA, MMEA, MLTI, University of Maine Performing Arts, and New England Institute for Teacher Education

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