Archive for August 13th, 2016


Summer MALI Institute Day 3

August 13, 2016

What a learning opportunity!

IMG_3191The 6th Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) summer institute wrapped up yesterday with the 3rd and final day jam packed full.

Incredible educators contributing their knowledge and developing ideas with the MALI community and on top of that good food!


Art teachers Iva Damon, Amy Cousins (top). Mandi Mitchell, Lisa Ingraham (bottom).

The day started with participants looking at the preliminary reports from the statewide arts education census. MALI teacher leaders and teaching artist leaders had conversations by region to discuss the findings and what action steps might take place to utilize the data collected. Everyone agreed that it is great to have data on Maine arts education. The information will be made available with a full report in the next 2 months.


Samantha Armstrong presenting her Maine Arts Education Resource Project – Integration.

Beth Lambert and a team of Maine educators have created resources this past school year as part of the  Maine Arts Education Resource Project – Integration. The teachers provided an overview of the work and resources they created. Access those resources by CLICKING HERE.

Participants completed their individual action or logic model plans and during the afternoon participated in a gallery walk. A clear picture of their ideas were evident and it was great to have the opportunity to provide feedback to each other. Next steps? Teacher leaders will tweak their plan based on the feedback and create a formal presentation. In September teacher leaders will participate in Critical Friend where they will provide their presentation. Others are invited to participate so if you are interested please email me at and let me know.

IMG_3255Each presentation will be provided during the school year at least once at the local level and once at the mega-regional level. More information on these learning opportunities will be provided in the future. Please let me know if you have any questions.


IMG_3248To the TEACHER LEADERS who devoted their time to attend the institute and dig into the work. To the TEACHING ARTISTS who attended for one day and the four TEACHING ARTIST LEADERS who are creating new work for MALI. All agreed that the Teaching Artist Leaders are a great addition to the community. And, a HUGE THANK YOU to the LEADERSHIP TEAM who spent hours and hours of time planning and facilitating the summer institute so all of us could learn.

Participants left USM tired and excited about returning to their classrooms for great school year! If you’d like to learn more about MALI please go to or to


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