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The Megas are Coming!

November 1, 2016

Registration for Mega Ellsworth

img_0081Ellsworth High School, USM Portland, and UMaine Orono, and Hebron Station School Hebron, Easton Schools

I am excited to announce the professional development opportunities that are being offered during this school year by the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. There are almost 40 sessions scheduled at five locations throughout Maine between November and May. The conferences are larger than regional workshops and smaller than the statewide conference so we call them Megas Regionals!

The cost is $25 (unless otherwise indicated). Contact hours for full participation – 5.5 contact hours. Live links below to the two conferences that you can register for at this time. Or go to for the details and to register.

Each location offers different sessions and will have a different link for registration. These are multiple opportunities for the Maine Arts education community to come together to deepen our knowledge, make connections, and learn from each other!

img_1941Dates and Locations


  • 8:30 a.m. Registration begins
  • 9:00 a.m. Opening and Morning Sessions
  • 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session I
  • 10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break
  • 10:40 – 11:55 a.m. Breakout Session II
  • 11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:45 – 1:20 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 1:25 – 2:40 p.m. Session III Maine Arts Education Census Survey
  • 2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Closing

img_3146Sessions for Ellsworth Mega

  • Where are your Art Standards within the Studio Habits of Mind!” Presenter: Janie Snider
  • Ellsworth High School VPA Academy – Presenters: Rebecca Wright, Leah Olson, Shannon Westphal
  • Using Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities – Presenter: Brigid Rankowski
  • More Cowbell – Presenter: Tim Hart
  • Illustrating to Write – Presenter: Ann Marie Quirion Hutton
  • Bringing it all together! – Presenter: Sue Barre
  • Evidence of Learning Through Google – Charlie Johnson
  • Visual Notetaking/Doodling in Class – Ann Marie Quirion Hutton
  • Making 8-bit Art – Presenter: Tim Hart

Breakout of the sessions above with details are located at

If you have any questions please email me at I look forward to seeing you at a Mega-Regional Conference.

About MALI

In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). During the summer of 2015 after gathering feedback from the initiative’s Teacher Leaders the name was changed to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase six, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. The mission was changed to reflect the present work underway. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (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.

Thank you to the MALI partners for your collaborative work with MALI: Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine Performing Arts.


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