Archive for December, 2017


Beautiful Music

December 31, 2017

Ed Sheehan and Andrea Bocelli


Christmas Hymn Brought to Life

December 30, 2017

Gloria in Excelsis Deo – Angels We Have Heard on High

Over A Thousand People Came Together To Break a Record And Bring This Moving Christmas Hymn To Life.


Art and Music

December 29, 2017

Food for thought


Dueling Banjos

December 28, 2017

US Navy Band


Something Special

December 27, 2017

Music and Art


Carol of the Bells

December 26, 2017

Lindsey Stirling


Cherish the Moment

December 25, 2017

The heart


From the Heart Singing

December 24, 2017

No words


Rockettes’ Wooden Soldier Fall

December 23, 2017

How do they do it?

Check this video out and learn how the 36 Rockettes in full costume (complete with red cheeks and a 3-foot-tall hat!) flawlessly complete the ultimate trust fall on the Radio City Music Hall stage. So awesome! This would be interesting to share with students and hear their reactions. And, perhaps try it – talk about cooperation!!!


VPA Specialist Postion

December 22, 2017

Maine Department of Education


This is professional services work involving regional and statewide implementation of Maine’s education standards for visual and performing arts education PreK-12, school improvement efforts and related education initiatives. The position provides PreK-12 visual and performing arts education leadership and expertise to organizations and educators statewide in curriculum, instruction and assessment through provision of professional development opportunities and technical assistance. The position may be assigned to lead other state and federal programs.  Work is performed in collaboration with other members of the Maine DOE and is executed under limited supervision.  Extensive use of technology, statewide/national travel and field assignments are required.

The position also serves schools and school districts within an assigned region through customer service, brokering technical assistance and providing a communications link for the Maine DOE’s continuous improvement process.  Primary responsibilities include developing ongoing interaction with school personnel and community representatives within an assigned superintendents’ region; serving as the Maine DOE representative and key contact for requests, information, and questions from within the region; providing or brokering professional development opportunities, technical assistance and other services to enhance teacher effectiveness and student and school performance; assisting districts with the implementation of the state education standards and associated assessments; promoting the Commissioner’s education initiatives within the region; and serving as the Commissioner’s representative and liaison in the region.


  • Knowledge of current learning research, exemplary general educational practices and PreK-12 visual and performing arts content and instructional knowledge.
  • Knowledge of community involvement issues in education policy decisions and educational operations.
  • Knowledge of school improvement, Maine DOE strategic initiatives, systems-change concepts, student centered practices, and tools to support learning especially in the area of PreK-12 visual and performing arts education.
  • Knowledge of large scale and formative assessment development and administration in PreK-12 visual and performing arts education.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging state and federal legislation, rules and regulations impacting education.
  • Knowledge of and experience with Maine’s education standards (Learning Results), the process of implementing standards and current and emerging trends for PreK-12 visual and performing arts including national standards development initiatives.
  • Knowledge of performance-based and standards-based educational systems.
  • Knowledge of systemic change principles.
  • Knowledge of computer software and hardware systems, including networking.
  • Knowledge of Total Quality Management concepts, practices and tools and productivity measures.
  • Knowledge of documentation strategies.
  • Knowledge of alternative assessment, developmental education and experimental learning.
  • Ability to facilitate groups and use exemplary interpersonal skills; establish and maintain positive collaborative working relationships; effectively manage multiple projects and provide quality service.
  • Ability to integrate PreK-12 visual and performing arts with other Maine DOE teams such as Special Education, Assessment and Accountability, Certification and Learning Through Technology.
  • Ability to assist organizations with systemic change strategies/organizational development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing and use technology for work and learning.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively in a team environment to problem solve.
  • Ability to use computer technology for word processing, data applications, telecommunication (email, webinars, faxing) and internet searches.
  • Ability to design and implement innovative approaches to school improvement and to student and teacher learning.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret research and data and to integrate divergent ideas to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Ability to apply and facilitate group dynamics and to use exemplary interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and customer service.
  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and customers.


Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements (please list):  Position in this classification requires a specific certification and/or ability to obtain a certification in visual and performing arts education. Additionally, a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree in Education, Human Resource Development, Psychology or a related field and 5 years of experience as an education practitioner. A Master’s degree in an education related field may be substituted for 2 years of educational experience.


The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  15.12% of salary for BU positions.  The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly.  The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $427.57 biweekly
  • Level 2:    95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $406.19 biweekly
  • Level 3:    90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $381.84 biweekly
  • Level 4:      85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $363.43 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

Code: 3032                  Pay Grade: 28 – $45,760.00– $68,556.80


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and Direct Hire Application. This job posting and a Direct Hire application can be found on the Maine DOE website at


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Mindy Hansen, HR Generalist, General Government Service Center, 74 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0074. 207.624.7430 (T) 207.287.4032 (F)



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