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Berklee Pitched Slapped

July 24, 2016

Singing Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”

 

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Teaching Artist Opportunity

July 6, 2016

MALI Summer Institute

Calling Teaching Artists – You’re Invited!

Summer professional development

Wednesday, August 10, 8:00 to 4:00

USM, Portland

Cost: $20 to reserve your spot and cover lunch

Teaching Artist Tim Christensen works with a student at Camden-Rockport Middle School

Teaching Artist Tim Christensen works with a student at Camden-Rockport Middle School

The Maine Arts Commission invites you to an all day professional development workshop that will include structured networking with more than 50 PK-12 Visual and Performing Arts teachers from throughout Maine!

This year’s Teaching Artist professional development day is designed to focus in depth on the role of the teaching artist in the K-12 classroom, and the relationship between the K-12 arts educator and the teaching artist.

The day includes workshops designed specifically for Teaching Artists focusing on topics including: how to get funding, best practices for Teaching Artists, standards, assessment, advocacy, and more.

The goal? More high quality K-12 Artist in Residence programs in the state of Maine!

What will you get when you attend the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Summer Institute?

  • Opportunities to connect with and engage collaboratively with PK-12 visual and performing arts teachers from Maine schools
  • An exciting, teacher – driven environment for teaching artists who are interested in professional development with peers
  • Sessions that are planned to fit your needs as a teaching artist
  • Morning coffee/tea, a yummy lunch and afternoon snacks

To register please CLICK HERE.

Presented by Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) of the Maine Arts Commission. To learn more about the MALI please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI#.

If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission, argy.nestor@maine.gov or John Morris at JohnMorris08@gmail.com.

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America the Beautiful

July 4, 2016

Trombone Quartet – Christopher Bill

Happy 4th of July!

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MALI Summer Conference – Success!

June 29, 2016

Opportunity!

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Yesterday at Wishcamper, USM in Portland, 68 arts educators convened for the Maine Arts Commission Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Summer Conference. The day was filled with listening, speaking, demonstrating, networking, and learning, learning, learning. The feedback provided by participants shows an appreciation for the opportunity and all 14 workshops scored very high!

IMG_2291One educator said: “It is so nice to be able to talk with other arts educators about their views”. Yes, these were all arts educators conversing with other arts educators – the same tribe, our peeps, educators who share a basic understanding about what we contribute in the world. Another participate was grateful to know that “Others are going through the same frustrations as I am”. 

The Maine Arts Assessment website is filled with a variety of resources. One person said: “The MALI website is FULL of resources to help me with all I do in my music classroom and also with communication with colleagues and administrators”.

In the Creativity workshop participants learned about one of the resources in the MALI Resource Bank. It is a good one to use with your colleagues (arts and non-arts). One participant in the session’s feedback was: “Great conversations about creativity. This is something I normally don’t get to do.”

IMG_2293One of my favorite feedback comments of the day is not about assessment or standards or arts skills but about a broader critical piece of what we do: “I learned about helping children to become fearless about making a mistake – mistakes are okay.”

WHO ATTENDED?

  • PK-12 Arts educators
  • Higher ed instructors
  • Maine and NH arts educators
  • Dance, Music, and Visual Arts educators
  • Teaching Artists
  • Science, Media Arts, and Technology teachers
  • Pre-service teachers, new to teaching teachers, and  veteran teachers

WHAT ELSE DID THEY LEARN?

  • Students can create an ensemble at all levels that are student led.
  • Allowing students to take ownership in their concerts.
  • Starting students transposing is not impossible.
  • That engaging students in ownership of curriculum and content design can help teach competencies and keep them engaged in other curriculum goals.
  • More evidence for choice and student advocacy – yahoo!
  • Practical applications of the Studio Habits…tying them to the Guiding Principles.
  • Crating crosswalks between MLR, NCAS and HOM is a great advocacy tool.
  • To focus on speaking about the arts using academic language

IMG_2290WHAT QUESTIONS DID PARTICIPANTS HAVE AT THE END OF EACH WORKSHOP?

  • Why does it seem like great initiatives already being used by art educators are consistently overlooked by admin even when the information is shared by teachers?
  • How does this work when students use these techniques on their own artwork?
  • How do I ensure that every student has access to technology and able to access the assignments this way?
  • Can we eliminate grade levels in proficiency based education?
  • Why can’t administrators answer questions about applying competency grading to ensembles?
  • How can using Google Classroom be used in advocacy for the arts efforts?
  • What more creative ways are there to meet with classes?- I have 750+ students in my 3rd-5th school with block scheduling for math and reading – very little flexible time.

GREAT BIG THANKS TO THE WORKSHOP PRESENTERS – MALI TEACHER LEADERS, LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS plus 1!

  • IMG_2284Theresa Cerceo
  • Jake Sturtevant
  • Jan Gill
  • Danette Kerrigan
  • Sue Beaulier
  • Jen Etter
  • Rob Westerberg
  • Iva Damon
  • Elise Bothel
  • Patti Gordan
  • Holly Leighton
  • Nancy Kinkade
  • Mandi Mitchell
  • Samantha Armstrong
  • John Morris

HEARTFELT APPRECIATION TO THE MALI LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR HELP IN PLANNING

  • Catherine Ring
  • Rob Westerberg
  • Kate Smith
  • Theresa Cerceo
  • John Morris
  • Barb Vinal
  • Pamela Kinsey
  • Beth Lambert
  • Jeff Beaudry

IMG_2287If you couldn’t join us yesterday some of the workshop leaders provided their resources and they are posted online on the Maine Arts Assessment site. You can access them by CLICKING HERE.

MALI has another opportunity for Teaching Artists coming up in August – watch for the blog post that will provide details and registration information. During the 2016-17 school year there will be multiple professional development opportunities as well.

If you have any questions about MALI or any other Maine Arts Commission program please contact me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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In Today’s News

June 24, 2016

YAY for Andy!

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Andrew Forster

Andy Forster was nominated for Maine Teacher of the Year by his principal Jon Moody who said: “When I first met Andy as a colleague in 2001, it was immediately apparent to me that he is a one of a kind human being. Andy cares deeply for his students and puts in the time necessary to ensure that all of them (including those not enrolled in his classes) are touched by music and given the chance to shine at Messalonskee.”

The Maine Department of Education in partnership with Educate Maine, is pleased to announce eight teachers as semifinalists for Maine’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. They were chosen from the 2016 County Teachers of the Year, who were honored in May at a celebration held in Augusta.

The semifinalists are:

  • Aroostook: Michael McCartney, Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Limestone
    McCartney has been teaching for ten years and currently teaches English, fitness, history, and first-year seminar to grades 9-12.
  • Cumberland: Morgan Cuthbert, Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth
    Cuthbert has been an educator for 15 years and currently teaches seventh grade math and science.
  • Franklin: Selina Warren, Kingfield Elementary School, Kingfield
    Warren has been teaching for six years and teaches second grade.
  • Hancock: Rebecca Tapley, Brooklin Elementary School, Brooklin
    Tapley has been teaching for 15 years and currently teaches all subjects for grades 4-8.
  • Kennebec: Andrew Forster, Messalonskee High School, Oakland
    Forster has been teaching for 27 years and currently teaches band, music production, independent study, and jazz band.
  • Knox: Beth Heidemann, Cushing Community School, Cushing
    Heidemann has been teaching for 23 years and currently teaches Kindergarten
  • Penobscot: Cherrie MacInnes, Brewer Community School, Brewer
    MacInnes has been teaching for 26 years and currently teaches third grade.
  • Somerset: Tamara Ranger, Skowhegan Area Middle School, Skowhegan                                                               Ranger has been teaching for 16 years and currently teaches English language arts to grades 7-8.

The eight semifinalists will continue in the intensive selection process which consists of a professional portfolio review and an oral presentation, before narrowing the pool to three state finalists. The finalists will then sit for a final interview and have a school-site visit before the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year is selected.

Review panels during the selection process consist of past Teachers of the Year, school administrators, Maine DOE staff, members of professional education organizations, and the business community. The 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year will be announced at a surprise all-school assembly in October.

The Maine Teacher of the Year is a program of the Maine DOE, and is administered and managed by Educate Maine; a business-led organization whose mission is to “champion college and career readiness and to increase the education attainment of all Maine people.” The program has received longtime support from the Maine State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association. An overview of the Maine Teacher of the Year program can be found here.

Funding for the program is generously provided by Hannaford, Geiger, Bangor Savings Bank and Dead River.

Full biographical information and photos of the 16 County Teachers of Year can be found here.

For more information about the Teacher of the Year program contact Program Director Dolly Sullivan at dolly@educatemaine.org or call 631-3385.

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Andy is Moving On

June 11, 2016

Congratulations

IMG_2572I just received the great news that our music colleague Andrew Forster from Messalonskee High School in Oakland is moving along in the process for the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year. Andy is one of 8 county teachers of the year that is moving to the next step in the process. CONGRATULATIONS Andy and a BIG HIP HIP HOORAY!

The 2016 County Teachers Of the Years moving on in the 2017 State TOY process are:

  • MICHAEL McCARTNEY Aroostook County, Maine School of Science and Mathematics
  • MORGAN CUTHBERT Cumberland County, Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth
  • SELINA WARREN Franklin County, Kingfield Elementary School
  • REBECCA TAPLEY Hancock County, Brooklin Elementary School
  • ANDREW FORSTER Kennebec County, Messalonskee High School, Oakland

  • BETH HEIDEMANN Knox County, Cushing Community School
  • CHERRIE MacINNES Penobscot County, Brewer Community School
  • TAMARA RANGER Somerset County, Skowhegan Area Middle School
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Clapping Music

June 9, 2016

Interest in clapping

Lately my path has crossed with clapping music and I have become enamored with it. If you have any to share please respond in the comment section or send me the info by email please at argy.nestor@maine.gov. Especially if it is clapping music that you are making with students! Check out this one by Santi Carcasona. Gosh, does it make me smile and I hope it brings a smile to your face as well!

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