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July 25, 2016

MAC offers Teaching Artist opportunity

Read about it by CLICKING HERE.


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

If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission, or John Morris at


MALI Summer Conference – Success!

June 29, 2016



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.”


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


Tomorrow at USM

June 27, 2016

MALI Summer Conference

MALI_V3_Color_100ppiIt is not to late to attend the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Summer Conference tomorrow, Tuesday, June 28, Wishcamper, USM, Portland campus, 8:00 to 3:30. If you are interested in joining the 66b registered educators from across Maine and New Hampshire please look at the conference information by CLICKING HERE. Arrive at Wishcamper with cash or a $50.00 check issued to Maine Art Education Association. Contact hours are issued at the end of the day or CEUs are available for a $20.00 check issued to University of Southern Maine. MALI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission.

Workshop Offerings

Theresa Cerceo

Studio Habits of Mind, Planting Seeds toward Growth and Proficiency in the Arts

K-12 Visual Art

This workshop will offer give a brief overview of the work done by Lois Hetland as outlined in her book, Studio Thinking.  It will offer various strategies one can implement in the arts classroom in order to track and guide students through proficiency toward MLR standards for the Arts  and Guiding Principles.


Jake Sturtevant and Jan Gill

Student’s Choice: Engaging Students in Task Design Make the Concert Theirs

K-12 Music

Jan and Jake are mother and son, both music teachers; Jan in RSU 73 (elementary) and Jake (high school) in MSAD 6. Examples of strategies that allow students to choose, arrange, and perform songs. From a 3rd grade class choosing a name for their band and songs to perform on guitar, bass, keys, drums and vocals to a high school band of 60 students transcribing and arranging Uptown Funk, this session will include strategies for how to negotiate and empower student choice to promote positive interdependence, in a variety of ensembles and general music settings.


Danette Kerrigan

National Board Certification

K-12 All Educators

This session will focus on the benefits, process and incentives available to educators in the state of Maine interested in National Board certification. National Board Certification is the most respected professional certification available in education and provides numerous benefits to teachers, students and schools. It was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. Standards for each content area and developmental level are created by teachers, for teachers.


SECOND Session  


Susan Beaulier

Critical Thinking in the Art Room; It’s the Thought that Counts

K-12 Art

Expand your existing art lessons by incorporating critical thinking strategies that drive your students to think more deeply about their own art and that of others. We’ll discuss how to pose questions, frame class critiques, lead thoughtful discussions about the  aesthetic qualities of visual art,  incorporate writing into the studio art lesson, and provide avenues for student reflection on their art making process.

Jen Etter & Rob Westerberg

Developing Your Music Standards and Assessment Strategies

K-12 Music

This extended workshop will allow participants either on their own or in teams to look at desired curricular outcomes for their program, develop standards and indicators that are customized to their specific courses and school, and set up assessment strategies to bring authentic proficiency to life.


Iva Damon

Google Classroom

PK-12 All Educators

Who has time to orchestrate all of the current technologies of Google Drive, digital portfolios, videos, digital imagery, and getting 21 Century skills into the classroom? YOU do with Google Classroom. Make your life easier and find the Holy Grail to simple, easy to use technology that can be utilized in all classrooms.


THIRD Session


Elise Bothel

Death to the Cookie Cutter Project

K-5 Visual Art

Do you cringe when you walk by visual art displays featuring identical pieces of art done by a classroom of diverse students? Would you like to offer more choice, but are worried that the academic content will be lost in the chaos? Are you looking for a balance of creativity and content in your visual arts classroom? This workshop is designed to offer insight and solutions about how to foster creativity while still providing a rigorous and educational art curriculum. Along with group discussion, participants will have the opportunity to work on improving their own lessons through the use of backwards design, student interest, and choice.


Patti Gordan

Hatching a Songbird: Teaching and Assessing Singing Skills at the Primary Level K-4 Music

When the wee folk walk through our door how do we make sure we’re helping them develop singing skills, not just singing songs with them? This workshop will help you plan methodical, proficiency based lessons and assessments, including formative self assessments, that are easily delivered during our limited general music class time. Help your smallest singers reach their highest singing potential and develop a love of singing!


Holly Leighton & Nancy Kinkade

Next Steps Rubrics Makes Learning More Progressive

PK-12 Art and Music

How do you motivate students to move beyond a score of 3 or 4? How do we get students to look at learning as sequential as opposed to”end result” learning?  What tool can I use to make assessment more accessible to teacher and students with greater impact? Educators will leave with strategies to put students on a continuum of learning that is teacher and student friendly.


Rob Westerberg


PK-12 All Educators

This session will present strategies for continued implementation of PBL in your own classroom, and highlight the powerful corollary advocacy points that go along with each. If our advocacy efforts have been so useful for the past 20 years, why are we still so much in need of more? Come find out how our most recent PBL work has the potential to finally push arts education to the forefront of our school’s academic agenda while providing the richest, most relevant curriculum possible for our students.

FOURTH Session


Mandi Mitchell

Strategies to Deepen Student Engagement and Learning in the Arts Classroom, 7-12 VIsual Art

Are you struggling to demonstrate techniques, assess student learning, and still find time within your class to teach criticism and aesthetics? Get the most out of your class, every time that you meet.  Learn how to develop a successful, fully implemented classroom model that offers more “bang for your buck.” You will deepen student learning and motivation, increase student engagement and interest, and encourage self-regulation and reflection while integrating three simple daily steps that structure your classroom without limiting creativity. Adaptable for all levels and all arts disciplines!


Samantha Armstrong

What are the Benefits of Student Self-reflection? (What do I still need to do? What have I learned?)

K-6 Visual Art

In this workshop we will explore the benefits of student self reflection as a means of achieving greater understanding and academic success. We will look at evidence that shows the impact self assessment has on student success and a sampling of self assessment and reflection tools and methods. You will also have an opportunity to discuss and brainstorm how you see these concepts working in your classroom.


Jen Etter & Rob Westerberg

Further Developing Your Music Standards

K-12 Music

Continue to develop your work from the Second Session or join us for the first time to dive into your own work!


John Morris

Creativity: A Group Inquiry

PK-12 All Educators

This discussion group model will help participants make connections with creativity research, while promoting inquiry and dialogue about the nature of creativity, as well as the role of creativity in K-12 teaching, learning and assessment.


Data Symposium

June 26, 2016

Summer opportunity


School of Education and Human Development

School of Education and and Development

Data Symposium
Southern Maine Partnership in collaboration with Northwest Evaluation Association

Dates: August 4th and 5th, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: University Events Room – Glickman Library 314 Forest Avenue
Portland, Maine 04104

Goals and Objectives

Goal of the data symposium to improve curriculum and instruction decisions through the use of data.

Know your data, understand the value of multiple data sources:

  • Identify the connections of multiple data sources to goal setting and growth measures
  • Know thy measures – evaluate the measures used (examples below, we will pre-survey participants to understand what you use)
    •  SAT, PSAT, AP
    • Teacher’s College
    • STAR
    • AimsWeb
    • Fountas and Pinnell
    • Classroom-based
    • Curriculum-embedded
  • Develop systems thinking for multiple data sources and decisions
    • Understand the uses of universal screeners and progress monitors (SMART goals)
    • Dine to Discuss: Managing data resources for school district leaders – a critical evaluation of the purpose, application, and added value of our instruments
  • Represent data interpretation and displays of data
    • Identify and practice protocols and processes for data interpretation
  • Plan next steps
    • Plot your path for performance checking and summative performance reports
    • Leave with a plan for the next year or two of data monitoring


Thursday, August 4th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee and light breakfast snacks

Opening Plenary/Introductions

  • Establishing a common language, understanding, & purpose
  • Engaging our collective capacity
  • Understanding expectations in RTI/Understanding the role of State Assessment – Maine DOETeam (or job alike) Goal SettingBreakout Session I
    Breakout Session I (continued)

    Team (or job alike) Reflection

    Data Protocols

    Team (or job alike) Self Assess & Revisit Goals
    Evening: Dine 2 Discuss: Managing data sources/resources for school district leaders – Understanding the critical

    conversations for evaluation of the purpose, application, and added value of our instruments

    Friday, August 5th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Coffee and light breakfast snacks

    Opening Plenary
    Breakout 1
    Breakout 2
    Team (or job alike) huddles

    Processing, designing, action planning LUNCH

    GIFTS – Data Gallery/High Impact Strategies
    Plan for remote check progress checks, next steps, establish networks


Jeffrey S. Beaudry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Co-director, Southern Maine Partnership

Dr. Beaudry proudly serves the Southern Maine Partnership is a regional collaborative as co- director. With over twenty publications many on visual literacy, concept mapping, technology, and science and mathematics achievement in professional journals and program evaluation publications, Dr. Beaudry aims to explore issues relating to the visual learning, assessment literacy, formative assessment, arts and assessment, STEM, and action research. In March, 2016, Jeff’s book, Research Literacy, co-authored with Dr. Lynne Miller, was published, and will be a textbook for research methods and data analysis in education. He co-edited a book with Lenny Shedletsky, Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking with Visual Representations.

Tim Neville, Senior Consultant, Professional Development, Northwest Evaluation Association

Since joining NWEA in 2013, Tim has served partner districts as a Professional Development Consultant on NWEA’s Professional Development Team. In this role, Tim works directly with district and school administrators, teachers, and parents to deliver coaching services and job-embedded professional learning. He draws on almost thirty years in the educational world to connect the dots between assessment and instruction, and to bring assessment literacy to NWEA partner districts. Tim takes great pride in collaborating with districts to develop custom Professional Development that will meet a school or district’s specific needs. Prior to joining NWEA, Mr. Neville worked as a principal, assistant principal, educational consultant, coach, and teacher. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education from Keene State College and a master’s of arts degree in K-12 Education Administration and Supervision from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, Tim received a certificate from Harvard University’s Change Leadership Group, a research initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for meeting the changing needs of public education.
Tim Neville M.Ed.

Sr. Consultant Professional Development Cell Phone: 603-496-7091

Kellie Smith, Founder of Logos LLC, Literacy Consulting Group

Ms. Smith’s more than 10 years as a classroom teacher led to a 10 year position as a K-8 literacy coach within MSAD #51. In 2011, in response to statewide inquiry, she founded the consulting group Logos Literacy and began offering literacy coaching services specializing in reading and writing workshops to districts across the state. Logos offers one-day workshops, multiple day institutes, lab-site demonstration, and literacy coaching. Ms. Smith and her team support teachers in instructional methodology, content and the strategies requisite to ensure success for all learners. In addition to her work in Maine, Kellie was also fortunate enough to have been chosen to support the implementation of writing workshops at the Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan. Kellie has also presented at multiple conferences including NERA, ILA, and The East Asia Regional Council of Schools (“EARCOS”).
Education from the University of Southern Maine. Ms. Smith is also a former National Board Certified Teacher. Logos LLC, Literacy Consulting Group. Kellie earned her B.S. in Child Development Family Relations from the University of Maine and a M.S. in Literacy.

Registration information

Cost: $300 per participant – this includes materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the two days. * We encourage school teams to attend. The fourth person is free.

Registration link

For more information, please contact Susan Inman, Program Manager for the Professional Development Center (PDC) at USM,, phone: 207-780-5055.


MALI Summer Conference

June 18, 2016

June 28 – USM, Portland



Arts Commission’s One Day Event Offers Variety of Outstanding Workshops

Screen shot 2012-08-25 at 9.08.37 PMAUGUSTA, ME, June 16, 2016—Summer doesn’t really begin for teachers without some inspirational professional development to set the stage for vacation mind. The Maine Arts Commission’s Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) offers its one-day summer conference on Tuesday, June 28, from 9 to 5 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine. The conference, open to educators at all levels, including professors and students, offers attendees a selection of 14 different one-hour workshops to provide ideas and materials on developing standards and assessment tools–as well as on other relevant hot topics. The Commission invites you to join colleagues from throughout Maine and around New England in this day long collaborative learning environment.

Workshop topics include Studio Habits of Mind; National Board Certification; Developing Music Standards K-12; Google Classroom; Creativity, A Group Inquiry and many more.

The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, established in 2011, 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.

To register and review full workshop offerings, please go to

To learn more about MALI, the Maine Arts Commission teaching artist program and roster, and other PK-12 arts education programs go to or contact Argy Nestor at or 207-287-2713.

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state’s cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. Additional information is available at



Technology Integration Course

June 17, 2016

Starts June 27

Are you ready to take your classroom into the 21st century? Are you in awe of your colleagues who are more facile with technology than you are? Would you like to explore how Google Drive can help you organize your classroom? This course is a great way to get your recertification credits in ONE class for 4.5 CEUs- all online!
Sign up today and take your understanding of technology to the next level!

EDE 325: Technology Integration in the Classroom, K-12 is an online course running this summer from June 27 – September 4th.  Instructed by fellow educator Barb Vinal, the course will help educators best serve their students by learning how to use popular tech tools to help facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.  Exploration of technology applications (including Google apps) as well as the development of an online Personal Learning Network to include social media and bookmarking make the course relevant to individual educator needs and is designed to encourage continued learning beyond the course. Participants will develop a digital toolbox to help manage classroom lesson plans, schedules, and assessments and will enhance effective communication with students, administration and parents.

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Barb Vinal

Barb has been teaching for over 30 years, and holds a Masters in Technology from Lesley University. This is the first course Barb is instructing for the Institute, and she is looking forward to working with students as they enhance their technology skills.  Barb is currently an Instructional Technology Facilitator and Magnet School Coordinator in North Carolina, and she has presented sessions at multiple conferences on technology integration in the classroom.


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