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Visual Arts PD Opp

February 21, 2015

Professional development opportunity for visual art educators 

An invitation from Catherine Ring, Ex. Director, New England Institute for Teacher Education

I’d like to personally let you know of a special opportunity coming up right in Augusta, starting MARCH 14 — a 3 credit course on Visual Art Assessment, K-12.  The course will meet for two weekend sessions, March 14 and May 9.

You might wonder, how can I add this to my already full plate?  Is Assessment really necessary, or even possible, in an art room when I see so many students?  It really doesn’t matter where you are on the Assessment bandwagon — both experienced and teachers new to assessment in visual art classrooms have taken this course. There’s always more to learn, and this course gives you the time to talk and learn and try things out — imagine that!

You’ll be surprised at how much art teachers learn from each other – and that’s just what we do! We share resources that arts educators have created or discovered through the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, ask hard questions, problem-solve, try some things out in our classrooms, and figure out what we CAN do in our very busy schedules to help improve teaching, learning and assessment.  The course meets for two weekends only – Friday night (4-8pm) and Saturday (8-4pm) with weekly contact with the instructor, in between.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 4.33.54 PMWe’re especially delighted to announce that Lisa Ingraham will be teaching the course for the New England Institute this spring. Lisa has taught Visual Art for ten years and has been a Teacher Leader in the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative since 2013.  She has a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration from Western Connecticut State University and a MS in Education from Thomas College. Lisa has collaborated with other visual and performing arts teachers from around the state of Maine in reflecting on assessment and designing professional development presentations for regional workshops. Lisa is currently the Secretary and Advocacy Co-chair for the Maine Art Education Association, and is working toward her endorsement in Gifted and Talented Education.

So come join us and find out what’s happening in Maine with assessment in visual art, and with meeting proficiency in the art room. You will be excited to know that arts educators are leading the way and other educators are following suit.  Here are the details:

EDPO 536: Refining Assessment in the Visual Art Classroom, K-12

Augusta, Maine (Viles Arboretum)

Session 1:  Saturday (8-4pm), March 14

Session 2:  Saturday (8-4pm) May 9

This course meets for both sessions

You can choose to take this as a graduate course through our partnership with Endicott College, or for recertification credits for 4.5 CEUs. We can bill your school directly with a purchase order, or are happy to make payment arrangements.

To register, please visit the New England Institute website at www.newenglandinstitute.org. If you have any questions at all, pick up the phone and call me any time, or email me.

Thank you! We hope to hear from you!

Catherine Ring

Executive Director

New England Institute for Teacher Education

PO Box 460

Stonington, Maine 04681

207-367-5807

newenglandinstitute@gmail.com

 

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Haystack in the Summer

February 20, 2015

Two week scholarship available

The Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship for Haystack 2015

Application Deadline: Friday, March 6th

Submit your application directly to: Heidi O’Donnell  –  heidiaemaine@gmail.com
The Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship, a great opportunity for summer professional development. This fellowship is for an active MAEA Maine art educator to spend two weeks participating in a Haystack summer workshop.
photo_spreadThe Quimby Family Foundation has awarded Haystack a grant of $35,000 to endow a fellowship for an active MAEA Maine art teacher. Haystack has had a long relationship with Maine art teachers — the Maine Art Education Association held one of its first annual fall conferences at Haystack in 1968 — and many art teachers have studied at the school during summer sessions. Haystack has received grant support in the past from both the Surdna Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission to award fellowships.

The time spent here is important to art educators both for their teaching and art-making. Bronwyn Sale, a former art teacher from Portland, wrote this when she received a similar fellowship a few year’s ago, “As an art teacher, I believe that the best ‘staff development’ is to be among fellow working artists and to practice my own art. Attending Haystack gave me the space and environment to do so. In addition to the personal artistic growth that occurred during my workshop, as a teacher the experience was invaluable. I was able to assume the role of student again in a workshop taught by an artist who is also a master teacher…. I gained a whole new perspective on teaching and was exposed to ideas and assignments that I can now share with my students…” This new fellowship will create a permanent fellowship for an active MAEA Maine teacher to attend a two-week session.
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To Apply:

Go to the Haystack website http://www.haystack-mtn.org/ for all information about sessions and workshops. Note: This scholarship is for a dorm room. If you would like more expensive accommodations, you would be required to pay the difference.

Download and print the application form and fill it out completely. Email your completed application directly to the president with your answers to the following two questions:

1.Why would attending a summer session at Haystack be important to your teaching and how would you benefit from the opportunity?

2.How have you advocated for Art Education locally in your district and/or how have you volunteered to assist Maine Art Education Association?

If selected as the scholarship recipient, you would be responsible for writing a reflection, including photographs, of your fellowship experience for our newsletter and website.

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“Stuff” Happens

February 10, 2015

What’s happening

photoSometimes “stuff” happens that I didn’t see coming which cause me to pause. Yesterday that happened when I noticed a man standing on the roof outside of my office window. I wondered about the angle of the roof and his safety. I thought about how much snow had accumulated on the small angled roof as he shoveled while snow continued to land on his head and shoulders. As he went about his work, my work was stopped. I couldn’t help but smile at the snow and also think ahead to the next season(s).

Also, yesterday I was forced to pause and reflect on some of the highlights of the research that the Maine Arts Commission has underway. As many of you know during the last several months the Maine Arts Commission has been surveying Maine citizen groups to create a Maine Arts and Culture plan. One of our surveys was just for visual and performing arts teachers and 284, representing PreK-12 evenly, completed it – THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

This is one of those times that I am pausing to consider the feedback from arts educators who took the time to complete the survey to help determine the direction of Maine Arts Education. I thing the following pieces of information learning from the survey might be of interest.

  • The majority have taught for more than 10 years with 72 teaching 10 years or less
  • Almost everyone has heard of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative and over 100 have utilized the resources that MAAI provides
  • Almost 150 have participated in professional development opportunities that MAAI has provided
  • On a scale of 1-7, 117 said that they are somewhat to highly prepared to teach in the proficiency-based education system

The following are quotes from two participant answering the question: How has what you’ve learned from MAAI affected their teaching and/or assessment practices?

It’s made me narrow better what I’m teaching and want my students to learn. I’ve been more collaborative with other teaching professionals. It has also reminded me what my personal professional beliefs are valid in holding students to higher standards and working them towards that common goal.

These experiences have made my teaching even more student -centered, which is a direction all Maine schools should be headed.

As you consider participating in the MAAI please know that we have Mega-regional workshops being offered throughout the state during the next three months. Details, descriptions, and registration can be found by clicking here https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-2014-2015.

tableAt the end of the day, as the light was dimming and I was leaving the office, I pulled out my ipad and took photos of the picnic table near the back door of the Maine Arts Commission. As my colleague said earlier in the day, it looks like a dessert. The State House loomed up in the background and I was reminded of the importance of stopping to reflect about how fortunate I am, even on challenging days!

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Certification

February 3, 2015

Opportunities for contact hours

Last week the paperwork arrived from the Maine Department of Education Certification office informing me that it is time to resubmit paperwork and a check to continue my certification for another five years. I was a bit nervous since I am not in a school district with a certification committee to help guide me if I have any questions. I read through the paperwork three times just to be sure I understood all that I had to do.

I dragged out my portfolio where I file my proof of contact hours and CEUs looking for the magic “90” hours. I stacked them in order and copied them highlighting the hours so it would be easy to get a total. I was surprised to learn that I had over 200 contact hours.

Periodically I receive desperate emails from teachers asking if I know of any professional development opportunities since they’ve received the same envelope that I did and that they don’t have enough hours. Quite frankly, I am not sure how, in this day and age, someone can not have enough!

For example, the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is offering five professional development opportunities during this school year throughout Maine.

MAAI Logo_Color_TxtRtMAAI MEGA-REGIONAL WORKSHOPS
Details and registration information is available at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-2014-2015#. Each site has different offerings and you can attend one or more.

The cost is $25 and 5.5 contact hours are offered.

I made that last part nice and large so you can see the contact hour offering quite clearly.

Locations and Dates

Schedule for each Mega-regional

  • 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Session and Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 – 10:20 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session I
  • 10:20 – 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 – 11:40 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session II
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. Session III Large group by Arts Discipline on Proficiency-Based Education and Teacher Effectiveness
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Session

Maai group 2PM Session

The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?

The afternoon session will be focused around group discussions utilizing key questions on how proficiency (and teacher effectiveness) is being implemented across the state of Maine in our own arts classrooms. Participants will leave with concrete ideas and/or plans to facilitate their own actions. These may lead to breakout sessions to deeper discussions and common concerns. This session will be separated between visual and performing arts teachers.

I hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities to learn from and with your colleagues. Maine has a wonderful network of visual and performing arts teachers who are willing to collaborate and share information. We are so fortunate! Please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov if you have any questions.

 

 

 

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R.S.V.P. ME

January 30, 2015

Great opportunity to connect

The MAEA’s new online group – R.S.V.P. ME – is scheduled to meet for the first time on Tuesday, February 3rd at 3:00pm.

This will be an online meeting via Zoom video conferencing. You will need to download a Zoom.us application, which will happen automatically when you to respond to an email invitation to join.

This date/time was chosen based on recent survey feedback. The meeting will be open from 3:00 to 5:00pm. You can join the meeting in progress within that time frame.

The agenda for the first meeting will be extremely flexible. This is your group and will be designed by participants as we go along to meet your needs and those of your students. However, please be prepared for introductions and to share a success story or art program hack, and a challenge or burning question.

To receive an invitation to join the meeting, please email R.S.V.P. ME facilitator Lisa Ingraham at lisa.ingraham@msad59.org with your name and email information. Please type R.S.V.P. ME 2.3.15 in the subject line.

You do not have to be a member of the MAEA to join this meeting, but if you are a member and would like to receive contact hours for participation include your full name in your email as you would like it to appear on your certificate.

I am looking forward to connecting with my art education colleagues from around the state!

Lisa Ingraham
Visual Arts Teacher, MSEd
Madison Elementary School
Secretary, Maine Art Education Association
lisa.ingraham@msad59.org

 

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Art Educators: Study in America’s Museums this Summer

January 26, 2015

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Integrated Teaching

January 24, 2015

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