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All-State Music Conference

April 20, 2015

Maine Music Educators Association

Screen Shot 2015-04-14 at 2.05.21 PMThere is one month until the All State Festival and In Service Conference being held at USM, Gorham campus on May 14 and 15, 2015. The Maine Music Educators invite you to join them and promise that there is something for everyone!

The following highlights are important to note

  • 5 workshops with Christi Carey Miller of Hal Leonard
  • Key note by Peter Boonshaft
  • NAfME Eastern Division President Robert Frampton
  • Exhibits Crawl
  • President’s Reception
  • Workshops about online auditions
  • Director’s Chorus

Click Here for the Registration Form!  Registration (pre-register by April 30, 2015)

Call for a hotel reservation today Best Western Merry Manor (207) 774-6151

Thank you to Sue Barre and Sam Moore- Young who are the conference co-chairs. If you have questions please email them at sbarre@aos92.org or yeomoore1954@gmail.com.  Thanks also to Kristin Thomas who is doing an AMAZING job on the festival side of things.

In addition the conference highlights include the following

  • Performances by the Navy Band Thursday night and the Director’s Chorus and Maine Rock Orchestra Friday night.
  • Maine Music Educator of the Year and Outstanding Administrator will be announced at the President’s Reception.
  • York Treble Choir and Chamber Singers performing
  • Brunswick Concert Band performing
  • Over 60 workshops including 2 workshops by Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Leadership Team member and York High School choral director Rob Westerberg about assessment – Keeping it real and painless :-)!

I hope to see you there on May 14 or 15!!

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Calling All Teacher Leaders

April 16, 2015

Regional VPA Teacher Leader Search

MAAI Logo_Color_TxtCtrJoin us for a GREAT opportunity! The Maine Arts Commission invites YOU to be part of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI), Phase 5. MAAI is looking for teachers interested in leading and in taking a close look at assessment in the arts. If you are selected to be an MAAI Teacher Leader, you will be required to attend the summer institute, August 3, 4, and 5 for professional development and ask that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other educators in your region and beyond. The MAAI community of teacher leaders has grown to 61 and we hope that you will consider applying.

Application deadline is Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

To learn more about the MAAI, please go to http://www.maineartsassessment.com/#!maai/cy91.

You can access the Teacher Leader application at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI#

Please send a completed application to Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov no later than Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Selected teacher leader responsibilities for the 2015-16 school year include

  • Communicate by wiki
  • Attend the three-day Summer Institute, August 3, 4, 5 2015, Portland
  • Present workshop to critical friends, all-day Thursday, August 20, 2015, Portland
  • Present a workshop in your region, planned by you
  • Present a workshop at the mega-regional workshop site that will be coordinated by the leadership team
  • Attend a retreat to reflect on the work of phase V with teacher leaders and the leadership team to be held winter/spring 2016
Leading the Way

Phase 3 Teacher Leaders

MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission with the following partners: Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, Maine Department of Education, University of Southern Maine, Maine Learning Technology Initiative, University of Maine Performing Arts, and New England Institute for Teacher Education.

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Background Information

OVERALL DESCRIPTION

Create an environment in Maine where quality assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts educators do to improve student achievement in the arts.

Since 2011 the initiative has been building capacity by training arts educators on the “what” and “how” of arts assessment so they can provide the leadership in Maine through professional development opportunities. The details of the initiative are at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI#.

OVERALL OBJECTIVES

Devise a statewide plan for assessment in arts education, which includes professional development opportunities, regionally and statewide, to expand on the knowledge and skills of teachers to improve teaching and learning.

  • Develop and implement standards-based assessment statewide for Visual and Performing Arts (VPA)
  • Continuation of building a team representing all regions of Maine
  • Workshops to provide ongoing learning opportunities for arts teachers

HISTORY – Phase I, II, III, IV – Summer 2011 to present

  • Sixty-one teacher leaders attended summer institutes on assessment,
    leadership, technology, creativity, standards-based and student-centered
    teaching and learning
  • Teacher leaders presented workshops at two statewide arts education conference, USM, Portland and UMaine, Orono with over 450 educators attending
  • Teacher leaders facilitated regional workshops across Maine
  • Teacher leaders facilitated workshops at 12 mega-regional sites across Maine
  • Another Arts Teacher’s Story series (60) on the Maine Arts Ed blog
  • Arts assessment graduate courses offered by New England Institute for
    Teacher Education
  • Nine arts education assessment webinars for Maine educators facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring – archived
  • Video stories of seven teacher leaders that demonstrate a standards-based arts education classroom
  • Teacher Leader Resource Team ongoing development of items for resource bank
  • Maine Arts Assessment Resources website that contains a plethora of information

Phase V components

  • August 3,4,5, 2015: Summer Institute, Portland
  • Augusta 20: Critical Friends Day
  • Regional and mega-regional workshops throughout Maine
  • Continuation of Another Teachers Stories on the Maine Arts Ed blog
  • Continuation of the Resource Bank
  • Professional development for teaching artists
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To Providence and Back Again

April 13, 2015

Presenting with MMEA President-Elect Sue Barre

I had the opportunity to go to the 54th NAfME Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference last week held in Providence, Rhode Island. Its been some time since I traveled to Providence for a conference so I was surprised to see changes in the city.

Waterville music educator and Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Teacher Leader Sue Barre invited me to co-present with her. Our workshop called Assessment in Maine – The Way Life Should Be was scheduled for two time slots. The participants were a mix of pre-service teachers, veteran music teachers, and arts administrators. We created a wiki for participants at http://easternmusic15.pbworks.com which is an open wiki with our workshop resources. Participants had good questions, many related to the type of resources that teachers are seeking.

Sue and I also sat on the Teacher Effectiveness panel with leaders from other eastern states. The session provided me an opportunity to learn where other states are in the process that all states are dealing with.

One of the workshops that I attended was called Can We Measure Creativity? A Confluence of Rubrics, Technology and Out-Of-The-Box Thinking  which was presented by music educator Kim Yannon, from the Cheshire Public Schools in Connecticut.  She shared very useful information.

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MAAI Teacher Leader and MMEA President Pam Kinsey and Greg Pattillo from PROJECT Trio

One of the conference highlights was the Thursday evening performance by PROJECT Trio from Brooklyn, NY. Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello and Peter Seymour on bass. They are a unique high energy group who travel around the world playing chamber music. You can view them in the YouTube below. There are several other YouTubes with their work that you may want to check out. We spoke to them about the possibility of them coming to Maine for the fall biennial statewide conference on October 9, 2015. If anyone would like to contribute funding to bring them to Maine please let me know.

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Early Childhood Learning Through Play

April 9, 2015

Pre-K-4 learning opportunity – Starting Friday 4pm, April 17, 2015 in Portland with instructor, Judy Fricke!

IMG_1438Are you a Pre-K – 4 teacher looking for recertification or graduate credits? Do you want some inspiring and fun strategies for incorporating the arts in early learning? EDE 526: Early Childhood Learning Through Play may be just what you are looking for!

Current research supports the understanding that children learn through play. The importance of arts-based learning is emphasized to educators of young children and participants will learn how to integrate play and each of the art forms across the curriculum. The course covers the foundations of creative thought, the creative arts, and creative teaching and assessment.

Designed for educators from pre-school through grade 4, this course will help early childhood educators to integrate children’s creativity, play, and the arts into their curriculum in a way that fosters learning and growth and meets accountability measures. Course activities will enable educators to articulate the importance of creativity and arts-based learning to families, colleagues, and administrators. The course can be taken for 3 graduate credits or for 4.5 CEUs.

4747f3_20084657f003426298b40842b18f0bdc.png_srz_p_147_138_75_22_0.50_1.20_0The instructor, Judy S. Fricke, is a workshop facilitator and arts education consultant in both early childhood music and emergent literacy. Judy has taught music in large and small preschool settings as well as parent/child class settings over the past twenty years. She is a teacher leader in the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative and she teaches graduate level courses for the New England Institute for Teacher Education.

For more information, or to register, visit the website of the New England Institute for Teacher Education or call 207-367-5807.

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Megas UMaine USM

April 6, 2015

MAAI Mega-regional workshops – last of the school year

Last Thursday and Friday the last two Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s (MAAI) Mega-regional workshops were held at UMaine, Orono and USM, Portland campus. Both were a success and the 127 teachers who participated had positive feedback. It was an opportunity designed just for visual and performing arts educators including teaching artists.

I am so proud of the Teacher Leaders and the workshops they created. MAAI believes that “teachers teaching teachers” is very powerful!

Thank you to the following Teacher Leaders listed below who provided the following workshops:

UMaine, Orono – Thursday, April 2

  • Finding the Hidden Treasure in Art with Student Self Assessment, Jennie Driscoll Brunswick High School Visual Arts
  • Efficient and Effective Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom, Frances Kellogg Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Music
  • Multiple Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Proficiency in ELA and Social Studies through Performing Arts Class!, Beth Lambert Carrabec High School Performing Arts
  • The Foolish Man Builds his House Upon the Sand: Laying a Firm Foundation for the Arts (and life) in Early Childhood, Judy Fricke Main Street Music Studios Music
  • My Choice-Based Art Class, Nurturing Proficiency through Voice, Choice and Reflective Teaching, Theresa Cerceo Dr. Levesque Elementary, Wisdom Middle/High School Visual Arts
  • Proficiency-Based Education in Visual Art, Gloria Hewett Mount View Middle School Visual Arts
  • Gold, Silver or Bronze? A Rubric fit for the Olympics!, Pam Kinsey Easton Schools Music
  • Rappin’ Differentiated Instruction and Implementing Standards Based Grading, Lisa Neal Nokomis Regional High School Performing Arts

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  • The Studio Habits of Mind: Using the “Hidden Curriculum” to Encourage Student Autonomy, Lisa Ingraham Madison Elementary School Visual Arts
  • The Recipe: Ingredients in a Proficiency-Based Curriculum, Michaela DiGianvittorio and Sarah Gould Gray-New Gloucester High School Visual Arts
  • Unpacking the Standards with your BFF (Best Foot Forward), Cynthia Keating, Village Elementary School Music and Kate Smith, Central Elementary School Music
  • The Foolish Man Builds his House Upon the Sand: Laying a Firm Foundation for the Arts (and life) in Early Childhood, Judy Fricke Main Street Music Studios Music
  • Writing What We Do: A Guide to Standards-Based Curriculum Mapping & Unit Design, Brian McPherson, Woodside Elementary School Visual Arts and Jake Sturtevant, Bonny Eagle High School Music
  • Using Digital Process Folios as a Journaling Approach to Self Assessment, Melanie Crowe Marshwood Middle School Visual Arts
  • Hatching A Songbird: Teaching and Assessing Singing Skills at the Primary Level, Patti Gordan Raymond Elementary School Music
  • Moving Towards Your Goals: Using Technology for Self-Assessment in a Performing Arts Classroom, Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance
  • Dancing With the Standards: How to Incorporate Standards-Based Dance and Movement Activities in Classroom Learning and Assessment, John Morris Dance
  • The How and Why of Digital Portfolios, Jeff Orth Richmond Middle/High School Visual Arts

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IMG_2217Thanks also to MAAI Teacher Leaders Janie Snider, Jenni Null, and Shari Tarleton.

Artist showcases took place at each Mega with Teaching Artists John Morris and Stevie McGary provided information on their role and some movement as well.

In the afternoon sessions Proficiency-Based Education and Teacher Effectiveness were the discussion topics. Teachers shared what is happening in their schools, had a chance to ask each other questions and learn from what others are doing. Thanks to the following Teacher Leaders who facilitated the discussion:

UMO – Gloria Hewett and Jen Nash

USM – Jake Sturtevant and Amy Cousins (and several others assisted)

Both Megas were successful due to the work of Leadership Team members:

UMO – Catherine Ring

USM – Rob Westerberg and Jeff Beaudry

A special THANK YOU to Laura Artesani who arranged for the space on the UMaine Orono campus. And to Jeff Beaudry who arranged for the space on the USM, Portland campus!

At the end of the day at USM I said to all the participants how proud I was of the work all visual and performing arts teachers do. I know that the jobs you do can be challenging. At the end of the day at UMaine Orono Catherine asked folks how they were feeling and these are some of the words expressed by the group: inspiring – exhausted but happy – encouraged – enthusiastic – can’t wait to try things back in my classroom – my head is full – overwhelmed but supported – not alone anymore – great resources.  Catherine’s word: proud.

If you didn’t attend any of the four Mega-regional workshops provided this school year by MAAI and are looking for resources I suggest that you go to http://www.maineartsassessment.com/.

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NAEA Convention

April 3, 2015

A trip to New Orleans and back

IMG_2199The National Art Education Convention was held last week in New Orleans. What a great place to have a conference with 4,500 art teachers from across the country! The workshops and keynotes were thought provoking, the educators freely shared ideas, the food was outstanding, and the city filled with fun and opportunities to take in the arts and culture. There were three workshops presented by 5 Maine arts educators. The most amazing part to me is (always) the openness of teachers. “Where are you from? and What grade(s) do you teach?” are probably the most frequently asked questions – on the elevator, escalator, walking to and from sessions, in sessions, at meals and on and on.

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IMG_2075 Tim Gunn, educator and designer presented one of the Super Sessions and shared his wisdom and kindness. He provided multiple examples of how he teaches and mentors. He was on the faculty at Parsons The New School Design from 1982 to 2007 and was chair of the fashion design at the school, August 2000 to March 2007. He is well known for the reality show, Project Runway.

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 8.44.02 PMEarlier this week The Art of Education posted Tim’s 8 Lessons Art Educators Can Learn From Tim Gunn, post written by Jessica Balsley http://www.theartofed.com/2015/03/27/make-it-work-10-lessons-art-educators-can-learn-from-tim-gunn/. Number 7) TEACH  – This is Tim’s coined acronym for success in teaching. It stands for Truthtelling, Empathy, Asking, Cheerleading and Hoping for the Best. I suggest that you check out the post for the other seven. It was great to see Jessica and the other Art of Ed folks at the convention as well!

IMG_2100In addition to attending the convention sessions, the location offers so many learning opportunities. One highlight for New Orleans was a walking tour that took us to the architectural highlights of The French Quarter. On many of the ornate building fronts there is a fancy pointy piece that juts out just below the balcony’s floor so those who have celebrated a bit too much during Mardi Gras can’t climb over the rail and into the homes. The tour ended at the oldest cemetery (of three) with above ground graves due to the water level. The stories were fascinating.

IMG_2105The highlight for food, that’s a tough decision! So many good foods including Beignets which are French donuts from Cafe Du Monde, Muffuletta’s from Central Grocery, giant Italian sandwich, Mother’s Restaurant that serves soul food. Oh and the oysters and Po’boys were yummy as well! My first time having grilled oysters!

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Beignets

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Grilled oysters

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Raw oysters

The highlight for people to see: Olivia Gude, on the team who wrote the National Core Arts Standards, Lois Hetland, one of the writers of Studio Habits of Mind, and Cassie Stephens, blogger and elementary art teacher from Tennessee.

The weather was pleasant with temperatures in the 60’s. We ate outside and heard wonderful music several times. Getting up early and walking along the water as the sun rose was delightful.

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Half a muffuletta

Half a muffuletta

I am always proud when I attend national conferences – proud to be an arts educator! And, fortunate to have the opportunity to attend. There were about a dozen art teachers there from Maine. If you’ve never, I hope that you will consider, attending a national conference in the future.

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Cassie Stephens, blogger, art educator from Tennessee

Cassie Stephens, blogger, art educator from Tennessee

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MAAI Megas

March 30, 2015

April 2 and 3

At the end of this week over 100 visual and performing arts teachers will gather in two locations. UMaine, Orono on April 2 and USM, Portland on April 3. They will be attending the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s Mega-regional workshops.

Why would so many teachers choose to spend all day out of the classroom and not teaching you might ask?! The answer varies, but over and over I hear how isolating teaching can be and especially for a visual or performing art teacher who is the only one in their building and sometimes the only one providing arts education in a PK-12 school system. Not only will you have the chance to attend meaningful workshops in your discipline and discuss proficiency-based education and teacher effectiveness with your peers but you will have multiple networking opportunities. Everyone teachers, everyone learns!

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Teacher Leaders Amy Cousins and Gloria Hewett will lead the afternoon session at the Megas on proficiency-based education and teacher effectiveness

If you missed the online registration you may still attend by arriving at 8:15 at the Collins Center for the Arts on the UMaine campus in Orono (Thursday) or at Talbot Hall on the USM, Portland campus (Friday). Please select the workshops you’d like to attend before you arrive at the Mega-regional by going to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-2014-2015#. All the info, including the schedule is posted. These are the last two Megas scheduled for this school year.

To access the Maine Arts Assessment Resources please go to http://www.maineartsassessment.com/

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 8.24.57 AMIf you are considering becoming a Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Teacher Leader during phase 5 you will have a chance to speak to one of the 61 teacher leaders to learn more about the role and responsibility. The application will be available in the next two weeks so please watch for it here in the Maine Arts Education blog.

MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission. To learn more about the MACs education programs please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Arts-in-Education

Leading the Way

MAAI Teacher Leaders, Statewide Arts Ed conference, Leading the Way, Fall 2013

 

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