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Biennial Statewide Conference

July 3, 2015

Don’t miss it!

MAAI Logo_Color_TxtCtr3LArts Education: The Measure of Success Biennial Statewide Conference is being presented by the Maine Arts Commission’s Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. Now in phase 5, the MAAI has 74 Teacher Leaders who have provided over 100 workshops to almost 1500 educators. We are proud to continually offer high quality professional development opportunities and The Measure of Success proves to continue this tradition.

The one-day conference will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015 at Point Lookout Conference Center in Northport, Maine from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference offers a rich choice of workshops facilitated by some of Maine’s finest educators and artists. Information and registration available at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Biennial-Statewide.

Maine Arts Education: The Measure of Success conference participants will:

  • Participate in a dynamic format of 5 x 5 presentations (9 topics, 5 minutes, 5 images).
  • Attend arts education workshops that are facilitated by colleagues.
  • Explore assessment methods and strategies designed to expand teaching and learning the proficiency-based education environment.
  • Build connections among the arts disciplines: dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual art.
  • Provide networking opportunities.
  • Learn more about creativity, literacy, authentic assessment, technology, and much more!

Educators, teaching artists and PK-higher education visual and performing arts teachers are encouraged to attend. The event promises to provide participants with a plethora of insights and choices for teaching in the proficiency-based education environment.

 

 

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Teaching Artist Opportunity

July 1, 2015

Novice and Experienced Teaching Artists invited

Monday, August 3, Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland, 8:30 – 4:00

The Maine Arts Commission invites you to a day of networking and professional development with PK-12 Visual and Performing Arts teachers.

MAAI Logo_Color_TxtCtrThe day includes workshops designed specifically for Teaching Artists plus opportunities to engage with more than 50 teachers from Maine and NH about arts education; teaching, learning, standards, assessment, advocacy, and other pertinent topics.

You may choose to participate with the teachers as they continue their professional development work on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4 and 5. However, Monday is designed especially for YOU, the Teaching Artist.

The day includes lunch and is FREE but you MUST APPLY by July 15. The application is located at THIS LINK.

Participants will:

  • Network with PK-12 Arts Educators and other Teaching Artists
  • Exhibit your Teaching Artist materials and skills
  • Participate in workshops designed specifically to help you succeed as a Teaching Artist
  • Gain insights and new knowledge about working in public schools
  • Identify as part of a professional Teaching Artist field
  • Learn more about the Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist roster

Presented by Maine Arts Assessment Institute (MAAI) of the Maine Arts Commission. To learn more about the MAAI 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.

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Teacher Leader Quotes

June 28, 2015

Great opportunities

100_3195We often hear what participants have to say about the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) but we don’t share those comments quite enough. Below are some that really speak to me and hopefully they will you, as well!

You will have the opportunity to attend the Statewide Biennial Arts Education Conference: The Measure of Success, Friday, October 9, Point Lookout. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative is proud to continually offer high quality professional development opportunities and The Measure of Success proves to continue this tradition. For more information and to register (during the early bird registration) please click here.

  • “(The Institute) affirmed what I already do and encouraged me to look for more ways to improve my practice”
  • “(I’m interested in) how to implement standards-based assessment in a school system that still uses a traditional grading system”
  • “I’ve changed my rubrics to better reflect what I’ve learned from the workshop and also to reflect what I’m learning about proficiency-based education”
  • “I’m using student input more now to create rubrics and (exemplars) as a basis for creating criteria for student work”
  • “I’m more aware of work other teachers are doing in this area”
  • “It totally changed my assessment practices”
  • “I’m learning with a renewed sense of purpose and a feeling that we WILL make a difference in re-inventing education.”
  • “I have shown video clips to students, I have started my own blog and become a lover of Twitter.  I have learned more about technology and the arts this year than I ever have in my life.”
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NH Fall Conference

June 26, 2015

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Arts Education: The Measure of Success

June 17, 2015

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Arts Education: The Measure of Success Biennial Statewide Conference is being presented by the Maine Arts Commission’s Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. Now in phase 5, the MAAI has 74 Teacher Leaders who have provided over 100 workshops to almost 1500 educators. We are proud to continually offer high quality professional development opportunities and The Measure of Success proves to continue this tradition.

To LEARN about the CONFERENCE and to REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE. (http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Biennial-Statewide)

MAAI Teacher Leaders, Biennial Statewide Conference, Leading the Way, UMaine Orono, October 2013

MAAI Teacher Leaders, Biennial Statewide Conference, Leading the Way, UMaine Orono, October 2013

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Just Around the Corner!

June 9, 2015

MAAI in motion

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The best way I can describe MAAI is ALWAYS IN MOTION. Asking questions, learning from the research, listening to the MAAI Teacher Leaders, collecting feedback from participants. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative is always moving – making the most of what each Teacher Leader has to offer. And, as we enter Phase 5 we are planning for the summer institute where 55+ arts educators will come together at USM to build on their knowledge. One Teacher Leader said to me in an email yesterday: “I really enjoy being part of this outstanding, caring and hard working group!!!! I like to hear what other like-minded people are thinking.”

In addition to the summer institute that we are planning for MAAI Teacher Leaders the Leadership Team is also in motion planning a great learning opportunity for all visual and performing arts educators. Just around the corner is the biennial statewide arts education conference Maine Arts Education: The Measure of Success. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 9, Point Lookout Conference Center, Northport. The format is going to be a bit different with a Pecha Kucha adapted format in the AM. We’re calling it 5 X 5. We’ve selected 9 topics (that we’ve gotten the most feedback on) and excellent workshop presenters to provide you with engaging, informative, challenging learning opportunities! Tons of quality resources will be provided. This is only part of the day – this is a great opportunity for you to network with colleagues from all over the state. Space will be limited so watch for more information.

Mark your calendars now AND request release time from your administrators. Registration will be available very SOOOOOON so you’ll want to be ready (before the end of the school year)!

If you have any questions, please send an email to me argy.nestor@maine.gov. REMEMBER: This opportunity only comes around once every two years (that is why it is called BIENNIAL)!

 

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Congrats MMEA!

May 19, 2015

All-State Conference

Virgil Bozeman, (Richmond Middle/High School), Rob Westerberg (York High School), Allysa Anderson (Camden-Rockport Middle School)

Virgil Bozeman, MAAI Teacher Leader Phase 5 (Richmond Middle/High School), Rob Westerberg, MAAI Leadership Team (York High School), Allysa Anderson MAAI Teacher Leader Phase 1,2,5 (Camden-Rockport Middle School)

Last Friday I had the chance to catch up with many Maine music educators at the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference at USM Gorham. It was a beautiful day on the campus and I was so thrilled to see old friends and meet music educators that I didn’t know before attending. I bumped into several Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Teacher Leaders, some presenting. I know that there were many other music teachers attending that I didn’t see. (I wish I could be there for all three days!) Along with conversations with teachers I also had a chance to pop into the rehearsal sessions of the Band in Warren Hill Gym, the Mixed Choir in the First Parish Church (across from campus), the Treble Choir in the Recital Hall, Corthell Hall, and the Orchestra in Corthell Hall. For those of  you who couldn’t be there I took a couple of videos of the student rehearsals. (embedded below)

What did I learn?

  • The number of participants overall attending the conference was up – and several new MMEA members
  • Treble Choir was a new addition this year and is very successful
  • Students are amazing; kind and well prepared AND wonderful to listen to
  • Conference and student schedules well organized and providing opportunities to meet the needs of both groups
  • Teachers are experiencing similar challenges at their schools and welcome the opportunity to come together with their colleagues from across the state to learn from each other
  • The planners of the conference and All-State festival are fully committed to creating a successful event
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Mixed Choir rehearsing

I noticed that there were more younger teachers and with that goes lots of energy and eagerness to learn! Some teachers said that they were not on the Maine Arts Education list-serv which means they are not part of the statewide community that is connected by the list-serv. Please be sure and send me your email and let your colleagues know about the list-serv so they can be part of the visual and performing arts community. By being a member you receive Tuesday morning Arts Ed Updates.

A note from MMEA President-Elect, Sue Barre, confirmed what I guessed from being in rehearsals on Friday: “We had a wonderful day of music making yesterday, all four ensembles were top notch!”

Thank you to those who took advantage of the learning opportunity that MMEA affords at the annual conference. And more importantly CONGRATULATIONS and a HUGE THANK YOU to the conference and All-State planners. I know it is no small task! Your lights are shining brightly!

Mixed Choir rehearsing, First Parish Church

Mixed Choir rehearsing, First Parish Church

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Shoulder massages during a break from Mixed Choir rehearsal

The Mixed Choir singing Hallelujah by Beethoven.

The Band performing a segment of the Olympic Fanfare by John Williams.

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