Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

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Teachers’ Night Out

October 20, 2019

Portland Stage

Annually Portland Stage offer a Teachers’ Night Out. The evening begins with a reception in our Theater for Kids space where you will have the opportunity to learn more about our education programming, followed by a complimentary performance for you & a guest to one of our Mainstage productions.

This year the event will take place on Saturday, November 2nd. The reception will begin at 7pm for an 8pm performance. If you would like to attend, email with your name, the name of your guest (if applicable), your school, and the grade(s) and subject(s) you teach. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Professional Development

Portland Stage Professional Development offerings include:
1. Theater and Literacy: using theatrical tools to enhance connections to the written word, encourage character/story recall, inspire active storytelling, and engage further with text.
2. Collaboration and Team-Building

If you have other ideas of ways that our team could connect with you through Professional Development, email us and we would love to brainstorm with you!

In-School Programs

At Portland Stage, we have developed a series of Education Programs for Elementary, Middle, and High School levels that connect to and reinforce State & National Standards. Our In-School programming focuses on building and enhancing literacy, cultural awareness, collaborative play, and creative thinking through a multidimensional approach to learning. All programs are accompanied by a comprehensive resource guide to enhance and support student/teacher engagement. To learn about our programs, click here.

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Maine Thespian Festival

October 16, 2019

October 25, Orono

The Maine Thespian Festival, formerly known as the Maine Educational Theatre Conference, will be held on Friday, October 25 at UMaine Orono campus. The festival is hosted by the University of Maine, Department of Theatre, Orono. It is designed for teachers and students and there are plenty of opportunities taking place throughout the day.

The featured speaker will be Dawn McAndrews, Artistic Director from the Theater at Monmouth, speaking on Making Connections. The featured performance will be selections from “Die Geborgenheit” by Emily Eberhart, class of 2017, a student-written selection from the Maine Young Playwrights’ Festival.

Conference schedule

Conference registration

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Fostering and Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom

October 14, 2019

Needed more now than ever

This is a video called Raising Creativity and includes clips from many individuals who value creativity in education. It’s a long video put created by an art teacher who has looked closely at her role as an educator and researched the idea extensively. It’s a wonderful documentary that I hope you’ll find useful in your work as an educator, parent, and/or community member.

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Storytelling Workshop

October 4, 2019

Sweet Tree Arts

A storytelling workshop, “Gargantuan Turquoise Stomping Boots – How to make up fractured fairy tales” with professional Story Teller Willy Claflin will be held on Saturday, 19 October, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Sweet Tree Arts in Hope. This workshop is for teachers, tellers, and the curious adults.

The “Gargantuan Turquoise Stomping Boots—How to make up fractured fairy tales” workshop teaches an easy method for making up your own original fractured fairy tales. Parodies are fun to make up, and usually a big hit with audiences. We’ll start by making up a couple of stories as a group, and move on to creating our own original tales. (co-taught by storyteller Maynard Moose). Participants are guaranteed to come away with at least one new, original story to tell!

“Over many years of teaching, I’ve found this to be the best way to get “reluctant writers” enthusiastic about creating new stories. It’s also a way for people to get over the idea that they are somehow “not funny.” The stories created using this exercise almost always succeed, because the underlying structure of the tale is so satisfying. Even serious stories can be written by following the pattern on a well-known tale.”

The assistance of Maynard Moose provides a chance to briefly explore what it’s like to create an alternate persona, or tell a story from a different point of view.

Cost: $50
All are welcome! WORKSHOP REGISTRATION.

 

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Maine Music Survey

September 24, 2019

Supporting the work of Maine music educators

Dorie Tripp, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative summer institute, August 2017

A message from Dorie Tripp – music educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader:

I am a PK-5 General Music Teacher for Maranacook Area Schools. A group of elementary Maine music educators, including myself, have been working on a project (initially facilitated by the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative – MALI). We are active Maine music teachers, from several Maine counties, who share a common interest in supporting our colleagues within our profession. Our goal is to collect information from other PK-5 General Music Teachers about what they do and what they need.
I am contacting you because we would love it if your could share our Professional Development Survey with your blog membership. If are a PK-5 General Music Teacher please complete this professional development survey (and share with other others who teach music at this level). In doing so, it will help us learn what our music teachers need/want for professional development and support. We’d greatly appreciate you completing the survey at this link

Elementary Music for ME Survey

And thank you for your time! If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact Dorie Tripp at dorie_tripp@maranacook.com.
Elementary Music for Maine is a group of general music teachers, who are committed to furthering music education, and supporting our music colleagues. We hope that you will take just a few short minutes to fill out the survey, so we can learn more about what types of professional development you want/need.
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Music Conference

September 23, 2019

Maine Music Educators Association

Denise Gagne

Sing, Dance and Play!!! Friday K-5

Super Fun Songs, Games & Activities Saturday PreK-Gr. 2

Friday & Saturday, September 27 & 28, 2019

 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Friday at Le Club Calumet – Augusta, ME

334 West River Road, Augusta, Maine

Saturday at Manchester Elementary School – Manchester, ME

17 School Street, Manchester, ME

1.5 CEUs from the University of Maine Orono (must attend both days)

$12. charge – info at workshop-Note: 1.5 CEUs = 1 Recert. Credit

Or receive a certificate for Contact Hours

For more information please contact Nancy Cash-Cobb at ncash-cobb@rsu14.org.

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Express-a-Book

July 2, 2019

Not your traditional book club

Express-a-Book uses the Arts, to create a learner centered, collaborative environment to share ideas. Participants experience the Arts and the format highlights the accessibility and power of the creative process. When we bring people together in a collaborative and creative environment we see learners, of all ages, engage at a high level. The Express-a-Book process supports this notion.

In 2017 Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Design Team members Falmouth High School music teacher Jake Sturtevant and Sweetland School founder and director Lindsay Pinchbeck and Argy Nestor who was the Director of Arts Education at the time created Express-a-Book – an innovative and creative approach to a traditional book club.

They presented the idea, after creating a protocol and experiencing it themselves, to members of MALI. Other teacher leaders stepped up, formed groups and experienced the process themselves. The results were amazing!

“It was wonderful to have the opportunity and excuse to jump in the sandbox and find ways to play with, highlight, reflect, and communicate my learning in a unique way.”

~Jake Sturtevant

HISTORY
Lindsay, Jake, and Argy planned and tried the process and presented it to the MALI participants. Lindsay wanted to read about creativity in teaching and learning so she read the article A call to action: The challenges of creative teaching and learning by R. Keith Sawyer.
Jake was curious about the power of boredom. He listened to In defense of boredom on WNYC, Radio, Manoush Zomorodi’s Podcast Note to Self, and read the book Bored and Brilliant. Argy wanted to focus on leadership so she listened to Simon Sinek’s TED Talk called How Great Leaders Inspire Action.

Once they completed their review they responded by creating artworks. Lindsay made a painting and wrote a poem, Jake created a remix mp3, and Argy made a black and white illustration. They shared and responded to each image/sounds by giving feedback and asking questions. This provided the opportunity to learn about each of their topics in a collaborative environment.

What has been learned by using Express-a-Book?

  • Share ideas and resources through an active process
  • Use the arts to make information accessible and engaging for learners
  • Learn together as a community
  • Allow for individuals who do not often engage in art making processes to experience the potential of the arts to enhance learning 
  • Offer a low cost, simple, scalable and refreshing approach to a ‘book club’ 
  • The process has practical applications for a variety of classrooms and settings. Express-a-Book can be applied across disciplines or in professional learning communities, it can take place face to face or electronically, within or across schools, districts, across a region/state/country/ or even the world.
  • Individuals must be willing to stretch and be vulnerable
  • Example of teachers teaching teachers

If you’re interested in seeing the protocol please email Argy at meartsed@gmail.com.

Express-a-Book has been used successfully at conferences and gatherings in Maine and beyond in a variety of ways. The format has been shared in workshops, videos, short articles and highlighted in Teaching Strategies That Create Assessment-Literate Learners by Jeffrey Beaudry and Anita Stewart McCafferty.

 

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