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Summer MALI Institute – Day 1

August 11, 2016

Arts Teachers and Teaching Artists come together

IMG_3160Yesterday was the first day of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Summer Institute. Over 50 educators including PK-12 arts teachers and teaching artists participated in the professional development opportunity. Theater artist Jeri Pitcher started the institute with warm up and ice breaker techniques, Maine Arts Commission Executive Director welcomed participants, and Jeff Beaudry provided an overview on assessment.

IMG_3123Quickly following participants jumped into the their respective strands. The topic for the new MALI teacher leaders and teaching artists (including teaching artists leaders) was proficiency and assessment literacy while returning teacher leaders reflected and shared on their past years work.

The three days are designed to meet the particular needs of the groups so what proceeded was the chance to go deeper on these topics with creativity at the heart of the teaching artists conversation. Maine Arts Commission Senior Grants Manager Kathy Shaw provided information on the funding available from the Commission. The other two groups began work considering a topic to research that will impact their teaching and student learning.

IMG_3146Participants shared lunch with their like content areas before an afternoon of advocacy, messaging, and conversations about what the benefits of teaching artists in PK-12 schools. Ideas and lists were generated, questions asked and answered.

In between the group work participants have been asked to write a statement on why they teach and to reflect on their day to day work as leaders. The MALI summer institute continues for two more days. Participants will continue their work around the topics in arts education that are most important to them and their students.

To learn more about MALI CLICK HERE.

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MALI Summer Conference – Success!

June 29, 2016

Opportunity!

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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.”

WHO ATTENDED?

  • 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

WHAT ELSE DID THEY LEARN?

  • 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

IMG_2290WHAT QUESTIONS DID PARTICIPANTS HAVE AT THE END OF EACH WORKSHOP?

  • 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.

GREAT BIG THANKS TO THE WORKSHOP PRESENTERS – MALI TEACHER LEADERS, LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS plus 1!

  • 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

HEARTFELT APPRECIATION TO THE MALI LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR HELP IN PLANNING

  • 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 argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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The Floating Piers

June 20, 2016

Christo’s work in Pilzone, Italy

Artist Christo’s latest project is a walkway stretching nearly two miles that connects two small islands in Lake Iseo, in Italy’s Lombardy region, to each other and to the mainland. The artwork is in place for 16 days and again he uses yellow-orange nylon. This time it changes according to the time of day and the weather. Read about it by CLICKING HERE.

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Phase VI MALI Leaders Announced

June 8, 2016

Teacher Leaders with a twist

screen-shot-2012-05-14-at-9-26-16-pmAlmost exactly one year ago the teacher leaders were announced for Phase V of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative.  I am excited to share with you that the Phase VI Teacher leaders have been selected for the initiative. In addition, Teaching Artists Leaders have been selected.

In August they will attend a 3-day professional development institute at the University of Southern Maine expanding their knowledge in teaching and learning in the arts and have opportunities to network. During the 2016-17 school year the Teacher Leaders will present workshops at the Regional and Mega-regional levels across the state. Teaching Artists Leaders will create resources and workshops to share throughout Maine as well. Watch for the blog posts with more information on the opportunities provided by Phase VI of MALI!

Photo on 3-30-16 at 4.07 PMCONGRATULATIONS and here’s to the following PK-12 arts educators and teaching artists for stepping forward and taking on this important work across Maine! Continuing with the initiative for Phase VI are many of the teacher leaders from Phases 1 through 5! Thank you for your continued support, interest, and for taking on the role of leader!

TEACHING ARTISTS LEADERS

  • KAREN BROOKS – Visual Artist
  • TIM CHRISTENSEN – Visual Artist
  • JERI PITCHER – Theatre
  • BRIGID RANKOWSKI – Mixed Media, Movement/Flow Arts, Film

MUSIC EDUCATORS

  • CYNTHIA STREZNEWSKI – Woolwich Central School, grades K-8
  • DANIELLE SULLIVAN – Sherwood Heights Elem School, grades PK-6

THEATRE EDUCATORS

  • JASON BANNISTER – Troy Howard Middle School, grades 7-8
  • PAM CHERNESKY – Houlton Middle/High School, grades 6-12
  • RICK OSANN – Bonny Eagle High School, grades 9-12
  • JEAN PHILLIPS – Wiscasset High School, grades 9-12

VISUAL ART EDUCATORS

  • JACLYN BOUSQUET – Traip Academy, grades 9-12
  • PAM CHERNESKY – Houlton Middle/High School, grades 9-12

The Maine Arts Assessment Resource website is located at http://www.maineartsassessment.com/.

The MALI Resource Bank is located at http://www.maineartsedresources.org/.

Phase V Summer Institute

Phase V Summer Institute

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Summer Arts Conference

May 23, 2016

MALI provides PD on June 28

Summer Conference – June 28th, 9:00 – 3:30

University of Southern Maine – Portland

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The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative is offering a one-day summer conference with a variety of outstanding workshops. We’ve listened to the field requesting more professional development opportunities! This is a great way to kick off your summer that will provide you with ideas and materials on developing standards and assessment tools as well as other relevant hot topics. Join your colleagues from across the state and around New England in a collaborative learning environment.

CONFERENCE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AQ7v3kosh7ReRijqyQtPvYlukURtxzjRXW_1X5NfxqM/edit#

 

REGISTRATION LINK:

http://goo.gl/forms/8EpYejbZeFLZxjm73

OTHER CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

http://www.maineartsassessment.com/#!mali-summer-conference-2016/qxjo8

CONFERENCE DETAILS:

  • The conference is being held at USM in Portland, Wishcamper Center
  • $50 registration – teams of 3 or more, $40 per person – check or paypal – no POs
  • Lunch is on your own – coffee/tea and snacks will be provided
  • 6 contact hours or .6 CEUs provided
  • Select from 14 workshops – (descriptions below)
  • Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street, Portland (link to directions here)
  • Free parking is located in the garage attached to the Abromson Center located right next to Wishcamper on this map

  • Overnight lodging in the vicinity of USM* In addition, 10 minute drive away:

    • Fireside Inn 81 Riverside St, Portland

    • Portland Travelodge 1200 Brighton Ave, Portland

    • Super 8 208 Larrabee Rd, Westbrook

            *Please note: These are not endorsements, simply suggestions.

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

IMG_1942Theresa 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.

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

IMG_0019Rob Westerberg

Advocacy

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.

 

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!

 

IMG_1897John 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.

If you have questions about the conference please email Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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Trip to The County

May 16, 2016

Aroostook county

Most days I feel fortunate to do the work I do. Let’s face, I believe working with Maine’s Visual and Performing Arts teachers is a great job! Most days it doesn’t feel like work because I love it so much. (Don’t mistake this for an easy job!) I don’t get to Aroostook County or the areas of Maine that are further away from the Maine Arts Commission office as much as I’d like but, when I do it is a wonderful treat.

IMG_2127Recently I traveled to the County (as Aroostook is affectionately know to many) and learned a great deal AND had a fabulous time. The early morning drive north on 95, once I reach Bangor, is an opportunity to turn off the radio and look and think. It took me almost 4 hours from my home to my first destination, Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle.

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Wintergreen Arts Center, Presque Isle

I met with Dottie Hutchins, the Executive Director of the Wintergreen Arts Center and with the co-chairs of the center board members Heather Harvell, and Kim Guerrette Michaud. I felt like I had known them for a long time. The center has many successful programs that range from pre-school programs to after school art programs for young kids through teenagers to programs for adults. They are a growing center with so much to offer. If you are in Presque Isle be sure and stop in and say hello to the folks there. Dottie and the crew are working on a series of blog posts for meartsed so you can learn more in depth about their programs.

IMG_2132From there I headed north to visit Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Art Teacher Leader and Leadership Team member Theresa Cerceo. First stop, after my hour drive was at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville where Theresa was teaching a science lab. Yes, art integration in action. It wasn’t about the product but about learning by asking questions and experimenting with materials. For example, students were grinding leaves with a little bit of water. Students test scores in math and reading have increased due to the work that ALL teachers are doing during the weekly labs.

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SLAM at Wisdom High School, St. Agatha

From there I headed north again  to Wisdom Middle/High School in St. Agatha to visit with the Students Leaders in the Arts Movement (SLAM). It provided the opportunity to talk and listen to the members of SLAM at their own school. We exchanged ideas on the school board presentation they are preparing for. SLAM kicked off the statewide arts education census in December by creating a video inviting principals to submit the survey. It was great to share some of the results – 95% response. So proud of the advocacy work this group is doing. If you are interested in learning more or starting your own SLAM chapter please contact Theresa at tcerceo@msad33.org.

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Sip and Paint

Back to Presque Isle for supper with the MALI Teacher Leaders who planned the workshop I was attending the next day including Sue Beaulier who teaches Art K-12 in Ashland, Josh Bosse (and his lovely wife), Music PK-12 in Madawaska, Leadership Team member, Pam Kinsey, Music K-12 Easton, and Theresa. After supper we stopped into the Wintergreen Arts to see the center filled with 31 adults painting as part of a fundraiser, Sip and Paint.

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Jake Sturtevant presenting long distance

The next day I headed west for the MALI Mega Workshop at the beautiful Ashland School. Students were in session but you couldn’t tell. The school is laid out beautifully and the rooms are lovely places to work. Thanks Sue for hosting. It was a wonderful day with the following workshops offered:

  • Critical Thinking in the Art Room – Sue Beaulier
  • Individual Assessments in an Ensemble – Jake Sturtevant, joining electronically
  • GT Toolbox: Tools for the GT Classroom – Josh Bosse
  • Changing the Way We Think About Special Ed. Students
  • Studio Habits of Mind: Planting Seeds Towards Growth and Proficiency in the Arts – Theresa Cerceo

IMG_2147The day was complete with a discussion on PBE to learn where arts teachers in the County are on the continuum. And, two woman from the Partners in the Arts Presentation shared information about the organization and encouraged teachers to apply for grant funding.

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MALI Mega participants

Lunch was delicious and the company was wonderful! Congratulations to the MALI Teacher Leaders and to Dave Ouellette from CACE who planned a great professional development opportunities for their colleagues in the County. The drive to the County is far but it is well worth the distance. I learned a great deal and had fun talking with folks about their arts education program. I had never been that far northeast but I must say the trip was so beautiful, especially along Long Lake (ice still on) in St. Agatha. I still need to get to Madawaska – next trip to the County (Josh!).

Long Lake

Long Lake

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Calling All Teacher Leaders

April 14, 2016

Regional VPA Teacher Leader Search

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) – Phase VI

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MALI winter retreat, March 2016, Bowdoin College

Join us for a GREAT opportunity! The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative invites YOU to be part of Phase VI. We are looking for teachers interested in leading and in taking a close look at assessment in the arts. If you are selected, you will be required to attend the summer institute, August 10, 11, and 12, 2016. We will provide professional development and ask that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other educators in your region and beyond.

IMG_1813If interested, please send a completed application by the Friday, May 6, 2016, 11:59PM deadline to Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov ASAP. Details are below. TEACHER LEADER APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI#

Selected teacher leader responsibilities for the 2016-17 school year include:

  • Communicate by wiki
  • Attend the three-day Summer Institute, August 10-12, 2016, USM, Portland
  • Present workshop to critical friends, all-day, date and location to be determined
  • Present a workshop in your region, planned by you
  • Present a workshop at the mega-regional workshop site that will be coordinated by the MALI leadership team
  • Attend a retreat to reflect on the work of phase VI with teacher leaders and the leadership team to be held winter/spring 2017

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Background Information

OVERALL DESCRIPTION

IMG_1814Committed to the development of Teacher Leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning and assessment in the Arts for all students.

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#.

MALI’s OVERALL OBJECTIVES

IMG_1808Create and implement a statewide plan for teacher leadership in arts education. This includes professional development opportunities, regionally and statewide, which will expand on the knowledge and skills of teachers to better prepare them to teach in a proficiency-based learning environment.

  • Develop and implement standards-based high quality teaching and learning statewide for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Continue to build an expanding team of arts educators and teaching artists representing all regions of Maine
  • Provide workshops and other professional development opportunities for educators

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

  • IMG_1818Seventy – three teacher leaders attended summer institutes on assessment,
    leadership, technology, creativity, proficiency-based standards-based and student-centered teaching and learning
  • Teacher leaders presented workshops at two statewide arts education conference, USM, Portland, UMaine, Orono, and Point Lookout Conference Center with over 600 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 (72) 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 VI components

  • IMG_1811August 3,4,5, 2015: Summer Institute, Portland
  • 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

For More Information

The Initiative is a partnership with MAC, MDOE, USM, MAEA, MMEA, MLTI, University of Maine Performing Arts, and New England Institute for Teacher Education

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