MALI provides PD on June 28
Summer Conference – June 28th, 9:00 – 3:30
University of Southern Maine – Portland
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:
OTHER CONFERENCE INFORMATION:
- 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.
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
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.
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.
Critical Thinking in the Art Room; It’s the Thought that Counts
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Continue to develop your work from the Second Session or join us for the first time to dive into your own work!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.