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Mega Message from Suzanne

February 13, 2017

Teaching as a Craft

Skills, collaboration, support, and innovation –

Quality professional development for educators is characterized by the above areas demonstrating the understanding of introducing, reinforcing and supporting deeper understanding of knowledge and skills. Our profession is a craft.

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Mega-Regional Professional Development opportunities with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, in support with your Maine Arts Leadership Associations, are exponential in value for learning about best practices or expanding your skills to bring back to your school, colleagues, and classroom/studio/stage/rehearsal room.

This is educator to educator professional development – what you need, and when you need it.

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Suzanne Goulet

Yes, the next one is during a weekday – for some an in-service day. Yes, this sometimes means that you will be away from your students artists/performers for one day. And YES, you will be glad you did.  This is the catcher/pitcher conference on the mound – a time to come together, share, and grow. I always leave with gems that impact my students, my practice, my craft, immediately

Please join us, and consider asking someone to join you – for our profession, for your craft.

Looking forward to meeting you at the next Mega-Regional.

Thank you to Suzanne Goulet, MALI teacher leader and visual art teacher at Waterville Senior High School and Maine Art Education Association Teacher of the Year, for writing this blog post!

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Dance Grant Series 3

February 11, 2017

Dance education funding – “Hopes for the Future”

This is the third of three blog posts included, February 9 – 11, describing the dance education residency that took place in December 2016 from a special grant called the “Hopes for the Future” funding. Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leader and dance educator from Thornton Academy Emma Campbell collaborated and planted a seed and it grew into a dance education opportunity for Maine students. Thank you to John Morris, teaching artist and dancer for contributing this post. He describes the work that he did in MSAD #33 with the grant funding. Please note: funding will be available again during 2017. Please watch the blog and the Maine Arts Commission arts education list-serv for information.

A Teaching Artist’s Perspective

John Morris

John Morris

Thanks to a dance grant created by the Thornton Academy Dance Program and the Maine Arts Commission, in December of 2016 I conducted a week-long arts residency for MSAD #33, in Northern Aroostook County. My approach in working with students in dance is creative, student-centered and standards-based. I give students foundational movement tools to invent and explore their own movement, and I guide them through the process of making their own dances.

In collaboration with visual arts teacher Theresa Cerceo, I worked with a group of middle and high school students, and with S.L.A.M.!, the high school arts advocacy group directed by Ms. Cerceo, to create dances based on a theme of identity and community. The dances were shared during an end of week holiday performance put on at Wisdom Middle/High School.

img_4561During the week, I also worked with music classes at the elementary school in the district. Along with music teacher Charles Michaud, we explored connections between the elements of music and dance. In addition, I worked with Ms. Cerceo’s visual arts classes to explore the same theme of identity and community.

It was a full week working with every grade level, from Pre-K through grade six, to explore their class content in movement. The students created dances based on poems and visual art works they had made individually and as a group in the weeks before the residency. Their dances incorporated the elements of dance movement, including use of different shapes, change of speeds, and variation of high, middle and low levels. We worked together to structure their dances with clear beginnings, middles and endings. We also addressed the crucial life skills of collaborating with others, building confidence, and evaluating work – all in one class session.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-51-58-pmI encountered students in the elementary school at every age and developmental level who were eager to move, explore, and make connections to other content areas, including music, visual art and language arts. They were curious, inventive, and open to exploring the arts in a structured way to express their thoughts and feelings.

The middle and high school students, having more time together, were able to more deeply explore the dynamics of working collaboratively, the process of making artistic choices, and polishing artistic work for performance.

The week went by in a blur, and before I knew it, the performance (a full house!) was over, and I was making the long drive toward southern Maine. I felt both satisfied and inspired by the students’ work. What made this residency so successful? Three factors, which I believe are important for the success of any arts residency in the schools, stood out.

Planning and prep work in collaboration with the teacher

img_4610 Ms. Cerceo and I were in contact long before the residency began, brainstorming ideas together using a shared Google Doc that allowed us to work around our busy schedules. We arrived at a theme (identity and community) that would be timely for her students to explore in visual art and writing, and that I could work with easily in dance.

As the residency drew closer, we continued to share documents, trade emails, and supplement with a few timely online conference calls. Ms. Cerceo articulated her plan for exploring the theme with her students before my arrival. I shared an outline of how I would approach the theme in movement based on her work and the student samples she posted online. This step was critical, helping me to be ready with a flexible plan for each class, and know what to expect when I walked into each classroom.

Full support of the school administration

img_4641Ms. Cerceo maintained regular contact with her administrators about our plans. As a visiting teaching artist, it was both reassuring and freeing for me to know that I had their support. I felt free to fully engage with the students in the creative process of dance-making.

The administrators introduced themselves and welcomed me to their schools. The superintendent of schools in the district sat down with me early one morning before classes began to talk about the residency. The teachers I met expressed their support for the project, and turned out in force for the performance on Friday night.

 

Classroom culture

img_4570I could tell that the students were used to focusing on the process of structured creative exploration in their classes. Also, because their teachers had prepared them for my visit, they were excited and positive about our working together. One fourth grade student even sent me a video in advance, inviting me to create a dance with her!

This expectant, growth-oriented mindset set the tone for our time together, and was supported by the collaborative planning Ms. Cerceo and I did beforehand. The connections she and I found between our ways of working helped her to guide the students with confidence that my work with them would integrate with their classwork, and deepen their connections to the arts.

Thank you John Morris for providing this blog post and the work that you did before and during the dance education residency in MSAD #33. I am sure that the learning that you provided will be felt for the lifetime of those involved.

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Ellen Recognizes Teacher

February 4, 2017

Using music for learning

screen-shot-2017-01-27-at-10-38-38-amIn this clip from the Ellen Show, Ellen DeGeneres recognizes the creative and impactful work of Mr. Michael Bonner at South Greenville Elementary School. He uses music, movement and technology to help his students learn lessons. He explains that his students struggle with homelessness and hunger, but are still able to achieve academically when met with strategies that fit their needs. CLICK HERE to watch the clip to learn more about this amazing teacher!

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Professional Development

January 17, 2017

Mega Regional Conference, UMaine Orono

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Participants at the Mega Regional conference at Ellsworth High School in November.

The Mega-regional conferences will take place in the four locations listed below. The next one is scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at UMaine Orono. Please register to save your space. Each Mega conference offers different sessions. CLICK HERE for more details. The registration fee for attending is $25 per person and 5.5 contact hours are available for full-day participation. The facilitators are the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) teacher leaders  and Maine Learning Technology Initiative Apple Learning Specialists.

Conference Locations

REGISTRATION AND DETAILS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING THE LOCATIONS

Participant at the Mega Regional Conference at Ellsworth High School in November.

Participant at the Mega Regional Conference at Ellsworth High School in November.

All Mega-regional conferences will take place between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration begins
  • 9:00 a.m. Opening and Morning Sessions
  • 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session I
  • 10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break
  • 10:40 – 11:55 a.m. Breakout Session II
  • 11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:45 – 1:20 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 1:25 – 2:40 p.m. Session III Maine Arts Education Census Survey
  • 2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Closing
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Mega Regional Conference UMaine Orono

December 7, 2016

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI)

The Maine Arts Commission is happy to announce that registration is now open for the MALI Mega at UMaine Orono and you’re invited to look at the fantastic sessions planned and to register for Thursday, February 2.  The sessions and descriptions are included below and registration is available by CLICKING HERE.

mali_v1_color_100ppiDates and Locations

There are six Megas offered this year, at this time registration is available for those underlined.

The cost to attend each Mega is $25 (unless otherwise indicated). Contact hours for full participation – 5.5 contact hours. The Megas provide multiple opportunities for the Maine Arts education community to engage in professional development specific to come together to deepen our knowledge, make connections, and learn from each other!

SESSIONS MEGA UMaine Orono

SESSION I

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-13-pmSLAM! Nurturing Student Leadership through Arts Advocacy

We will share and discuss the benefits of student leadership and creating interdependent advocacy communities. All grade levels. All content.

Theresa Cerceo Wisdom Middle/High School K-12 Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-37-10-pmNetworking within Local School Administrations to Increase Art Programming

Discussion and presentation of effective methods of empowering school administrators to commit to, and realize, increases in support for school art curricula and funding. All grade levels. All content.

Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-20-pmEasy Jazz Improvisation Teaching Techniques for Nervous Beginners

Participants will learn simple frameworks for teaching jazz improvisation skills that work with nervous players, and beginner improvisers. Grades 7-12

Trevor Marcho Mattanawcook Academy Music

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-27-pm“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”

Story is one of our most essential art forms – and also one of our most neglected crafts. Telling your story can take multiple forms and at the end of the day is as much about listening as communicating out. In this session we will play with crafting elevator speeches that keep rising as the building grows taller every year; ways to integrate data into the elevator. All grade levels. All content.

Linda Nelson Maine Arts Commission Assistant Director

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-35-pmArts Integration

When you are deeply engaged in Arts Integration you realize it is about learning with your mind, body and heart in the present moment.  This hands on workshop explores this idea through drama, music, movement, poetry, storytelling, and the visual arts. Come prepared to experience arts integration through your own individual lens in a safe environment.  All grade levels. All content. 

Lindsay Pinchbeck Director Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School

 

SESSION II

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-43-pmTeaching Hamilton in the Classroom

How to teach Hamilton in a theater arts class.  Grades 7-12 Music and Theatre

Jason Bannister  Troy Howard Middle School Grades 7-8 Performing Arts

 

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-49-pmWriting Across the Curriculum in a Performing Arts Classroom

Writing is a life skill that is of critical importance to our students. I will share ways in which I have incorporated writing composition and critical responses in to my dance classroom. All grade levels. All content.

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-56-pmForming, Storming, Norming, and Performing: Care and Feeding Teaching Artists as part of a Long Term Education Plan

Artist and Art teacher collaborate to present, discuss, and answer questions about building and using a successful teacher/visiting artist relationship, not to replace an art teacher, but as an important resource and teaching tool. Using their 5 years of history as a guide, they will chronicle their journey from meeting to developing month long integrated science/LA/art curriculum modules and expeditionary learning programs. They will discuss building consensus among faculty and staff, securing and managing funding sources, and gaining buy-in from students, the community, and decision makers in the school. All grade levels. All content.

Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art Kristen Andersen Camden-Rockport Middle School Grades 6-8 Visual Art

 

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Educators will leave with strategies to put students on a continuum of learning that is teacher and student friendly. PK-12 Art and Music

Nancy Kinkade Mattanawcook Junior High School Grade 5-8 Music Holly Leighton Mattanawcook Academy Visual Art

 

IMG_4336Looking in the Mirror: The Importance of Student Self-Reflection

Self-assessment is a crucial part of learning. In the arts, it is easy for us to see a concrete product of their learning and understanding of a topic. We don’t always see student learning that happens beneath the surface unless it is verbally or orally communicated. With regular self-assessment integrated in your classroom, students become more aware and take ownership of their learning. All grade levels.  All content.

Mandi Mitchell Hermon High School Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-03-10-pmUsing Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities

Learn how teaching using multiple intelligence can be a way to unlock learning goals for students with disabilities. All grade levels. All content.

Brigid Rankowski Teaching Artist

Registration is available by CLICKING HERE.

About MALI

In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). During the summer of 2015 after gathering feedback from the initiative’s Teacher Leaders the name was changed to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase six, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. The mission was changed to reflect the present work underway. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Thank you to the MALI partners for your collaborative work: Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine Performing Arts.

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MALI Mega USM, Registration Open

November 15, 2016

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI)

REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN for the MALI Mega USM. During this school year there are six Mega Conferences planned. All the information is located on the Maine Arts Commission website at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MALI-Mega-Regionals. Or click on the Mega (underlined) below for information specific to each location.

Dates and Locations

mali_h_color_100ppiEach site will have different sessions offered so you may wish to attend more than one Mega. Sessions will be provided by MALI Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artist Leaders. In addition, almost all sites will have technology offerings offered by MLTI Apple staff. A portion of the afternoon will feature a Teaching Artist and information on the statewide arts education census that was conducted during the 2015-16 school year. The report will be officially released in December.

The cost to attend each Mega is $25 (unless otherwise indicated). Contact hours for full participation – 5.5 contact hours. The Megas provide multiple opportunities for the Maine Arts education community to engage in professional development specific to come together to deepen our knowledge, make connections, and learn from each other!

SESSIONS MEGA USM

SESSION I

The Role of the Digital Portfolio in Arts Advocacy, Assessment, and Student Ownership Learning

Introduction to the digital portfolio. How to implement student centered digital portfolios that promote student ownership of learning and assessment. Grades 7-12

Jackie Bousquet Traip Academy Visual Art

 

“Making Art History Come to Life with iBooks Author”

 Dive into iBooks Author to harness the power of developing multi-modal, Multi-Touch iBooks. You’ll learn features which make iBooks come to life for learners by incorporating audio files, 3D widgets, image glossaries, study cards, jailbreaking templates, and much more. Be prepared to create an art history chapter together. You can also use this app for making comics and graphic novels or creating art portfolios. This session is great for MLTI beginners and experts. MLTI MacBooks with iBooks Author preinstalled is encouraged. Grades 7-12
Lindsey Carnes MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

Student’s Reflective Voice: Using the Artist Statement

This workshop, participants will explore the ways in which student voice and understanding within visual art creation can be expanded upon with the use of reflective writing using an Artist Statement. Grades 7-12

Melanie Crowe Marshwood Middle School, Grades 6-8 Visual Art

 

Assessing Singing in the Primary Grades

This workshop offers methodical strategies for assessing young children’s singing. Assessment logistics and tried and trusted rubrics will be provided as examples, along with ideas for formative assessment including self assessment. Grades K-4

Patti Gordan Raymond Elementary School, Grade K-4 Music

 

More Cowbell

Playing and composing songs on your own is a blast for some, however there’s something special about making music in collaboration with other like-minded folks that just can’t be beat. In this hands-on, music making session, participants will use GarageBand to learn the basics of song writing and music production. Participants will have plenty of time to explore and experience the fun of collaborative music creation. Musicians of any and all skill levels are welcome. Make sure to bring your Mac and/or iOS device with GarageBand installed. All grade levels.
Tim Hart MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

 

Using Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities

Learn how teaching using multiple intelligence can be a way to unlock learning goals for students with disabilities. All grade levels. All content.

Brigid Rankowski Teaching Artist

 

SLOs – Student Learning Objectives

The workshop will give a brief overview of Chapter 180, and focus on writing and implementing SLOs. Time will be provided to practice writing SLOs and receive feedback  All grade levels. All content.

MaryEllen Schaper Bonney Eagle Middle School, Grades 6-8 Dance

 

SESSION II

Stars and Stairs

Stars and Stairs, Where am I now and Where am I going? How can the use of Stars and Stairs in your classroom help to inform you and your students of their learning progression and actively engage them in the learning process. This will be a round table discussion. Looking at your standards and your curriculum how can you use the Stars and Stairs model in your classroom.  All grade levels.  All content.

Samantha Armstrong Paris Elementary School and Hebron Elementary
Schools, Grades K-6 Visual Art

Writing Across the Curriculum in a Performing Arts Classroom

Writing is a life skill that is of critical importance to our students.  I will share ways in which I have incorporated writing composition and critical responses in to my dance classroom. All grades levels. All content.

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 

Including Students with Disabilities in Your Art Classroom Using iMovie

Use stations and sites fostering independence to help students collect assets for creating art infused iMovie productions. This session will showcase how a green screen and some photos can provide opportunities for all learners to showcase their creative side. MLTI MacBooks with the most current version of iMovie is encouraged. All content. All grade levels.

Lindsey Carnes MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

Reflections on Standards Based teaching and Learning

In this workshop participants will discuss ways to connect students with standards, methods of to make SBL visible for students and the use of a matrix to document teaching opportunities that are standards based. Grades 6-12

Jennie Driscoll Brunswick High School Visual Art

Making 8-bit Art

Beginning with early Atari and Nintendo video games, the 8-bit aesthetic has been a part of our culture for over 30 years. No longer just nostalgia art, contemporary 8-bit artists and chiptunes musicians have elevated the form to new levels of creativity and cultural reflection. In this session, we will focus on tools that assist in creating 8-bit images, animations, and music.  Please bring your MLTI MacBook. All grade levels.

Tim Hart MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

“Something from Nothing” or Costuming on a Budget

Hot glue, curtains, table cloths, children’s sleds, and ribbon – what do they all have in common? They can be ingeniously used to create authentic costumes for all plays.  Armed with this knowledge, you can devise a lesson in the designing of costumes for the stage for your students. If time permits, participants can brainstorm possible resources and ways to include students. Grades 9-12

Jean Phillips Wiscasset High School Theatre

Music Curriculum SLOs

Building SLO and Data Points from your Music Curriculum. Grades K-8

Cynthia Streznewski Woolwich Central School, Grades K-8 Music

 

About MALI

In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). During the summer of 2015 after gathering feedback from the initiative’s Teacher Leaders the name was changed to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase six, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. The mission was changed to reflect the present work underway. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Thank you to the MALI partners for your collaborative work with MALI: Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine Performing Arts.

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The Megas are Coming!

November 1, 2016

Registration for Mega Ellsworth

img_0081Ellsworth High School, USM Portland, and UMaine Orono, and Hebron Station School Hebron, Easton Schools

I am excited to announce the professional development opportunities that are being offered during this school year by the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. There are almost 40 sessions scheduled at five locations throughout Maine between November and May. The conferences are larger than regional workshops and smaller than the statewide conference so we call them Megas Regionals!

The cost is $25 (unless otherwise indicated). Contact hours for full participation – 5.5 contact hours. Live links below to the two conferences that you can register for at this time. Or go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MALI-Mega-Regionals for the details and to register.

Each location offers different sessions and will have a different link for registration. These are multiple opportunities for the Maine Arts education community to come together to deepen our knowledge, make connections, and learn from each other!

img_1941Dates and Locations

Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration begins
  • 9:00 a.m. Opening and Morning Sessions
  • 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session I
  • 10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break
  • 10:40 – 11:55 a.m. Breakout Session II
  • 11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:45 – 1:20 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 1:25 – 2:40 p.m. Session III Maine Arts Education Census Survey
  • 2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Closing

img_3146Sessions for Ellsworth Mega

  • Where are your Art Standards within the Studio Habits of Mind!” Presenter: Janie Snider
  • Ellsworth High School VPA Academy – Presenters: Rebecca Wright, Leah Olson, Shannon Westphal
  • Using Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities – Presenter: Brigid Rankowski
  • More Cowbell – Presenter: Tim Hart
  • Illustrating to Write – Presenter: Ann Marie Quirion Hutton
  • Bringing it all together! – Presenter: Sue Barre
  • Evidence of Learning Through Google – Charlie Johnson
  • Visual Notetaking/Doodling in Class – Ann Marie Quirion Hutton
  • Making 8-bit Art – Presenter: Tim Hart

Breakout of the sessions above with details are located at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MALI-Mega-Regionals#Ellsworth.

If you have any questions please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov. I look forward to seeing you at a Mega-Regional Conference.

About MALI

In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). During the summer of 2015 after gathering feedback from the initiative’s Teacher Leaders the name was changed to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase six, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. The mission was changed to reflect the present work underway. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Thank you to the MALI partners for your collaborative work with MALI: Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine Performing Arts.

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