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MALI Teacher Leader Story: Danielle Sullivan

May 22, 2018

Music Educator

This is the one of several blog posts in 2018 that include stories of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Phase 7 Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artist Leaders. This series includes a set of questions so you can learn a little bit about each leader. CLICK HERE for more information on MALI. CLICK HERE for more information on the 93 Teacher Leaders and 8 Teaching Artist Leaders. CLICK HERE for Arts education resources. CLICK HERE for the MALI Resource Bank. Search in the “search archives” box on the bottom right side of this post for past teacher leader stories. Thank you Danielle for sharing your story!

Danielle Sullivan teaches music, band and chorus at Etna-Dixmont School. This is her second year at the school and her 8th year teaching. Danielle teaches general music PreK-6th Grade, 4th grade band, 5-6 grade band, 7-8 grade band, 5-6 grade chorus, 7-8 grade chorus and jazz band.  There are about 230 students in the school.

What do you like best about being a music educator?

I love seeing students do something they thought was impossible.  At the beginning of the year they believe that there is no way they’ll be able to play/sing this song and by the end of the year (quarter, semester…) they’re able to. It’s wonderful to watch.

What do you believe are three keys to ANY successful visual and performing arts education?

  1. Administrative and community support are huge. Without support you’re always fighting for what’s right.
  2. Teachers who care
  3. Students who want to learn

How have you found assessment to be helpful to you in your classroom? 

I love hearing students play and sing alone. The student and I learn so much about their ability when they play alone. Quiet and shy students who either need more support or other opportunities can be lost in a large group if they never sing/play alone.

What have been the benefits in becoming involved in the Maine Arts Leadership initiative?

I love all the new people I have met and the ideas we share.

What are you most proud of in your career?

I am most proud of teaching young students to love music. If you can get them young then you have them for life. Being able to teach young children to love music is of the utmost importance to me.

What gets in the way of being a better teacher or doing a better job as a teacher?

All the other duties that aren’t teaching; paperwork, curriculum work, meetings, emails. Doing all these other things makes it harder for me to find time to do research new lesson ideas and work with colleagues.

What have you accomplished through hard work and determination that might otherwise appear at first glance to be due to “luck” or circumstances?

Having older students who consider themselves ‘musicians’.  All of the students that come through the music room door are musicians. When they are young (as is the case at my school) they don’t have a choice; everyone has music class.  But as they get older (middle school and high school) they are no longer required to take music, band and chorus are optional. Having a strong music program with a lot of older students may seem like luck, but if you get students to consider themselves musicians then they will seek out music when it’s no longer obligatory.

Look into your crystal ball: what advice would you give to teachers?

Don’t be a workaholic! It doesn’t benefit you or the students!

If you were given a $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

For school, I would buy enough instruments so that any student who wanted to play and couldn’t afford it could use a school instrument.

Imagine you are 94 years old. You’re looking back. Do you have any regrets?

Not learning the banjo earlier in life.

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Puppet Making to Music

May 18, 2018

Ainslie Henderson

One artist approach to making puppets and how they come alive using stop motion photography.  “Improvising like making music and see where it leads you. Suddenly what is just stuff becomes this character staring back at you. They’re like little actors who only get to play one role. Everything that they do is their swan song.”  ~Ainslie Henderson

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Call for MALI Teaching Artist Leaders

May 16, 2018

Application available – Deadline Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, Year 8

Visual and Performing Arts Teaching Artist Leader Application

Teaching Artist Leaders, MALI Summer Institute, August 2017

Join us for a GREAT opportunity! The Maine Arts Commission invites you to be a part of    the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Now in its eighth year, MALI offers a unique opportunity to learn and network with teaching artists and PK through grade 12 visual and performing arts educators from across the state. MALI is looking for teaching artists interested in leading and in taking a close look at effective teaching and learning in the arts. This is an opportunity for you to participate in professional development and networking, as well as to have a voice in the direction of arts education in the state of Maine.

APPLICATION

Deadline: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

If you are selected, you will be required to attend our summer institute, July 31, August 1 and 2, 2018. We will provide sessions to help you develop your ideas and support your work. We will then ask that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other teaching artists, educators and community members in your region and beyond.

Selected Teacher Artist Leader responsibilities for the 2018-19 school year include:

  • Full participation in the 3-day summer institute, July 31, August 1 and 2, 2018
  • Communicate in a timely fashion by email and in a MALI phase 8 google site
  • Be prepared for summer institute by completing pre-readings and responding to prompts with the MALI community
  • Critical Friends Day – follow-up to the summer institute, fall 2018
  • Participate in 2 meetings electronically with teaching artist leaders during 2018-19 school year
  • Contribute your teaching artist leader story for the Maine Arts Education blog
  • Attend a retreat to reflect on the phase 8 MALI work and plan next steps, winter 2019

Application requirements

  •    Current resume
  •    Letter of support
  •    Paragraph of interest

MALI BACKGROUND

Teaching Artist Leaders, MALI summer institute, August 2017

Since 2011 the initiative has been building capacity by training arts educators on the “what” and “how” of teaching and learning in the arts so they can provide the leadership in Maine through professional development opportunities. Teaching artists have been included in MALI for the past four years, and the goal of training Teaching Artist Leaders is now in its third year. As the initiative enters Phase 8, MALI has grown to include 101 leaders.

MALI’s OVERALL OBJECTIVES

  • Create and implement a statewide plan for teacher leadership in arts education. This includes professional development opportunities, locally, regionally and statewide, which will expand on the knowledge and skills of teachers and teaching artists to better prepare them to teach in a student-centered and proficiency-based learning environment.
  • Develop and implement standards-based high quality teaching and learning statewide for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Continue to build on expanding the team of arts educators and teaching artists representing all regions of Maine
  • Provide workshops and other professional development opportunities for educators

APPLICATION

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Call for MALI Teacher Leaders

May 9, 2018

Phase 8 leadership role

VPA Teacher Leader Search

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) – Phase 8

The Maine Arts Commission invites you to consider applying for the role of Teacher Leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Now in phase 8, MALI offers the opportunity to learn and network with arts educators and teaching artists from across the state. MALI is looking for PK-12 teachers interested in leading and in taking a close look at effective teaching and learning in the arts. Join us for a GREAT opportunity!

DEADLINE: Tuesday, 29 May 2018

APPLICATION

MALI Teacher Leader Winter Retreat, March 2018

MALI provides professional development and asks that you take what you’ve learned and share it with other educators in your region of Maine and beyond. Teacher Leaders are required to attend the three-day summer institute, July 31, August 1 and 2, 2018 at Thomas College.

If interested, please submit a completed application by Tuesday, May 29. APPLICATION 

Selected teacher leader responsibilities for the 2018-19 school year include:

  • Full participation in the 3-day summer institute, July 31, August 1 and 2, 2018
  • Communicate in a timely fashion by email and in a MALI phase 8 google site
  • Be prepared for summer institute by completing pre-readings and responding to prompts with the MALI community
  • Critical Friends Day – follow-up to the summer institute, fall 2018
  • Participate in 2 meetings electronically with teacher leaders during 2018-19 school year
  • Contribute your teacher leader story for the Maine Arts Education blog
  • Attend a retreat to reflect on the phase 8 MALI work and plan next steps, winter 2019

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Background Information

Overall Description

MALI Mission: Committed 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 teaching and learning in the arts so they can provide the leadership in Maine through professional development opportunities. MALI DETAILS.

MAAI Summer Retreat, phase 1, MECA

MALI’s OVERALL OBJECTIVES

  • Create and implement a statewide plan for teacher leadership in arts education. This includes professional development opportunities, locally, regionally and statewide, which will expand on the knowledge and skills of teachers to better prepare them to teach in a student-centered and proficiency-based learning environment.
  • Develop and implement standards-based high quality teaching and learning statewide for Visual and Performing Arts
  • Continue to build on expanding the team of arts educators and teaching artists representing all regions of Maine
  • Provide workshops and other professional development opportunities for educators

HISTORY – Phases I through VIII – Summer 2011 to present

  • Ninety three PK-12 teacher leaders and eight teaching artists leaders attended summer institutes on assessment, leadership, technology, creativity, proficiency-based standards-based and student-centered teaching and learning
  • Teacher leaders presented workshops at three statewide arts education conferences: USM Portland, UMaine Orono, and Point Lookout Conference Center with over 700 educators attending
  • Teacher leaders facilitated about 125 regional workshops and 16 mega-regional sites across Maine
  • Another Arts Educators Story series (94) on the Maine Arts Ed blog
  • Arts assessment graduate courses provided by The New England Institute for Teacher Education
  • Nine arts education assessment webinars for Maine educators facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring. Archive
  • Video stories of seven teacher leaders that demonstrate a standards-based arts education classroom, Maine ARTSEducation YouTube channel
  • Teacher Leader Resource Team development of items for resource bank
  • Maine Arts Assessment Resources website contains a plethora of information

APPLICATION

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Current resume
  • Letter of support
  • Paragraph of interest

MALI Critical Friend Day, Point Lookout, October 2013

In the near future we will put a call out for Teaching Artist Leaders! If you have questions please contact Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission, Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

 

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Arts Ed Partnership

May 4, 2018

Share your work

Interested in sharing your work with arts in education leaders and stakeholders?
The Arts Education Partnership is accepting concurrent session proposals for the 2018 AEP Annual Convening: “The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success,” taking place Sept. 12-13 in Indianapolis.

This annual event will explore arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America’s youth have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts by addressing the priority areas outlined in AEP’s 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education. (Proposals must address one of the four priority areas.)

AEP invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts in preparing all students for success in school, work and life.

For more details about concurrent sessions at the 2018 AEP Annual Convening and to submit a proposal, please click here. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1.

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Call for Teaching Artists

April 30, 2018

Arts Are Elementary

Since 1980 Arts Are Elementary has partnered with local schools to provide every public K-5 classroom in Brunswick with professional artist residencies. Each residency is developed carefully with the teachers to match interests and art form with lesson plans and overarching curricula. They work in many forms of  media – including movement and performance. Whenever possible, they bring the work forward to share with the community at large!

CALL FOR TEACHING ARTISTS

Arts Are Elementary is calling teaching artists to submit ideas that coincide with the curriculum topics/subject matter at each grade level. The call lists each grade, subject matter, media, timeframe, and stipend. You are welcome to submit for as many as you like.

Submissions are due by June 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. and should be sent to Heather Martin, Executive Director at director@artsareelementary.org. If you have any questions contact Heather by email or call 460.1587.

Submissions should be no longer than 2 pages in total, additional images may be supplied. Artists are encouraged to visit the Arts Are Elementary website. Check the“For Artists” at the drop down menu for full details and submission suggestions. See the district curriculum links below for more information.

GRADES AND TOPICS

Kindergarten

Subject Matter: individually or combined

Media:

  • Paint
  • Movement/Dance
  • Illustrator
  • Timeframe: ideally, 1 session 3 x year
    • October
    • January
    • April/May
  • Stipend: up to $3,000

Grade 1

Subject Matter: individually or combined

  • Movement
  • Story

Media:

  • Movement/Dance
  • Theatre
  • Storytelling
  • Song
  • Timeframe: open
  • Stipend: up to $3,000

Grade 2

Subject Matter: individually or combined

Media:

  • Paint
  • Movement/Dance
  • Timeframe:
    • January
    • March
  • Stipend: up to $3,000

Grade 3

Subject Matter: individually or combined

Media: Artist’s Choice

  • Timeframe:
    • January (space)
    • May (pond life)
    • April (Brunswick history)
  • Stipend: up to $3,000

Grade 4

Subject Matter:

Media: Artist’s Choice

  • Timeframe: Open
  • Stipend: up to $3,000

Grade 5

Subject Matter:

Media:

  • Illustrator/Scientific illustrator
  • Paint
  • Song
  • Sculpture
  • Poetry

● Timeframe:

  • January
  • March
  • May

● Stipend: up to $3,000

Wild Card

Surprise us with your great idea. Be sure to include what grade and how it ties into that grade’s curriculum.

● Stipend: up to $3,000

Arts Are Elementary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, funded through donations.

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Excellence Celebration

April 29, 2018

Come celebrate with us on Monday, April 30

First Lady to Host Excellence in Maine’s Visual and Performing Arts Celebration

Portrait by Taylor Small, Bangor High School

AUGUSTA, MAINE- The Maine Arts Commission, along with the Department of Education, and First Lady Ann LePage will host the Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education Celebration on Monday, April 30 at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at the Maine State House.Midd

The biannual event honors student art from Bangor School Department and Lewiston Public Schools to be displayed at the State Capitol Complex as part of a state-wide student exhibit running through May. The event features original student artworks on display, as well as live performances from student musicians.

Following the opening address from Maine Arts Commission Executive Director Julie Richard, each student will be presented with a certificate from First Lady Ann LePage and a letter from Governor Paul LePage.

“Colorful Tiles” by Paige Pomerleau, Lewiston Middle School, art teacher: Kay Allison

Middle School music students will be recognized as well from Lewiston Middle School and James F. Doughty School in Bangor. Their choruses will be performing at the celebration.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be attended by state legislators, members of the State Board of Education, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Department of Education.

For more information on arts education programs in Maine, visit www.MaineArts.com or contact Maine Arts Education Director Argy Nestor: argy.nestor@maine.gov | 207-287-2713

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