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HundrED Youth Ambassadors

July 3, 2019

Share with students

Are you a student reading this OR do you know students who are interested in participating in making positive change? If so, watch this video, join Jordy, and contact HundrED and apply to participate in the HundrED Youth Ambassador program.

 

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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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Beyond the School Year

July 1, 2019

Happy July!

I hope you’ll take the time to reflect on the 2018-2019 school year and consider your successes and challenges. We know that summer is a time to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge. In order to do that it is important to look back in order to move forward. I hope you’ll ask yourself the broad questions as well as specific ones. Getting ‘down in the weeds’ about of own teaching can be very productive.

I see that Edutopia included an article that dispels the myth around students learning slipping during the summer. The original study that supported the loss of summer learning is from the 1980’s. Paul T. von Hippel, a policy professor at the University of Texas at Austin revisited the study and he learned that there are flaws in the study. He claims that the testing methods “tended to distort the test scores”. It’s an interesting follow up and I suggest that you READ the article.

Proven or not, I wonder about visual and performing arts. We’ve all heard that students lose ground in reading and math but what about their other areas of learning? What about their progress in music or visual art? When your students left on the last day of your class did you suggest that they keep drawing or playing their instrument? Did you help them devise a plan to continue ‘working at’ their art form? We all know that during summer vacation many students spend more time engaged in the arts than they have time for during the school year. Community arts programs, day and overnight camps, museum and gallery programs, activity specific programs – in many communities opportunities in the arts are plentiful. Are these ‘art experiences’ or ‘high quality arts education’? I wonder, do learners keep developing their skills, creativity and passion for the arts during the summer in great part, thanks to these programs? What do you think?

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MAC Job

June 30, 2019

Operations director

The Maine Arts Commission position of OPERATIONS DIRECTOR will provide financial planning, policy planning, event planning, and program and operations review to assure compliance to state and federal rules and regulations, and to exchange information. Assists the Executive Director in the operations of the Maine Arts Commission and reviews, adjusts and recommends approval or disapproval of budget requests and develops budget controls and improvement methods; reviews and evaluates organization, management procedures and management reporting systems to improve efficiency; and oversees and manages events and programs, and other duties as needed.

JOB DUTIES

Develops, evaluates and ensures adherence to policies and procedures concerning Maine Arts Commission’s programs and service delivery – including data tracking and collection, reporting, and program review and assessment in order to ensure efficient delivery of quality programs and services and compliance with applicable state and federal laws, regulations, policies, procedures and performance standards.
Participates in the review of budget requests and revenue forecasts using knowledge of laws, rules, policies and programs in order to develop a budget proposal consistent with the agency’s goals and objectives and within available resources.
Receives and reviews requests, including Financial Orders, for revision to work programs using knowledge of laws, rules, policies and program objectives and available resources in order to recommend approval/disapproval actions to the Executive Director.
Reviews, analyzes and maintains records of revenues and expenditures using knowledge of accounting procedures and budgeting, to recommend corrective action when necessary.
Reviews and evaluates organizational structure and managerial procedures using knowledge of policies and management techniques in order to maximize efficiency and economy within State Government.
Assists with agency human resource management including preparation of documents and record keeping.
Manages and coordinates events and programs.
Assists with agency cultural planning process.
Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGES REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Knowledge of accounting and finance.
Knowledge of public sector budgeting and planning including performance management.
Knowledge of government human resource structures, policies and norms.
Ability to manage programs and events, develop project budgets, grant proposals and administer projects.
Ability to recommend policy and program initiatives.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain respectful working relationships.
Knowledge of state and federal government administrative management.
Knowledge of the functions and management of cultural organizations.
Knowledge of strategic planning and implementation.
Ability to solve problems and make recommendations.
Ability to work effectively within and to lead teams.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Please upload a) recent resume, b) cover letter describing your interest and your skills in the context of the Job Duties, and c) copies of post-secondary transcripts. Questions about this posting can be directed to Mindy Hansen at 207-624-7430 or Melinda.Hasen@maine.gov.

BENEFITS

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 21.17% for confidential positions. The value of State-paid Dental Insurance: $13.13 biweekly. The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

Level 1: 100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing): $444.68 biweekly
Level 2: 95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%): $422.45 biweekly
Level 3: 90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%): $400.21 biweekly
Level 4: 85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%): $377.98 biweekly
*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

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Careers in Art Series

June 30, 2019

Science, Nature and Drawing

The final workshop in the Careers in Art Series for Kids, Science, Nature & Drawing will be led by Paula Curtis-Everett at The Folk Art Studio at Fiber and Vine, 402 Main Street in Norway on Wednesday, August 14th. This workshop series aims to open pathways for kids to consider the visual arts and making as a worthwhile activity and even imagine a dream that becomes a career one day. 

Workshop Description: Exploring nature with pencil and paper is fun. Imagine finding an apple with a hole in it: Who lives in there and why? How did they get there? Or imagine finding tracks in the snow. Who made the tracks and where were they going? Draw a picture of what you have seen, then try to figure out the story. Today we will look at nature’s story, draw a sketch of what we see, and figure out what is happening. Bring your curiosity, imagination, and wonder. All other supplies will be provided.

Paula Curtis-Everett, Maine Master Naturalist, has always had a love for drawing and a curiosity for what she sees. She loves researching the “why” and “what” of what she finds in nature. Paula is a retired registered nurse who worked as a school nurse as well as a geriatric nurse.

The Western Maine Art Group, The Folk Art Studio, and Fiber & Vine have partnered to bring this workshop series to the Oxford Hills. Through a generous grant from The Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Credit Union, the Rotary Club and an anonymous donor, this final workshop will be offered at a reduced rate of $15. Workshops are currently presented for two age groups: 10 am – noon for children ages 6 – 8 and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for children ages 9 and up.  For this workshop, please register by August 7th. Space is limited. Materials and snacks are included. For information and registration, contact fiberandvine.com.

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Two Job Openings

June 29, 2019

317 Main Community Music Center, Yarmouth

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Position Summary

317 Main Community Music Center (317 Main) provides music education and enrichment activities through tuition-based programs at its studios in Yarmouth, free music education in the greater- Portland area through grant-funded partnership programs, and a variety of events, camps, and festivals throughout the year. 317 Main is looking for a music education professional to direct and lead our community partnership programs, summer camps, and other special programs including the annual HenryFest.

Position Description

The Director of Community Partnerships and Special Programs will be a key member of 317 Main’s music education administrative team and will work closely with the Director of Music Education, teaching artists, partner organizations, and the community. The specific areas of responsibility include the following:

Community Partnerships

Work with area schools, libraries, and other community service organizations to develop and implement mission-based programs that are accessible and relevant and are targeted to populations experiencing financial, geographic, and other barriers to participating in music education. These grant- and partner-funded programs are free to the students. Most students are elementary through high school age, but we also offer programming for adults and families. The key responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Director of Music Education to develop and implement program curricula that is applicable and relevant to the population(s) being served;
  • Maintain relationships with current/former partners with a focus on mission-based sustainability and compatibility;
  • Identify new community partners based on intersection of mission and opportunity;
  • Recruit/hire/train teaching artists to lead the programs;
  • Train/manage program volunteers;
  • Develop individual partner program plans that include scope, schedule, budget, and evaluation criteria;
  • Manage instrument and equipment inventory;
  • Work closely with the 317 Main Director of Music Education, Director of Development, andDirector of Marketing/Communications to support grant-writing/reporting and general communications regarding the partnership program(s);
  • Participate on the 317 Main Programming Committee; and
  • Develop annual Community Partnership Program budget and track/report on progress of the budget through the year.Summer Camps317 Main currently offers summer day-camp opportunities for children ages 6-10 (Discovery Camp) and ages 10-15 (Jam Camp). The camps are each one-week long and are designed to meet every child where they are, combining summer fun with quality music education. The Discovery Camps provide an introduction to a variety of instruments (e.g., ukulele, violin, piano, pennywhistle) and Jam Camp emphasizes ensemble play. Each session culminates in a celebratory and informal performance for family and friends. Responsibilities associated with running summer camps include:
  • Work with Director of Music Education to design annual camp structure and curricula;
  • Hire/train teaching artists and student junior counselors to teach/support camp;
  • Develop annual camp budget for approval with the Business Manager;
  • Coordinate with the Director of Marketing/Communications on the development and dissemination of marketing strategy and promotional materials; and
  • Management, oversight, and administration of all camp activities and responsibilities during each camp session.HenryFest

    Henryfest Dancing

    HenryFest is 317 Main’s annual Community Music & Dance Festival where we invite the community to come and spend the day with us at this family-friendly outdoor festival at Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth. The Festival includes a main stage for music performance, music and dance workshops designed for all ages and abilities, children’s activities, an instrument discovery tent, lawn games, local food trucks, craft beer, and homemade pie. The responsibilities for HenryFest include:

  • Developing an annual budget for HenryFest;
  • Working with the Director of Music Education to plan for and book performers for the Main Stage and workshop tents;
  • Procuring key elements of the festival infrastructure (tents, food/drink vendors, sound, etc.);
  • Recruiting/training a Volunteer Coordinator, and support the recruitment of volunteers; and
  • Management of pre-, day-of, and post-festival activities including set-up, break-down, and coordination with the owner of Skyline Farm.Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in music education (preferred), music performance or comparable;
  • Administrative experience including budget development, program management, management of people, and other leadership skills;
  • Ability/desire to be part of a team in a fast-paced environment;
  • Computer skills include knowledge/experience with word processing, database, and other communication tools.The Director of Community Partnerships and Special Programs is a year-round, 32hr/week salaried position eligible for benefits. This position may be combined with an active schedule as a 317 Main Teaching Artist (compensated at 317 Main Teaching Artist rates)To Apply

    Please email your current resume with a cover letter to apply@317main.org. It will be helpful if your cover letter indicates how your professional interests and qualifications are a good match with the position and the 317 Main Community Music Center’s mission to encourage creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. To apply by mail, please send to: 317 Main Community Music Center, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096.

LITTLE ROOTS PROGRAM COORDINATOR Early Childhood Music Education / Part-time 

Position Summary

317 Main’s Little Roots program is an important part of the 317 Main curriculum and continuum. We are looking for an experienced and energetic early childhood education professional to coordinate the continued growth and development of 317 Main’s Little Roots program.

317 Main’s Little Roots Program Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Music Education, Little Roots teaching artists, administrative staff, and the 317 Main community to facilitate the Little Roots early childhood (ages 0-6) music education programs and services at 317 Main.

317 Main’s Little Roots curriculum combines music-making with movement, encouraging young children to feel the music in their bodies as they learn fundamental creative skills. Little Roots programs are distinctive, relevant, and consistent with 317’s friendly, fun, and accessible mission-based priorities. This welcoming approach is combined with a curricular foundation that, in a group setting, teaches children (and family members) to: sing comfortably; experience rhythm physically; and develop a dynamic and emotional relationship with the communicative power of music.

Current Little Roots offerings include Little Roots Family (all ages with caregivers), Little Roots Drum & Strum (djembe & ukulele, 3-5 yr olds), Little Roots Ukulele, Little Roots Fiddle, and Little Roots Piano classes (5 & 6 yr olds). Classes are currently offered Monday-Friday with plans to expand into Saturday and possibly into communities beyond our home base in Yarmouth.

Position Description

The Little Roots Program Coordinator has two primary functional responsibilities. The first functional responsibility is to work with the Director of Music Education to deliver a curriculum that is relevant, compelling, and consistent with the 317 Main approach to music education which:

• combines fun with quality music education
• attracts and retains families with children ages birth to 6 years old
• connects to the established program continuum beyond age 6
• has systems in place which measure the quality, consistency, and value of all of the programs and services offered and allows for continuous improvement.

The other primary area of responsibility will be to work with the Director of Music Education to:

  • mentor, coordinate training, and evaluate Little Roots teaching artists/programs
  • coordinate annual program plan for Little Roots
  • work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to develop a marketing & communications plan for the Little Roots program
  • communicate with parents and teaching artists about Little Roots program offerings
  • maintain an active schedule as a Little Roots teaching artist (compensated separately at 317 Main Teaching Artist rates)
  • plan and implement special programs and events designed to promote the Little Roots brand to the greater community
  • develop and maintain an annual budget for equipment, supplies, meetings, and training sessions, and work with the Business/Finance Director to make necessary purchases
  • be the ambassador of the Little Roots music to the communityQualifications
  • Must have passion, dedication, and experience in the field of early childhood music education
  • Must be personally engaging, friendly and want to work in a fast-paced community-oriented environment
  • Must have experience and be comfortable working with children, parents, teaching artists, and administrative staff
  • Must possess strong administrative skills and have experience developing and overseeing the implementation of program plans
  • Must be able to work as a team player in support of an organizational mission
  • Must possess good verbal and written communication skills
  • Instrumental and vocal skills are strongly preferredRequirements• Degree in Early Childhood preferred, K-5 or comparable experience considered • At least 3 years of teaching experience in an early childhood education setting • Certification/experience in Kodály, Orff, and/or First Steps in Music a plus

    The Little Roots Program Coordinator is a part-time, year-round, 16hr/week program administration position. It is designed to be combined with an active schedule as a Little Roots Teaching Artist (compensated at 317 Main Little Roots Teaching Artist rates).

    To Apply

    Please email your current resume with a cover letter to apply@317main.org. It will be helpful if your cover letter indicates how your professional interests and qualifications are a good match with the position and the 317 Main Community Music Center’s mission to: encourage creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. To apply by mail, please send to: 317 Main Community Music Center, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096.

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Research

June 28, 2019

Music and Brain

A large-scale study that took place over a long period of time shows the connections that music lessons have on improving children’s cognitive skills and academic performance. 

Dr. Artur Jaschke from VU University of Amsterdam teamed with Dr. Henkjan Honing and Dr. Erik Sherder to initiate a “long-term study on the possible effects of music education on cognitive skills that may underlie academic achievement.”

This is the first study of its type in the Netherlands. The study included 147 students in primary schools over 2 1/2 years. Their research found that “structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities – particularly around inhibition, planning and verbal intelligence and therefore their academic achievement”.

If you’d like to learn more please go to the Music Education Works Blog

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