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Maine Arts Assessment Workshops

December 12, 2011

Last week in Maine

Last Wednesday started out as a very funny day for me. My husband kindly rescued me by bringing me a pair of shoes after I realized that I had two right shoes with me. After that my umbrella wouldn’t close. Once I got past the laughter of both situations I had a marvelous day and realized once again how fortunate I am to work with soooooo many wonderful arts educators across the state!

Later in the day we had professional development opportunities happening in two different locations.

At Bates College… three of our arts ed teacher leaders were presenting three different workshops.

  • Quick, Down, Dirty AND Effective Art Assessment (K-5 Visual Art) with visual art teacher leader Laura Devin and her colleagues from RSU1 Karen Wolfe and Rosemary Polizotto
  • Why create criteria based on MLR standards with student involvement ? with teacher leader and  Visual Art Educator Richmond Middle/High School Jeffrey Orth
  • Finding the Hidden Treasure in Art with Student Self Assessments with teacher leader and Visual Art Educator Brunswick High School Jennie Driscoll

Laura, Karen, and Rosemary's session participants

Jennie's session, viewing artwork

Jeff presenting

The rainy cool day didn’t keep folks from attending. The three workshops had almost 20 participants; visual art educators and Bates students. It was a wonderful afternoon hosted by Maine arts assessment leadership team member and teacher at Bates College Bronwyn Sale. Thank you to Jennie and Bronwyn for their work in planning the event! A great big thank you to Bates College for partnering on this event!

Assessment webinar… The second opportunity was the arts assessment webinar, Standards Based Assessment in the Arts, the 3rd in a series of 5 webinars. The webinars are facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring. Guests on the webinar included three teacher leaders: Jake Sturtevant (Bonny Eagle High School music educator), Leah Olson (Hampden Academy visual art educator), and Charlie Johnson (Mount Desert Island High School visual art educator). Also joining the webinar was Dr. Jeff Beaudry, USM professor and Maine’s assessment planning committee member and Marcia McCaffrey, co-chair of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (leading the revisions of the national arts standards) and NH Dept of Education arts consultant.

There were over 50 participants on the webinar. If you missed it you can access the archived webinar at

You can also access the past two webinars and meeting plans at

The next webinar is scheduled for January 4th and the topic is An Elementary Discussion: How in the World Can I Possibly Do This? The topic that will be addressed is

  • Addressing the unique needs of elementary arts educators

To join the meeting, go online to (sign in as “guest”). Conference Number: 1-866-910-4857, Passcode: 140893 you can go to this link:

On February 1, 2012 the final webinar will be held called Leadership and the Arts. The session will address:

  • The Role of Teachers
  • The Role of Administrators
  • The Role of the greater Community

To join the meeting, go online to (sign in as “guest”). Conference Number: 1-866-910-4857, Passcode: 140893. Please be sure and invite your administrators to join you for this webinar!


Almost 300 Maine Arts Educators

October 12, 2011

Professional Development Opportunities

During the last week amost 300 arts educators have participated in opportunities to learn more about assessment in arts education. That is about one fourth of all the arts teachers in Maine.

On Wednesday, October 5th teacher leader Audrey Grumbling presented to her colleagues in RSU 21. At the statewide arts education conference Arts Teachers Leading the Way… Back to the Future: Arts Assessment For Learning at USM, Portland on October 7th, 225 teachers participated in 27 workshops and large group sessions. The workshops were facilitated by the 18 Maine teacher leaders.

Rob converses with colleagues in Presque Isle

Yesterday, October 6th, Lisa Marin, teacher leader from Jonesport presented all day in Machias at the Harvest of Ideas workshop to 10 Washington county teachers. And, I traveled to Presque Isle with teacher leader Rebecca Wright from Ellsworth High School, and leadership team members, York High School music teacher Rob Westerberg, and Catherine Ring. We facilitated an all day workshop with 40 arts teachers who had traveled from all over Aroostook county.

During the next 8 months there will be 21 more workshops available facilitated by the 18 teacher leaders and 4 webinars on arts assessment. The webinar information is located at


Arts Assessment Teacher Leaders

May 10, 2011

Look to your arts education leaders

I am excited to announce the Arts Assessment Teacher Leaders who will be attending a four day professional development institute in August. They will turn around and provide workshops at the statewide arts education conference on October 7th at USM. They will also be presenting a workshop in regions across the state during the 2011-12 school year.


  • MARYELLEN SCHAPER, Bonny Eagle Middle School, grades 6-8


  • ALLYSA ANDERSON – Camden Rockport Middle School, grades 5-8
  • WILLIAM BUZZA – Leavitt Area High School, grades 9-12
  • JEN NASH – Etna-Dixmont, grades PK-8
  • MATTHEW DOIRON, Sanford High School, Sanford, grades 9-12
  • DEB LARGE, Hall-Dale High School, grades 6-12
  • JAKE STURTEVANT, Bonny Eagle High School, grades 9-12
  • ALICE SULLIVAN, Woodland/Princeton, grades K-12
  • SHARI TARLETON, Brunswick Junior High School, grades 6-8


  • SHANNON CAMPBELL, Vinalhaven School, grades K-12
  • LAURA DEVIN, Woolwich Central School, grades K-8
  • JENNIE DRISCOLL, Brunswick High School, grades 9-12
  • AUDREY GRUMBLING, Mildred L. Day School, grades K-8
  • CHARLIE JOHNSON, Mount Desert Island High School, grades 9-12
  • LISA MARIN, Jonesport-Beals High School, grades 9-12
  • LEAH OLSON, Bucksport Middle School, grades 5-8
  • JEFFREY ORTH, Richmond Middle/High School, grades 6-12
  • SHALIMAR POULIN, Gardiner High School, grades 9-12


  • REBECCA WRIGHT, Ellsworth High School, grades 9-12

The Maine Arts Assessment wiki is located at where you can watch the work unfold.



Summer Institute Planning Meeting

April 27, 2011

Decisions were made

Last Thursday we had an all day planning meeting for the Teacher Leader Summer Institute for Arts Assessment. We completed our goal of creating a rough draft of the summer schedule. Maine and arts educators are fortunate to have a team that has committed to carrying out this important work. The planning members are:

  • Rob Westerberg
  • Catherine Ring
  • Jeff Beaudry
  • Bronwyn Sale
  • Carol Trimble
  • Shalimar Poulin

The summer institute will be held for four days in August and we envision that the professional development opportunity will include three components:

  1. Understanding assessment in the arts/what does quality assessment in the arts mean in a standards based arts education environment. What are the principles of quality assessment?
  2. Leadership which includes three parts: a. teacher leaders in schools b. leading workshops  c. communicating with school administration
  3. Learning how to utilize technology as a tool for assessment

Planning team hard at work!

If you haven’t visited the Maine arts assessment wiki it is located at Our overall goal is to create an environment in Maine where assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts educators do to deepen student learning in the arts. 

The leadership team has been selected and their names will be listed in the near future! We were very impressed with the quality of the applicants and look forward to working with them. If you have resources and/or samples of assessment tools please begin thinking about sending them for others to read and learn from the exciting work you do!

Just a reminder that you will have the opportunity to ontribute and learn at the statewide arts education conference scheduled for October 7th!

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