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What a Conference!

October 28, 2013

Arts Education: Leading the Way conference

Another statewide conference is history and from all the reports it was a SUCCESS! If you were able to join us THANK YOU! A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the Leadership Team and the Teacher Leaders who worked long hours to plan and provide AMAZING workshops. If you were there and didn’t provide feedback at the end of each session and again at the end of the day please be sure and do so! It is not too late! We really appreciate you to taking the time to provide the feedback to help us build on the needs of arts education. Below you can see photos from the conference, thanks to Heidi O’Donnell for taking and sharing pictures!


Justin Zang sang the National Anthem


Greetings from the University from Jeff Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


Opening Session included a presentation on the draft of the National Core Arts Standards


Lynn Tuttle, from Arizona, presents the information on the draft of the National Core Arts Standards


Students at the center!


Janie Snider, art teacher leader, from RSU24 presenting her workshop called Empowering Students Through Assessment Techniques and Strategies.


Bronwyn Sale accepting the Carol Trimble award for her commitment, collaborative spirit, and contributions to the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.


Collaborative artwork contributed to by the conference participants. Thanks to Charlie Johnson, Lisa Marin, and Leah Olson for helping!


Closing session – the University Singers under the Direction of Dennis Cox with Laura Artesani on the piano


Pick 3 Workshops!

October 4, 2013

So many great workshops to attend – select 3!

Have you been asked by your administrator to identify what how you will measure, document, or perhaps track students to determine if they can meet the proficiency graduation requirement starting with next years freshman class? Or maybe you are transitioning to a standards-based student-centered classroom? Or perhaps you’re interested in expanding your thinking on formative assessment? These are just some of the questions being addressed by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative teacher leaders in the workshops being presented on October 24 at the Arts Education: Leading the Way conference being held at UMaine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts.

You can register for the biennial statewide conference by clicking here

You can go to the blog post called How Do I Register for the Conference at that I posted on October 2 for step-by-step instructions that walks you through registering.

You can learn more about the conference by clicking here

The conference cost $80.00 and PLEASE NOTE: purchase orders will not be accepted.

If you have questions please email me at

Starring: YOUR COLLEAGUES from across the state of Maine – presenting a variety of workshops on topics that you are curious about, needing to learn more about, and useful new ideas! The schedule has three time slots when you can attend workshops along with an opening session where Lynn Tuttle, from the Arizona Department of Education, will be providing information on the draft of the National Core Arts Standards.

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How Do I Register for the Conference?

October 2, 2013

October 24, UMaine, Collins Center for the Arts

I know you can’t wait to register for the conference since the workshops look sooooooo outstanding AND you can’t wait to have first-hand information on the National Core Arts Standards from Lynn Tuttle who is traveling from Arizona.

WELLLLLL…. After you go to the Maine Arts Commission site at and check out the details for the conference you are ready to register! Below are step-by-step instructions with screen shots to help you be successful. Please let me know if you have any problems or questions by emailing me at

  • Screen shot 2013-10-01 at 9.07.26 PMSTEP 3: Click on “Add to Basket”
  • STEP 4: Click on the up/down arrow to the left of the day(s) you are registering for. Notice that the total amount on the right side changes depending on what and how many you are registering for. (Arts Education: Leading the Way, 1-day, Thursday conference is $80.00 which includes lunch). It will look something like this:
  • Screen shot 2013-10-01 at 9.13.57 PMSTEP 5: Click on “Add to Basket”. It will look like this:
  • Screen shot 2013-10-01 at 9.15.33 PMSTEP 6: Click on “Proceed To Checkout”. It will look like this:

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  • STEP 7: Fill in the information and click on “Proceed To Checkout”.
  • Screen shot 2013-10-01 at 9.21.46 PMSTEP 8: Fill in your credit card information and click on “Submit”.

Screen shot 2013-10-01 at 9.23.10 PMIf you don’t wish to use a credit card online you can call the Box Office at the Collins Center at 1-800-622-8499 and use your credit card over the phone. The other option is to register by mail. You may pay with a check. The address is Collins Center for the Arts, 5746 Collins Center for the Arts, Orono, ME 04469. In case you need it, their fax number is: 207-581-1837.

PLEASE NOTE: Purchase orders are not being accepted.


Relevant and Authentic

September 24, 2013

Arts Education: Leading the Way Conference – October 24

I can’t think of two words that better describe why you should seriously consider attending the upcoming conference ARTS EDUCATION: LEADING THE WAY on October 24 at UMaine, Collins Center for the Arts. Relevant and Authentic – YOUR colleagues have created workshops that are both relevant and authentic to the work you do each day in arts classrooms.

There are 35 workshops to select from which are being presented by YOUR colleagues from throughout Maine. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s teacher leaders have been working to put together the following 35 different workshops:

  • It’s Hard to Pick Your Nose When You are Clapping Your Hands – The Importance
    of Music in Early Childhood!
  • Standards-based Proficiency Data Made Manageable
  • The Choreography of Turning it On
  • Do We All Speak the Same Language?
  • LD 1422: Implementing Maine’s Proficiency Based Graduation Requirement
  • Empowering Students Through Assessment Techniques and Strategies
  • Digital Portfolios: Organizing curriculum and student work to show growth and proficiency
  • Progressive Assessments and Creativity
  • Assessing Student Performance in Your Classroom
  • “Dancing on With/On the Dark Side”
  • More on the National Core Arts Standards
  • Guerilla Advocacy-Embracing shameless promotion on behalf of students and Arts programs
  • TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER: School Leaders- YOU CAN support Arts Education in the 21st Century!
  • “All The World’s A Stage”
  • Literacy – A Gateway to Creativity
  • Benefits of a Student-Centered Classroom
  • Rappin’ Differentiation Instruction
  • Learning Through Doing – Using Theatre games to enhance lessons across the curriculum
  • Including Reflection in Formative Assessment
  • Controlling the Chaos: The world of student-centered education
  • Working Backwards from a Great Art Lesson to Standards and Assessment
  • From Overwhelmed to in Control: Power Standards Help Connect the Dots
  • Visual Journaling: A Pathway to Reflective Self-Assessment
  • Thirty Eight Years of Teaching and Still a Rubric Virgin?
  • Stick Figures and Finger Painting – Dispelling myths about elementary art programs
  • You life it? I love it! Strategies for successful art critiques with K-5 Elementary Art students
  • Maine Learning Results: Guiding your Ensemble Curriculum
  • Monitoring Arts Students’ Progress in Meeting Graduations Standards
  • Back to Basics: How to create learning targets and I CAN statements
  • Deep Scuba Thinking: Development of Vocabulary Literate Musicians
  • Gifted and Talented in Music Education
  • Big Journeys Begin with Small Steps
  • Going Beyond the Activity: Assessing the MLRs: Three C’s (Creativity, Criticism, & Connections)
  • iPad, uPad, We All Scream for iPads!

Along with the outstanding workshops the morning presentation will be on the National Core Arts Standards with Lynn Tuttle who has been co-leading the development of the work. We are fortunate to have Lynn joining us for the day. Along with her presentation to the group she will be offering a follow-up session. Learn more about the draft standards AND provide your feedback on the draft.

See photos of the teacher leaders with a description of each workshop by clicking here.

See the schedule for the day by clicking here.

Register by clicking here. PLEASE NOTE: School purchase orders are NOT being accepted. The cost of the conference is $80.00 for the day which includes lunch.

Please consider inviting your administrator (principal, superintendent and/or curriculum leader) to attend since there are several workshops that are filled with information for them as well.

The day will be worthwhile and provide you with “food for thought”, opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the state, and ideas for practical application in your classrooms and schools!

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to email me at

The Arts Education conference is in conjunction with the Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) being sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission and held on October 25 and 26. For information on the MICA conference please click here.

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