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Arts Assessment Opportunities

January 3, 2012

Webinar, graduate course, regional workshops

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative continues to provide professional development opportunities using a variety of modes of communication in different locations in Maine.

Webinar: Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 4th, 3:30 – 4:30 will be the next assessment webinar in the series: An Elementary Discussion: How in the World Can I Possibly Do This? This webinar will address the unique needs of elementary arts teachers. I hope you will join facilitators Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring and their guests, teacher leaders Alice Sullivan (music educator) and Shannon Campbell (visual art educator). Also joining them will be music educator Barb Packales and myself.

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

Graduate course: Catherine Ring, Rob Westerberg, and teacher leader Jake Sturtevant will be teaching an arts assessment graduate course in different locations in Maine. They are excited to be sharing the many tools, strategies and resources on assessment with arts teachers.  Everyone is really busy, but this is a unique chance to take advantage of a reduced tuition of $750 for three graduate credits.  And, the courses have been approved by the Maine Department of Education for recertification. No matter where teachers are in their understanding of how to use assessment in the classroom, this course will give participants a chance to really “dig deeper” and try things out in the classroom with the support of colleagues and some fantastic instructors!

Dates and Locations:

  • January 13, 14 and March 16, 17, 2012: York High School, York (Visual Art K-12 and Music 7-12)
  • January 27, 28 and April 27, 28: Bangor (Visual Art K-12 only)
  • February 10, 11 and May 11, 12: Augusta (Visual Art K-12 and Music 7-12)

For Registration and Information, visit or call the New England Institute for Teacher Education at 207-367-5807.

Regional workshops: At the end of January are regional workshops being presented by three teacher leaders. More information will follow on these but please mark your calendars if you are unaware of these opportunities:

  • January 27: District 3 high school Honors Festival: Cony High School – Deb Large, facilitator
  • January 27: District 1 high school Music Festival: Noble High School – Jake Sturtevant and Matt Doiron, facilitators
  • January 27 or 28: District 2 high school Instrumental Festival: Oxford Hills High School – Bill Buzza, facilitator
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