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Blues Festival

July 14, 2018


If you love the Blues I’m sure you’re aware that the annual North Atlantic Blues Festival is happening this weekend at the public landing in Rockland, July 14 and 15. Amazing performers will be there to delight the audiences and all of Rockland will be providing music and food offerings in the spirit of the festival. Performers include: Kat Riggins, Vanessa Collier, Bobby Rush, Tab Benoit, Lil Ed and the Blue Emperors, Wee Willie Walker and the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter Connection, Lurrie Bell, Ilana Katz Katz, Slam Allen, and Mud Morganfield.

Opening the festival are students from the Midcoast Music Academy. After a week of music camp where they’ve had the chance to broaden their music abilities they’ll open on both days on the main stage.

They were featured on WABI 5 television which will give you an idea of the amazing opportunity that they’ve had this week. Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teaching Artist Leader, Tom Luther, is seen in the footage working with students. His bright smile says it all! And, the students say it best! CHECK OUT the LINK.


Summer Arts Institute: Day 2

August 4, 2011

The Beginning – Essential Questions

Music teacher Rob Westerberg and Dance teacher MaryEllen Schaper

Jeff Beaudry, professor from USM, and a member of the assessment institute planning team presented the three essential questions that are overarching our insitute.

As teachers and leaders in classroom assessment we need to pay close attention to two essential ideas identified by Stiggins in Classroom Assessment for Student Learning.  First, teachers must be masters of the five standards of assessment quality in order to communicate accurate, dependable assessment information to any audience or assessment user. The second is that students are the key users of assessment information and one of the best practices for teachers to improve student use of assessment information is to involve them directly in classroom assessment in appropriate ways as much as possible.  As we integrate teaching, learning, and assessment, we check and critique our strategies with a set of essential questions.

  1. What is good teaching?
  2. What is good learning?
  3. What is high quality classroom assessment?
  4. How does high quality classroom assessment connect with teaching and learning?

Today the Maine teacher leaders discussed some of the pre-reading which included the following: Self Assessment by Heidi Andrade, The View by Maja Wilson, Guidelines for Arts Assessment from CCSSO and SCASS, Envisioning Arts Assessment from CCSSO. Participants shared their observations in a jigsaw format.

Music teacher Jen Nash and Theater teacher Rebecca Wright

The teacher leaders are involved in professional development for four days this week at MECA. They will be be creating workshops for the statewide visual and performing arts conference on October 7th and in regions across the state. The teacher leaders are:

  • Jeffrey Orth – Richmond Middle/High School
  • Charlie Johnson – MDI High School
  • Shannon Campbell – K-12 Vinalhaven
  • Jennie Driscoll – Brunswick High School
  • Lisa Marin – K-12 Jonesport Beals High School
  • Laura Devin – K-8 Woolwich Central School
  • Audrey Grumbling – Arundel/ RSU 21
  • Leah Olson – Hampden Academy
  • Deb Large – Hall-Dale High School
  • Shari Tarleton – Brunswick Junior High
  • Allysa Anderson – 5-8 Camden-Rockport Middle School
  • Alice Sullivan – 4-12 Woodland Princeton
  • Matthew Doiron – Sandford High School
  • Bill Buzza – Leavitt Area High School
  •  Jake Sturtevant – Bonny Eagle High School
  • MaryEllen Schaper – Bonny Eagle Middle School
  • Rebecca Wright – Ellsworth High School
  • Jen Nash – Etna-Dixmont School

The day was filled with opportunities for deep conversation and learning.

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