Posts Tagged ‘Karen MacDonald’

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Social and Emotional Learning

January 23, 2020

Maine Teacher of the Year Association

The Maine State Teachers of the Year Association will be kicking off our 2020 Webinar Series with a one-hour online interactive professional development opportunity surrounding Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom! Join us on Sunday, January 26th from 7:15-8:15 pm via the online Zoom platform.

Karen MacDonald, MTOY 2014, and Talya Edlund, MTOY 16, will present a session where participants will explore an overview of the critical elements of a systematic Social and Emotional program in your school or district. At least two of the elements of a systematic approach will be examined more closely, including student voice. The intended audience for this webinar includes teachers and education technicians serving students grades K-8.

Please complete the Google Form below to participate. The meeting will be held via the Zoom platform and the live link will be shared with participants emails collected in the form. Participants will earn one contact hour for the webinar.

Sign up here:
https://forms.gle/btzqg339r2C1rYyA6

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In Today’s News

March 30, 2018

Karen MacDonald on Proficiency Based Education

“I recently retired from the classroom after 37 years of teaching. At the middle school where I taught, we transitioned to a proficiency-based model during the last few years of my career. That change was a consequence of our decision to separate the reporting of academic learning from the reporting of work habits and share this more honest information with parents and students. The change was also about being very explicit about the important learning at each grade level and how we would effectively teach and assess that learning. Finally, we made the shift to provide students and parents with clear guidelines for demonstrating proficiency in a specific area”.

The article was published in the Maine Press Herald, March 29. Read the entire article HERE. Be sure and read the comments as well.

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ECET2 Conference

August 9, 2016

Today and tomorrow at Colby

Kate and Sophie

Starting off the Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers! ECET2ME conference at Colby College was Sophie Towle, a 2016 Marshwood High School graduate. Sophie is a singer songwriter from South Berwick and a former student of music educator Kate Smith who taught her at Central School in South Berwick. Her third CD of original songs “An Ocean Away” will be released later this month. Sophie gives guitar lessons, plays tennis and likes to hike. She will attend Wesleyan University in Connecticut this fall and will pursue her interests in government and graphic design. If you are interested check out http://www.sophietowlemusic.com/.

The day was filled with positive energy and only got better as it progressed. Starting off the morning was the 2015 national teacher of the year Shanna Peeples from Texas who provided inspirational words. Shanna encouraged educators to tell their stories – “stories shape how people see us.”

Theresa presenting her SLAM! session

Theresa presenting her SLAM! session

Kate and Theresa Cerceo, both members of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI), attended the conference representing MALI. Theresa provided a workshop on SLAM! Student Leaders in the Arts Movement. She created SLAM! one year ago as an outcome of attending the Teach to Lead summit in Washington, D.C. It is a student leadership group who advocates for arts education. Workshop participants were very impressed with the work SLAM! and Theresa have underway. In addition there many other workshops including Creating a Positive Adult Culture, Tweeting to Lead, National Board Certification, Advocating for the Profession, Leading from the Classroom, Leading the Way to Gradeless Classrooms, Differentiating with Students and Adults, and much more

Kate 'talking' Teacher Leadership

Kate ‘talking’ Teacher Leadership

Kate and I were videotaped by a team visiting from the US Department of Education. The subject was ‘teacher leadership’. Watching and listening while Kate was ‘attached to her microphone and under the lights’ my heart swelled with pride as I was reminded of who we are in Maine and the work our arts educators are doing in their role as leaders.

The day was jam packed with opportunities to learn and network with the other 150 educators including 3 other music and 2 visual arts. The funniest part of the day was an evening with the improv group called Teachers’ Lounge Mafia. Four out of the five members are teachers in western Maine; I laughed so much my face hurt. If you ever have the chance to see them or are needing a group for any occasion check them out on facebook. Soooooo funny!

Congratulations to the ECET2 planning committee – a big shout out to the 2015 and 15 Maine Teachers of the Year, Karen MacDonald and Jennifer Dorman for their leadership in providing an outstanding learning opportunity for Maine educators!

Teachers' Room Mafia

Teachers’ Room Mafia

 

 

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Teachers at the White House

May 5, 2014

President Obama Welcomes teachers

This is the second in the series of blog posts in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-10, 2014. Thank you for the work you do supporting quality arts education!

Screen shot 2014-05-01 at 8.44.19 PMOn May 1st President Obama welcomed the 2014 state teachers and National teacher of the year to the White House. I share this information with you today since it is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week. In the photo above with President Obama is Sean McComb, the 2014 National Teacher of the year. On the President’s right is Maine’s very own 2014 teacher of the year Karen MacDonald, from King Middle School in Portland. Below is a snippet from the White House blog:

“Today is a chance to thank not just the teachers on this stage but teachers all across the country,” said the President. “We really can’t say enough about how important their role is in making sure that America succeeds. So thank you for what you’re giving our children and what you’re giving our nation.”

After emphasizing the significant role that teachers play in our society, the President honored the National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb.

Sean, a teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore, works with students in a program called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) — a college-readiness program aimed at capable students who just need that extra push.

You can read the entire post by clicking here. More importantly I suggest that you watch the (entire) video embedded in the post where Sean McComb speaks. I am proud to be an educator when a teacher speaks so distinctively about our profession.

In Sean’s own words…

“I became a teacher because I had incredible teachers who were able to shine a light of hope and possibility into a dark time in my life. Teaching is my calling to do that for others, and an opportunity to spend my career living purposefully — helping children fulfill the promise of their lives.”

 

 

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