Posts Tagged ‘Maine Learning Results’

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In Today’s News

June 24, 2020

Maine DOE begins work of creating ME Learning Platform

Created by Maine educators for Maine educators and students, the Department of Education is proud to announce that the work of creating the Maine Learning Platform has begun.  To provide anytime, anywhere learning options and resources for educators, students and their families, the Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with curriculum coordinators, Maine educational community organizations, museums, learning centers, and Maine educators, is creating a library of asynchronous learning modules that are aligned to Maine’s Learning Results.

Developed by the over 400 Maine educators who have answered the call to create innovative lessons, these modules will be integrated to ensure that learning is synthesized across subject areas, and are project-based to encourage learning that is active and engaging.

The Department is developing a custom web-based platform to house these modules. The platform will provide educators and families with a bank of resources, with which they can provide students robust learning opportunities.  These modules could be utilized for enhancing lessons, remediation, enrichment, credit recovery, or for use during remote learning – whenever a student cannot access classroom instruction.

Each module will be designed around the essential question, “How do I Interact with and Impact My World?” The format will organize modules by grade level in grades pk-5, and by grade span for grades 6-8 and 9-12.

The essential elements of each of the modules include:

  • A project-based format
  • Best practices in asynchronous lesson design
  • Embedded formative assessments and opportunities for students to check for understanding
  • Standards in two or more content areas, three preferred
  • Opportunities to demonstrate growth in one or more of the Guiding Principles
  • Content that is inclusive of the experiences and multi-cultural backgrounds of  students.
  • Considerations in accommodations for special education and English Learners
  • Embedded elements of social/emotional/behavioral learning and trauma-informed practices

During the first planning meeting that was held on June 15, 2020 the elements, format, and timeline were reviewed with the dynamic group of teachers, and the brainstorming and collaboration began for creating modules for a quarter of a school year.

The platform will be launched at the beginning of September, and feedback on the modules will inform the continued development process throughout the 2020-2021 school year. We are excited by the professional collaboration and creativity that the platform will ignite with Maine educators, and by the development of organic, Maine-based learning resources and opportunities.

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Dancing!

December 13, 2012

Dance opportunity for younger and older students

Dance at WES 2Messalonskee High School students in Stephanie Carter’s Dance class visited their local elementary school and encouraged students to dance during recess!  The high school students planned and practiced popular dances in their Dance class and then visited Wiiliams Elementary School for two days. Dance during recess showed students another way to be active, as well as, provided an opportunity for dance to be incorporated in everyday life.

Dance at WES 6Students at Messalonskee High School can take a Dance class which can be used for Physical Education or Fine Arts credit. The Dance curriculum is aligned with the MLR Visual and Performing Arts.The components of the 70 minute classes contain a warm up segment with activities such as Yoga, Zumba, and Tae Bo; followed by stretching. Then a dance is introduced and skills are practiced. In future classes the students begin to choreograph their own routines. Students select to work as an individual, with partners or in small groups, and develop their own dances in movement such as Stomp, Swing and Contemporary Dance.

Thank you to Stephanie Carter for providing this blog post.

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Connections: Arts and Common Core Standards in ELA and Math

October 4, 2012

Let’s put this in perspective

Recently I have received emails asking about our role as arts educators and the Common Core Standards for ELA and Math. My colleague from Arizona, Lynn Tuttle, was asked to write a blog post for ARTSblog, Sept. 10, 2012. Lynn is not only the Director of Arts Education for the Arizona Department of Education but she is also the President of my national organization called SEADAE (State Education Agency Directors for Arts Education). Her post was so fabulous that we reprinted it on our SEADAE blog. The blog post is called Common Core is Here – Don’t Panic. It provides an overview and how and where the arts connect. Lynn also reminds us of the importance of the each states arts standards. Of course in Maine we have the 2007 document Maine Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction that are our responsibility to teach.

My colleague, Joyce Huser, the Fine Arts Education Consultant from Kansas conducted a webinar last year for SEADAE called The Arts, Common Core, and 21st Century Connections. She collaborated with her ELA and Math colleagues to develop the webinar that is available for you on the Maine Department of Education site.

Also underway are the re-writing the national arts standards. You can keep abreast of that work at the wiki National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. I will be traveling to Washington DC next week to meet with my colleagues from SEADAE and the chairs of each of the National Core Arts Standards writing teams. At this point the new standards are due out during the summer of 2013. I will provide a blog post on my return to share what I have learned.

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