Posts Tagged ‘MDOE’

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In Today’s News

January 9, 2016

Front page – Maine DOE news

As a partner in the statewide census work the Maine Department of Education provided front page coverage announcing the data collection which is located in the DOE Newsroom at http://mainedoenews.net/2016/01/06/statewide-arts-education-census/?utm_source=Maine+Department+of+Education&utm_campaign=37982279dc-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_21283d239d-37982279dc-216954057

Please take the time to take a look and forward the information on to everyone who is interested in quality arts education for all learners!

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Statewide Arts Education Survey

December 15, 2015

Launching today Arts Education Census

Many of you remember that in 2008 a statewide arts education census was conducted. At that time the work was lead by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education. Out of that work the Opportunities to Learn in the Arts reported the findings. The full report and executive summary are located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Arts-Education-Census. At that time PK-12 Visual and Performing Arts Educators were asked to complete a lengthy survey.

It is time to update the information and get a clear picture in 2016 what is happening statewide in arts education. This time every Maine school Principal is being invited to complete the survey. Principals may be asking you (PreK-12 arts teachers) to help complete the survey. I urge you to participate in any way that you can so we can get a complete picture. Our goal is 100 per cent – without every school participating we will not have a complete picture of Arts education in Maine!

Below is today’s news release from the Maine Arts Commission. You can learn more about the census plan and the opportunity that you have to participate at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Arts-Education-Census. Please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov if you have any questions.

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The Maine Arts Commission is leading the effort to conduct a statewide inventory of all arts education resources in the state’s 751 PK-12 schools currently recognized by the Maine Department of Education. Data collection has just begun and will continue through May 2016, with the goal of collecting information from 100% of Maine schools.

The objectives and outcomes of the Statewide Arts Education Census include:

  • Identifying the changes in Maine’s visual and performing arts education programs and resources since the 2009 census.
  • Discovering where students have access to quality arts education and where it is unavailable.
  • Development of a comprehensive report to inform stakeholders and policy makers at both the local and state levels.
  • Broad sharing of the census findings so that it can be used to frame conversations, evaluate where programs or program enhancements are needed, and guide policy-making decisions.

This work is an important part of the education initiative of agency’s recently-completed, five-year cultural plan. The education component of the plan will guide and inform the agency’s work in educational collaborations, promoting arts learning and enhancing the quality of arts education throughout Maine.

For the Census, the agency is collaborating with the Maine Department of Education and a steering committee comprised of representatives from the Maine Principals’ Association, Maine Superintendents, Maine Alliance for Arts Education, New England Institute for Teacher Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, cultural and arts organizations, and PK-12 educators. More information about the census can be found at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Arts-Education-Census.

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state’s cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.

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Great Day for Arts Education

December 8, 2015

Celebration at the State House

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 7.28.43 AMLast week 75 students in grades PK-12 were honored for their accomplishments in visual art and music education. We celebrated in the Hall of Flags in Maine’s State House. We are honored to have the First Lady Ann LePage as a partner in the Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts Education and to join us in recognizing the students in the ceremony.

Joining the First Lady in the Hall of Flags was Maine Arts Commission Executive Director Julie Richard, State Board of Education Chair Martha Harris, Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley, and Legislators, Mick Devin (Nobleboro) and Martin Grohman (Biddeford).

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 7.27.02 AMStudents from AOS 93, AOS 92, MSAD 41, and the Biddeford School districts were presented certificates and viewed their artwork on display throughout the State House complex, in the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Department of Education.

Additionally, students from the Waterville High School Jazz Band under the direction of Sue Barre and a select choir under the direction of Ciara Hargrove performed at the ceremony. I know that Sue, Ciara and visual art teachers Lisa Workman, Kate Grant, Suzanne Goulet, and Sasha Bladen are proud of their students’ accomplishments!

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 7.26.47 AMThis is a first for the State of Maine. The Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission are collaborating to bring together this exhibit and in celebrating the students and teachers in a ceremony. I am sooooo excited that this is happening for Maine’s students and teachers!

It is a pleasure to work with Maine’s DOE Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Beth Lambert on the Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education exhibit and celebration ceremony.

If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact Beth at beth.lambert@maine.gov or me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

Photo credits to the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission.

 

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Call for Student Artwork

October 5, 2015

EXCELLENCE IN MAINE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATION

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For over ten years, the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission have been fortunate to celebrate arts education by hosting rotating student art exhibits. These exhibits celebrate the high quality of visual art education in Maine.

This year, the Department and Commission are combining their efforts to provide these exhibits. The rotating exhibits will be displayed throughout the State House complex and in the Department of Education. Each exhibit will feature two districts from two superintendent regions in Maine. Each district will display 24 pieces so please reach out to the other art teachers in your district. During the period your students’ artwork is displayed, the artists and their families will be invited to the Hall of Flags for a Celebration of Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts Education reception. The Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission will recognize each student for their accomplishments. The reception will feature performances from the districts represented in the art show.

Please consider submitting your students’ artwork. The exhibition guidelines are below. If you are interested in displaying your student artwork, please contact Beth Lambert at 624-6642 or beth.lambert@maine.gov.

Thank you for all you do!

~ Beth Lambert, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Maine Department of Education

~ Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission

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Integration Workshop

February 7, 2015

Maine DOE

IMG_20150124_102723641Saturday January 24, the Maine Department of Education hosted an arts integration workshop at Wentworth school in Scarborough. Twenty-Five educators attended the workshop which  investigated how arts integration can support learning and  comprehension skills.

This was the first event for the Maine Arts Integration Collaborative which, will provide professional development for teachers in all subject areas to learn skills and methods on integrating the arts across the curriculum, to deepen student learning and appreciation for the arts, while raising student engagement and motivation.

IMG_20150124_134044013Drawing from Common Core standards, educators used strategies in drama, music, visual arts, storytelling and poetry that provide flexible options for students to access curriculum and diverse ways of expressing understanding through arts based learning. The presenters Dr. Louise Pascale, of Lesley University and Dr. Lisa Donovan of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts provided arts integration strategies for more students to access curriculum, engage with materials and demonstrate understanding. Some of the strategies included were:
Visual Art Strategy: Bookmaking
Visual Art Strategy: Observational Drawing
Storytelling Strategy: Personal Storytelling
Drama Strategy: Tableaux
Music Strategy: Soundscape
Poetry Strategy: Observation Poems

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Student Art Display Opportunity

May 27, 2014

Maine Department of Ed Art Display

manikinThe exhibition schedule to display artwork at the Maine Department Education office is now available on a first come-first taken basis to visual arts teachers. The display dates will be:

October 1, 2014 – December 30, 2014
January 1, 2015 – March 31, 2015
April 1, 2015 – June 15, 2015
MLTI will display the summer months

Please read the specifications an requirements below before requesting an exhibit date.

Maine Department of Education Art Display
Specifications and Requirements

NUMBER OF DISPLAY HOLDERS:  24
(11 are landscape (horizontal); 13 are portrait (vertical)) – Total: 24 pieces of artwork
SIZE (opening) OF DISPLAY HOLDERS:  18” by 24”
ELIGIBILITY:  Pre K-12 student artwork

Guidelines:
·         Mount artwork on 18”X24” construction paper (nothing heavier) and ready to be slipped into the artwork holders. Only ONE piece per frame please!
·         2 labels for each piece – one attached to the back of the art and one paper clipped to the piece to be used for the art label (info below)
·         Please include a list of the students with their name, school, and grade in one document
·         Please include a disk with the photographed work for use online or please email the images (be sure and have them labeled with the name and grade of artist). Let me know of your school’s guidelines for posting student work.
·         Please include release forms with permission to post the work online
·          (I can provide a form if you’d like)
·         Deliver artwork to the address below a few days before scheduled exhibit. (Artwork will be returned within a week of exhibit completion).

shapes-of-wonder-emily-hayes-mt-vernon-elementary-school-grade-2-dona-seegersLabel holder size 6.5” by 1.5”
Include on label:
·         Name of artist
·         Title of work (optional)
·         Medium (optional)
·         Age or grade of artist
·         Name of school/teacher

Send work to:
Kevin Facer, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

Physical address if the artwork is hand delivered:
111 Sewall Street, Augusta (Cross building, next to the State House)

If you have any questions please call Kevin Facer @ 207-624-6826 or email kevin.facer@maine.gov.

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Introducing Kevin

May 18, 2014

Kevin Facer, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Maine Department of Education

KFacerI am happy to introduce you to Kevin Facer who joined the Department recently. He’d love to hear from you so don’t hesitate to contact him at kevin.facer@maine.gov

  1. Tell us about your professional (and if you’d like to include personal) background. How did you get where you are?

Hi Argy, thanks for the opportunity to meet arts educators through the blog. I was an arts kid in high school. The arts were, and still are important to me and most likely helped me stay in school. After high school, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and then started a community college program in photography. I worked as a blue collar chef and then photographer in commercial and fashion sectors in Philadelphia. I went back to graduate school and did an MA in Humanities and M.Ed. in Arts Ed., and started teaching photography after having a show at college. Currently, I’m working on a dissertation about artists and creative problem solving toward an Ed.D.

  1. What did you think of this real Maine winter?

This one seemed harsh. I hope it gets better.

  1. Why did you become an art teacher?

I didn’t set out on a career to become a teacher. I suppose it found me by accident. Having experience as a working photographer and making my own photographs to show led me to start teaching after an exhibit I had at a college. After a few years adjunct teaching, I began teaching high school photo and art. Working in a studio environment with students is a rewarding experience and I believe all arts teachers share a similar perception about what they do.

  1. What are you most passionate about in arts education?

As a teacher, for me it is all about creating memorable learning experiences. The kind of experiences students will know and remember because they grew and gained from doing it. Arts teachers understand the uniqueness of the creative learning process that ultimately lead to both self and creative discovery. Curriculum standards and learning outcomes are part of the process of teaching that frame steps in learning, but as teachers we also want to do things that spark creative thinking as a lifelong habit.

  1. What are your most important goals as VPA specialist?

Right now all of the core functions of the job seem important, with emphasis on supporting Proficiency Based Education and Educator Effectiveness. But with arts education specifically my work with MAAI, promoting arts integration with other content specialists and teachers, STEAM education as an approach to teaching, gifted education opportunities in the arts and building partnerships with arts teachers across the state, and connecting to community, state and national arts organizations are my priorities.

  1. What is your advice for arts educators?

I may not be the best choice for advice. But, I believe arts teachers need to take ownership of the arts programs in their school. Network and gain support from parents and your community. Showcase your work and the work of your students; collaborate and acts upon discussions with teachers and administrators in your school and those connected to you as these discussions can create great things. Look for unusual and customary ways to advocate for the arts in your conversations as these connections help everyone involved to become stronger and more engaged. Years ago, I taught in a high school that didn’t have a gallery space to show student work. Sure the hallways are okay, but I really wanted to do more. So, during a week there were school board and community meetings I got a 16’ truck and turned it into a mobile gallery, parked it in front of the meeting places and in town on Friday evening. Many people walked up the ramp to see the student show, which turned into strong support for the school and our arts programs.

  1. What do you believe are three keys to ANY successful visual and performing arts education?

I spent some time thinking about how success can be defined in terms of stability of the arts program, status within the school and community, experience and notoriety of the teacher. These things can have influence on a program, but it’s all about student learning and their engagement with the arts. So, with this out front, my three keys are:

  • Challenging Instruction – Think “Habits of the Mind” for the arts area you teach.
  • Engagement – How active students are in their school and community about the arts.
  • Legacy – This is from my experience as a high school art teacher, but when students wrote to me ten years after graduation about how their art experiences are used in their jobs, that they have a job (that they like) directly related to the arts, or send an invitation to an exhibit or performance, makes you think that maybe you made a positive difference.­
  1. You’ve had a chance to check out the MAAI what benefits do you see in educators becoming involved?

Arts assessments are going to change the scope of arts instruction, not necessarily in the content of what is being taught, but definitely in how the arts will be taught and the nature of evaluation. Therefore, assessment is split into two major areas of Arts Knowledge (basic skills to include tests) and Art Ability (examples of production). This implies there is a shift in thinking from grading an assignment or project, to evaluating student learning. This is why being part of MAAI and learning new approaches to teaching and assessment will be valuable to teachers.

  1. If you were given a $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

It’s been far too long since my wife and I had a real vacation, but after that I would like to put the funds into the development of a center/institute for arts, craft and science where the mission is to discover connections between disciplines. Light on curriculum, heavy on creating, that would be my ideal learning environment.

Contact Information: kevin.facer@maine.gov

 

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