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MALI Summer Institute: Day 2

August 4, 2017


Kate Cook Whitt

Day 2 kicked off with an amazing STEAM presentation from Kate Cook-Whitt. The opening was titled This is your Brain on Art: Neuroscience and the Arts  – “Examining the World Through Different Lenses: Art and Science”. Kate is an Assistant Professor of Education at the Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) at Thomas College. Participants agreed that Kate’s presentation was outstanding!

Teacher Leaders participated in several great mini-sessions, some led by teacher leaders and teaching artists leaders themselves including:

  • Nancy Frolich, Social Justice mini-lesson

    Social Justice and the Power of the Arts with Nancy Frohlich from Leaps of Imagination

  • 7 Strategies of Assessment with Jeff Beaudry from USM and visual art teacher leaders Holly Leighton and Samantha Armstrong

  • National Board Certification with visual art teacher leader Danette Kerrigan

  • Connecting the STUDIO HABITS of MIND to the NATIONAL STANDARDS in the Visual Arts classroom with visual art teacher leader Jane Snider

  • Things Into Poetry session with Brian Evans-Jones

    Things Into Poetry with poet teaching artist leader Brian Evans-Jones

In addition Bronwyn Sale and John Morris provided a session called Teaching for Creativity. The afternoon brought all three strands together (teaching artist leaders, new PK-12 teacher leaders and returning PK-12 teacher leaders) for a session with teaching artist leader and potter Tim Christensen. We engaged with a small medallion of clay using the process Tim is so in tune with: sgraffito.

The rest of the afternoon was spent on leadership, advocacy, and putting it into action on the follow up plans for the next year. Strand 1, the Teaching Artist Leaders met with Jeff Poulin, electronically, from the Americans for the Arts.

Day turned into night and educators gathered around the Thomas College fire pit for drumming and a chance for Tim to fire the clay pieces created earlier in the day in the propane fire pit. This provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the state. What a great way to end an outstanding day!

Strand 1 with Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts. Kate Smith, Design Team member, holds the computer during the question and answer period

Jennie Driscoll, Elise Bothel visual art teacher leaders

Jen Etter, music teacher leader

New teacher leaders David Coffey – music and Amy Donovan-Nucci – visual art

Tim Christensen firing the clay pieces

Fun around the fire pit!


National Board Field Tests

June 1, 2014

Calling all teachers!
Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 7.24.08 PMThe National Board is seeking PreK-12 teachers in most content areas, as well as college and graduate students pursuing a teaching license, to volunteer to participate in field tests of the revised National Board Certification process. Over the next three years, we are looking for teachers in all subject areas and developmental levels corresponding to National Board certificate areas.

When and Where?
The National Board will be field testing three components of the revised certification process: Content Knowledge (delivered at the assessment center); Teaching Practice and Learning Environment (involves creating a video); and Effective and Reflective Practitioner (a new written component). A large number of teachers are required to complete the field testing process. In addition, a significant subset of field test participants will be asked to complete all three of these components over a three-year time frame, as outlined in the table located by clicking here along with the details.

This is your opportunity to “test drive” the new certification process at no cost and no risk. It is not necessary to be Board certified to participate and you can pursue certification as a candidate at the same time. Click here for the application.


Keller is Board Certified

December 1, 2013

Congratulations Genevieve Monks Keller for achieving National Board Certification

This piece is taken from Genevieve’s blog dated November 23, 2013 called Snow~Day Artist located at So great to read and share in Genevieve’s excitement! Genevieve teaches 300 plus elementary students in Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit 12.

This morning before the sun was up, I logged onto the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website and found out that I am a NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER!
I received an email earlier in the week letting me know that the scores would be available today. I patiently waited 6 months for this news. I can not tell you how happy, thrilled and excited I am. I feel as though I could fly, though this might be influenced by the fact that it is a very windy day here in Maine.

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