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New England Institute Courses

March 18, 2018

Encountering the Arts, Music assessment, G/T 

  • Encountering the Arts: Choice, Voice and Creativity, (hybrid) taught by Lindsay Pinchbeck – April 7 to June 9, 4.5 CEUs
  • Assessment in the Music Classroom, (online) taught by music educator, Jake Sturtevant – April 2 to June 11, 4.5 CEUs
  • Educating Gifted & Talented Learners, (online) taught by Grace Jacobs – April 2 to June 18, 4.5 CEUs

Encountering the Arts: Choice, Voice and Creativity – April 7 to June 9

You can join Lindsay Pinchbeck, MALI Design Team member, in her very own school, Sweetland School in Hope, and learn some wonderful strategies to incorporate into your classroom right away. Sweetland School is s a project based elementary program inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Drama, Movement, Music, Poetry, Storytelling, and Visual Arts will be integrated across content areas: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing.

Work with colleagues, build relationships, and ask questions of the professor, in person, for two Saturdays and have the convenience of doing the rest of the coursework online. Encountering the Arts: Choice, Voice and Creativity is one such hybrid course.

Assessment in the Music Classroom – April 2 to June 11

This online course taught by music educator and MALI Design Team member Jake Sturtevant provides looking closely at assessment practices through a collaborative and fine-tuned lens. It can provide unique opportunities for growth. Connecting new assessment practices to instruction can bring exciting changes to how we approach our students and their learning.

Participants will discuss how best to apply recent music assessment work to their own unique situations in their own school music programs. This will lead them to create a personalized plan for implementing new strategies. Assessment in the Music Classroom will provide a great opportunity to look closely at assessment practices.

Educating Gifted & Talented Learners

This introductory course provides foundational information relating to the field of gifted and talented education (i.e. history, laws, etc.), details characteristics of gifted students from various populations, describes how such students are identified and assessed, and presents up-to-date, research-based pedagogy relating to curriculum design and instruction.

It may be applied toward the 690 (Gifted & Talented) endorsement for the State of Maine teachers. Join Grace Jacobs for this Educating Gifted & Talented Learners online course.

If you have questions contact Catherine Ring, Executive Director, New England Institute for Teacher Education.



April 13, 2011

How strong is your tree?

I love trees and watch some closely as part of the changes in seasons but in other ways as well. Recently while on the phone I was standing in my mud room looking out the window when something red caught my eye. At a closer look I realized it was a Pileated woodpecker pecking at a huge red maple at the end of my driveway. The big bird was looking for some breakfast at the base of the tree. As I chatted away I watched and noticed a second one. The big old maple was scarred by a piece of equipment years ago when the driveway was put in which has impacted the trees health. Part of me was happy to see the woodpecker. Within moments a second one appeared. The sound got stronger as they both searched for bugs as the snow continued to melt from the long winter.

I was glad to receive the post below from Waterville High School art teacher Suzanne Goulet. She shares some thoughts on trees and its relationship to our connections after seeing Augusta elementary art teacher Robin Brooks’ exhibit in Gardiner at ARTDOGS. In Suzanne’s words…

The show is titled, “A sense of place” and Robins works put me there. Energetic perspectives of trees and light, shapes and colors, textures and lines. Her recent black and white images with broad lines and balance, appear kinetic and monumental. Though the trees tower, they do not intimidate – they are majestic and dancing.

I first met Robin through the fantastic educator show that Allison Price (Brunswick Arts Educator) facilitated at the Saco Museum. Robin practices the philosophy of Reggio Emilia in her classroom/atelier and shared with me the journey of her district to embrace this direction and her continued growth and community that she shares with like-minded educators.

Networking is one way to share and grow in our arts community. There are much too many names for me to list here as branches in my vitae. I am professionally pleased to say that Robin is one of them.

What? Who are your branches?………what do you do to keep your arts tree healthy?

Robin Brooks with her artwork

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