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Happy Summer!

June 21, 2017

First day

Today marks the “official” first day of summer. I realize that most schools are out for the summer break and that some schools are still in session. Whatever is happening in your life right now summer plans can be underway, if they aren’t already. What will you do this summer? How will you spend your time?  Thought about any books to read? Any professional development to attend? Any videos to view or courses to enroll in? Rewrite lessons, units, or course syllabi?

There are a variety of professional activities to engage your mind in many different ways. Once you take a deep breath and catch up on a little sleep, consider setting some goals for yourself. What will you do and where might it take you?

Consider the following online resources that you can take along almost wherever you go and get your summer thinking underway:

More information and suggestions for summer professional development that you can take the lead on will be posted on the blog in the near future.


NEW Resource Bank Unveiled

October 18, 2015

Awesome resources for you!

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Last week at the Statewide Biennial conference at the Point Lookout Conference Center one of the exciting announcements that took place was the unveiling of the MALI (Maine Arts Leadership Initiative) Resource Bank. This is the second year in a row that funds have been provided by the Maine Arts Commission to create resources that are useful to all arts educators.

The resources are located at


  • During the 2013-14 school year the MALI Resource Team created a template that was used for the team to create resources. You can download it from the site and use them yourself.
  • A searchable data base that includes resources for the following categories: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theater Arts, Visual Art, Creativity, and Student Voices.
  • The Maine Learning Results Standards document
  • Pictures and links to the contributors so you can communicate with them if you’d like to
  • A bit of the history

All of us at MALI are very excited about the Resource Bank and hope that you find it useful. We encourage you to take some time on the webpage to search topics. Certainly they can be used ‘as is’, or you can adapt or adopt them, as is.

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A great big thank you to Catherine Ring and Barbara Vinal for working closely with the Teacher Leaders who were part of the Resource Bank team and to create the searchable website!

Thank you to the Maine Department of Education for the funding to create the website!

Please note: On August 3, 2015, MAAI, the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, announced its new name, MALI, the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. MALI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission. You can read about it at Please email Argy Nestor if you have any questions at


MAAI Resource Team

June 11, 2015

Amazing resources available soon

The Resource Team meeting by Zoom updating each other on their progress

The Resource Team meeting by Zoom updating each other on their progress

During the last few months the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Resource Team has been working to create more resources for the ‘bank’. The quality and variety of information contained in this second series of resources is very impressive. During the next couple of weeks the six team members are putting the finishing touches on their resources. They will be unveiled at the MAAI Summer Institute in early August.

Catherine Ring from the New England Institute for Teacher Education is the Project Manager, contracted by the Maine Arts Commission to oversee the work. Members of the 2015 Resource Bank Team include:  Theresa Cerceo (Frenchville), Patti Gordan (Raymond), Danette Kerrigan (Hiram), John Morris (Bridgton), Jake Sturtevant (Buxton), and Sarah Swain (Westbrook).

The Team has been meeting through Zoom video conferencing.  They’ve shared ideas, documents, and videos and provided each other with feedback as critical friends. It has been an amazing process to watch as the teachers have created their resources and shared them with each other. This years resources will contain documents as well as videos which we hope will provide greater clarity for educators accessing the resources. Last years resources are available at

This week we had a Zoom meeting with MAAI Leadership Team members, Rob Westerberg and Barb Vinal, to get their technology expertise on where to store the many resources so they are shareable and searchable. There is a lot of work behind the scenes, by MAAI Teacher Leaders and Leadership Team.



Resource Bank

August 7, 2014

Unveiled at the Summit on Arts Education, July 23


Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission, announcing the MAAI Resource Bank

What do you get when you bring together intelligent, creative arts teachers from all over Maine and let them spend time together to talk about what they do? To share what they do best? To learn from each other? Then ask them to return home and do the same for others? You get a ripple effect. You get contagious enthusiasm. You get shared and improved resources. Strategies for improving teaching and learning. Bucketsful of Aha moments.  Discoveries. Connections. Networks. Zoom meetings! Who benefits from all this? Arts teachers, certainly. Teaching and Learning, definitely. And Students, ultimately!

When the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) started in 2010, the teacher leaders planned workshops, conferences, webinars, videos. Graduate courses for deeper study in music and art assessment were created. Resources were created, collected, shared. Soon, there was something really worth sharing with the larger world. Technology made it possible to live in Frenchville and share ideas and strategies with someone in Cape Elizabeth. Being the creative problem solvers that defined this group, the teacher leaders decided that a common place was needed  to “deposit” the tools, literature, videos, lesson plans, units, and assessments so that all could have these at their fingertips. Thus, the idea for the Resource Bank was born.

While it did go through a series of name changes – Depository… Repository… Resource Bank, the idea was the same throughout – teachers wanted a searchable place to put things anyone could use. But there were challenging questions to resolve first, such as how to ensure that the resources were high quality? Who would evaluate them?   What would a “peer reviewer” do? How would the Resource Bank be sustained? Where would it be housed?  What kind of template, if any, could be designed so that anyone could use them to upload resources? It was decided to narrow the focus in the first year to the development of standards based units.

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Top row: Jake, Jennie, Beth, Bottom row: Brian, Jenni, Jeff

Catherine Ring

Catherine Ring

In 2013, the Maine Arts Commission funded a six member team of teacher leaders representing Visual Art, Music and Theater, at elementary, middle and high school levels, who were be charged with two things: 1)  Create two full standards-based units, including assessments, lesson plans and resources, and 2) Create templates that anyone could use to submit resources to the bank in the future or to develop arts curricula for classroom use.

Mission 2013-14 accomplished! There are now 12 complete standards-based units, which can be accessed on the Resource Bank wiki located at These serve two purposes: 1) to be shared and/or adapted by other teachers for their own classroom use, and 2) as exemplars of quality arts curriculum work. The templates for unit design, lesson plans and assessments are available for all to use.

But our work has only begun. Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission announced the debut of the Resource Bank at the Summit on Arts Education in Portland last week. Jake Sturtevant presented a review of the work and critical friends and teacher leaders made recommendations for moving forward.

Imagine the possibilities. Quality arts resources of all kinds, in a searchable home base. Opportunities to share the best ideas and tools. The feedback from the Summit participants and teacher leaders in Phase IV will determine the next steps. Stay tuned. Teachers in the arts are leading the way!

This post was written by Catherine Ring who is on the Leadership Team of the MAAI and was project manager of the Resource Bank project in 2013. Catherine is also the Executive Director of the New England Institute for Teacher Education.

The teacher leaders involved in this important work during the 2013-14 school year:
Jennie Driscoll, visual arts, grades 9-12, Brunswick High School
Brian McPherson, visual arts, grades K-5, Woodside Elementary
Jeff Orth, visual arts, grades 7-12, Richmond Middle and High School
Jenni Null, music, grades K-12, Lake Region School District
Jake Sturtevant, music, grades 9-12, Bonny Eagle High School
Beth Lambert, performing arts, grades 9-12, Carrabec High School


Phase III Teacher Leaders, MAAI Summer Institute, June 2013


Big Week for Maine Arts Ed

July 28, 2014

This is a BIG WEEK for Arts Education in Maine!!


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We have more than 90 educators attending the Summit on Arts Education at USM, Portland campus on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and almost half of those will also be attending on Friday for the Teacher Leader day. Included on the attendee list are dance, music, theatre, and visual arts PK-12 teachers, teaching artists, other educators, and representatives from arts organizations and the university. There are 13 teams participating. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Leadership team and Teacher Leaders have been crazy busy with the agenda planning that will be full of rich learning opportunities.

Included on the agenda:

  • Sessions on Assessment, Leadership, Student-centered, Standards-based, Proficiency, Advocacy, Arts Integration, Creativity, Literacy, Technology and much more provided by MAAI teacher leaders, leadership team, members, Lesley University staff, technology integrators from NC, MLTI, and MICDL, and teaching artists
  • The unveiling of the Teacher Leader Resource Bank by Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission
  • An electronic discussion with the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) who are at a conference in Washington, DC this week
  • Arts Education Program Director, Jeff Poulin from Americans for the Arts will be presenting a session on Leadership and Advocacy
  • Stories and examples from MAAI Teacher Leaders
  • Time for networking with other Maine educators
  • Arts Education organizations, higher ed representatives, and community groups will be exhibiting and sharing information
  • The opportunity to create an Individual Action Plan and/or a Team Action Plan to implement back home in teachers school districts

Teachers who are attending the Summit will receive contact hours, CEUs or graduate credit.

If you have not registered for the Summit you may still do so no later than TODAY by clicking here For more information please click here



Maine Focus Groups and Community Conversations – don’t miss this opportunity!

Are you interested in joining others interested in arts education to talk about the future of arts education in Maine? If so, please plan on attending the event on

Tuesday, July 29, 7:00-8:00pm at the Maine College of Art, 522 Congress St, Portland, ME.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 2.27.24 PMWe have a wonderful opportunity to help influence the future of our community and the future of our state. Please join me  to participate in a discussion about the kinds of creative opportunities and activities you would like to see available for our residents, our children, and our families. Often times, plans are created for us, instead of with us they miss the mark and we miss the opportunity to see what we value included in the mix.

If you have questions about either of these opportunities taking place this week please don’t hesitate to email me at

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