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Day 4: Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Institute

August 9, 2012

Presentations, questions, next steps

The last day of the 4-day summer institute gave the teacher leaders from the second phase of the MAAI the opportunity to share their ideas for regional workshops. The opportunity was equally valuable for the leadership team and the first phase teacher leaders to learn from the presentations. The topics varied as much as the 20 teacher leaders do in their learning and teaching.

Part of the afternoon was spent on formative assessment “in action” through MLTIs (Maine Learning Technology Initiative) version of Jeopardy. The game was created by Tim Hart who works for Apple with MLTI and the questions were created by the teacher leaders from the first phase. It was a great fun and an example of how formative assessment doesn’t have to be stressful and serious. The categories matched our work for the week: Assessment, Technology, Leadership, and Creativity.

The day concluded with participants providing feedback including their “takeaways”. I’ve included some of the points so you can get an idea of the opportunity that these teacher leaders had and some of what they will take into their classrooms, schools, and regions.


  • The creative process is teachable and assessable.
  • Lots of awesome arts teachers in Maine.
  • The MAAI is growing strong.
  • None of us are as smart as all of us.
  • Some ideas about sparking creativity.
  • There is a broad spectrum of understanding w/regard to standards.
  • Ways of creating digital portfolios.
  • Different methods that can be used to track progress.
  • There are many ways to approach delivery of content.
  • New people and what they’re doing.
  • Bento (data)
  • News: Nationally & State.
  • Creative thinking/problem solving.
  • Where we are with Core and National Standards.
  • How to make the computer talk.
  • How to engage 30+ people in activities that are fun and they can learn.
  • We are all resources and can learn from each other.
  • I’ve learned a better understanding of formative vs. summative assessment.
  • More techniques for meaningful assessments.
  • Numerous resources and where to go for more information on any topic we discussed.
  • New Skills – technology, vocabulary.
  • New colleagues, friends & collaborators.
  • Renewed energy, we can do this.
  • Technology info. i.e. – MTLI minutes – note-share, script, sketch-up, etc.
  • A ton of resources books, online sites.
  • Ideas from discussions w/peers.
  • Activities & Assessments I can use w/my students i.e. consensogram, stickies, games.
  • Become a strong leader.
  • Assessing is important for everyone involved.
  • MLTI!!
  • There are many colleagues out there, willing to help!
  • The arts are Central, not peripheral.
  • Assessments can be straight forward & clear, not as scary as first thought!
  • Maine Learning.Net
  • Connections/Friendships
  • More confidence in myself & the Initiative.
  • Creativity Research
  • A better understanding of Standards-based assessment.
  • Data collection tools.
  • Quantifying, creative thinking/learning.
  • New energy and thinking process.
  • Inspirations.
  • Respect.
  • Using mind maps is very helpful.
  • Apply what I’ve learned regarding assessment (Just do it).
  • Continue communication and observation of great educational leaders.
  • I can do this!
  • Other educators have problems similar to mine.
  • Arts teachers are really enthusiastic.
  • I know more than I thought I did.
  • I can use new technology and enjoy it!


Summer Reading, Watching, Listening, and Learning

June 17, 2012

Points of interest wrapped up in one blog post

The information in this blog has come across my desk from a variety of sources and people. I have rolled it into one post to make reference easier for you… I am guessing there is at least one story here that will peak your interest.

  • A 5 minute+ film about John Baldessari created by Tom Waits. He is recognized for his height 6′ 7″ and his white beard and hair.  He is been called the Godfather of conceptual artist, surrealistic for the digital age. He has had over 200 solo shows, and 1000 group shows and has received many awards. You can learn more about him and watch the entertaining 5 minutes and 55 second video by clicking here. John has a great website as well –
  • While looking at the Baldessari film I discovered the website called Short of the Week which contains links to short videos. The topics are varied. This might come in useful as a resource for you and/or your students.
  • Thanks to MAAI teacher leader, music teacher at Aetna-Dixmont Jen Nash who sent me this info. I talked to Kern Kelley, who is the technology integrator for us. He shared this blogspot link with me and in her words: “The students picked a piece of art and had to put a video together. They had to talk about the different aspects of the piece of artwork and incorporate music. I thought that this would be neat to share.”
  • Will Richardson is one of those people who I find very interesting. He encourages me to think differently about school. This is a TEDx where he talks about young people and learning and starts out by referencing his daughter playing the piano.     
  • Eight schools across the country were selected to receive over $14.7 over a three year period to integrate dance, music, theater, and visual arts into the curricula. The President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities working with the US Department of Education hopes to prove that failing schools can be impacted by encouraging the expansion of creative expression. Public Radio has an interview that you can listen to by clicking here. And you can read more about the Turnaround Arts Initiative.
  • Not to long after I posted Eagles Have Landed about Suzanne Goulet’s art classroom at Waterville High School being the center of the viewing stage for the new born eagles someone sent me this video of young robins.
  • Mystery of a Masterpiece was aired on Public Television in January 2012 and tells the story of a painting that was sold for $20,000 in October of 2007 and now is thought to be a Leonardo da Vinci worth more than $100 million. Cutting-edge imaging analysis solves the mystery. You can watch the 52 min. program by clicking here. Thanks to Wiscasset Middle School art teacher Molly Carlson for sharing this information.
  • Playing for Change Day – changing the world through music. All over the world on September 22nd there will be people collaborating to inspire people to support music education. Portland is one of the locations, planned by the Maine Academy for Modern Music, and it will happen at 8:00-11:30 PM.
  • The photographs are amazing! Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography at the Bates College Museum of Art provides local teachers a FREE resource to explore a meeting point of art and science. 36 photographers from around the world are included in one of the very first exhibitions to examine astrophotography as a fine art genre. Starstruck opened June 8 and will be on view through December 15, offering ample opportunity for science and art teachers to plug in. Companion shows at the Bates planetarium are an option. To learn more or to schedule a tour, contact or A full color catalogue with essays by the jurors is available.



New and Old

January 9, 2012

Recent report and an older video

This is a recent report put out by the Wallace Foundation. It includes leadership, arts particpation, and after school programs. “The arts belong to everyone.” That was the conviction of our co-founder Lila Wallace. It has guided our efforts for more than two decades to support arts organizations as they develop and test innovative ideas to reach new audiences so that many more people might enjoy the benefits of the arts. Please click here for the report.

Thank you to my Department colleague, Laurel Sterling, for sending it.

This item is not recent interview but how interesting that it connects with the recent work in Maine in many school districts. On learning, computers, population growth, the universe. A 1988interview conducted by Bill Moyers on World of Ideas with Isaac Asimov
Please click here.

Thank you for art educators from Hampden Academy, Leah Olson, for sending it.


Maine Arts Ed Institute

August 10, 2011

Soooooo many resources

Jeff Beaudry, USM

To prepare for the institute that was held last week at Maine College of Art (MECA) participants prepared by reading articles, viewing videos, communicating on a wiki, and thinking about their role as leaders, teachers, and collaborators.

There were numerous resources provided for them and that they shared. This post is to provide you with some of the information to help you as a teacher in the 21st century classroom.

Assessment: New Hampshire Department of Education Arts Consultant Marcia

McCaffrey has many resources on the NH DOE website. For several years Marcia, and our Vermont colleague Gail Kilkelly, planned the New England Arts Education Assessment Institute. Maine’s teacher leaders read Guidelines for Arts Assessment and Envisioning Arts Assessment which can both be found at the above link. However, there are many other outstanding reading resources there as well. I suggest you spend a few minutes checking out what Marcia kindly provides there for eduators.

Jeff Beaudry, one of our planning committee members, teaches at USM. He is an

Rob Westerberg, music educator York High School

expert in assessment, data, leadership, is a photographer, and focuses much of his work (and play) on collaborating. In fact he has a really wonderful project that incorporates science and color encouraging participants to carefully observe and document the observations. We know how important observation is in the art and science world. Jeff guided participants readings contributing two chapters from Rick Stiggins assessment book. Chapter 2 is on Assessment for and of Learning and Chapter 4 called Assess How? Designing Assessments to Do What You Want. You can access both of these articles at

Joining Jeff on the assessment portions at the institute were Bronwyn Sale who was an art teacher at Brunswick High School before joining the staff at Bates two years ago. Bronwyn provided a variety of information and led a session on some of the pre-reading assignments using jig-saw. Also at the above link are two assessment articles that participants read called Self Assessment by Heidi Andrade and The View by Maja Wilson.

Technology: To help prepare for the technology segment of the institute participants

Ann Marie Hutton, Apple MLTI

viewed Tony Wagner’s YouTube on the global economy and they read Integrating Technology with Student-Center Learning, a report to the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. We were fortunate to have Ann Marie Hutton join us for the assessment institute and share her knowledge and skills with participants. Ann Marie works for Apple with the MLTI project and was an art teacher before joining the MLTI team. Did you know that you can contact MLTI and request staff to travel to your school for professional development? And, there is absolutely no cost involved!

Leadership: Carol Trimble facilitated the session on leadership modeling her leadership skills. Pre-reading was information written by Linda Lambert from ASCD called Leadership Capacity for Lasting School Improvement. Certainly all arts educators contribute to improving schools, often at the heart of that responsibility. Another article that was written by teacher Scott Hunt is called Teacher Leadership. Both articles are available on the page embedded above.

Catherine Ring, arts consultant New England Institute for Teacher Education

Rounding out our presenters last week were music educator Rob Westerberg and arts consultant with the New England Institute for Teacher Education Catherine Ring.  Both contributed resources and their wisdom and experience to the institute. There are many more resources that will be shared as time passes and you can look forward to getting at the October 7th statewide arts conference being held at USM, Portland. More information coming in the near future on the conference. The 18 teacher leaders will be presenting workshops at the conference and will also be presenting in the regions throughout the state during the school year, 2011-12.

For an update on the arts assessment initiative please go to and please email me if you have questions at

Photographs taken at the institute by Jen Nash have been posted at


Cyber Space Meeting of Artwork

July 28, 2011


You may have read a post from March 5, 2009 called Thank a Teacher where I thanked one of my high school art teachers, Bruce Aydelotte. That post received several comments and on May 9, 2011, more than two years later another comment came through on the post. The time delay was unusual. It said:                 

This is a long shot. I have a pen and ink “Rainy Day” signed Aydelotte ’34. I think your teacher is much too young to have produced this drawing, but perhaps he is the son of ??/? any ideas, please let me know.

I didn’t post it right away since I wasn’t sure if it was spam since so much time had passed. I sent the comment to Bruce and asked him what he thought. He was curious so he emailed the writer and over the next couple of weeks they exchanged many emails figuring out the mystery of the pen and ink she asked about. Below is the story as it unfolded which makes me think without technology this story would not have happened…

In 1934 Bruce’s Dad, Art, was 25 years old and in the State Police. He was a very talented untrained artist and particularly adept at pen and ink renderings. He used cross-hatching and other textural techniques to enhance his work. In 1947 he created a personal Christmas card for Bruce when he was 5 years old. Below are the drawings…


Bruce was curious enough to know if it was his Dad’s work or not so he contacted the person, assuming from the name, Elon, that it was a man. Turned out that the person is actually a woman who is a lawyer from Kentucky. Elon has a daughter with a degree in Graphic Design who was willing to scan the artwork and send it to Bruce so he could predict whether it was his Dad’s or not. The lawyer had framed the work years ago with a yellow frame. She thinks she had probably bought it at a junk shop or antique shop in Louisville, Madisonville, Henderson, KY or some place in between.

Bruce looked closely at the signature, after all this is the man who taught me calligraphy so he knows “stuff” about letters. This is what he says in his email:

The *A* is a cursive style A as was taught in penmanship class and my father had excellent penmanship……I have inserted several examples of his actual signature that I scanned from various membership cards of  his that I still have……..see his sigs below and notice the angle of the lettering, compared to Rainy Day……and the way the A’s are looped as in typical cursive handwriting….all three are very consistent…And in the sig from the drawing the A is a cursive style as well……… notice how his *y* was connected from the capital *A*, but is separate from the *d*. Unfortunately, in the Rainy Day sig several of the following letters are also separated…….but handwriting styles can, and often do,change over years………the sigs that I have shown are from the ‘50’s, when he would have been in his late 40’s……..roughly 20 years later……..

Interestingly enough he adds:

I am not a handwriting expert by any stretch, but I think there are definitely some similarities……..especially in the *Ayd* part…. there are definite similarities.

Bruce and his Dad

So, how did she stumble upon the post about Bruce? Well, here is where technology played an important part in learning about this art work. Talk about a small world… Elon says:

I’ve googled the name over the years and finally added the term pen and ink and found your student’s piece about you.  I noticed in either that (or something near it) the name of my good friend, Corliss Chastain.  Corliss taught art in Maine for years and still lives there. I’ll bet your former student knows her.

Of course I know Corliss and I am sure many of you do. Corliss taught art at Maranacook High School before she retired two years ago. Elon continued…

Arthur Aydelotte, State Police, circa 1935-36

With the availability of information on the internet, I’ve been able to identify a lot of artists.  The “less famous” are just as interesting to me as others and perhaps more interesting to me.  I don’t equate fame to the art.  The old saying, “I don’t know art, but I know what I like.”

Bruce's parents

And then Bruce learned …

Elon wants to gift the artwork to Bruce. He is has mixed feelings about accepting it since she has been such a wonderful caretaker of it for many years. Bruce thinks it is pretty cool that she has searched for a long time to find out who the artist was and now that she knows she is ready to pass it on.

“Quite an interesting adventure of discovery for her, for me, and for you………pretty amazing place this *cyber-world*.” And remember this all started over two years ago with wanting to thank a teacher. Now that it is summer perhaps you have a few extra minutes to think aobut those teachers from your past who have made an influence on you. Have you takent the time to thank them? I hope so!

Art work from the past


What Do You Think?

July 15, 2011

Check this out and let us know what your thoughts are….


MLTI Summer Institute

May 28, 2011

Bowdoin College, Brunswick

The annual MLTI Summer Institute is happening once again, and this year we’ll convene on the beautiful campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick. We will continue to draw on the expertise of the MLTI Integration Mentors and content specialists who will share their knowledge and experience as they guide participants in an intensive three day immersion in the topic of choice from our list of Summer Institute Cohorts. This intensive structure is a departure from previous Institutes where a variety of shorter sessions exposed participants to brief experiences with topics.

The goal this year is to allow participants time to dig deep into a topic and become proficient to empower, enhance and engage teaching and learning. If you’d like a break, we are offering Poster Sessions at the midpoint of the institute where you can attend shorter topic presentations. An inspiring keynote presentation and some fun evening extra curriculars (stay tuned!) will round out what’s sure to be a worthwhile professional development experience during the summer in mid-coast Maine.

When registering, please ensure you have reviewed the cohorts available You will need to select one cohort to participate in over the three days. Each cohort is limited to 15 participants unless otherwise indicated in the description. Registration for cohorts will be first come first serve, but we’ll make our best effort to accommodate everyone’s first choice. Please note on registration, there is an option to select a back up cohort!

More information on the Summer Institute can be found at

Online Registration can be found at

Cost Information:
$75.00 – Title IID scholarship    for teachers who teach at eligible Title IID schools. Includes overnight    accommodations, meals and materials.  (A list is posted online at
$100.00 – Poster Session Presenters includes overnight    accommodations, meals and materials
$125.00 – 3 day commuter    includes lunch, dinner and materials
$185.00 – 3 days includes overnight    accommodations, meals and materials
$250.00    – Out of state Teachers    includes overnight accommodations, meals, materials and MLTI Device to use during the event

If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson at

Thank you
The MLTI Team

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