Great learning opportunities
Last Wednesday at USM, Portland in the semi – storm (that almost prevented us from gathering) the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) conference took place. It was a successful day for presenters and participants. Thanks to those who braved the storm and made it safely to and fro.
If you didn’t attend there are four more MALI Megas coming up in the next 3 months. The next one is at UMaine, Orono on Thursday, February 2. Yup, that’s Groundhog day. The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to offer these following learning opportunities for educators across the state. Click on the live links for details and registration.
MALI Mega – Regional Dates and Locations and Links to information and registering
- Thursday, February 2, 2017 UMaine, Orono – Registration is available!
- Friday, March 17, 2017 Hebron Station School, Hebron (Oxford Hills) – Registration is available!
- Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Easton Schools, Aroostook County – More info coming!
- Wednesday, April 26, 2017 UMaine, Orono (Theatre) – Registration is available!
- 8:30 a.m. Registration begins
- 9:00 a.m. Opening and Morning Sessions
- 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session I
- 10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break
- 10:40 – 11:55 a.m. Breakout Session II
- 11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
- 12:45 – 1:20 p.m. Artist Showcase
- 1:25 – 2:40 p.m. Session III Maine Arts Education Census Survey
- 2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Closing
SESSIONS – pick one from each time slot
SLAM! Nurturing Student Leadership through Arts Advocacy
We will share and discuss the benefits of student leadership and creating interdependent advocacy communities. All grade levels. All content.
Theresa Cerceo Wisdom Middle/High School K-12 Visual Art
Networking within Local School Administrations to Increase Art Programming
Discussion and presentation of effective methods of empowering school administrators to commit to, and realize, increases in support for school art curricula and funding. All grade levels. All content.
Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art
Easy Jazz Improvisation Teaching Techniques for Nervous Beginners
Participants will learn simple frameworks for teaching jazz improvisation skills that work with nervous players, and beginner improvisers. Grades 7-12
Trevor Marcho Mattanawcook Academy Music
“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”
Story is one of our most essential art forms – and also one of our most neglected crafts. Telling your story can take multiple forms and at the end of the day is as much about listening as communicating out. In this session we will play with crafting elevator speeches that keep rising as the building grows taller every year; ways to integrate data into the elevator. All grade levels. All content.
Linda Nelson Maine Arts Commission Assistant Director
When you are deeply engaged in Arts Integration you realize it is about learning with your mind, body and heart in the present moment. This hands on workshop explores this idea through drama, music, movement, poetry, storytelling, and the visual arts. Come prepared to experience arts integration through your own individual lens in a safe environment. All grade levels. All content.
Lindsay Pinchbeck Director Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School
Teaching Hamilton in the Classroom
How to teach Hamilton in a theater arts class. Grades 7-12 Music and Theatre
Jason Bannister Troy Howard Middle School Grades 7-8 Performing Arts
Writing Across the Curriculum in a Performing Arts Classroom
Writing is a life skill that is of critical importance to our students. I will share ways in which I have incorporated writing composition and critical responses in to my dance classroom. All grade levels. All content.
Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance
Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing: Care and Feeding Teaching Artists as part of a Long Term Education Plan
Artist and Art teacher collaborate to present, discuss, and answer questions about building and using a successful teacher/visiting artist relationship, not to replace an art teacher, but as an important resource and teaching tool. Using their 5 years of history as a guide, they will chronicle their journey from meeting to developing month long integrated science/LA/art curriculum modules and expeditionary learning programs. They will discuss building consensus among faculty and staff, securing and managing funding sources, and gaining buy-in from students, the community, and decision makers in the school. All grade levels. All content.
Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art Kristen Andersen Camden-Rockport Middle School Grades 6-8 Visual Art
Next Step Rubric Makes Learning More Progressive
Educators will leave with strategies to put students on a continuum of learning that is teacher and student friendly. PK-12 Art and Music
Nancy Kinkade Mattanawcook Junior High School Grade 5-8 Music Holly Leighton Mattanawcook Academy Visual Art
Looking in the Mirror: The Importance of Student Self-Reflection
Self-assessment is a crucial part of learning. In the arts, it is easy for us to see a concrete product of their learning and understanding of a topic. We don’t always see student learning that happens beneath the surface unless it is verbally or orally communicated. With regular self-assessment integrated in your classroom, students become more aware and take ownership of their learning. All grade levels. All content.
Mandi Mitchell Hermon High School Visual Art
Using Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities
Learn how teaching using multiple intelligence can be a way to unlock learning goals for students with disabilities. All grade levels. All content.
Brigid Rankowski Teaching Artist
Registration is available by CLICKING HERE.
In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). During the summer of 2015 after gathering feedback from the initiative’s Teacher Leaders the name was changed to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase six, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. The mission was changed to reflect the present work underway. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.
Thank you to the MALI partners for your collaborative work: Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine Performing Arts.