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MAAI Mega-Regional Workshops



2013-14 Mega-Regional Workshops

The Mega-regional workshops will take place in four locations to provide all-day free professional development opportunities in arts education. The cost is $20 per person and five and a half contact hours are available for full-day participation. The workshop facilitators are the MAAI teacher leaders from all three phases. All participants must pre-register. Join us for this unique opportunity!

Dates and Locations

November 26, 2013 Ellsworth High School

January 13, 2014 University of Maine, Farmington (Cancelled)

March 7, 2014 University of Southern Maine, Portland

April 11, 2014 University of Maine, Orono

All Mega-regional workshops will take place between 8:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. 


  • 8:15am: Registration begins
  • 8:45am: Opening Session Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 -10:20am: Session I
  • 10:20 -10:35am: Break
  • 10:35 - 11:45am: Session II
  • Lunch 11:45am - 12:45pm: Participants on their own (Ellsworth site only: Student Council providing lunch for a donation)
  • 12:45 - 3:00pm Afternoon workshops: Session III Large group


Breakout Workshops 1:00 - 2:00pm

The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?

Let’s work together to explore what is proficiency in the arts? How do teachers in the arts articulate what proficiency is? What does proficiency look like at different grade levels? Either as a veteran of standards-based work or just curious to know more, this interactive session will get to the heart of the fundamental questions we have in front of us in Maine. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring samples of student work, including recorded and/or visual artworks.


Breakout Workshops 2:00 - 3:00pm

Think Tanks on Technology

This interactive session will focus on technology and its importance in our 21st Century arts programs in Maine. Topics will include the Media Arts National Core Arts Standards draft, practical usage for facilitating arts assessment and communicating results, creative ways of utilizing technology, Digital Arts and Music programs, and hands-on learning of technology. We have much to share and much to learn from each other, so be ready for engaging discussions, demonstrations and questions about technology and 21st Century arts programs.  

3:00 - 3:15pm Closing - Door prize

Contact hours

There will be 5.5 contact hours provided at the completion of all three sessions at each Mega-regional workshop.

Ellsworth High School


Session 1

Progressive Assessments and Creativity


Explore progressive rubrics that build upon each other from "developing" to "exemplary". We will also investigate practiced rubrics and checklists from specific to general. These templates will be used in a grade level activity to assess student work. Participants will examine student works of art in grade level groups and share insights with assessing creativity. Grades 6-12


Leah Olson Ellsworth High School Visual Arts

Empowering Students Through Assessment Techniques and Strategies


"What did I get and how did I do?" Participants will explore and analyze how involving students in the assessment process (from planning, choosing criteria and selecting various assessments) can empower them in their art experience. This workshop will introduce participants to The Studio Habits of Mind as a guide to creating formative and summative assessments. Students can become the advocates of their art programs through understanding the standards and assessments! Grades 5-12


Jane Snider Hancock Grammar and Lamoine Consolidated Schools Visual Arts

Gifted and Talented in Music Education


Explore strategies for identifying students as gifted and talented in music. Participants will discuss issues around what to assess, how to assess, when to assess, and common pitfalls in assessing large numbers of students. Grades K-12


Andrea Wollstadt Biddeford Intermediate School Music

From Real Time to Report Time



"From Real Time to Report Time" - Developing a Meaningful Assessment System.This workshop will focus on techniques for the elementary music classroom that make developing rubrics, gathering student assessments and organizing report cards a manageable task.  Sample rubrics and report cards will be presented.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own rubrics and/or report cards to share with the group.  Grades 1-8


Alice Sullivan Princeton/Woodland Elementary Schools Music


Session 2

Digital Portfolios: Organizing curriculum and student work to show growth and proficiency



Learn about Evernote, a digital notebook that allows online file sharing to organize student work, documents proficiency, and allows teachers to share documents with students. This workshop is relevant to all arts teachers, visual and performing. Grades 3-12


Shannon Westphal Ellsworth High School Visual Art

"All The World's A Stage"


As we move to standards based grading, how do we ensure that we are able to assess student work outside of the classroom? Particularly in the visual/performing arts students may be meeting standards out in the world at large. This workshop seeks to explore internships and contracts with students for standards met outside the classroom via performance, apprenticeships, private study, etc. Grades 9-12


Rebecca Wright Ellsworth High School Theatre

Maine Learning Results: Guiding your Ensemble Curriculum


This workshop will encourage the participant to look beyond the concert to developing life-long arts producers and consumers in the ensemble setting. Suggestions to meet each of the Maine Learning Results and tools for assessment will be shared. Grades 6-12


Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music



The Digital Classroom




Digital materials and techniques will be presented and examined for providing an open and collaborative dialogue among learners, teachers, and administrators. An essential question for this workshop is "What might student and teacher portfolios look like as evidence of teaching/learning and what should they contain to meet requirements of proficiencies and accountability?" A demonstration of Google+ and it's available apps and uses will give participants an example of structures possible through web-based collaboration. Grades 9-12 all subjects



Charlie Johnson Mount Desert Island High School Visual Arts Digital Media/ Photography and Kathleen Murphy (student)



You can register for each mega-regional workshop through Constant Contact. Here you will be able to select the workshop of your choice and will be directed to a payment site to complete your reservation. 

Program Contact Information

For information about any of the Maine Arts Commission’s arts in education funding opportunities or programs, please contact Argy Nestor at 207/ 287-2713 or by email at