2014-15 Mega-Regional Workshops
The Mega-regional workshops took place in four locations to provide all-day professional development opportunities in arts education. Participants paid $25 per person and 5.5 contact hours were available for full-day participation. The workshop facilitators were the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) teacher leaders from all four phases. The feedback included appreciation from the 242 participants for the professional development opportunity that was focused on arts education in the 21st century classroom.
Dates and Locations
All Mega-regional workshops took place between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
- 8:45 a.m. Opening Session and Morning Workshops
- 9:10 - 10:20 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session I
- 10:20 - 10:30 a.m. Break
- 10:30 - 11:40 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session II
- 11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
- 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Artist Showcase
- 12:45 - 2:45 p.m. Session III Large group by Arts Discipline
- 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Closing Session
Session III Large Group 12:45 - 2:45 p.m.
The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?
The afternoon session focused around group discussions utilizing key questions on how proficiency is being implemented across the state of Maine in our own arts classrooms. Participants left with concrete ideas and/or plans to facilitate their own actions. Some lead to breakout sessions with deeper discussions and common concerns. The session was separated between visual and performing arts teachers.
Closing Session 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
5.5 contact hours were provided at the completion of all three sessions at each Mega-regional workshop.
Mount Desert Island High School
Below are the workshops that were available for participants who attended the Mega Mount Desert Island High School, Bar Harbor on November 25, 2014.
Join us in our exploration of assessment and proficiency using the Studio Habits of Mind. This workshop will present a practical look at how we came to understand and use the constructs of Studio Thinking in our K-4 and K-8 classrooms to promote independent, self-directed learning. You will gain hands-on knowledge of these habits and leave with strategies you can use in your own classroom. Grades K-8 (Easily adapted for grades 9-12.)
Jane Snider Hancock Grammar School Visual ArtsLisa Ingraham Madison Elementary School Visual Arts
Making Evidence of Learning from a Sequence of Artworks
This hands-on workshop will explore a simple photographic darkroom technique to produce artworks to use as examples of proficiency for several of the National Core Arts Standards along with links to Maine's present P.E.I.'s. Student work will also be presented as examples/exemplars for levels of proficiency. Grades 6-12
Charlie Johnson Mount Desert Island High School Visual Arts Digital Media/ Photography
When you see 200 or more students each week, assessing everyone is challenging. The lack of time seems insurmountable! At this collaborative session, we will discuss ways to make assessments efficient for both class time and your time, while still keeping them effective for teaching and learning. The presentation is directed toward elementary classroom music, but all are welcome to attend and give input. Grades K-5
Frances Kellogg Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Music
The Maine Learning Results are still the state wide Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Take a closer look at your ensemble and discover how you are using the MLRs each and every day. Learn new ways to integrate all of the MLRs. This workshop is applicable for any age ensemble elementary through high school. Grades 5-12
Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music
This workshop is about how to use standards and create learning targets in the visual art classroom. We will be focusing on using standards in every day art lessons, assessing for proficiency and showing growth through the use of portfolios. Grades 6-12
Shannon Westphal Ellsworth High School Visual Arts
Come find out ways you can advocate for your elementary school arts program. In this workshop, we will share ideas and strategies to get what you need for your visual art or music classroom and simultaneously take arts education to a whole new level. Let's put all those wonderful resources and tried and true strategies to work for us! Grades PK-8
Catherine Ring New England Institute for Teacher Education Visual Arts
Kids not sitting still in class? Unable to focus? This session is for all teachers wanting to add some movement activities and games into the classroom without sacrificing important academic time. All games can be adapted to fit all subject areas. Grades PK-12 All Teachers
Stephanie McGary Dance
This session will identify helpful, meaningful resources for every need under the sun! Attendees will inform the conversation, bringing their own unique needs to the table. The take-away will be for every music teacher to leave with a bucketful of assistance towards implementing standards, proficiency and assessment practices into their own classrooms. Grades PK-12
Rob Westerberg York High School Music
Previous Year Mega-regional workshops
To view the archived Mega-regional workshop descriptions from 2013-2014 please click here.
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 email@example.com.