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MALI Mega-Regional Conferences

2016-17 Mega-Regional Conferences

The Mega-regional conferences will take place in five locations to provide all-day professional development opportunities in arts education. The registration fee for attending is $25 per person and 5.5 contact hours are available for full-day participation. The workshop facilitators are the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) teacher leaders from all six years.


Dates and Locations

Monday, November 21, 2016 Ellsworth High School

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 USM, Portland

Thursday, February 2, 2017 UMaine, Orono

Friday, March 17, 2017 Hebron Station School, Hebron

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Easton Schools, Aroostook County

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 UMaine, Orono


All Mega-regional conferences will take place between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 


  • 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening and Morning Sessions
  • 9:10 - 10:20 a.m. Breakout Session I
  • 10:20 - 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 - 11:40 a.m. Breakout 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 Maine Arts Education Census Survey
  • 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Closing


Maine Arts Education Census: More Power to You, but Be Careful!

The census survey is a specific strategy to answer questions about the capacity of our state to support and deliver high quality instruction in visual and performing arts to preK-12 students in Maine. The census survey is also a tool to help guide policy about public education in the arts for the next 8-10 years. The challenge for the many arts educators and citizens with interests and passion for the arts is to render an accurate and informed interpretation of the survey results, and to communicate the census survey results to as many audiences as possible.

Quantification is not truth! Just having a survey with numbers, percentages, and visual displays does not mean that there are no questions. We want to know what the data says, but remember that data is a human endeavor in which we try to emphasize objectivity by writing clear, concise survey questions and items (prompts). This session will help explore the strengths and weaknesses of the census survey, and provide you with practice in ways to talk about the census survey at the state, regional and local school level.


Closing 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


Contact hours

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


Ellsworth High School




Where are your Art Standards within the Studio Habits of Mind!



This workshop will explore the National Visual Art Standards and how they co-exist with the Studio Habits of Mind. The NVAS are written for pre-K through high school. There are many ways to align these standards with the SHOM that already exist in your classrooms! I will share ways that work for me in my K-8 art classroom. Grades K-8



Jane Snider Hancock Grammar School Visual Arts

Ellsworth High School VPA Academy



This session will be an overview of the Ellsworth HIgh School Visual/Performing Arts Academy.  The program is in its fourth year and graduated 8 students in 2016. Currently there are approximately 25 students in the program grades 10-12. We will review how the program came into being, the nuts and bolts of how it works, view samples of student work from last year’s capstone and internship projects and you will get to meet some students currently in the program. You will get to interview the students as well as be supplied with samples of our documents and a Q&A session.  Grades 9-12



Rebecca Wright Ellsworth High School, Performing Arts
Leah Olson Ellsworth High School, Visual Arts
Shannon Westphal Ellsworth High School, Visual Arts
Using Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities




Learn how to help students with disabilities demonstrate proficiency by using multiple intelligences. Grades K-12







Brigid Rankowski Teaching Artist



Bringing It All Together!



In the summer of 2015 the Waterville Senior High School music faculty developed a portfolio. The portfolio has been the piece that guides our work on four school wide initiatives from teacher evaluation to Proficiency Based Education. Participants will receive the portfolio and accompanying rubrics.  Grades K-12





 Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High School Music

Evidence of Learning Through Google


Google offers numerous educator tools within it’s web browser and multiple apps, encouraging exploration and adaptation to almost any teaching style. While Google Classroom has caught on with many educators, this workshop will demonstrate the direct use of not only the Chrome web browser, but also Google Drive, Communities, and Google Draw. As important elements in a structure of collaboration and information sharing and gathering, the endgame of this workshop is that learners can and will produce a summative electronic portfolio in the form of what can be a ubiquitous .PDF file! Grades 7-12, Adaptable for K-6


Charlie Johnson Mount Desert Island High School Visual Arts Digital Arts Media/Photography




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.

Previous Year Mega-regional workshops

To view the archived Mega-regional workshop descriptions from 2014-2015 please click here. 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