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 facilitators are the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) teacher leaders from all six years and Maine Learning Technology Initiative Apple Learning Specialists.
Dates and Locations
Thursday, February 2, 2017 UMaine, Orono CANCELLED
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Easton Schools, Aroostook County
All Mega-regional conferences will take place between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- 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
Session III: 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 select data, create visuals and tell stories about the census survey at the state, regional and local level.
Closing 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
5.5 contact hours will be provided at the completion of all three sessions at each Mega-regional conference.
Hebron Station School, Hebron (Oxford Hills)
Stars and Stairs
"Making Art History Come to Life with iBooks Author"
Arts Residency In Action: Guidelines for a Successful Teaching Artist Collaboration in Your SchoolMany arts educators in K-12 education have never had the opportunity to work with a teaching artist. Knowing where to start and identifying the most important steps to take can feel daunting. This workshop provides a framework for creating a high-quality teaching artist residence in the schools. We will focus on the steps needed to create a powerful residency, and the nature of an effective collaboration between teaching artist and arts educator. We will provide experiential work and guidance in addressing the complexities and sometimes different languages of the teaching artist and the school-based educator. All grade levels. All content. Carmel Collins Lake Region High School Dance and Visual ArtJohn Morris Teaching Artist Dance
Improving Content Literacy Through Formative Assessment
Improve content literacy with a tool box of formative assessments and literacy strategies to gauge what your students already know, how well they are learning content, and help drive your classroom instruction. All grade levels. All content.
Iva Damon Leavitt Area High School Visual Art
Do You See What I Hear?
Participants will learn how to use graphic notation as a visual tool to reach all learners in the music classroom. (This is a great STEAM lesson!) Grades 4-6Linda McVety Songo Locks Elementary School, Grades K-5 MusicJenni Null Songo Locks Elementary, Grades K-6 Music, District Fine Arts Coordinator
When you are deeply engaged in Arts Integration you realize it is about learning with you 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
Visual Notetaking/Doodling in Class
A combination of sketching and traditional note taking results in rich educational documents to support learning. Studies show that sketching leads to better retention of information and helps clarify ideas. Sketching is one of our original forms of communication. Visualizing ideas is a great way to learn. Why not bring this creative form of learning into your classroom? Explore how visual notes support learning. Discover techniques to create, share and integrate visual notes into your instructional practice. Visual notetaking, often called sketch noting, uses two parts of your brain, which is referred to as Dual Coding Theory. This has been found to improve learning. Research has shown that people who doodle while listening retain 29% more information (Andrade, 2009). Join this hands-on session and start sketching your notes today. Please bring your updated MLTI iPad, if available, with Notability installed. Arts supplies will also be available. All grade levels. All content.
Supporting Literacy in the Elementary Visual Art Classroom
Including Students with Disabilities in Your Art Classroom Using iMovie OSUse stations and sites fostering independence to help students collect assets for creating art infused iMovie productions. This session will showcase how a green screen and some photos can provide opportunities for all learners to showcase their creative side. MLTI MacBooks with the most current version of iMovie is encouraged. Grades 7-12. All content.
Lindsey Carnes MLTI Apple Learning Specialist
Guiding the Young Padawan to Become a Jedi Music Master
This workshop will demonstrate a scaffolded instruction process and assessment system created to guide middle school band students through the basic levels of performance to highly skilled musicianship. Grades 4-12
Dianne Fenlason Spruce Mountain Middle School, Grades 6-12 Music
This is a step by step experience designed to help you to consider how to use a digital portfolio to help students self-asses and manage the evidence of their learning. Access to Google Drive, Drawing, email, built in camera and mic ideal...but not required. . All content areas. All levels.
Suzanne Goulette Waterville Senior High School Visual Art
Making 8-bit Art
Tim Hart MLTI Apple Learning Specialist
The Heart of Advocacy
Educators will leave with the knowledge of how to create and present a variety methods to advocate for issues pertinent to their arts educational causes and how to organize those methods to feel comfortable in beginning personal advocacy efforts. All grade levels. All content.
Lynda Leonas Farwell and Longley Elementary Schools, Grades K-6 Visual Art
Theatre as a Tool: Using Theatre Across the Curriculum
Introduction to the process of using devised theatre as a teaching tool. I will take participants through that process and give them strategies for using devised theatre across curriculum areas and grade levels. All grades levels. All content.
Hilary Martin Vassalboro Community School, Grades K-8 Theatre
Illustrating to Write
One creation lends a hand to the other. Illustration is a part of many great stories, extending the ability of ideas to be shared, and increasing enjoyment and comprehension on the part of the reader. Apple technology provides many possibilities for creating illustrations, making drawing and visual images a part of the overall literacy experience. Learn how to use your MacBook Air to draw and paint creative illustrations in this "hands on session". Bring your MacBook Air with Acorn installed (included with your MLTI participation). All grades levels.
Ann Marie Quirion Hutton MLTI Apple Professional Learning Specialist, former Art Teacher
Previous Year Mega-regional workshops
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.