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USM Portland Mega-Regional Conference 2017

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

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. 

Schedule

  • 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.

 

Contact hours

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

 

University of Southern Maine, Portland

 

SESSION I

 

The Role of the Digital Portfolio in Arts Advocacy, Assessment, and Student Ownership Learning

 
 
 
Introduction to the digital portfolio. How to implement student centered digital portfolios that promote student ownership of learning and assessment. Grades 7-12
 

Jackie Bousquet Traip Academy Visual Art

 

"Making Art History Come to Life with iBooks Author"

 

 
Dive into iBooks Author to harness the power of developing multi-modal, Multi-Touch iBooks. You’ll learn features which make iBooks come to life for learners by incorporating audio files, 3D widgets, image glossaries, study cards, jailbreaking templates, and much more. Be prepared to create an art history chapter together. You can also use this app for making comics and graphic novels or creating art portfolios. This session is great for MLTI beginners and experts. MLTI MacBooks with iBooks Author preinstalled is encouraged. Grades 7-12
 
                                                Lindsey Carnes MLTI Apple Learning Specialist
 

Student's Reflective Voice: Using the Artist Statement

 

This workshop, participants will explore the ways in which student voice and understanding within visual art creation can be expanded upon with the use of reflective writing using an Artist Statement. Grades 7-12

Melanie Crowe Marshwood Middle School, Grades 6-8 Visual Art

 

Assessing Singing in the Primary Grades

 

 

This workshop offers methodical strategies for assessing young children's singing. Assessment logistics and tried and trusted rubrics will be provided as examples, along with ideas for formative assessment including self assessment. Grades K-4

 

Patti Gordan Raymond Elementary School, Grade K-4 Music

 

 

More Cowbell

 

 
Playing and composing songs on your own is a blast for some, however there's something special about making music in collaboration with other like-minded folks that just can't be beat. In this hands-on, music making session, participants will use GarageBand to learn the basics of song writing and music production. Participants will have plenty of time to explore and experience the fun of collaborative music creation. Musicians of any and all skill levels are welcome. Make sure to bring your Mac and/or iOS device with GarageBand installed. All grade levels.
 
                                                Tim Hart MLTI Apple Learning Specialist
 

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

 

 

SLOs - Student Learning Objectives

 

 

The workshop will give a brief overview of Chapter 180, and focus on writing and implementing SLOs. Time will be provided to practice writing SLOs and receive feedback  All grade levels. All content.

 

MaryEllen Schaper Bonney Eagle Middle School, Grades 6-8 Dance 

 

 

 

 

SESSION II

 

Stars and Stairs

 

 
Stars and Stairs, Where am I now and Where am I going? How can the use of Stars and Stairs in your classroom help to inform you and your students of their learning progression and actively engage them in the learning process. This will be a round table discussion. Looking at your standards and your curriculum how can you use the Stars and Stairs model in your classroom. All grade levels. All content.
 
Samantha Armstrong Paris Elementary School and Hebron Elementary
Schools, Grades K-6 Visual Art
 

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 grades levels. All content.

 

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 

 

Including Students with Disabilities in Your Art Classroom Using iMovie

 

Use 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. All content. All grade levels.

Lindsey Carnes MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

 

Reflections on Standards Based teaching and Learning

 

In this workshop participants will discuss ways to connect students with standards, methods of to make SBL visible for students and the use of a matrix to document teaching opportunities that are standards based. Grades 6-12

Jennie Driscoll Brunswick High School Visual Art

 
Making 8-bit Art

 

 

Beginning with early Atari and Nintendo video games, the 8-bit aesthetic has been a part of our culture for over 30 years. No longer just nostalgia art, contemporary 8-bit artists and chiptunes musicians have elevated the form to new levels of creativity and cultural reflection. In this session, we will focus on tools that assist in creating 8-bit images, animations, and music.  Please bring your MLTI MacBook. All grade levels.

 

Tim Hart MLTI Apple Learning Specialist

 

"Something from Nothing" or Costuming on a Budget

 

 

Hot glue, curtains, table cloths, children's sleds, and ribbon - what do they all have in common? They can be ingeniously used to create authentic costumes for all plays.  Armed with this knowledge, you can devise a lesson in the designing of costumes for the stage for your students. If time permits, participants can brainstorm possible resources and ways to include students. Grades 9-12

Jean Phillips Wiscasset High School Theatre

 

Music Curriculum SLOs

 

 
Building SLO and Data Points from your Music Curriculum. Grades K-8
 

Cynthia Streznewski Woolwich Central School, Grades K-8 Music

 

 

 

 

Registration

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 registration.
 
 

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 argy.nestor@maine.gov.