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
Friday, March 17, 2017 Hebron Station School, Hebron
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.
University of Southern Maine, Portland
The Role of the Digital Portfolio in Arts Advocacy, Assessment, and Student Ownership Learning
Jackie Bousquet Traip Academy Visual Art
"Making Art History Come to Life with iBooks Author"
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
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
Stars and Stairs
Writing Across the Curriculum in a Performing Arts Classroom
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
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
Cynthia Streznewski Woolwich Central School, Grades K-8 Music
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.