Orono Mega-Regional Workshops


2013-14 Mega-Regional Workshops

The Mega-regional workshops will take place in four locations to provide all-day free professional development opportunities in arts education. The cost is $20 per person and five and a half contact hours are available for full-day participation. The workshop facilitators are the MAAI teacher leaders from all three phases. All participants must pre-register. Join us for this unique opportunity!

Dates and Locations

November 26, 2013 Ellsworth High School

January 13, 2014 University of Maine, Farmington

March 7, 2014 University of Southern Maine, Portland

April 11, 2014 University of Maine, Orono

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


  • 8:15am: Registration begins
  • 8:45am: Opening Session Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 -10:20am: Session I
  • 10:20 -10:35am:Break
  • 10:35 - 11:45am: Session II
  • Lunch 11:45am - 12:45pm: Participants on their own (Ellsworth site only: Student Council providing lunch for a donation)
  • 12:45 - 3:00pm Afternoon workshops: Session III Large group


Breakout Workshops 1:00 - 2:00pm

The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?

Let’s work together to explore what is proficiency in the arts? How do teachers in the arts articulate what proficiency is? What does proficiency look like at different grade levels? Either as a veteran of standards-based work or just curious to know more, this interactive session will get to the heart of the fundamental questions we have in front of us in Maine. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring samples of student work, including recorded and/or visual artworks.


Breakout Workshops 2:00 - 3:00pm

Think Tanks on Technology

This interactive session will focus on technology and its importance in our 21st Century arts programs in Maine. Topics will include the Media Arts National Core Arts Standards draft, practical usage for facilitating arts assessment and communicating results, creative ways of utilizing technology, Digital Arts and Music programs, and hands-on learning of technology. We have much to share and much to learn from each other, so be ready for engaging discussions, demonstrations and questions about technology and 21st Century arts programs.  


3:00 - 3:15pm Closing - Door prize

Contact hours

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


University of Maine, Orono


Session 1

Rappin' Differentiated Instruction


Differentiated instruction gives us opportunity to meet students where they are based on readiness, interest and learning styles, but how do we effectively differentiate our instruction in heterogeneous classrooms? Differentiated instruction is possible whether you are teaching in the arts or any other content area; whether you have 10 students in your class or 40. The essential question becomes: How do we use data to influence our instruction so that it will meet the needs of all our students? Grades 7-12 (Easily adapted for any grade level)


Lisa Neal Nokomis Regional High School Performing Arts
It's Hard to Pick Your Nose When You Are Clapping Your Hands -The Importance of Music in Early Childhood!


Traditional songs and games for Early Childhood settings will fill the room with music and laughter as we, as educators, turn to the enjoyment of music as the key component when teaching our youngest learners! The take-away from this workshop will be developmentally appropriate songs, movement games, and resource listings to use with this very important age group as they strive to be ready for “Big School”! Early Childhood


Judy Fricke Early Childhood
Deep Skuba Thinking: Development of Vocabulary Literate Musicians


What does a literate musician look like? Let's dive into being more intentional about the use of Common Core ELA concepts when helping our students become deep thinkers. Bring your literacy techniques that teach vocabulary in the music classroom to share. Grades 5-8


Jen Nash Sebasticook Valley Middle School Music

From Overwhelmed to in Control: Power Standards Help Connect the Dots


This workshop is geared for teachers who would like to learn how to organize and utilize standards in a user friendly way in order to make a manageable system for students and teachers alike. By creating Power Standards it allows you to focus on the essentials of your curriculum without neglecting other key components of the MLR's. Power Standards are a great assessment tool that can be adapted over time to accommodate our evolving pedagogy. Grades 6-8 (Easily adapted for Ele or HS)


Amy Cousins Gorham Middle School Visual Arts

Session 2

Benefits of a Student-Centered Classroom


This workshop will help participants understand the "Why's" and "How's" of a student centered classroom. We will explore ways to give students a voice in what they are learning while still meeting the standards. Grades 6-12


Sasha Bladen Penquis Valley Middle and High Schools Visual Art
Stick Figures and Finger Painting -Dispelling myths about elementary art programs



This workshop will focus on the connection between assessment and communication to inform all stakeholders - students, parents, administrators, and communities - about the learning experiences that take place in an elementary art program. Participants will take away strategies for assessing proficiency in achieving MLR standards, and how to share this information in a variety of creative ways. Grades PK-2 (easily adapted for older students)


Lisa Ingraham Madison Elementary School Visual Arts
You like it? I love it! Strategies for successful art critiques with K-5 Elementary Art students



Do you ever find the art critique process to be a bit challenging? Never enough time? Unclear goals for students? This workshop is designed to address these challenges. Through hands-on activities and take away ideas, participants will examine a variety of strategies to successfully engage Elementary Art students in the critique process. Grades K-5 (Easily adapted for VPA teachers of any grade level)


Lisa Marin Jonesport-Beals High School and Union #103 Visual Arts
LD 1422: Implementing Maine's Proficiency Based Graduation Requirement



This workshop will help arts teachers understand what LD 1422 is about and what the administrators in the State of Maine are doing to meet the requirements of this legislation. Formal data and informal feedback will be shared regarding implementation of learner-centered, proficiency-based education and the proficiency-based graduation requirement of LD 1422. Grades K-12


Andria Bacon Morison Memorial Elementary School, Central Middle School, Central High School Music

All Day Session For College Students Only!

Digging Into Music Assessment as an Undergraduate: What you Need to Know!



This strand of the day is designed for undergraduates in music to learn more about assessment in their future classroom. What you need to know and how to apply it; terminology of assessment, tools for assessment, strategies for assessment, and looking at standards and their practical application in the 21 st century classroom. Exclusively for UMaine students - full day session.


Drew Albert Maranacook Community High School Music and Ashley Smith Brunswick High School Music



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.

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 .vog.eniam@rotsen.ygra