Oxford Hills Mega-Regional Workshop 2015

2014-15 Mega-Regional Workshops

The Mega-regional workshops will take place in five locations to provide all-day professional development opportunities in arts education. The cost is $25 per person and 5.5 contact hours are available for full-day participation. The workshop facilitators are the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) teacher leaders from all four phases. All participants must pre-register. Join us for this unique opportunity!


Dates and Locations

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Mount Desert Island High School

Friday, March 6, 2015 Aroostook county, Easton Schools

Friday, March 13, 2015 Oxford Hills Middle School, South Campus (CANCELED)

Thursday, April 2, 2015 UMaine, Orono

Friday, April 3, 2015 University of Southern Maine, Portland


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


  • 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Session and Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 - 10:20 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session I
  • 10:20 - 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 - 11:40 a.m. Breakout Workshop 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 Large group by Arts Discipline
  • 2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Closing Session


Session III Large Group 12:45 - 2:45 p.m.

The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?

The afternoon session will be focused around group discussions utilizing key questions on how proficiency is being implemented across the state of Maine in our own arts classrooms. Participants will leave with concrete ideas and/or plans to facilitate their own actions. These may lead to breakout sessions to deeper discussions and common concerns. This session will be separated between visual and performing arts teachers.

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


Contact hours

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


Oxford Hills Middle School, South Campus

Prior to registering, please decide on one workshop under Session I and one workshop under Session II. Once you have made your workshop choices, please register by using the registration link at the bottom of the page.

Session I

Transform Your Fear of the Bear: Examining Proficiency-Based Arts Diploma Systems




Join us for a modified roundtable opportunity to share and glean developed strategies, reflections, benefits and challenges on this student centered journey. Beginners to full scale implementors are encouraged to participate. Please bring questions and/or artifacts to share: assessments and systems for documentation and communicating proficiency, as well as business cards/info strips to help with networking and the digital sharing of resources. Grades PK-12 
Suzanne Goulet Waterville Senior High School Visual Arts

The Recipe: Ingredients in a Proficiency-Based Curriculum



The thought of creating a proficiency-based curriculum from scratch can be daunting. When we try cooking something new for the first time, we seek a recipe to follow, and over time we adjust, improvise, substitute, and personalize the ingredients to make the recipe our own. We would like to share our recipe with you, it may not be exactly your taste, but we have ingredients and tools to share to help you get started. Grades 9-12 (Easily adapted for all grades.)



Michaela DiGianvittorio and Sarah Gould Gray-New Gloucester High School Visual Arts


Dancing With the Standards: How to Incorporate Standards-Based Dance and Movement Activities in Classroom Learning and Assessment




Are you an arts teacher who would like to incorporate more movement in your classroom, but may feel that you lack confidence or familiarity with dance movement? This experiential workshop will walk you through a powerful yet simple creative movement exploration and dance making process that are standards-based and well suited to integrate with any content area. You will learn simple movement tools and a dance making activity that you can implement – no dance background needed – to help your students explore lesson content and engage in creative problem solving together. Grades PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)


John Morris Dance


Let the Maine Learning Results guide your Ensemble Curriculum



The Maine Learning Results are still the state wide Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Take a closer look at your ensemble and discover how you are using the MLRs each and every day.  Learn new ways to integrate all of the MLRs. This workshop is applicable for any age ensemble elementary through high school. Grades 5-12




Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music



Session II

The Choir Gets It: A Meaningful Approach to Arts Advocacy



Have you been exposed to a wealth of information about why the arts are important in schools and why, as arts educators, we should advocate for our programs? If you answered “yes,” consider attending this reflective workshop that offers an opportunity to think about arts advocacy on a personal level. Listen to the arts advocacy journey of the presenter, while also having ample opportunities to share ideas with colleagues and develop your own attainable arts advocacy goal. PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)


Samantha Davis Molly Ockett Middle School Visual Arts


The Foolish Man Builds his House Upon the Sand: Laying a Firm Foundation for the Arts (and life) in Early Childhood




A workshop for Early Childhood Educators, Elementary Arts Specialists, and Elementary Administrators. Come join the fun as we explore how and why arts play is essential to every young child's ability to learn how to learn! Grades PK-2 (all Arts disciplines)




Judy Fricke Main Street Music Studios Music



Graphic Notation: "Do You See What I Hear?"



Participants will learn a simple music graphing process that can serve as an effective tool for teaching repetition & contrast, form, and note reading skills to visual learners.  In addition, participants will match audio examples with their corresponding music graphs, as well as have the opportunity to play simple melodies on Orff instruments by reading the melodic graphic notation. Those in attendance will discover there is an answer to, “Do You See What I Hear?” for all the learners in their music classes. Grades K-8



Linda McVety and Jenni Null Songo Locks Elementary School Music


The How and Why of Digital Portfolios



This workshop is focused on using Google Drive to create a digital portfolio as a means to show evidence of proficiency, allow for a method of feedback on student work and as a way to organize and maintain student work. This workshop can be used by all VPA teachers. Grades 6-12 (all Arts disciplines)


 Jeff Orth Richmond Middle/High School Visual Arts





Registration (Canceled)

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.
Click here TO REGISTER for Oxford Hills Middle School, South Campus. (The Oxford Hills workshop was canceled due to low registration).

Click here for directions to Oxford Hills Middle School, South Campus.


Previous Year Mega-regional workshops

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 .vog.eniam@rotsen.ygra