UMaine, Orono Mega-Regional Workshop 2015

2014-15 Mega-Regional Workshops

The Mega-regional workshops took place in four locations to provide all-day professional development opportunities in arts education. The cost was $25 per person and 5.5 contact hours were available for full-day participation. The workshop facilitators were the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) teacher leaders from all four phases.


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

Thursday, April 2, 2015 UMaine, Orono

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


All Mega-regional workshops took 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 focused around group discussions utilizing key questions on how proficiency is being implemented across the state of Maine in our own arts classrooms. Participants left with concrete ideas and/or plans to facilitate their own actions. Some led to breakout sessions to deeper discussions and common concerns. The session separated between visual and performing arts teachers.

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


Contact hours

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


UMaine, Orono

Below are the workshops that were available for participants who attended the UMaine, Orono workshop on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Session I

Finding the Hidden Treasure in Art with Student Self Assessment




Learn how setting criteria with students sets the stage for formative assessment. Participants will create a small art work and practice the use of exemplars, setting criteria, and use of assessments to inform instruction.  Come explore the benefits that come from student self assessments. Grades 5-12 
Jennie Driscoll Brunswick High School Visual Arts

Efficient and Effective Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom



When you see 200 or more students each week, assessing everyone is challenging.  The lack of time seems insurmountable!  At this collaborative session, we will discuss ways to make assessments efficient for both class time and your time, while still keeping them effective for teaching and learning.  The presentation is directed toward elementary classroom music, but all are welcome to attend and give input. Grades K-5



Frances Kellogg Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Music


Multiple Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Proficiency in ELA and Social Studies through Performing Arts Class!




With the new proficiency based learning law, students must be allowed a variety of ways to demonstrate proficiency. This workshop will examine cross disciplinary units that assess, not only drama standards, but ELA and social studies standards as well.  Specifically, we will look at performance assessments that evaluate ELA and social studies standards and can be demonstrated in the performing arts classroom but count towards a students ELA and social studies requirements. Grades 7-12


Beth Lambert Carrabec High School Performing Arts



Moving Towards Your Goals: Using Technology for Self-Assessment in a Performing Arts Classroom




This workshop will demonstrate how to have students successfully self-assess their work in your performing arts classroom using their own devices.  Using an existing high school dance lesson, participants will learn how to have their own students measure and analyze their work using applications such as Twitter, Nearpod, eBackpack, and Youtube. Grades 9-12 (all Arts disciplines)


Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance



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



Session II

My Choice-Based Art Class, Nurturing Proficiency through Voice, Choice and Reflective Teaching




What are the benefits of a choice-based art room? How can assessments be used to foster creative growth, skill development & proficiency?  In this workshop teachers will have these questions answered as well as see how a choice - based art class can teach studio behavior and allow for art creation and teacher feedback that is individualized and authentic to the learners’ experience. Grades K-12



Theresa Cerceo Dr. Levesque Elementary, Wisdom Middle/High School Visual Arts


Proficiency-Based Education in Visual Art



This workshop will provide an overview of what Proficiency-Based Education looks like in a middle school art program.  Unpacking standards, creating rubrics, understanding meeting proficiency, formative vs summative, and assessment will all be part of this workshop.           Grades 6-8




Gloria Hewett Mount View Middle School Visual Arts


Stir-Crazy: A Movement Tool Kit for the Sedentary Classroom




Kids not sitting still in class?  Unable to focus?  This session is for all teachers wanting to add some movement activities and games into the classroom without sacrificing important academic time.  All games can be adapted to fit all subject areas. Grades PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)




Stephanie McGary Dance


Gold, Silver or Bronze? A Rubric fit for the Olympics!




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 4-8



Pam Kinsey Easton Schools Music


Rappin' Differentiated Instruction and Implementing Standards Based Grading




Formative assessments are instrumental in giving teachers the tools they need to discover where each of their students are in the learning process.  Participants  will learn how to use this data to differentiate instruction for content, process and product to meet the needs of all learners. I will also share how Nokomis High School is beginning to implement standards-based grading. Grades 7-12



Lisa Neal Nokomis Regional High School Performing Arts





Registration is closed at this time.

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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