UMaine Orono 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. 


  • 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 Maine, Orono




SLAM! Nurturing Student Leadership through Arts Advocacy




We will share and discuss the benefits of student leadership and creating interdependent advocacy communities. All grade levels. All content.



Theresa Cerceo Wisdom Middle/High School K-12 Visual Art

Networking within Local School Administrations to Increase Art Programming




Discussion and presentation of effective methods of empowering school administrators to commit to, and realize, increases in support for school art curricula and funding. All grade levels. All content.



Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art


Easy Jazz Improvisation Teaching Techniques for the Nervous Beginners



Participants will learn simple frameworks for teaching jazz improvisation skills that work with nervous players, and beginner improvisers. Grades 7-12







Trevor Marcho Mattanawcook Academy Music



"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?"



Story is one of our most essential art forms - and also one of our most neglected crafts. Telling your story can take multiple forms and at the end of the day is as much about listening as communicating out. In this session we will play with crafting elevator speeches that keep rising as the building grows taller every year; ways to integrate data into the elevator. All grade levels. All content.


Linda Nelson Maine Arts Commission Assistant Director



Arts Integration



When you are deeply engaged in Arts Integration you realize it is about learning with your mind, body and heart in the present moment.  This hands on workshop explores this idea through drama, music, movement, poetry, storytelling, and the visual arts. Come prepared to experience arts integration through your own individual lens in a safe environment.  All grade levels. All content. 


Lindsay Pinchbeck Director Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School






Teaching Hamilton in the Classroom



How to teach Hamilton in a theater arts class.  Grades 7-12 Music and Theatre







Jason Bannister  Troy Howard Middle School Grades 7-8 Performing Arts



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 grade levels. All content.







Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance




Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing: Care and Feeding Teaching Artist as part of a Long Term Education Plan



Artist and Art teacher collaborate to present, discuss, and answer questions about building and using a successful teacher/visiting artist relationship, not to replace an art teacher, but as an important resource and teaching tool. Using their 5 years of history as a guide, they will chronicle their journey from meeting to developing month long integrated science/LA/art curriculum modules and expeditionary learning programs. They will discuss building consensus among faculty and staff, securing and managing funding sources, and gaining buy-in from students, the community, and decision makers in the school. All grade levels. All content.

Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art
Kristen Andersen Camden-Rockport Middle School Grades 6-8



Next Step Rubric Makes Learning More Progressive


Educators will leave with strategies to put students on a continuum of learning that is teacher and student friendly. PK-12 Art and Music

Nancy Kinkade Mattanawcook Junior High School Grade 5-8 Music
Holly Leighton Mattanawcook Academy Visual Art



Looking in the Mirror:  The Importance of Student Self-Reflection



Self-assessment is a crucial part of learning. In the arts, it is easy for us to see a concrete product of their learning and understanding of a topic. We don't always see student learning that happens beneath the surface unless it is verbally or orally communicated. With regular self-assessment integrated in your classroom, students become more aware and take ownership of their learning. All grade levels.  All content.




Mandi Mitchell Hermon High School Visual Art


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






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 .vog.eniam@rotsen.ygra