USM 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 Southern Maine



Session 1


Going Beyond the Activity: Assessing the MLRs: Three C's (Creativity, Criticism,& Connections)


Wondering how to assess the Creativity, Criticism & Connections standards in music? Learn strategies for developing assessments in grades PK-3 for the last three VPA standards of the Maine Learning Results. Take part in sample assessments and use templates to start designing your own assessments. Grades PK-3


Patti Gordan Raymond Elementary School Music
The Choreography of Turning It On


How do I assess dance? What tools do I use? How do I get my students to do all the "heavy lifting"? In this interactive workshop, participants will choreograph their way through developing a simple dance rubric, tape their work using Photobooth, and assess their work using the rubric they developed. Paraphrasing multiple sources, if you can walk you can dance, and if you can dance, you can assess your work! Grades 6-12


MaryEllen Schaper Bonny Eagle Middle School Dance
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
How About Those “Other” Kids – Bridging the Learning Gap


How do you get the students who haven’t had music since 5th grade to meet the proficiency standards for graduation? It may look different for you but we will all encounter those students who need to show proficiency as defined in LD1422. This workshop will guide teachers through strategies to engage and assist all students regardless of ability, prior success or aptitude in music. All students can be proficient in music! Grades 9-12


Jane Kirton Sanford High School Music
Thirty Eight Years of Teaching and Still a Rubric Virgin?


Follow the evolution of an experienced art teacher’s learning, to create a variety of visual arts assessment tools, for elementary level students. National, state and local standards will be analyzed and compared, including a glimpse at the draft of the National Core Arts Standards. Teachers will learn about the differences between checklists, rating scales, and rubrics, and how they can be used to develop a continuum of assessment practices in your art program. Participants will take away a collection of original, teacher created and student tested, K-5 visual arts assessments. Grades K-5


Brian McPherson Woodside Elementary School Visual Arts

Session 2

Including Reflection in Formative Assessment


Learn how formative assessment throughout the artistic process in both art and music classes provides evidence of student learning. Methods to include student self-reflection will help take the headaches out of grading. Grades 6-12


Jennie Driscoll Brunswick High School Visual Arts
Ashley Smith Brunswick High School Music
Visual Journaling: A Pathway to Reflective Self-Assessment


Visual Journaling or “process-folios” of student work can be a powerful strategy and technique. Workshop participants will explore its ramifications related to student self-reflection, self-assessment, and also as a stand-alone art form. Participants will also leave with resources on Visual Journaling, Self-Assessment and applications for their own classrooms. Grades 6-8 (Easily adapted for Ele or HS)


Melanie Crowe Marshwood Middle School Visual Arts



Controlling the Chaos: The world of student-centered education


Ever wonder how to manage students working on different standards at the same time in the same class space? This workshop talks about ways to organize the chaos using tools to empower students to move at their pace with standards and to meet deadlines to avoid falling behind. Grades 6-12


Jeff Orth Richmond Middle/High Schools Visual Arts
Back to Basics: How to create learning targets and I CAN statements


Learn how to break down your curriculum into learning targets and I CAN statements for your students. Use these strategies as powerful ways to open communication between you and your students, giving them a clearer outline of academic expectations and a greater sense of academic accountability. Grades PK-12 All subjects


Jen Etter York Middle School Music
Do We All Speak the Same Language?


Have you ever had a discussion with a music colleague and suddenly realized that the music vocabulary you used in your class was not the same as theirs? This workshop will help you to establish a common music vocabulary that can be utilized in every music course across every grade level. Participants will learn how a common vocabulary is not only critical to all students' successful journey towards music proficiency, but also how it uncovers and reinforces connections among choral, instrumental, and general music classes. Develop the ability to communicate with your colleagues and students in a way that ensures you "All Speak the Same Language!" Grades PK-12


Linda McVety and Jenni Null Songo Locks Elementary 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