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Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions


The first day of the Maine International Conference on the Arts will offer The Arts Educators: Leading the Way conference.

Conference workshops will include student-centered approaches to assessment, customizing arts education, literacy, utilizing technology for assessment, authentic assessments, proficiency-based curriculum, students creating assessments, performance portfolio development and much more!

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"Working Backwards from a Great Art Lesson to Standards and Assessment" (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)


iPad, uPad, We All Scream for iPads!

This workshop will show music educators how they can utilize the iPad as an essential assessment tool. We will discuss methods of recording both individually and within the ensemble. Using Google Drive, we will also discover how easy sending and storing student recordings can be. Grades 5-12

Drew Albert
Maranacook Community High School Music


Maine Learning Results: Guiding your Ensemble Curriculum

This workshop will encourage the participant to look beyond the concert to developing life-long arts producers and consumers in the ensemble setting. Suggestions to meet each of the Maine Learning Results and tools for assessment will be shared. Grades 6-12

Sue Barre
Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music


Take Me To Your Leader: School and Community Leaders - YOU CAN support Arts Education in the 21st Century!

Find out why supporting a strong arts education program in your school is absolutely essential, and how you can do it as we prepare for the future.

This workshop will highlight:

  • The Role of the Arts in Learning - supported by the research
  • How Maine Arts Educators are Leading the Way
  • Update on Current Arts Education Data in Maine
  • Arts Connections to the Common Core State Standards
  • Examples of Arts-Infused Schools
  • Strategies you can use to strengthen your school's emphasis on the Arts

PK-12 School Administrators

Jeff Beaudry
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, USM

Catherine Ring
Executive Director New England Institute for Teacher Education


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


Monitoring Arts Students' Progress in Meeting Graduation Standards

This workshop will guide participants in the task of unpacking an arts standard to provide clear tasks that students understand. The unpacked standard will then be used to create a capacity matrix to identify and monitor individual student proficiency in meeting the standards for high school graduation. Strategies of using assessments in a formative way to guide student learning will be shared. Grades 9-12

Bill Buzza
Edward Little High School Music


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 Chase
Morison Memorial Elementary School, Central Middle School, Central High 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


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


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


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


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


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


Guerilla Advocacy –Embracing shameless promotion on behalf of students and Arts programs

This workshop is designed to help educators overcome professional humbleness. Explore strategies used to communicate the quality of teaching and learning that is a unique element of your studio/rehearsal/classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring a pen drive and a device to access the Internet. Grades PK-12 All Arts

Suzanne Goulet
Waterville Senior High School Visual Arts


Big Journeys Begin With Small Steps

Music teachers as well as the traditional classroom teacher must show that they support/use the Common Core Standards in ELA. Participants will come away with easy to do activities, worksheets, suggested music, videos, and a list of resources that will help to incorporate music into the music and/or traditional classroom to enhance learning based upon the Common Core ELA document. No musical background required! Grades PK-5

Mari-Jo Hedman
Fort Fairfield Schools Music


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


"Dancing With/On the Dark Side"

This workshop is for all-discipline educators and will look at "evidence of learning" pieces through professional portfolios for students, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders on the educational dance floor. This workshop will examine and facilitate the development of positive attitudes and understandings between and among educators and learners; it will offer participants "take-aways" from across the educational matrix. A laptop with a desktop publishing program (Pages, Open Office) will be a help for the hands-on portion of the workshop. Grades 6-12

Charlie Johnson
Mount Desert Island High School Media teacher

Matt Haney
Mount Desert Island High School Principal


Learning Through Doing: Using Theatre games to enhance lessons across the curriculum

With some training, all teachers in any subject can use theatre games to enhance their curriculum. Theatre games encourage out-of-the-box thinking, allow students to adopt different perspectives, help develop public speaking skills, enliven the classroom, encourage group dynamics and creativity, and use a different skill set that are often "put-away". You will be amazed and delighted by the accessibility of the games, and the creativity of your students! Grades PK-12 All subjects

Susan Jones
Medomak Valley High School Music, Theatre, History


Assessing Student Performance in Your Classroom

In an effort to create more engaging classrooms many teachers are incorporating performance into their classrooms. In this workshop we will explore how to effectively design and assess these performances according to the theater standards. Grades 6-12

Beth Lambert
Carrabec High School Performing 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


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


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
Jenni Null
Songo Locks Elementary School Music


Deep Scuba 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 deeper thinkers. Bring your literacy techniques that teach vocabulary in the music classroom to share. Grades 5-8

Jen Nash
Sebasticook Valley Middle School Music


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


Progressive Assessments and Creativity

Explore progressive rubrics that build upon each other from "developing" to "exemplary". We will also investigate practiced rubrics and checklists from specific to general. These templates will be used in a grade level activity to assess student work. Participants will examine student works of art in grade level groups and share insights with assessing creativity. Grades 6-12

Leah Olson
Ellsworth High 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


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


Empowering Students Through Assessment Techniques and Strategies

"What did I get and how did I do?" Participants will explore and analyze how involving students in the assessment process (from planning, choosing criteria and selecting various assessments) can empower them in their art experience. This workshop will introduce participants to The Studio Habits of Mind as a guide to creating formative and summative assessments. Students can become the advocates of their art programs through understanding the standards and assessments! Grades 5-8

Jane Snider
Hancock Grammar and Lamoine Consolidated Schools Visual Arts


Standards-based Proficiency Data Made Manageable

Explore ways that collect individual student data in the performing arts classroom without taking years off your life! A Toolbox of management strategies will be shared and time will be provided to add your own successful strategies to the Toolbox. Grades 6-12

Shari Tarleton
Brunswick Jr. High School Music


Digital Portfolios: Organizing curriculum and student work to show growth and proficiency

Learn about Evernote, a digital notebook that allows online file sharing to organize student work, documents proficiency, and allows teachers to share documents with students. This workshop is relevant to all arts teachers, visual and performing. Grades 3-12

Shannon Westphal
Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School Visual Arts


Gifted and Talented in Music Education

Explore strategies for identifying students as gifted and talented in music. Participants will discuss issues around what to assess, how to assess, when to assess, and common pitfalls in assessing large numbers of students. Grades K-12

Andrea Wollstadt
Biddeford Intermediate School Music


"All The World's A Stage"

As we move to standards based grading, how do we ensure that we are able to assess student work outside of the classroom? Particularly in the visual/performing arts students may be meeting standards out in the world at large. This workshop seeks to explore internships and contracts with students for standards met outside the classroom via performance, apprenticeships, private study, etc. Grades 9-12

Rebecca Wright
Ellsworth High School Theatre


Literacy – A Gateway to Creativity

This workshop shows how literacy strategies can be utilized to improve students’ ability to analyze artwork. Stronger art analysis abilities can change and improve students’ understanding of their own creative problem-solving process. Assessments are discussed as a vital part of this process. Grades PK-12

Pam Ouellette
Lisbon High School Visual Arts


More on the National Core Arts Standards

Want to know more about the National Core Arts Standards? Wondering how the proposed standards may influence and support high quality teaching and learning in the arts? If so, this follow-up session with the presenter Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education, Arizona Department of Education, facilitated by Bronwyn Sale, Lecturer in Education at Bates College, will provide the opportunity for participants to ask questions in an interactive discussion format. Grades PK-12

Lynn Tuttle
Arizona Department of Education



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