Maine Arts Leadership Initiative
The Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) in 2011. In 2014 the initiative changed its title and is presently overseen by the Maine Arts Commission. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts. Presently in phase seven, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators.Eighty-five teacher leaders and teaching artists leaders provide workshops at the local, regional, and statewide level. Their work continues to transform arts education in Maine classrooms.
The Maine Arts Commission is fully committed to excellent visual and performing arts education for every learner in Maine. Executive Director Julie Richard believes:
"It is critical that every child in Maine is ensured access to a quality, comprehensive arts education - and that arts educators are given all the tools necessary to achieve that goal. We at the Maine Arts Commission are committed to strengthening arts education throughout the State through several means including the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative provides arts educators the time and space to learn, share and advance arts education in this state. It is a wonderful model for the rest of the country to follow in supporting and strengthening arts education everywhere."
Since the spring of 2011 the MAAI has accomplished the following:
- One hundred and seven PK-12 teacher leaders and teaching artists have participated in summer institutes, building on their knowledge and classroom practice. The focus has been leadership, assessment, technology, and creativity and teaching in a student-centered environment.
- Teacher leaders provide workshops on a variety of topics throughout the state. At the last statewide biennial conference on October 9, 2015 Arts Education: The Measure of Success, almost 200 visual and participated in 9 workshops. The workshop leaders created resources, including videos, assessment tools and other valuable items.
- In September 2014 the Maine Arts Assessment Resources website was launched that contains a plethora of outstanding resources to assist those providing quality arts education to students in Pre-K through grade 12. The website is continually growing and providing updates.
- In the fall of 2015 the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative unveiled the Resource Bank. The bank includes a comprehensive searchable bank of resources developed by MALI Teacher Leaders and divided by disciplines including dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and creativity. This work is very useful to arts educators, curriculum leaders, and others responsible for teaching and learning in the arts.
- Ninety-five arts educators have taken graduate courses available through the New England Institute for Teacher Education.
- “Another Arts Teacher’s Story” series of 88 blog posts highlighting the work of Maine arts educators and teaching artists are posted at Maine Arts Education Blog.
- Seven webinars facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring are archived with meeting plans.
- Almost 2,000 Maine arts educators have participated in one or more professional development opportunities to date including regional and statewide conferences.
Regional Arts Teacher Leader and Teaching Artist Leader:
The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative will continue looking for visual and performing arts teachers interested in taking a closer look at effective teaching and learning methods based in the arts. If selected, you will be required to attend the three-day summer institute, create a plan for the school year, share what you've learned with others in your region and beyond, and participate in MALI conversations online and in person. MALI provides opportunities to build on and develop leadership skills.
Program Contact Information
For information about any of the Maine Arts Commission’s arts education funding opportunities, programs or projects, please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207/287-2713.