Meet the Professors, in Person!

New Hybrid Courses!

The pendulum has swung in the direction of online courses in recent years, even for the New England Institute.  After all, online courses offer more opportunity to more teachers who don’t have to travel to a specific location. There are pros and cons to learning online, and at the New England Institute, we try to make the experience as personable as possible, with weekly contact with instructors.

However, some teachers prefer to meet their colleagues and professors face-to-face, even if it is for only part of the time.  And some are willing to travel to the nearest destination to do so. You get to work with colleagues, build relationships, and ask questions of the professor, in person. As a result,  we have decided to add two hybrid courses: one meeting in Ellsworth, Maine and the other meeting in Hope, Maine. And they are two brand new courses, so we invite you to check them out!

Lindsay Pinchbeck, founding director of Sweettree Arts, will be teaching a course entitled:

Encountering the Arts: Choice, Voice and Creativity in the K-8 Classrroom.

You can join Lindsay in her very own school in Hope, Maine, and learn some wonderful strategies to incorporate into your classroom right away.  Drama, Movement, Music, Poetry, Storytelling, and Visual Arts will be integrated across content areas: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing.

 

Stephen York is excited to be offering his brand new course,

Teaching Children of Poverty: Why Culture Counts 

and will be doing so starting in February at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth.  This course will also be coming to Portland soon. Stephen is well known for his humor and intellect, and will certainly challenge your thinking about this sensitive subject!

So what, exactly, is a hybrid course and how does it work?  Participants will meet with their professors face-to-face for two weekend sessions: one at the beginning and one at the end of the course. Educators will work independently in the 10 week inter-session, and be in weekly contact with their professor. The first weekend will allow all participants to get to know each other, learn about the course, ask questions in person and start to build relationships:  a real plus to face-to-face sessions. Weekend sessions start after school on Friday so you don’t have to miss any time in the classroom or make substitute plans for your class, and on Saturday for a full day. You would leave the first weekend fully equipped to start your inter-session work, be in touch with the professor weekly by email or Google Classroom, then at the end of 10 weeks, come back for a second and final session in person, to share what you’ve learned, present projects, and celebrate your challenges and triumphs together. Following the second weekend, after witnessing what is usually a wonderful day of shared presentations by your colleagues, you will be expected to write a summative paper about what you’ve learned and the course experience.

Still think you need an ONLINE course?  No worries — there are plenty of other options on our course page on our website.  There’s something for everyone.

Happy Trails!!

 

 

 

Welcome, Sue Barre!

 

There is such a need for strong, quality mentorships in music education for new teachers, and we all know how difficult it can be to navigate those first years in the profession. Support and encouragement for new teachers from a veteran teacher who has been there and knows the ropes can make all the difference between success and failure as a music teacher. That’s why, when the New England Institute was asked if we could design a course on teacher mentorship, we jumped at the chance.  So please join us in welcoming Sue Barre, our newest faculty member who will be teaching the course, EDPU 620: Mentoring New Teachers in the Music Classroom (K-12) starting on October 30.  Sue is President of the Maine Music Educators Association, is a Teacher Leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative and Music Educator at Waterville High School.  The course is designed to have veteran music educators work with new music teachers, while studying the research and best practices of quality teacher mentorship.  What better way to share your knowledge and passion for teaching AND get recertification credits (4.5 CEUs) at the same time?  Plus, you get to work with Sue Barre, who has been there, and definitely knows the ropes!

For more information on the course and how to enroll, click here.

 

Welcome Grace Jacobs!

We are happy to welcome aboard our newest faculty instructor, Grace Jacobs!

You can learn more about Grace’s impressive credentials as a Gifted and Talented specialist on our Team page. Grace will be teaching Gifted and Talented online courses and is offering one coming right up on October 2nd — EDE 527 Educating Gifted and Talented Learners. This is a foundational course for any teacher wishing to obtain their GT 690 endorsement, or for anyone interested in learning more about Gifted and Talented students.  You can receive 4.5 CEUs upon successful completion and take advantage of our flexible, teacher-friendly courses taught by practicing Maine educators.  For more information or to Register, click right here.

So join us! Or sign up for a different course — see our course page for current options.  And stay tuned for more coming soon!

Teacher Leaders in Arts Education!

The New England Institute has been partnering with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative since 2010, and once again, has helped put on the Summer Institute. Teaching artists, and teachers of art, music, dance and theater have come together to share learning, creating and being together. It was a wonderful professional development opportunity. Some teachers enrolled in our course, Teacher Leaders in Arts Education. See more photos on Argy Nestor’s blogpost on the link below.

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative’s Summer Institute

MALI Reflections

 

Teacher Leaders in Arts Education

Just back from a Summer Institute for Arts Education Teachers from all over Maine!  A wonderful three days at Thomas College in Waterville, put on by the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) was a rousing success. The New England Institute for Teacher Education partners with MALI to bring Art, Music, Dance and Drama teachers together for quality professional development in teacher leadership, assessment, creativity, STEAM and more. This will be the 7th year we have partnered, and the ripple effect, as these teachers return to their school districts to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, is far and wide. If you are an arts educator, you can apply to be a teacher leader next year. The networking alone is a great way to connect and make friends all over Maine.

For more information, click here:  https://meartsed.wordpress.com/2017/08/04/mali-summer-institute-day-2/

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning Course Coming to Presque Isle this Summer

Back by popular demand, Stephen York, professor with the New England Institute for Teacher Education, will be bringing his week-long course to Presque Isle, Maine, this summer. Join him and your colleagues, be inspired with more strategies for helping children in your classrooms, and get your recertification credits!  The class takes place on August 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2017.

If you would like more information about other professional development and online courses, check out our website.

TO REGISTER, OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.

Proficiency and Assessment in the Music Classroom

THE NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE FOR TEACHER EDUCATION

Your Source for Professional Development since 2011

 

Proficiency-based teaching and learning is here to stay.  Learn how you can effectively implement it in your MUSIC classroom, with Jake Sturtevant!  Improve your classroom results, make your Principal happy, and take care of your recertification credits this summer! For K-12 Music Educators.

To Register, or for more information, click here.