Proficiency and Assessment in the Music Classroom


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.



Sign up Now for Courses with The New England Institute

Please join us and get your recertification credits this Spring! It is not too late to register. Courses are offered online and as hybrid (a mixture of meeting in person and working remotely). We’re excited to bring two courses to Bangor at the Hilton Garden Inn, starting April 14.

Other opportunities for Teaching the Exceptional Child, Educating Students with ADD/ADHD, Bullying Prevention, Technology for Educators, and other Guided Independent Studies are available.  Summer courses are also on our schedule.

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For more information, see the flyer.

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Perfect Summer Course Starts June 27: Technology Integration in YOUR classroom!

Are you ready to take your classroom into the 21st century?

  • * Are you in awe of your colleagues who are more facile with technology than you are?  
  • * Would you like to explore how Google Drive can help you organize your classroom?
  • Sign up today and spend the summer taking your understanding of technology to the next level!

EDE 325: Technology Integration in the Classroom, K-12 is an online course running this summer from June 27 – September 4th.  Instructed by fellow educator Barb Vinal, the course will help educators best serve their students by learning how to use popular tech tools to help facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.  Exploration of technology applications (including Google apps) as well as the development of an online Personal Learning Network to include social media and bookmarking make the course relevant to individual educator needs and is designed to encourage continued learning beyond the course. Participants will develop a digital toolbox to help manage classroom lesson plans, schedules, and assessments and will enhance effective communication with students, administration and parents.


Barb has been teaching for over 30 years, and holds a Masters in Technology from Lesley University. This is the first course Barb is instructing for the Institute, and she is looking forward to working with students as they enhance their technology skills.  Barb is currently an Instructional Technology Facilitator and Magnet School Coordinator in North Carolina, and she has presented sessions at multiple conferences on technology integration in the classroom.


Want to see where learning can take you this summer?

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Happy Dance: Project in Dance

An Art Teacher’s Story:

Lubec teachers and Washington Academy (WA) collaborated to dance for a surprise school wide assembly. The surprise was complete with gleeful clapping, hoots and wows  from the student population. Their performance was followed by Gaetani leading the entire PK-8 school in 4 line dances. Connie Bagley is Lubec’s Art Teacher and gifted and talented Coordinator. She led Lubec’s staff in learning a line dance to “Happy Song” by Pharrell Williams. WA Dance “Guru” Gina Gaetani helped Bagley with choreography and had come to Lubec with her WA dance students to help teach the Lubec staff and then again to dance with them.

Bagley says the point of the Dance Project was to model creativity, arts integration and open mindset. Her idea to create Professional Development for teachers was for “Brains on Fire”  a graduate class she is taking with Catherine Ring and the New England Institute for Teacher Education. Here is the public link  to a Prezi she presented to teachers under her name Connie Harter-Bagley and is titled “Gifted and Talented Lubec”.  Connie has a dozen Art related Prezis to share.

Thank you Connie for providing this blog post that provides food for thought for other educators.

Originally posted on Argy Nestor’s blogpage: MeArtsEd May 26, 2016, re-posted with permission.

New Opportunities await you at the New England Institute

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We are excited to offer New Courses and Welcome instructor Barb Vinal!

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Technology Integration in the Classroom – An all New Course with out newest instructor, Barb Vinal:

June 27 – September 4, 2016

NEI Welcomes Barb who holds a Masters in Technology Education and has been an educator for over 30 years!

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 2.32.40 PMWorking with Families of Students with Disabilities – A New Course with Dr. OJ Logue that can be applied towards 282 Certification in the State of Maine:

July 10 – August 21, 2016


Register today for one of our upcoming course this Summer!

EDSN 529: Managing Classroom Behavior ~ June 27 – August 8
EDE 525: Curriculum & Instruction for G&T Students ~ July 11 – August 22
EDSN 526: Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders ~ July 11 – August 22
EDPO 350: Introduction to Education for Paraprofessionals ~ July 11 – August 22
EDSN 525: Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom ~ July 11 – August 22 & September 12 – November 28

Click here to visit the full course listing!

Brains on Fire: ReKindling Imagination in the K-8 Classroom


  An Arts Integration Course

Approved for Gifted Talented Endorsement (Maine)

This course meets for two weekend sessions at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bangor, Maine

                                      Friday (4-8pm), Saturday (8-4pm), March 25 and 26, 2016                                 Friday (4-8pm), Saturday (8-4pm), June 3 and 4, 2016


This exciting arts integration course will explore the significant role the arts can play in learning. Educating gifted and talented learners will be included as a component of this study and we will also explore the latest research on the brain and creativity.

You will get to see examples of student learning through visual art, dance, music and drama; learn about the critical evidence of improved achievement in all subject areas by students who are regularly exposed to the arts; and participate in practical, hands-on arts integration lessons which can be used immediately in the classroom. Helpful resources, including books, videos, websites and lesson plans will be shared. Collaborative work between arts teachers and classroom teachers are encouraged. You will take away a renewed sense of confidence that you CAN make a difference in your classroom by making room for the arts, promoting engaged students through a rich learning culture.

The New England Institute honors the individual needs of teachers taking our classes, and you will create a self-designed course study with guidance from the instructor, using the wealth of materials provided to you, making the course relevant and immediately applicable to your classroom.

So join instructor, Catherine Ring,  in this wonderful opportunity to learn, create, network and grow in your ability to make your teaching and learning for your students even more dynamic and engaging.

TO REGISTER, click here.

This course can be taken for 3 credits or for 4.5 continuing education units.