Meeting with Teacher Leaders all over Maine

TLA Zoom Meeting 2-22-16

Teaching courses is not the only thing the New England Institute does.  We also provide consultation to teachers and school districts all over the state.  As part of the 2016 Arts Education Census, Catherine Ring has been contracted by the Maine Arts Commission to be Project Manager and work with Teacher Leaders in the Arts from every region in the state to help gather critical data about the state of the arts in our schools.  What you see here is this wonderful team of visual art, music, dance and theater teachers from St. Agatha to Bridgton to Downeast and Western Maine. Oh yes, and St. Augustine, Florida! Technology can be a beautiful thing. No one needs to work in isolation any more.  Seeing each other and being able to share and edit documents, have conversations, brainstorm and problem solve are all happening on a regular basis. Better than a phone conference.  Better than everyone traveling great distances to meet.  The only thing missing is food and hugs.

For more information about the 2016 Arts Education Census, click here.

Maine Writers in the Classroom

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An exciting course coming soon to Portland!

This is a perfect course for educators in both K-8 and 9-12.  

K-8 Educators will have the opportunity to work with “Celebration of Maine Children’s Books” by Paul Knowles and Lynn Plourde.   If you are a High School ELA educator you will have the opportunity to design a course study of Maine Writers tailored to your needs.   You may wish to study authors to complement your Maine Studies classes, or you may prefer to learn about Maine authors for recertification purposes.  This course can be taken for 3 credits or 4.5 CEUs.

Key Maine Writers include: Robert McCloskey, EB White, Carolyn Chute, Edna St Vincent Millay, Cathy Pelletier, Stephen King, Richard Blanco and so many more.
This course will meet on:
Friday, April 1st from 4-8pm, Saturday, April 2nd from 8-4pm, and then on  Friday, May 20th from 4-8pm and Saturday, May 21st from 8-4pm.
There will be intersession work done online and on the phone, and attendance during both weekends is mandatory. 
Visit the course website, call our office at 207-367-5807 or email [email protected] for more information!


It takes a village to combat Bullying!

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Bullying Increases….

– Suicide rates
– Childhood depression
– Feelings of loneliness

Bullying Decreases….attendance 2

Self confidence –
Student participation –
Attendance –


Bullying Happens….

  • – On the Bus
  • – In the hallways
  • – In cyberspace
  • – Everywhere!

It really does take a village to combat bullying!

How do you create an anti-bullying environment:
In your classroom? 
In your school?
For all your students? 
If you are looking for new techniques you can use to combat bullying register for the New England Institute’s online course EPSY 530 Bullying Prevention & Intervention running February 29th – May 2nd.
Looking for more information?  Please call 207-367-5807 or email [email protected]
Don't have time to take a full class?  Attend the MPA's Two Day Workshop: "What can we do about bullying?" May 10 - 11.  
Click Here for more information.

Do you want your students to develop higher order thinking skills? Join us!

EDE 524 Critical and Creative Thinking: An ONLINE course

March 7 – May 23, 2016

lightbulb* Do you want your students to develop higher order thinking skills?

* Would you like to incorporate strategies in your classroom to get students thinking more critically and more creatively?

  • * Would you like to be able to help your students become better and more creative problem solvers?

Then please join us for this wonderful online course with Dr. Ruth Lyons (and get the added benefit of credit for a course toward your 690, Gifted & Talented, endorsement). This course will examine ways to encourage creativity and critical thinking and ways to create challenging and nurturing learning environments (this will include using the Maine Learning Results Guiding Principals and more).

Does your school have a bully-free culture?

Does your school have a bully-free culture?

What pro-active strategies do you and your students use to create one?

antibullyingfreefrometsyHow would your school and students successfully address and accept the transition of a transgendered student like Lucy Tidd, an 8 year old at Lyseth Elementary School in Portland who’s parents and classmates have helped her to make the transition from Benjamin to Lucy?  What has been so unique in Lucy’s situation that has made her transition a positive experience?  How would you, as an educator, be able to help one of your students if they were in a similar transition?

The New England Institute for Teacher Education will be offering an ONLINE course:

 EPSY 530: Bullying Prevention & Intervention – February 29th – May 2nd, 2016 

This course can be taken for either 3 credits or 4.5 continuing Education units (CEUs) and will delve into a variety of case studies involving bullying that will help educators build an accepting, peaceful school climate.  Educator, Tracie Peterson, works directly with her students so that they receive the individual attention they need, “For some students, it will be the first online course they’ve taken. I’m prepared to reach each student at his or her comfort level and work together to create a valuable learning experience.”

If you would like to learn more about this course please feel free to call our office at 207-367-5807, visit the course page, or read our recent blog post about this very important topic.

Great Learning Opportunity for Music Educators

Are you grappling with the following questions:

  • * How do I reach every student in my music classes?
  • * How is it possible to assess every student in my ensemble?
  • * What kind of assessments should I be using?
  • * What does a proficiency-based music class look like?
  • * How do I convert from grades to a rubric?
You can get answers to these and other questions in an ONLINE course we’re offering, and taught by Maine music educator, Jake Sturtevant.  You can take this course for 3 graduate credits or 4.5 Continuing Education Units.

 Refining Assessment in the Music Classroom, K-12

March 4 through June 10, 2016
Jake Sturtevant

Jake Sturtevant

You may already know Jake Sturtevant, music educator at Bonny Eagle High School.  Jake is an excellent educator, and is a teacher leader for the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative.  The New England Institute has hired Jake because of his excellent knowledge, leadership and expertise.  Jake has now taught graduate level courses to music educators in elementary, middle and high school and to pre-service teachers.  He has helped so many educators navigate the often confusing and tedious process of moving toward proficiency based learning in the music class. And, because every school district handles it differently, he tailors the course to meet your individual needs.

Please join Jake and other colleagues in this fabulous course.

Click here for more information, or click here to register!

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Update

MALI Update

      Members of the MALI Leadership Team

Leadership initiative moving forward

“Several Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leaders are presenting workshops throughout the state. Many will be on the schedules for the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) conference and the Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State conference.

The MAEA conference will be on Saturday, April 9, Lewiston Middle School, 8:30 – 3:00. Registration will be available in the near future at All-State will be held at UMaine, Orono, May 19 and 20. Registration is available now at”

(Click here to read more on Meartsed, news from Argy Nestor).


Exciting New Development with our Staff!


The New England Institute for Teacher Education is proud to announce the arrival of Holly's brand new baby on November 27, 2015. Holly Eaton is our quintessential Communications Director, and many of you know her friendly voice on the phone, or through the many communications she has sent you on our behalf. Please join us in congratulating Holly, Trisha and their gorgeous little boy, Sam!


Welcome to the world, Sam!

We should be aware of Bullying all year long- not just in October!

Holly Eaton, Communications Director

Holly Eaton, Communications Director

Whether you are a teacher, an ed tech, a parent or a student, you know that bullying happens around the clock, 365 days a year, in person and on line… and not just in October (bullying awareness month).  The awareness that is brought to bullying during October is certainly helpful, but what happens in the classroom, on social networks, at the bus stop after all the commitments have been made, the new videos previewed, and everyone goes back to “business as usual”? How can we be sure that the lessons of and about bullying continue to make an impact into November, February, June?

What we have come across time and time again is that it’s increasingly important to incorporate bullying and harassment into the “unofficial” curriculum.  That by creating a “safe space” for all students educators help to lessen any one students individual burden, whether that burden be as a target, a bully, or as a witness.  Students need to know that they are valued, that their well-being is important, and that the adults in their lives are both compassionate and empathetic.

For some the question becomes how?  How do we include even more into a curriculum that is already busy and hectic?  Much like teaching a subject, it’s important to be prepared with resources, tools and techniques.  One of the most comprehensive resources we came across here at NEI is the website  They have already compiled several of their existing resources, and from there the sky is the limit.

Looking for some day to day techniques to teach your students as they combat bullies?  Check out Dr. Curwin’s article, “Controlling the Power of Words: Teaching Students How to Confront Insults” where he discusses 3 methods he has had great success using with his students. Looking for examples on how you can connect more directly with either one student or a group of students? Share with them your own story/stories of being bullied or harassed.  The more your students have the opportunity to connect with you as a person, the greater the possibility that they will come to you in times of need or crisis.

Looking for an opportunity to expand on this and work with a cohort?  Sign up for our online class EPSY 530: Bullying Prevention & Intervention, with teacher Tracie Peterson, January 25th – April 11th, and collect even more strategies to use with your students.

The New England Institute helps announce the new “Communiversity at Burlington College”

Stephen York speaks at the "Communiversity" conference at Burlington College, October 20, 2015

Stephen York speaks at the “Communiversity” conference at Burlington College, October 20, 2015 photo credit Zach York

The New England Institute joined other partners at Burlington College on October 20th to celebrate the announcement of the new Communiversity.

“Today, alongside Mayor Miro Weinberger and its business partners, Burlington College announced The Communiversity at Burlington College. This formal initiative brings together education and training partners such as Vermont HITEC, Community Kitchen Academy, Oplerno,  New England Institute for Teacher Education, and the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology. It also engages supporting partners from the State of Vermont— Department of Labor and Department of Tourism & Marketing. Employers such as Vermont Information Processing, Husky, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Triad Design Service, and others are also part of this new endeavor.” To learn more please visit Burlington’s press release.