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.



Meeting with Teacher Leaders all over Maine

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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

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      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!