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?
Register Today or call our office at 207-367-5807 with any questions.
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 https://prezi.com/dashboard/ 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.
We are excited to offer New Courses and Welcome 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!
Working 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!
Click here to visit the full course listing!
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.
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.
– Suicide rates
– Childhood depression
– Feelings of loneliness
Self confidence –
Student participation –
- – 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?
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.
March 7 – May 23, 2016
* 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?
What pro-active strategies do you and your students use to create one?
How 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:
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.
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.
March 4 through June 10, 2016
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.