Refresh in the New Year!




Ames Lily Pond, Stonington, Maine

As we gear up for the busy season ahead, it is important to remind ourselves  to take the time to stop, reflect, and put our own air masks on first.  In our profession, it has never been more critical.  One of the best ways we can do that is to engage in meaningful professional development with our colleagues.

The New England Institute for Teacher Education proudly announces its 2013 course offerings for teachers, administrators and educational technicians.  We provide these courses through teacher-friendly schedules, in cohort groups or guided independent studies.  Courses are inquiry-based.  That means participants bring their own burning questions to their study, and are guided by experienced Maine faculty instructors with relevant technology and resources.  Educators are able to make their learning relevant and applicable to their own classroom needs.  Check out the testimonials on our website, to see what others who have taken our courses have experienced.

Our children need us to be fresh and on top of the world with what we know and are able to do as teachers. Let us help you to be there.

Oh, and Happy Holidays!!                                                Click here for 2013 Course Offerings

Catherine and Stephen



Fall Courses Posted

Happy Autumn!



Be sure to check our Fall Course Schedule for courses in Augusta, Bangor, Portland, Standish and Saco.  These are courses that meet for two weekends, with online contact in between sessions. Or you might be interested in our Online courses and Guided Independent Studies, which have an open enrollment.  You will receive personal attention and guidance from experienced faculty who will help you to meet your personal professional development needs.  There are courses for teachers, administrators, and educational technicians.  Courses include Teaching the Exceptional Child, Teaching Children with Autism, Teaching Children’s Literature through the Arts, Arts Assessment, Promoting Social and Emotional Learning, Bullying Prevention and many others.

Courses have been approved for three graduate or undergraduate credits from Endicott College or you can take them for 4.5 continuing education units (equivalent to 45 contact hours).  The Maine Department of Education has approved all of our courses for recertification and some are approved for initial certification.

So let us know how we can be of help to you.

Catherine and I wish you the best in the new school year!


Arts Teachers Lead the Way

Arts Teachers

 Did you know that when arts teachers teach students to create, they are bringing out the highest order thinking skills?  Did you know  that the New Bloom’s Taxonomy has CREATE at the very top?  As part of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, which was held at the Maine College of Art in Portland, I  just spent a week with 35 fabulous music, drama, dance and visual art teachers from Fort Fairfield to Sanford, who collaborated with each other on improving teaching and learning in their classrooms.  There were sessions on Assessment, Technology, Leadership, Creativity, presentations on how the arts may be impacted by the Common Core and the National Core Arts Standards.  This has been a very inspiring week!

Catherine at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport

I just spent 4 days at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado, where Argy Nestor and I presented at the national Arts Assessment Conference.  What a whirlwind of meeting great people, attending informative presentations, eating wonderful food, and making new connections.  Argy and I presented on the incredible work being done in Maine by its Art, Music, Drama and Dance teachers through the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.  In this picture, I’m headed home to prepare for a four-day Institute for these teacher leaders, which is taking place in Portland at the Maine College of Art (MECA), starting Monday, July 30.

Arts Education is a mission.  Let’s not underestimate how powerful and necessary it is for our kids.   Stay tuned for an update from Portland!

New England Institute Goes to Aroostook County

Two simultaneous courses were offered to an enthusiastic group of teachers hailing from Madawaska to Presque Isle to Dyer Brook and Hodgdon.  Stephen York and Dr. Jenn Page taught Integrating Common Core Standards into the K-12 Classroom and Catherine Ring taught Refining Assessment in the Visual Art Classroom.  Both classes met on the final day together for lunch.  Enjoy the photos and captions!

Exciting Summer Courses Coming Up!


These are teacher-friendly, inquiry-based courses. They are excellent for teachers, specialists, educational technicians, administrators, or parents and adults interested in improving their own education. All of our courses are taught by faculty instructors who are leaders in their fields. We would like to invite you to join us. Please register while there is still room!

Visual Art Educators meet to take assessment in their classrooms to a new level!

Upcoming courses include:

Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (K-12)

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom

Educating Students with ADD/ADHD (K-12)

Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom

Managing Classroom Behavior

AND MORE! (See our full course listing.)

We are able to offer you courses at significantly below tuition rates at state universities! All of our courses have been approved by the Maine Department of Education and are granted credit through our partnership with Endicott College.

Please contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Courses coming to Aroostook County!

The New England Institute for Teacher Education is proud to be bringing graduate level courses to Presque Isle this summer, including Assessment Practices in the K-12 Visual Art Classroom and Integrating the Common Core Standards into the Classroom (K-12). It’s not too late to register!! These courses are both being held from Monday, July 9th through Thursday, July 12.

Catherine Ring will be teaching the visual art course. Catherine is on the Leadership Team with the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. Stephen York and Dr. Jennifer Page will be teaching the Common Core Standards course.

Are you prepared to integrate the Common Core Standards into your classroom? Are you interested in taking your assessment practices to a deeper level? Working with a cohort of colleagues who share best practices and resources is stimulating and fun.  Deep discussions around how to assess, benchmark, and align to standards are helping to improve learning in the classroom.  Graduate courses made available in other parts of the state have met with great success.  Join Catherine, Stephen, and Jennifer in Presque Isle this month! Please register with the New England Institute to join us.

Education Commissioner Interview

Steve Bowen, Maine Education Commissioner

Join Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring on Wednesday, May 23rd from 3:30-4:30 pm for their final webinar, “Back to the Future: Arts Teachers Lead the Way”. They will be culminating this series of webinars on Arts Assessment, a component of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s Phase I, with an interview with DOE Commissioner Steve Bowen.

Since LD 1422 (which will impact Maine’s high school graduation requirements) is about to become law, and Maine has adopted a Strategic Plan “Evolving Education: Maine’s Plan for Putting Learners First” to improve teaching and learning across the state, Rob and Catherine will ask the Commissioner to talk about the key components of the Plan, and about the impact it will have on arts educators in particular. Argy Nestor will also be joining the discussion.

“We think you will find that many of the components of Maine’s Strategic Plan are already underway with arts educators across the State,” said Catherine. “In fact, the goals the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative has established dovetail beautifully with the State’s plan, and the Initiative’s goals are designed by arts educators themselves.”

Come and find out what the Strategic Plan is all about, and you’ll be able to connect the dots to the many accomplishments in the past year by the teacher leaders in the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.  This model is being looked at carefully, and replicated by other content area efforts. You will also learn what’s in store for Phase II of the Initiative, as plans have begun, in earnest.  Arts teachers are, indeed, leading the way.

To join the meeting:


Summer Course Listings!



Please check out our new Summer Course Listings. You will find new courses, new locations and new faculty, along with some of your favorites.  And, you may be seeing our new Ad in various publications.  Here’s a sneak preview.






Thanks to educator Jean Gorman and faculty instructor, Rob Westerberg for use of their photos!

New Course on The Common Core

Stephen York, Academic Dean

Dr. Jennifer Page



The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are coming to Maine and into your classroom but do you feel prepared to actually implement them?  Even though the CCSS are intended to be a progression of learning for our students, teachers are largely left to bridge the gap between our current standards and the CCSS on their own.

The goal of this class is to help you understand how the Common Core compares to our current State standards and help you integrate the Common Core into your existing lessons.  We will explore the “why”, “what”, and “how” of the CCSS to see what it can really look like in a classroom setting.  We will help you examine how your current assessments and curriculum/instructional materials align with the expectations from the CCSS. The course will be project based and emphasis will be placed on helping you adapt your current materials to fit the CCSS guidelines so you can effectively implement the Common Core in your classroom.

Dr. Jennifer Page and Stephen York, Academic Dean, will be team-teaching this course in Aroostook County in July and the course will be offered in other places around Maine.  For information on the course, or to register, click here.