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Arts Teachers Lead the Way

 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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Exciting Summer Courses Coming Up!

THE NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE IS OFFERING EXCITING COURSES IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN MAINE – AND SOME ONLINE – THIS SUMMER! 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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Education Commissioner Interview

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…. Read more »

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… Read more »

New Course on The Common Core

    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… Read more »

Teachers Learn about Assessment Practices in the Visual Arts

  Visual Art Teachers from Medomak Middle School, Mt. Ararat Middle School, Bangor High, Sumner Memorial High, Woodside Elementary, and Falmouth High School convened for an intensive weekend course on Assessment last weekend.  We had rich discussions about why high quality assessment practices improve teaching and learning.  Looking at student art work, sharing resources, and… Read more »