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We Did It!

Yesterday we met with 16 art, music, dance and theater teacher leaders throughout Maine to plan Phase II of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.  Lots of creative ideas for ways to improve teaching and learning in the arts filled the day.  This is critical work, because the arts teach vital 21st century skills and quality… Read more »

Children’s Literature and Art Assessment Courses A Hit!

  A group of teachers from the Portland area met recently in the first session of Teaching Children’s Literature through the Arts course.  What a wonderful group!  This diverse group included two librarians, three elementary classroom teachers, and a music teacher, so there was plenty of  interest in both the arts and children’s literature.  This… Read more »

Exciting Courses Underway

I am pleased to say that the Arts Assessment in the Music Classroom course has taken off at York High School.  Reports are that participants dove right in with some profound discussions about how we, as educators, tackle the not so easily defined task of assessing students performance in music.  How does one assess individuals… Read more »

It’s Elementary, My Dear

You are invited to join Rob Westerberg (Choral Director at York High School) and me and our Guests on our webinar on Wednesday, January 4 at 3:30 pm.  The topic promises to inspire a lively exchange:  “An Elementary Discussion: How in the World Can I Possibly Do This?
 Addressing the Unique Needs of Elementary Arts… Read more »

New Course: Teaching Children’s Literature through the Arts!!

  Teaching Children’s Literature through the Arts is coming to Portland Dates:  January 20, 21 and March 23, 24, 2012  (Fridays 4-8pm, Saturdays 8-4pm) Location:  Portland, Maine                                                               Instructor:  Catherine Ring TO REGISTER:  Click Here This course… Read more »

Arts Assessment Courses Coming to Augusta, Bangor and York!

Join arts educators Catherine Ring, Rob Westerberg, and Jake Sturtevant for some great opportunities to meet and work with colleagues while improving teaching and student learning in the arts! The New England Institute for Teacher Education is providing a unique opportunity for arts educators throughout Maine to take a three-credit, graduate level course on on… Read more »

Managing Classroom Behavior

A wonderful group of Educational Technicians from the Augusta area just completed a course on Behavior Management in the Classroom. Lots of learning, analyzing case studies, and practical application of strategies made this class immediately helpful to students and their teachers. Well done!  This course is being offered in Portland (January 20, 21 and March… Read more »

Arts Assessment Courses

  NEWSFLASH! We are offering courses in Arts Assessment, to help arts educators take Assessment to a new level.  Check out the information below. A SPECIAL OFFER – ARTS ASSESSMENT COURSE This offer applies ONLY to these course locations which start on the following dates: York (Jan. 13, 2012), Bangor (Jan. 27, 2012) and Augusta… Read more »

The Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom

Stephen York is teaching The Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom, a 3-credit Special Education course which meets the requirement for teacher certification at the Maine Department of Education.  The course is coming to Bangor and Augusta.  See our flyer below for more details! To Register, click HERE.

Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring Receive Maine Arts Education Awards

Two of our faculty members just received the Carol Trimble Award for Exemplary Service to Arts Education, presented at the State Arts Education Conference at USM October 7, 2011.  Catherine and Rob have been working together on the core team of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative for 18 months and just completed their second of… Read more »