Forty arts educators met at Maine College of Art in Portland for a four-day summer institute in early August during phase two of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI).
During the institute, teacher leaders – representing dance, music, theater and visual arts educators from the elementary, middle and high school levels and all regions of Maine – developed workshops that they will provide throughout the state during the upcoming school year. The institute focused on assessment, technology, leadership and creativity.
During phase one of MAAI, which launched in spring 2011, about 600 arts educators participated in professional development opportunities such as regional workshops, a statewide arts education conference and a webinar series. Educators can access the archived webinars with meeting plans here. The New England Institute for Teacher Education also made four graduate courses in arts assessment available to educators in the field. Phase one teacher leaders are now working to populate the educational resource page of the Maine Learning Network.
MAAI’s overall goal is to create an environment in Maine in which assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts educators do to deepen student learning in the arts.
To learn more about MAAI, including the resources that were used during the summer institute, please go to the MAAI wiki, visit the Maine arts education blog or contact Argy Nestor, Maine Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Specialist.