Maine DOE announces summit on arts education

K-12 educators, teaching artists and interdisciplinary teams are invited to the New England Summit on Arts Education hosted by the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). The summit will be held July 29-August 1 at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

MAAI provides professional development to Maine arts educators who aspire to take on a leadership role in arts education across the state and has been building capacity by training arts educators on the “what” and “how” of arts assessment. The summit will provide an opportunity for educators to focus on teaching, learning and assessment in arts education, and include sessions on student-centered classrooms and proficiency.

Three customized professional development strands will be offered during the four-day event:

  • Strand # 1 – Developing Teacher Leader – Designed primarily for teachers (teaching artists or arts educators) who have not already been involved in the MAAI and would like more of a foundation in arts assessment, and connections with teaching and learning.
  • Strand #2 – Arts Assessment Team – Designed for attendees to work together as a team during the Summit. These teams will develop a collaborative arts education plan to be implemented when returning to school/district.
  • Strand # 3 – Arts Assessment in Practice Strand – Designed for the opportunity to turn collective knowledge and understandings into important collaborative work on benchmarking, proficiency, and resource development.

A session on August 1 is designed for teachers from Strand 1 who would like to take an active role in phase 4 of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative as a teacher leader.

The $299 registration fee includes access to arts education learning, continental breakfast, snacks and lunch. Registration can be completed here and the deadline is June 20. Discounts are available for those who register early or as part of a team.

CEUs are available through the University of Southern Maine and contact hours are available. Graduate credit is available through the New England Institute for Teacher Education at a discounted rate of $950. This is an additional cost to summit registration.

For more information, contact Argy Nestor at or 207-287-2713.

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