Educators from Maine Art Assessment Initiative participate in summit in nation’s capital

A team from the Maine Art Assessment Initiative (MAAI) was selected to participate in the Teach to Lead Summit in Washington, D.C. recently. Twenty-seven teams were selected out of 125 proposals. The Summit was sponsored by the US Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The following educators represented Maine and the MAAI:

  • Theresa Cerceo — Visual Art Teacher; Dr. Levesque Elem, Wisdom Middle/High School, MSAD 33
  • Kate Smith — Music Teacher; Central Elementary School, South Berwick
  • Jeff Beaudry — Associate Professor; Educational Leadership, USM
  • Catherine Ring — Arts Education Consultant and Executive Director, New England Institute for Teacher Education
  • Argy Nestor — Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission

The Logic Model was the framework used to help create a plan that will guide the future of the MAAI. The Logic Model starts with a problem and participants determine what is needed to carry out the problem. The MAAI problem:

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) was created to address the inconsistency and gaps in access to quality professional development for arts educators. After five years in operation, MAAI is looking to sustain the successful work it has begun, and to address the emerging needs of arts educators in our state.

The highlight of the summit was having the opportunity to have the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, visit the Maine table (one of four selected) to learn about the work of MAAI.

In coordination with supporter organizations, Teach to Lead hosts Regional Teacher Leadership Summits to help spotlight and advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in states, districts and schools across the country. Read more about the Teach to Lead work at

To learn more about the MAAI, contact Argy Nestor at or go to

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