Category Archives: Visual & Performing Arts

Biddeford Middle School Music Teacher among top 25 semi-finalists nationwide for Music Educator of the Year

Biddeford Middle School Music Teacher Amy Delorge was recently named a top 25 semi-finalist from a field of 2,000 nominees nationwide for Music Educator of the Year.  The winner will be named on December 15, 2016 at the Chicago Midwest International Band Clinic.

“It is an honor to be considered among those who make such tremendous contributions to the field of music education in this prestigious group,” stated Delorge, a music teacher for 24 years.  “This nomination is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Biddeford Middle School Band Program and its consistent growth serving our school and community.”

The eligibility criteria include: current, full-time educators in the U.S. who teach music in public, private or homeschools K-16; five or more years of music education and/or performance experience; demonstrate successful transferring of knowledge and passion to their students in hopes of developing their creative skills; conducted personal research and are experts in music history, theory, processes and techniques; and have devoted a major part of their careers to the advancement of music education.

Poetry Out Loud registration open

Maine high schools are invited to register for Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide program that encourages youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation while helping students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

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Professional development for public preschool and visual arts teachers

The Maine Department of Education invites you to be part of a new professional development opportunity, “Fostering Artful Early Childhood Classrooms.” Early Childhood Specialist Sue Reed and Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Beth Lambert are looking for teachers who want to energize their teaching and learning through focusing on art in the public preschool classroom. Applicants must apply in teams of two: one public preschool teacher and one visual art teacher from the same district. The visual arts teacher must currently teach at the elementary level.

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Maine DOE encourages arts educators to attend pre-conference during the Maine International Conference on the Arts

Maine DOE and the Maine Arts Commission invite visual and performing arts educators to attend a half-day workshop led by Cheryl Hulteen, author of YES YES GOOD: The heART of Teaching, during the Maine International Conference on the Arts. Participants of the workshop, Teaching Artful Practice/Practice Artful Teaching, will create personal artful pathways for students to express and explore creative voice through the arts.

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Maine DOE invites arts teachers to participate in regional professional development series

All visual and performing arts teachers are invited to participate in a three-part, regional professional development series on assessment in the classroom.

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Maine Music Teacher of the Year

The Maine Music Educators Association has named its 2016 Music Educator of the Year. Dana Ross, who has taught for the past 18 years at Winterport’s Samuel L. Wagner Middle School and Leroy H. Smith School in RSU 22, received the honor last month.

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Students honored for their creative accomplishments by Maine’s First Lady

The Hall of Flags was filled with music and a lot of excited school students who were recognized at a celebration of Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education. This combined celebration by the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission hosted nearly 60 students where Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage congratulated the students, “I am so impressed with your imagination and skills. Even the quotes with your pictures express your skills and we are so pleased to have your art work on display.”

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Maine arts students to be recognized at State House

The Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission are holding a celebration of Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education hosted by First Lady Ann LePage on April 26. The celebration will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta.

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Dance education grant announced for Aroostook County

The following is an announcement from the Maine Arts Commission 

The Maine Arts Commission has awarded a grant, “Hopes for the Future,” to provide dance education to K-12 students in Frenchville and St. Agatha in the northern most part of Aroostook County. The $2,650 award to Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 33 will give the district’s 240 students and teachers a unique opportunity to participate in the dance making process.

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Individual assessment in the large group ensemble

You can’t enter a school in Maine today without hearing conversations about proficiency-based diplomas and standards-based grading. Given this focus, arts educators have an interest in ensuring that they are using standards-based assessments to evaluate a student’s growth and development. The information gathered through assessment should be used to determine whether or not students understand and can apply content, and this process is perhaps the most critical aspect of the learning process for teachers. However, arts teachers nation-wide tend to lean towards assessing non-achievement criteria such as behavior, effort, participation, and attendance.

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