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Maine Arts Assessment

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WELCOME to the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Wiki!


Maine: A Grass-Roots Approach to Assessment in the Arts


"Creating an environment in Maine where quality assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts educators do

to deepen student learning in the Arts"


MAAI Summit on Arts Education, July 2014, USM


Something unique is happening in MaineArts educators are leading the way to strategic transformation in Maine's schools, and they're doing it from the ground up. A standards-based/students-centered approach is the premise of the work.



In 2011 Phase I, eighteen teacher leaders in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts were identified and invited to a 4-day Arts Assessment Institute held at Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland. They participated in professional development focusing on Assessment, Technology and Leadership. The Teacher Leaders created workshops for a statewide conference held in October of 2011 that was attended by over 230 arts educators from all over Maine. During the school year the Teacher Leaders offered workshops across the state, as they represented all Maine regions. A year-long series of seven webinars each attracted an average of 50 active participants. Lively discussions took place as part of these webinars, which are archived and accessible to the general public. Finally, graduate level courses were offered around the state of Maine in Visual Art and Music Assessment practices -- further expanding opportunities for arts educators to deepen their understanding of arts assessment.



In 2012 Phase II, twenty arts teachers were selected as Teacher Leaders to attend the 4-day summer institute at MECA, July 30 to August 2. They participated in professional development focusing on Assessment, Technology, Leadership, and Creativity. They created workshops that they facilitated throughout the state during the 2012-13 school year. You can learn more about the initiative below or go Maine Department of Education arts education pages at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/ or go to the Maine Arts Education blog at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/.



In 2013 Phase III, fourteen arts teachers were selected as Teacher Leaders to attend the 3-day summer institute at MECA, June 25, 26, and 27. They participated in professional development that focused on Standards and Proficiency to help prepare them for LD 1422 and the 2018 high school graduation. Two other topics were Outreach and Advocacy. They created workshops and providing workshops throughout the state. Their first workshops were presented at the Statewide conference at UMaine, Orono, Collins Center for the Arts. Arts Education: Leading the Way on October 24.



In 2014 Phase IV, the Summit on Arts Education was held at USM, Portland, July 29-31 and open to all educators. Participants attended alone or as part of a team, as beginner's or advanced, in their assessment journey. Each participant left with an individual plan or a team plan to implement when they returned to their school/district. Several teachers left as an MAAI Teacher Leader. Teaching Artists were also invited to participate and scholarships were provided for the four who attended. Phase IV has 8 new teacher leaders that brings the total to 61. There are 53 active who are providing workshops at the regional and mega-regional level. Workshop descriptions and registration is available for the Mega-regional workshops on the Maine Arts Commission website. Participants receive 5.5 contact hours for participating, the cost is $25.00.  



Maine is undergoing transformational change at the state level at the same time. A strategic plan Evolving Education: Maine's Plan for Putting Learners First was established by the Maine Department of Education under the leadership of Commissioner of Education, Steve Bowen - which requires schools to be standards-based. Students need to show proficiency of the standards in order to graduate from high school. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative has connected its work to this effort through building a Community of Practice where arts educators are sharing their open-ended resources and materials using electronic means. The arts are leading the way in Maine - through this unique model.



We invite you to explore this wiki that is filled with a plethora of resources that MAAI has used and created prior to 2014. In September 2014 the Maine Arts Assessment Resources website was established which contains a variety of resources as well to help guide arts educators as they transition to proficiency-based education.


If you have questions please contact Argy Nestor, the director of arts education at the Maine Arts Commission at argy.nestor@maine.gov


Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission, on the Commission's commitment to Arts Education

It is critical that every child in Maine is ensured access to a quality, comprehensive arts education - and that arts educators are given all the tools necessary to achieve that goal. We at the Maine Arts Commission are committed to strengthening arts education throughout the State through several means including the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. So often arts educators are left out of traditional professional development opportunities - and quite often, they are the only arts teacher in their school or in their district. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative provides arts educators the time and space to learn, share and advance arts education in this state. It is a wonderful model for the rest of the country to follow in supporting and strengthening arts education everywhere.


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