[DOE-Arts] Enjoy the last of summer vacation!

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Tue Aug 17 06:57:37 EDT 2010

I hope this summer weather continues to bring you a smaile and that  
you are enjoying some time outside. While walking last week I sited a  
doe and her spotted fawn and surprised a coyote who looked like he was  
doing a dance. While paddling I saw 10 Painted turtles sunning  
themselves on logs. Time on the water in my kayak has been glorious!

My past two weeks of work have been VERY BUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSYYYY! I have  
enjoyed (almost) every minute of them!!! There are more posts to do on  
some of those events. The posts that are listed below for the meartsed  
blog http://meartsed.wordpress.com/ are full of TERRIFIC information  
and stories. THANKS to several people who have contributed their  
wisdom, experience and stories to give you much "food for thought" and  
opportunities! Want to write a grant?, there are opportunities. Want  
to learn more about how to integrate technology?, there are wise words  
from international speakers. Want to see what some of your colleagues  
are up to?, read the posts and check out the photos.

Most importantly at this time, do you want to know where Maine is when  
it comes to arts assessment? Please begin reading the posts that I am  
calling "Maine Arts Assessment" series. This week begins the series,  
one written by Rob Westerberg, music educator from York High School  
and one by Catherine Ring, visual arts educator, faculty at AICE. Both  
attended the New England Arts Assessment Institute with me this month  
at Plymouth State in NH.

I know that teachers in the county are headed back to school this  
week... best of luck in your new school year! And thanks to all of you  
for preparing for another great year in Arts Education in Maine!

Please note that I am taking a week of vacation (finally) during the  
week of August 23rd. Please be kind to me and know that if you write  
or call, I will not be getting back to you right away!

* Maine Arts Assessment series: 3 - Catherine Ring's overview of the  
* Maine Arts Assessment series: 2 - Rob Westerberg's overview of the  
* STEM/STEAM - Featured speaker at ISTE conference says focus on STEAM!
* Maine Theater Fund Seeks Grant Proposals - Funding available through  
Maine Community Foundation
* The Arts and Summer School - Program in Boston
* FAQs: National Expectations for Learning in Arts Ed - Update on the  
national standards work
* Jason Ohler: Part V - MLTI keynote speaker
* Music Educators Assistance - Call for music educators to respond to  
graduate student work
* Jason Ohler: Part IV - MLTI keynote speaker
* MSAD #15 Teachers Travel to DC - Smithsonian Mobile Learning Lab
* Jason Ohler: Part III - MLTI keynote speaker
* Paper/Book Intensive 2010 - Retired art teacher, Chris Higgins  
shares her wonderful experience
* Jason Ohler: Part II - MLTI keynote speaker
* National Assembly of State Leaders - Sam and Nancy in DC
* New England Arts Assessment Institute - Argy, Rob and Catherine  
going to Plymouth
* Grant available! - Mockingbird Foundation, music education grants

Make it a great last of August,

Argy Nestor
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
fax: 207-624-6821
argy.nestor at maine.gov

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