[DOE-Arts] Last days of summer!

Nestor, Argy Argy.Nestor at maine.gov
Wed Aug 29 09:16:15 EDT 2012

Yes, it is that time of year again when my neighbor drives by in the big yellow school bus. The one that took my sons to school and plenty of other children to school over the years. I hope you had a fabulous summer and are well rested to bounce into a new school year. Perhaps some new staff, certainly new and nervous students, and maybe a new teaching assignment or job for you. Whatever the situation, I wish you the BEST!

Speaking of new teaching assignments Maine Arts Assessment first phase teacher leader Bill Buzza has just taken the music educator position at Edward Little High School. He leaves RSU 52 after many years teaching at Leavitt Area High School. That position is open and you can see more info on it in the Prof Dev section of meartsed blog. This will be a challenge for Bill - how about you, what are you taking on this year to make a difference in your role as an ARTS educator?

Speaking of blog, below are the most recent blog posts found at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/. I will return to posting daily and sending an email to the List-serv each Tuesday morning, around 5:30AM. If you are working with new teachers please send me their email so I can add them to the list-serv and please introduce them to the meartsed blog.

  *   International Visual Literacy Conference - USM Aug. 10-13: Mapping the Visual Beyond the Visible
  *   Reflection - Rob's blog post makes pause and reflect
  *   Art Department Rules - if only it was so simple
  *   Maine Art Ed Association - summer retreat held at USM
  *   National Arts Standards Update - writing teams at work

The blog will have two new series, one on "Creativity" and the other on "Another Students Story" in the near future. The "Another Arts Teacher's Story" series will pick up later on in the school year again. Remember that the blog posts are all archived so you can search in the box on the right side of the meartsed blog for the 20 stories that are there. The feedback from the story series was that the information is very useful in reading about what other ARTS educators are all about. Consider subscribing to the blog (click on the "Sign me up" button on the right side of the blog) for direct connection to your email.

In closing this week I just want to THANK YOU all as you launch into a new school year! As I travel the state and communicate with many of you electronically I know students in arts education classes across the state are in GREAT hands!! As we continue to transform teaching practices to standards-based, student-centered and move towards proficiency based with our graduating class of 2017, please continue to take stock of what you are doing in the classroom each day. Watch for an upcoming blog post informing you of the resources available right here in Maine that you can access electronically. I know how fortunate Maine students and I appreciate the work you are doing in providing quality ARTS education!


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<mailto:argy.nestor at maine.gov>

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