[DOE-Arts] Happy Arts Education Month!

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Tue Mar 6 05:54:01 EST 2012

What a month for arts education and what a week for the Maine Arts Education Blog! There were 1372 visitors - WOWZER! If you were one of them, THANKS for visiting! 

I know March is a very busy month for arts educators - Youth Art Month exhibits, One-Acts this weekend, and the beginning of musical performances as we head into Spring. Happy Arts Education Month to all of you! The Leadership Team for the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative is busy planning for Phase II of the initiative. If you've been thinking about how to get more involved please consider being a teacher leader with the initiative. The invitation is in today's blog post - the deadline is Friday, April 6th. Please join us for this unique learning opportunity! 

National Art Ed Conference 
If you were an art teacher who traveled to NYC for the National Art Education Association conference I hope you had a fabulous learning opportunity! If anyone would like to write a blog post on your experiences please email me. 

Jewelry teachers
If you are a jewelry teacher and are interested in connecting with other jewelry teachers please contact Charles Hamm at chamm at rsu20.org. He is interested in hosting workshops at Belfast High School where he teaches and would like to network with as many art educators in the state who are teaching jewelry, whether metals, glass or other materials. Please cc me when you respond to Chuck since I am interested in knowing as well.

Webinars - assessment 
There are three more webinars scheduled for the assessment initiative. The elementary webinar that did not get recorded due to a technology glitch will be repeated on March 14th. You can read the details at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/assessment.html

This weeks blog posts
Below are this past weeks blog posts. As you can see there are two posts this week under the assessment topic (purple). One is the call for teachers to consider being a teacher leader and yesterday's post was inviting you to fill out a survey monkey to provide us with feedback on the initiative. We want to know what you think about how it is going. Thanks in advance for taking a few minutes to fill out the survey monkey. The posts are located at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/

Calling All Arts Teacher Leaders! - Apply to be a Teacher Leader for Phase II of the arts assessment initiative - Deadline: April 6
And the Survey Says!- Provide us with your feedback on the arts assessment initiative - Deadline March 19th
Congressional Art Competition - Looking for student work
Teaching Pictures as a Form of Communication - Literacy at its best
What's Opera Got to do with it? - Mozart's Magic Flute at the Grand
YAY! It's Arts Education Month - Celebrate in March
We Did It! - A day to reflect and look ahead with Maine Arts Teacher Leaders

As we change our clocks this weekend I am reminded of how grateful I am for the time you spend working on arts education for the many students who are impacted by your teaching! THANKS for all you do!

Make it a great arts education month,

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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