[DOE-Arts] Happy 1st day of Spring!

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Tue Mar 20 06:02:39 EDT 2012

Happy Spring! if the weather during the last three days is any indication, I am guessing we might really have a Spring this year in Maine! I canoed over the weekend next to the ice, it was very coooool! 

233 responses!
Thank you to those who took the time to fill out the Survey Monkey providing feedback on the first phase of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. I am thrilled that there were 235 responses. YAY! The information collected will be combined with the other feedback collected during the last 6 months and the findings will be presented on the next webinar scheduled for April 4th. 

New Series
Today's blog post is a first in a new series called Another Arts Teachers' Story which will be highlighting arts teachers and the work they are doing. Today's and the next several will feature the arts teachers who have been directly involved with the phase I of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. Please feel free to leave a comment, questions, or feedback at the bottom of each post.

Speaking of TLs
Just a reminder about the invitation to all arts teachers to apply to be a Teacher Leader; part of phase II of the assessment initiative. The post with the information is located at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/calling-all-teacher-leaders/.

Latest posts
There are several new Prof Dev Opps (including grants), Student Opps, and Upcoming Events listed on the right side of the front page of the blog. Below are the posts since I emailed last week, located at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/. Thanks to everyone who sent info and thankssssss to the 1229 visitors. WOWZER!

Another Arts Teachers' Story - Read about the first feature of an arts educator, Rob Westerberg
Harlow Gallery: Hallowell - A unique partnership, gallery and teachers (Nancy Barron from the gallery emailed on Sunday to say that the Young at Art K-8 opened with 542 visitors which was a record for the Harlow)!
News Release - Commissioner makes the case for LD 1858
Media Arts Writing Team - National Arts Ed Standards
Sooooooo Many Celebrations! - Keep on celebrating March
National Art Education Conference - Waterville High School Suzanne Goulet's reflections
Youth Art Month Exhibits - going on all over the state

THANK YOU for the work you do each day educating young people in the ARTS! I certainly do appreciate it!

Make it a great Spring,

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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