[DOE-Arts] Happy Last Week of Arts Education Month

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Tue Mar 27 01:42:25 EDT 2012

Is March and Arts Education month really coming to an end?! WOWZER! I hope it has been a wonderful arts education month for you! Not sure about you, but the days and weeks are flying by and the weather is keeping me on my toes! My morning routine now includes checking the temperature to know if I should wear my winter coat, a fleece, or something in between! 

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative
I hope you are considering taking on a regional or statewide leadership role and applying to be a teacher leader for the second phase of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. The deadline for applying is April 6th and you can read more from March 6th blog post at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/calling-all-teacher-leaders/. If you've read the details and just need the application please go to http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/news.html. Remember: we need 8 music teachers, 8 visual art teachers, (one from each region of the state) 1 dance, and 1 theatre (statewide). If you have questions, please be sure and email me at argy.nestor at maine.gov. PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO APPLY SO I CAN HAVE AN IDEA OF WHICH REGIONS OF THE STATE WHERE THERE ARE INTERESTED TEACHERS! Thanksssssss!

Latest blog posts
Thanks for visiting the blog this week! Below are the latest blog posts that are located at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/. The titles highlighted in red have a direct connection with the assessment initiative. Thanks for the info sent my way to include in the blog - I have added many items to Upcoming Events, Student and Prof Dev Opps, and Research. The links are located on the right side of the blog under Info.

Another Arts Teachers' Story - Read about the first feature of an arts educator: Alice Sullivan
In Today's News - Maine students succeed at Berklee Jazz Festival
MMEA Jazz All State Festival - Thanks to music educator Pam Kinsey for this great post on all things jazz!
Elementary Assessment Webinar - Access the archive and meeting plan from March 14th, GOOD STUFF!
The Fibonnacci Suite In All It's Beauty - Amazing YouTube video
Ed Week Blog Post - MetLife Survey of the American Teacher
Maine Art Education Association Advocate of the Year: Carol Trimble - Carol's message while accepting of the award
In the News - Mike Burd teaching the ukulele in adult ed program
Department News Release - Teacher effectiveness bill voted on unanimously by Legislative Ed committee
Happy Spring! - Outside enjoying the weather

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to those who make a difference everyday in the lives of Maine students! Every minute has to count!

Make it a great (last week) of 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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