[DOE-Arts] Newsy news!

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Tue May 8 06:41:25 EDT 2012

The forsythia is turning green, the tulips are bright red, the grass has been mowed twice, and the black flies are around but not yet biting at my home. I hope you've had a chance to get outside and enjoy Spring as much as I am! 

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative 
In the next few days the second phase of Teacher Leaders will be announced in a blog post; another wonderful group of teachers have applied. Just a reminder: YOU can keep updated on the initiative at http://maineartsassessment.pbworks.com. Regional workshops continue to happen with a listing at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/assessment.html. On that same page you can access the archived webinars and the last one will happen on May 23rd with Commissioner Bowen as the guest. Please plan to attend!

MLTI Student Conference
Many music teachers attended Steve Garton's professional development workshop in many locations around the state since January. The 9th annual student conference takes place on May 24th on the UMaine conference. If you've never attended this year from the beginning to the end, "this is celebration of the arts - and this year MUSIC will be pervasive!" Much of the conference has creativity at the heart and the Block 3 Uber session will feature over 1,000 students playing an original composition on the MLTI devices. It's all about MUSIC http://www.maine.gov/mlti/studentconference/uber.shtml. Other highlights:
Block 2 sessions are loaded up with GarageBand events: http://www.maine.gov/mlti/studentconference/sblock2.shtml
One of the doorprizes this year is huge for arts performance folks: "New this year - NESCom (New England School of Communications) will offer a great door prize to some lucky student conference attendee! The winner of this drawing will have the chance to bring "The Trailer," that's right, the very vehicle and staff that makes the MLTI Student Conference come to life on the big screen, the crew and equipment that makes the Maine High School Basketball Tournament shine each year on MPBN - to their school to cover a sporting, dramatic, or musical event! Your school will be left with a professional quality video of the event. Good luck!"
Please try to attend on your own, bring students, or join the team who is attending from you school! For more information and to register please go to http://www.maine.gov/mlti/studentconference/. 

Below are the latest blog posts from the past week. Thank you to those who have sent me information to post. 
Another Arts Teachers' Story: Shannon Campbell - Read about Shannon's work
Thoughtful Question - What do you want ALL students to know about arts education whey they complete their PK-High School learning?
All-State Music - Looking for music from past band and orchestra from All-State
Khan Academy - Online tutorial videos from Salman Khan
Doodle 4 Google - Support the Maine artist from Cape Elizabeth (until May 10th)
35th Annual Maine Student Film and Video Festival - Entries due June 1st
TED Talk: Power of Introverts - Read this to learn about the idea that creativity and leadership skills are misunderstood

I look forward to seeing folks at All-State at UMaine on May 17th! 

Make it a great day,

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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