[DOE-Arts] Welcome back!

Nestor, Argy Argy.Nestor at maine.gov
Mon Feb 25 22:52:31 EST 2013

I hope you had a FABULOUS winter break! I was able to take a couple days off and enjoyed every minute. The new snow is wonderful, the temperature is a bit warmer and I saw my first bluebird of the season. The smell in the air has turned and the light seems brighter during the day. The snowshoeing (especially by the full moon) has been terrific.

Two weeks of blog posts are listed below and you can find them at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/. Thank you to those who have emailed information for posts and other arts ed related information.

  *   Another Arts Teacher's Story: Andrea Wollstadt - MAAI teacher leader shares info
  *   To Blog or Snowshoe? - What a beautiful day!
  *   Dancing Classrooms - Learn about the program started in NYC in 1984
  *   MAEA Spring Conference - April 6, UMaine
  *   Interview with Daniel Pink - The author of A Whole New Mind has a new book
  *   Measuring Student Creativity - Erik Robelen writes in the Curriculum Matters blog
  *   In Today's News - One-act play coming up
  *   Art Ideas for Teaching and Learning - A few good links
  *   Arts and CCSS - ASCD Express article
  *   Working Together - Collaboration in the teaching environment
  *   Arts and Common Core - webinar scheduled
  *   Chinese Artist - Paper that looks like plaster
  *   ASCD Article - Ed Leadership article, The Art and Craft of Science
  *   LD 1422 - Admin Letter from the Commissioner
  *   Education Week Webinar - On Arts and the Common Core
  *   Creativity: What Do We Really Mean? - This is a first in a series on Creativity written by Bronwyn Sale, former art teacher from Brunswick High School, now a faculty member at Bates College

Secretary of State's Office
The Secretary of State’s Office is excited to continue their most popular student program, the Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest. This program is designed to promote the history of Maine, an understanding of the Maine Constitution, and the importance of democracy and voting. Grades K-3 create a poster depicting official Maine symbols. Grades 4 and 5 create a poster with a Maine history theme. FMI please go to the Secretary of State's Kids' Page at is www.maine.gov/sos/kids<http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids>. Deadline: March 8.

Enjoy the last few days of February and thank you for the work you do with students each day and  arts education!

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<mailto:argy.nestor at maine.gov>
Learn about the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative at http://maineartsassessment.pbworks.com
Register for the Mega-regional workshops at
http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/assessment.html <http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/assessment.html%20>

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