[DOE-Arts] Thank a dance teacher day, great resources, and Maine Kids Rock!...

Lambert, Beth Beth.Lambert at maine.gov
Thu May 4 12:00:38 EDT 2017

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Congratulations to the 10 districts who were selected to take part in Maine Kids Rock!: Yesterday, 10 school districts were honored at the Maine State Library for being selected to participate in the Maine Kids Rock pilot program made possible through a partnership between the Maine Department of Education and Little Kids Rock. Through this program, these 10 district will receive a full classroom set of instruments as well as all the training and curriculum support required to teach Modern Band in their schools. The selected districts and music teachers are:

     *   Lynn Chubbuck from Central Community Elementary School, RSU 64
     *   Duncan McFarland from Crescent Park and Woodstock Elementary Schools, RSU 44
     *   Timothy Fulwider from East End Community School, Portland Public Schools
     *   James Zabierek from Hitchborn Middle School and Penobscot Valley High School, RSU 31
     *   Kevin Mania from Houlton Middle/High School, RSU 29
     *   Kyle Quarles from Katahdin Elementary, Middle and High Schools, RSU 50
     *   Jesse Page from Medway Middle School, Medway School Department
     *   Alicia Farmer from Meroby and Rumford Elementary Schools, RSU 10
     *   David Coffey from Troy Howard Middle School, RSU 71
     *   Sue Barre from Waterville Senior High School, AOS 92

Only a few spots left for the Assessment in the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Institute at the University of Southern Maine June 26-27th! National arts assessment experts will be in Maine to work with Maine VPA teachers in designing and creating summative assessments to evaluate student proficiency and explore the potential for its use in evaluating student growth. Cost of the institute is free but there are a limited number of spots for each content area. 24 contact hours will be given and CEUs will be available for a small fee. Click here to register for music teachers<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMC81eBiIDCq5MBEGiHsjq8B754kaLhPXeupF-02IDcO_Wcw/viewform?usp=sf_link>, theatre and/or dance teachers.<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeE3pn7NA81xRF1fc-6ZJsddq0BfnH7zxi1lhX2VqJRS-mXdA/viewform?usp=sf_link> Unfortunately, all the spots for Visual Art are full. Contact me directly if you would like to be put on the waiting list (beth.lambert at maine.gov).

Camden Hills high school musicians, singers bring home the gold from New York City: On April 29, the Camden Hills Regional High School choirs, under the direction of Kimberly Murphy and the CHRHS bands, under the direction of Nancy Rowe, attended the Heritage Music Festival <https://worldstrides.com/collections/heritage-festivals/> in New York City. All five of the Camden Hills ensembles — Chorale, Chamber Singers, Women's Choir, Band and Jazz Band — earned gold awards, meaning that their combined score from all three judges landed in the 90-100 percentile of all schools in that class across the country. READ THE ARTICLE<http://www.penbaypilot.com/article/camden-hills-high-school-musicians-singers-bring-home-gold-new-york-city/85558>.

Maine Kids Rock! Yesterday we had a wonderful reception for the participating districts. Read the article<http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/05/03/waterville-high-school-among-10-maine-schools-to-receive-music-grant-for-upcoming-school-year/>.

            Thank a dance teacher day!: Thank a dance teacher and share your story on 5/4/2017, using the hashtag #ThankADanceTeacherDay and the link ndeo.org/tadt2017<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=0011b6WRZmJRWYUG_IBIa8MkBU4382hofWH1HhNgHhxws4LkZuI-KdnOZc4DrqE_FYKa9xIdeh87ZgrhxdiEx-qYN7EGXdMYiCD0EMPNkmkYzlMmkzbQ0fhmZmQOrb8eV-aTdsiib5i-lkCxTHsYH0rBEqeKRkk0mONMJeaO0y5XCs=&c=q79UDShBLKSrvH-PBZfBfCzvZU3f9inMEFn_G7cyGdrlYa0VcyEcbw==&ch=05iEH68pJZuzWd5ef-KBXe59tq5HVqReJ3UFU5ZofE9ImJZ_aZOF-w==>.

Maine DOE Early Childhood STEAM conference, “STEAM Starts Early”: The Maine DOE 2017 ECE Conference team is seeking teachers to present at the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Conference on August 14, 2017. This year’s ECE conference is focused on the STEAM concepts and experiential and inquiry learning. The request for presentations is for a team of teachers consisting of PreK or K teachers, Arts teachers and/or  technology integrationist. Presentations will be 90-120 minutes and will present a unit or lesson plan created by the teacher team and grounded in core STEAM concepts. The audience will be PreK, K teachers and instructional staff and administrators. Proposals should be inquiry, experiential and exploration based.
Maine DOE ECE conference team is seeking  3 proposals – each proposal accepted will receive an XYZ da Vinci Mini 3D Printer with filament as an appreciation for their time. Teacher presentations will run concurrently during the afternoon of the 14th. The AM general session will be a focus on math by national speaker Doug Clements. For more information and to obtain a copy of the detail presentation proposal requirements please contact: Deb Lajoie Deborah.j.lajoie at maine.gov<mailto:Deborah.j.lajoie at maine.gov> or 624-6613 or; Shari Templeton, Shari.Templeton at maine.gov<mailto:Shari.Templeton at maine.gov> or 624-6880 or; Beth Lambert Beth.Lambert at maine.gov<mailto:Beth.Lambert at maine.gov> or 624-6642

Dance Education Grant: The Maine Arts Commission is offering dance education grants to schools/districts interested in providing dance education by teaching artists who are part of the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. Funding is only available to school districts presently with no dance education. Application deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017. To start a dance education grant application please go to https://mainearts-grants.maine.gov/account/login?ReturnUrl=%2fapplicant%2fgran.

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative: Consider taking on the role of teacher leader and joining the 84 others who have taken a leadership role during the last 6 years. FMI<https://meartsed.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/calling-all-teacher-leaders-4/>. If you’re interested or have questions please email argy.nestor at maine.gov<mailto:argy.nestor at maine.gov>. Deadline is May 17th.

Science and Art Opportunity: Maine Composts Week, May 7-13th, offers opportunity for students to use their photography, design, or video skills to educate about the importance of reducing our waste. FMI<https://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/maine-composts-week/>.
Young Composers Program 2017: Students who will be enrolled in grades K-12 in the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to submit original compositions for the MMEA Young Composers Program. Each student who submits a composition will receive a MMEA Certificate of Participation and written feedback on his/her piece from a professional composer. The compositions may be in any style and genre. Composers must be students of an MMEA member or attend a school that has paid MMEA institutional fees for festival participation. FMI<http://files.constantcontact.com/f03e9653601/9d29fb84-3649-42a5-a42b-777218444287.pdf>. To Apply<http://files.constantcontact.com/f03e9653601/46588827-a202-48ed-ace9-ee03d24f40e7.pdf>.
UMAINE to offer Theatre Methods: This new course to fulfil the requirement for certification in teaching theater in Maine will be offered this summer, June 26-July 14th in a hybrid format (self-guided with 3 on-campus days). FMI contact: Dr. Tom Mikotowicz at miko at maine.edu<mailto:miko at maine.edu> or to register online visit: https://dll.umaine.edu

Maine Young Playwrights’ Festival: Please make a plan to join us on Saturday, June 3rd, for the Maine Educational Theatre Association's seventh annual Maine Young Playwrights' Festival, to be held at Portland Stage Company in Portland! MYPF celebrates Maine's high school writers and offers an opportunity for students to see and hear their plays on stage, in front of an audience, and with feedback from professional writers to help them improve their work. This year's Maine Young Playwrights Festival will be held from 10:00am to 4:30pm on June 3rd and includes both theater workshops and performances of student work. We'd like to see as many student scripts showcased in one day as we can! The format is open for student work at any level of development!  Plays will be performed in workshop settings and on the Portland Stage Mainstage.  Performances may range from seated readings of scenes to staged readings to fully produced plays, and from 5 minutes to 40 minutes. We're open for submissions of student-written scripts for the festival right now! Submit a student script by Friday, April 14, by completing the Script Submission Form<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2Vb8TudVMXxSvJhfTFSsrTpjwZFu3Opr_D0CyT2Tuxk_RmQ/viewform?usp=send_form> and emailing the script to daniel.g.burson at gmail.com<mailto:daniel.g.burson at gmail.com>.​ We will respond by Monday, April 24, to let you know how your play will be scheduled into the festival. You and your students can then prepare a presentation of the play at whatever level works for your schedule and participants (from a simple reading to full production).
Maine Music Educators Association Centennial Conference - May 18-20, 2017 at University of Maine, Orono. Register here<http://www.mainemmea.org/conference-registration.html>.

Maine Young Playwrights’ Festival: Sponsored by Maine EdTA June 3rd at The Portland Stage Company. FMI<http://www.northeastedta.org/maine-young-playwrights-festival.html>.

Maine DOE Summer VPA Assessment Institute: June 26-27th at the University of Southern Maine. Click here to register for music teachers<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdMC81eBiIDCq5MBEGiHsjq8B754kaLhPXeupF-02IDcO_Wcw/viewform?usp=sf_link>, theatre and/or dance teachers.<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeE3pn7NA81xRF1fc-6ZJsddq0BfnH7zxi1lhX2VqJRS-mXdA/viewform?usp=sf_link>

Maine DOE Early Childhood STEAM Conference: August 14th-16th. Registration coming soon!

RSU 67: is currently accepting letters of interest for a middle school Art Teacher position. Please send letters of interest to: Dr. Keith Laser, 25 Reed Dr., Lincoln, Me.  04457 or email to super at rsu67.org<mailto:super at rsu67.org>.

Glenburn School District: Anticipated Music position (Gr. 2-4 General Music, 5-8 Band and Chorus) for a long term sub for the start of the 2017/2018 school year until Nov. 3rd, 2017.  Contact Kara Thompson at the Glenburn Superintendent's Office for an application  942-4405 or thompsonk at glenburnschool.us<mailto:thompsonk at glenburnschool.us>.

            2016 Nation’s Arts Report Card Toolkit Now Available<http://www.aep-arts.org/the-2016-nations-report-card-naep/>

            The art of partnerships: Community resources for arts education<http://www.kappanonline.org/art-partnerships-community-resources-arts-education/?utm_content=buffer844b7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer>

New Research Shows Arts Education Participation Promotes Student Success<http://thenotebook.org/articles/2017/04/20/quantifying-the-benefits-of-arts-education>

At schools in Maine and beyond, ‘Hamilton’ becomes a class act<http://www.pressherald.com/2017/05/03/at-schools-hamilton-is-a-class-act/>

Increasing access to arts education in rural areas<http://nationalguild.org/getmedia/2d97de7b-588d-425a-8fc7-7fab2baa0ffb/Leveraging-Change--Increasing-Access-to-Arts-Education-in-Rural-Areas(3).aspx>: A new working paper from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and authors Lisa Donovan and Maren Brown, examines how collective impact strategies could be employed to improve access to arts education in rural areas. The paper, entitled “Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas,” brings together research findings from a literature review, interviews, and data gathered at a pilot convening in western Massachusetts, all of which was funded by a 2015 NEA collective impact grant.

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Beth A Lambert
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Aroostook County Regional Representative
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
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