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Architecting the Future of Education: 2012 MLTI Summer Institute

May 14th, 2012 No comments

The annual MLTI Summer Institute is scheduled for July 24 – 26th at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Like last year, we’ll continue to draw on the expertise of the MLTI Integration Mentors and content specialists who will share their knowledge and experience as they guide participants in an intensive three day immersion in the topic of choice from our list of Summer Institute Cohorts. This intensive structure is a departure from previous Institutes where a variety of shorter sessions exposed participants to brief experiences with topics.

Please visit our website to view the cohorts available.  When registering, you’ll select the cohort of your choice and spend the institute working with the same group in order to maximize the learning experience.  Each cohort is limited to 15 participants (unless otherwise stated), so don’t delay in registering!  Registration for cohorts will be first come, first serve but we will make our best efforts to accommodate everyone’s first choice. Please note on registration, there is an option to select a back up cohort!

Along with MLTI cohorts being offered, MLTI has joined forces with the Maine Cohort for Customized Learning to offer a cohort designed for school teams.  To learn more about this opportunity, please visit the cohort page. Costs associated with this cohort are slightly different due to extra meeting times schedule in the fall (FMI).

Want to attend but are looking to save some money on registration?  Here are some options for you:

1.  Submit a poster session proposal – save 20% if you are selected to present.
2.  Are you an ACTEM member or a teacher at an ACTEM institutional member school?  ACTEM is offering 40 $75.00 scholarships!

Online Registration

Learn more about the 2012 MLTI Summer Institute on our website

If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson.

Maine Arts Assessment: April 4th Webinar

March 31st, 2012 No comments

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative was launched in the Summer of 2010 as a first-in-the-nation state effort to bring best practices in arts education to the forefront by developing and refining assessment strategies at the grass roots level. The stories of the journey are numerous, and lessons learned along the way are many. These have deep ramifications not only for the Initiative as it moves forward, but for anyone associated with arts education in Maine: parents, students, teachers and administrators. Join Catherine Ring and Rob Westerberg on their webinar on Wednesday, April 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm as they unpack these lessons learned.

Drawing from recent data; feedback from over two hundred professionals in the field, feedback from the Fall Conference, Regional Workshops and prior MAAI webinars, Catherine and Rob have organized this presentation into an informing set of common themes. With guest presenter Argy Nestor, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine DOE, they will attempt to make sense of it all in a way that can help focus and direct future work for all of Arts education in Maine and beyond. Participants will be instructed to provide live, real time feedback as the webinar unfolds, and everyone’s voice is encouraged to be heard! Active MAAI educator or first time participant,  single listener or in a group, as an educator, parent, administrator or student, this is THE webinar that you will want to be sure to put on your calendar and attend!

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It’s Elementary, My Dear! March 14th Arts Assessment Webinar (rescheduled from January)

March 12th, 2012 No comments

Join Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring and Guests on their webinar on Wednesday, at 3:30-4:30 pm.  The topic promises to inspire a lively exchange:  “An Elementary Discussion: How in the World Can I Possibly Do This?
 Addressing the Unique Needs of Elementary Arts Educators”.  This webinar was scheduled for January but due to a glitch in the technology was not recorded so it is being repeated. Those of you who were not available we hope to “see” you there. All are welcome!

The discussion will survey participants about the challenges of doing arts assessments at the elementary level. After all, how can anyone expect that teachers will be able to teach and assess student work when they see 400 students for 40 minutes per week? Amazingly, arts educators are doing it and finding ways that make a difference for kids. Rob and Catherine will facilitate a discussion with their guests, Alice Sullivan (music educator), Shannon Campbell (visual art educator) and Barb Packales (music educator), on the unique challenges to teaching and assessing student work in elementary school, the advantages of assessing the work, and ways to implement quick, do-able and proven strategies that help improve student learning in the arts.

Argy Nestor, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine DOE, will also participate and provide her perspective on arts assessment and how to move forward. Lots of resources will be shared. There will also be information on graduate level courses (provided by the New England Institute for Teacher Education) where participants can take their knowledge and practice of arts assessment to a new level.

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Leadership and the Arts: The role of Teachers, Administrators and the Greater Community (Feb 1st Arts Assessment Webinar)

January 30th, 2012 1 comment

We all know that in a culture that values the arts, that it takes a village to ensure that they are given a central role in the lives of its citizens.  It is not enough to simply have “arts classes” in schools; we need a culture that understands, values and supports a solid, quality arts education for our children.  And that requires leadership — not only from the teacher in the classroom, but from administrators in the school and leaders in the community.

In hard economic times, and particularly in times when perceptions about school achievement result in an almost exclusive focus on standardized math and reading test scores, (sound familiar?), support for the arts can decrease. Using arts assessment in the classroom can help teachers show the skills and knowledge their students have gained in the arts, as well as the 21st century skills, such as creativity, innovation, collaboration and communication.  High quality assessment practices in the arts classroom and supportive leadership can give us the evidence to help ensure that our children will continue to be exposed to and benefit from an excellent arts education.

This webinar will examine the various roles of teachers, administrators and community members in keeping the arts alive and well in our schools and communities. Webinar guests include teacher leader, Matt Doiron (Music Educator from Sanford High School), Carol Trimble (Executive Director of Maine Alliance for Arts Education), Argy Nestor (Visual & Performing Arts Specialist at Maine Department of Education). Join Rob and Catherine as they facilitate a discussion with leaders in arts education and the community.  Call-in participants take an active role in the discussion too, so this is guaranteed to be a lively and interesting forum.

To join Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring in their Webinar on Wednesday, February 1st go online to http://stateofmaine.adobeconnect.com/pk201013/ (sign in as “guest”).

Conference Number: 1-866-910-4857, Passcode: 140893

 

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An Elementary Discussion: How in the World Can I Possibly Do This? (Arts Assessment Initiative Webinar)

January 3rd, 2012 No comments

IT’S ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR!

Join Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring and Guests on their webinar on Wednesday, January 4 at 3:30 pm.  The topic promises to inspire a lively exchange:  “An Elementary Discussion: How in the World Can I Possibly Do This?
 Addressing the Unique Needs of Elementary Arts Educators”.  This will be the fourth of five webinars on arts assessment, as part of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.

The discussion will survey participants about the challenges of doing arts assessments at the elementary level.  After all, how can anyone expect that teachers will be able to teach and assess student work when they see 400 students for 40 minutes per week? Amazingly, arts educators are doing it and finding ways that make a difference for kids. Rob and Catherine will facilitate a discussion with their guests, Alice Sullivan (music educator), Shannon Campbell (visual art educator) and Barb Packales (music educator), on the unique challenges to teaching and assessing student work in elementary school, the advantages of assessing the work, and ways to implement quick, do-able and proven strategies that help improve student learning in the arts.

Argy Nestor, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine DOE, will also participate and provide her perspective on arts assessment and how to move forward. Lots of resources will be shared.  There will also be information on graduate level courses (provided by the New England Institute for Teacher Education) where participants can take their knowledge and practice of arts assessment to a new level.

To register, please visit the Webcasts tab and follow the directions for registration.

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December 7: Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Webinar

December 2nd, 2011 No comments

Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring will be hosting their third webinar in a series of five as part of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI).  The webinar entitled Standards Based Assessment In The Arts will take place on December 7, 2011 from 3:30 – 4:30.  Four primary focuses will be discussed:

  • What IS Standards Based Assessment?
  • Standards Based Assessment specifically in the Arts
  • Arts Assessment in practice
  • Looking to the future

Standards Based Assessment continues to be the path education is going down both as a country and as a state. Many questions and concerns arise when we apply “standards” for assessing the arts. In conversation with leaders in the field, this webinar will serve to address what standards based assessment is and isn’t, identify its exciting applications to the arts, and to ease concerns, answer questions and clarify issues around their formal implementation in the classroom. The webinar will conclude by getting a first hand account of where we stand as a country in the revision of the National Arts Standards.

Guests will include USM Professor Jeff Beaudry, President-Elect of State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education and NH Department of Education arts consultant Marcia McCaffrey and teacher leaders Leah Olson (Visual Art, Hampden Academy), Charlie Johnson (Visual Art, MDI H.S.) and Jake Sturtevant (Music, Bonny Eagle H.S.).

Click on the Webcast tab above for more information about registering and accessing this webinar.

An initiative of the Maine Department of Education with contributing partners: ACTEM (Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine), District 3 Music Educators, MAAE (Maine Alliance for Arts Education), MAEA (Maine Art Education Association), MECA (Maine College of Art), MMEA (Maine Music Educators Association), MLTI (Maine Learning Technology Initiative), New England Institute for Teacher Education, and USM (University of Southern Maine).

 

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Building an Online Arts Education Community with You (Arts Assessment Initiative Webinar)

October 28th, 2011 No comments

Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring are excited to be bringing the second webinar (in a series of five) as part of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI).  The webinar will take place on November 2, 2011 from 3:30 – 4:30, and the topic is Building an Online Arts Education Community with You.

The three main points will include:

  • Creating an online network of support for ongoing work
  • Providing tools to use for assessment and integration into teaching
  • Providing resources on arts assessment

In this webinar, they will be discussing various ways of using technology to connect with others.  They’ll also talk about ways teachers can contribute to the wealth of resources that only a collaborative effort such as the MAAI can bring to the field of education. Arts educators know full well how important it is to have strong relationships with each other, as often work is in isolation in schools and communities. Technology now makes it possible to connect, to have rich conversations, to share the best practices in teaching and learning out there, to stay current on education policy and to share the wealth of resources we all have with each other.  Wow.  What a great way to help improve student learning in the arts!

Guests will include leaders in technology education, and arts education teacher leaders closely involved in the Initiative. So join Rob and Catherine as they facilitate another rich conversation on November 2nd!

An initiative of the Maine Department of Education with contributing partners: ACTEM (Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine), District 3 Music Educators, MAAE (Maine Alliance for Arts Education), MAEA (Maine Art Education Association), MECA (Maine College of Art), MMEA (Maine Music Educators Association), MLTI (Maine Learning Technology Initiative), New England Institute for Teacher Education, and USM (University of Southern Maine). For more information please contact Argy Nestor, visual and performing arts specialist, Maine Department of Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

 

 

 

 

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Feed Forward Webinar – join us to discuss re-imaging and summer redistribution

June 14th, 2011 No comments

Join us on June 21, 2011 at 3:15pm for the last Feed Forward Webinar for the 2010-2011 school year.  The Feed Forward webinar series is designed for the MLTI Team to receive feedback from Techs, Teachers, Leadership and even students!!

This month’s Feed Forward webinar will focus on summer re-imaging. We will review changes introduced in the new MLTI III 2011 image, and then move onto a discussion of processes shown to be successful for summertime reimaging, storage, and distribution in the fall.  We will also discuss Summer Redistribution.

Have a question you want addressed during the Feed Forward Series? Send your email to mlti.project@maine.gov with Feed Forward Listener Mail in the subject line. Get your question answered live! To register, please visit the Webcasts page and select webcasts from the top navigation (select the time of the webinar you wish to participate in to be directed to online registration).

If you wish to review past Feed Forward webinars, we’ve recorded and archived them.  Please visit the archives page to view recorded sessions (organized by date).

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2011 MLTI Student Conference

June 6th, 2011 No comments

The 8th Annual MLTI Conference was a great success! Over 1000 participants converged on the UMaine’s Orono campus for a day devoted to inspiration and information. Highlights of the day included four powerful student voices in Block 1 – Joe Lien of Poland High School, Hannah Potter of Yarmouth High School, Chris Jones of Oak Hill High School, and Mike Rodway of Telstar Middle School. These student presenters held the attention of Commissioner of Education Steven Bowen and the 1000+ conference attendees as they made clear what can be done when the potential of the MLTI is fully leveraged. Don’t be surprised if you hear from these four – they have compelling stories to tell, and know how to get a message across. Visit the Student Conference Webpage and click into Block 1 and follow links for each to learn more about these amazing young Mainers, and visit other parts of the conference web site to learn more about this incredible event.

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Mark your calendars! The date has been set for next year, the 9th Annual MLTI Student Conference Thursday May 24, 2012

 

DEADLINE May 27, 2011 for MLTI Device purchase opportunity

April 29th, 2011 No comments

For schools that would like to expand their MLTI 1:1 computing for high school or elementary grade levels or would like to offer MLTI devices to more teachers and staff, the Department of Education is pleased to announce another opportunity for Maine schools to add MLTI devices. These devices will have the 2011 MLTI custom image and will be delivered in the mid-June to early July timeframe. Device specifications are available in the Participation Packet on the Deployment Page.

We will be offering MLTI devices on either a 1-year or 2-year lease, and device order forms are due by noon on May 27, 2011.

Prices are as follows:

– 1-year plan: $816/device (one upfront payment due in July 2011)
– 2-year plan: $418/device/year (billed quarterly for two years at $104.50/quarter)

The Device Order Form, Participation Form, and details on this expansion opportunity are available in the 2011 Participation Packet found on the Deployment Page.

Schools that want to make payments before June 30, 2011 should contact the MLTI Project Office at mlti.project@maine.gov.

We are aware that some schools may need to get budget approvals before committing to purchase more MLTI devices, and budget meetings may not be scheduled until after May 27, 2011. If your school wants to get MLTI devices but cannot commit funds until after the May 27th deadline, please let us know your intent by submitting the Device Order Form by May 27th and asking us to Hold the Order for Board Approval. Be sure to give us the date of your board’s budget meeting. Please be sure to follow up with us immediately after that budget meeting to let us know the outcome.

Please note: this offering is only for schools that want to expand their 1:1 program; if your school requires additional MLTI devices because of increased enrollment or eligible staff, please complete the online MacBook Request Form.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact the MLTI Project Office via email or at 624-6746.

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