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Digital Lives Update!

January 31st, 2013 Comments off


On January 17, several school leaders met to learn more about the digital lives of our students and ways our schools might support their learning in and about this environment.

We are offering this recording of the session for those who were unable to attend.

As always, we encourage and welcome comments, feedback and continued dialogue on this important topic!

Topic 2: How to institute a culture of Digital Citizenship in your school

Mary Callan and Teri Caouette



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MLTI Leadership Sessions

November 26th, 2012 Comments off


Greetings, Maine School Leaders!

As you know, school-based leaders in Maine (not unlike others throughout the country) are faced with the incredible opportunities and challenges associated with implementing significant educational reforms including standards-based curriculum, personalized learning, and integration of technology.  During our travels to schools around the State, the MLTI team has heard consistent messages from principals and other building leaders as they are faced with leading these change efforts.

Research is clear: the role of building leaders is critical in the success of any change effort.  Yet we often focus most of our attention on what teachers need to do differently without addressing what the building leaders need to do in order to effectively support change.

In the MLTI Leadership sessions, MLTI team members will facilitate opportunities for you to share strategies for leading and supporting change efforts focused on student learning.  The sessions are anchored in key points from research on how to effectively lead school change and address questions like these:

1.  What are the learning and technology trends that I need to know about in order to move my school forward?

2. How do I promote and support a “safety net” for technology in my school?

3. How do I promote and support technology integration that focuses on improved learning in classrooms?

4. How do I work effectively with “experts” (tech integrators, tech directors, etc.) to meet the educational goals in my school?

5. How do I measure success?

We have several sessions planned to focus on these questions and we have also created this blog as a way of continuing the dialogue, connections, and learning beyond the meetings.

Over the course of the next several months, we will explore how building leaders use collaborative tools (like this blog, wikis, and virtual interactive whiteboards) and social media to enhance communication with colleagues, staff, and parents about teaching and learning.

Sessions are offered as webinars, through video conferencing, and face to face meetings in Augusta and Orono. You will find the schedule of the Leadership Sessions at the MLTI website:

Attendees should bring their MLTI Device and charger (ensure it’s updated with the 2012 Image)

We are excited to join you in the exciting leading and learning journey ahead!

Mary Callan

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Leadership Skills and Mass Customized Learning

June 11th, 2012 1 comment

Be sure to join Inevitable author Bea McGarvey, RSU 18 Curriculum Director Linda Laughlin, and Maine DOE Superintendent of Instruction Don Siviski as we wrap up this year’s conversation about Mass Customized Learning. The focus will be on Chapter 10, Total Leadership, and WIIFY? (What’s in it for you?) So head on over to, scroll down to June 12, and select the 4:00 registration link. It will be a great conversation…especially if you’re there! Here’s the link

Maine Arts Assessment: April 4th Webinar

March 31st, 2012 Comments off

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 Comments off

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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