June 17, 2019

MALI Design Team member Kate Smith collaborates with Argy Nestor to facilitate the Teaching Artist Professional Development workshop. As part of the workshop Design Team member Lindsay Pinchbeck and Teaching Artist Leader Musician Tom Luther will provide a unit that they taught at Sweetland School this school year. Their unit was part of their Logic Model they created this year during Phase 8 of MALI. Any teaching artist interested in applying to be on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster is required to participate in the workshop. 


June 7, 2019

Argy Nestor's last day as director of arts education at the Maine Arts Commission.

May 30, 2019

RSU 35 collaborates in a big way each year and MALI Teacher Leaders play a huge role. Students, staff and community volunteers from Central School, Marshwood Middle School, Historic New England and Old Berwick Historical Society collaborated to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hike Through History program. Teacher Leaders Music Educator from Central School Kate Smith and Marshwood Middle School Music Educator Kris Bisson worked together with middle and elementary students to teach dances dating back more than 300 years and some from the 20th century. Teacher Leader Art Educator Melanie Crowe worked with students to provide visual art learning opportunities with printmaking, weaving and rock art. Also attending was Teacher Leader Music Educator Jen Etter, as a parent chaperone, accompanying her two daughters for the day.

May 28, 2019

Meeting with Design Team members and MAC executive director to discuss MALI's next steps. 

May 6, 2019

MALI Design Team member and director of Sweet Tree Arts in Hope Lindsay Pinchbeck and Argy Nestor provide a workshop called Storytelling and Innovation: An Exploration in Arts Integration at the 2019 Southern Maine Partnership Conference at USM, Portland - Brain-Based Strategies that Cultivate Positive Learning Environments. Teacher Leader Jen Etter, York Middle School Music Educator and Teaching Artist Leader, Ceramic Artist Shawna Barnes provide a workshop Brain-Based Strategies - Gateways to Creativity, Growth and Recovery.

April 22, 2019

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) co-founder and York High School Music Educator Rob Westerberg's student May Hoover will be the student speaker at the Maine Arts & Culture Day scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in the Hall of Flags, State House, Augusta.  

April 6, 2019

At the Spring Maine Art Education Association conference Teacher Leaders Amy Cousins and Allie Rimkunis were recognized for their accomplishments. Allie, who teaches at Great Falls Elementary School in Gorham, was named the Elementary Art Educator of the Year and Amy who teaches at Gorham Middle School, was named the Art Educator of the Year 2020. Congratulations! 

April 3, 2019

Argy Nestor shares the work and accomplishments of MALI with State Arts Agencies Directors of Arts Education. The focus is on Leadership and the value of the collaborative environment and how it impacts work at the local level and learners in classrooms across the state of Maine. This is a new forum for the directors from across the country, online sharing called Convergence. Argy and two colleagues from New Hampshire and Michigan suggested that the Professional Development Institute, which is held in the fall, be extended throughout the year. The series is a peer-led webinar so the the directors can see, hear, and learn from one another in between the fall institutes. Each director picks a program, tool, approach that they have implemented or something that they are currently working through. The idea is to collectively learn from individual approaches to serving the field. The first one was a success and they are scheduled for the next several months on a variety of topics. 

March 27, 2019

MALI Teacher Leader and Marshwood Middle School Music Educator Kris Bisson learned that she is a finalist for York County Teacher of the Year.

March 15, 2019

MALI Mega Conference, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. MALI Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artists provided amazing workshops. They included: What Does Arts Accessibility Mean? presented by Shawna Barnes, Arts and Community Outreach: The Stories We've Been Told - Preserving the Histories of Our Elders presented by Kris Bisson, Adding Choice to Art History presented by Cindi Kugell, Zines presented by Samantha Armstrong, Theater as a Life Skill presented by Nicole Cardano, Music & Math presented by Lindsay Pinchbeck and Tom Luther,  Sandbox Composing presenting by Joe Cough, The Possibilities of Full Choice presented by Shalimar Poulin Chassé, Practical Self-Care for Teachers - Beyond Bubble Baths and Barre Class presented by Elise Row, Pre-Assessment: Misconceptions & Building Stronger Student Achievement presented by Iva Damon, and Students Reflective Response & the Digital Process-Folio presented by Melanie Crowe. The Artist Showcase was provided by Nicole Cardano.

March 12, 2019

Congratulations Marshwood High School Junior Alaina Smith, daughter of MALI Design Team member Kate Smith, who was selected as a HundrED Youth Ambassador.

March 2, 2019

MALI Winter Retreat, Waterville High School. The day's topics included Trauma Informed Communities presented by Brittany Ray from TREE (Transforming Rural Experience in Education), Revisiting participants Logic Models through the lens of MALIs This We Believe statements facilitated by Kate Smith, and Process Painting and HundrED information presenting by Lindsay Pinchbeck and Argy Nestor. Twenty five MALI Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artists attended and really enjoyed re-connecting and having the chance to share, learn and be together with their colleagues from across Maine. 

January - March 2019

Express-a-Book format being used with HundrED participants from India, England, Germany, and Maine.

December 11, 2018

Nine MALI Teacher Leaders and four of their students were recognized for their art work at the State House Hall of Flags with a reception for the Maine Excellence in Arts Education. The following have art work on display in the State House Complex until April 30, 2019: Gorham Middle School Amy Cousins, Marshwood Middle School Melanie Crowe, Waterville Senior High School Suzanne Goulet, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Cindi Kugell, Maranacook Middle School Hope Lord, Jonesport-Beal Lisa Marin, Richmond Middle and High School Jeffrey Orth, Hancock Grammar School Jane Snider, and Brewer High School Lori Spruce. Musical performances were provided by students from Marshwood Middle School and Sedomocha School under the direction of MALI Teacher Leaders Kris Bisson and Kaitlin Young. Marshwood Middle School students performed a piece that they wrote with MALI Teaching Artist Leader Brian Evans-Jones. It was an amazing event. 

December 2018

Team of Maine Teachers of the Year selected to collaborate on a project for Facebook including MALI educators 2008 Runner-Up Maine Teacher of the Year Charlie Johnson, 2017 Knox County Teacher of the Year Anthony Lufkin, 995 Maine Teacher of the Year Argy Nestor, 2014 York County Teacher of the Year Kate Smith, and 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year and 2017 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year Kaitlin Young.  

November 15, 2018

MALI Teaching Artist Leader joins 2018 Poetry Out Loud (POL) Champion from Deering High School Allan Monga and Runner-Up from Westbrook High School Emma Lombardo to create POL resources for Maine students and teachers.   

November 13, 2018

Second Critical Friend Day being held all day in Augusta to provide an update on the Logic Models started at the MALI Summer Institute. 

November 6-10, 2018

MALI Design Team member Lindsay Pinchbeck and Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education Argy Nestor travel to Helsinki Finland to share MALIs work at the HundrED Summit with educators from around the world. 

October 21, 2018

MALI educators Kaitlin Young and Kris Bisson provided workshops at the Maine Principals' Association Conference, Samoset Resort, Rockport.

October 20, 2018

Second day of the MAMLE conference: MALI educators provided workshops. Lindsay Pinchbeck: Choice, Voice, and Creative Thinking. And, Kaitlin Young: Live and Let Go. How I Learned to Lead by Getting Out of the Way! Following lunch Kaitlin's middle school students provided the opportunity for the conference participants to learn and participate in music making - along with being wowed by the students passion and voices!

October 19, 2018

MALI educators Kris Bisson and Brian Evans-Jones provided a workshop Integrating the Arts: Community Awareness Through Student-Designed Curriculum at the Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) annual conference, Point Lookout, Northport. 

October 13, 2018

MALI Critical Friend Day, USM, included 9 presentations provided by MALI educators sharing an update on their Logic Model (research started at the summer institute in August 2018). Twenty five Critical Friends provided support and feedback on the information. 

September 28, 2018

MICA conference, USM, Portland. The opening included 5 story presentations - one provided by Kaitlin Young. Three PK-12 arts education sessions followed: 1) Standards and Assessment facilitated by Dr. Jeffrey Beaudry, USM. 2) Teaching Artist and Arts Teacher panel facilitated by Kate Smith, and 3) Advocacy with Catherine Ring.


September 27, 2018

Pre-MICA Arts Education Conference held at USM. The morning sessions: music and dance making facilitated by MALI Design Team member Kate Smith with the assistance of teacher leader Allie Rimkunas and teaching artist Tom Luther. Also assisting dancer Nancy Salmon. Kaitlin Young, MALI teacher leader, 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year, and music teacher at Sedomocha School presented keynote: "Pulling Back the Curtain". Facilitated work followed with Kaitlin and MALI co-founder Catherine Ring.  


September 7, 2018

MALI Teacher Leaders and Design Team members prepare for the Maine International Conference on the Arts being held 27 and 28 September 2018, USM, Portland, Abramson Center. More info and registration.

August 31, 2018

Phase 8 PK-12 Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artist Leaders photos posted HERE


July 31, August 1, 2, 2018

MALI Summer Institute, USM, Portland - 45 PK-12 arts educators and teaching artists participating in amazing professional development. 

July 17, 2018

Phase 8 MALI Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artist Leaders announced today.

July 1, 2018

The Maine Arts Commission's Maine International Conference on the Arts registration open - early bird savings until July 31. 

June 19, 2018

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Will Stecher, posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog!

June 12, 2018

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Kattie Sweet, posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog!

June 5, 2018

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Kaitlin Young, posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog!

May 29, 2018

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Dorie Tripp, posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog!

May 22, 2018

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Danielle Sullivan, posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog!


May 19, 2018 

Village Soup, the local mid-coast newspaper published an article about MALI Phase 7 Teaching Artist Leader Tom Luther. It's a great interview with Tom telling his story about the two strokes he has this past fall and how he has worked his way back from them. The power of the arts, his reading on Growth Mindset form the pre-reading for the MALI Summer Institute, and the independent research Tom has done has all contributed to his his healing. You can read Tom's story at THIS LINK

May 16, 2018 

The Call for MALI Teaching Artist Leaders went out today. Are you a teaching artist or do you know one who would make a great leader? Please read the information and complete an application by CLICKING HERE

May 16, 2018 

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Lori Spruce, posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog! 

May 10, 2018 

MALI Phase 7 Teacher Leader David Coffey was named Waldo County Teacher of the Year at a ceremony at the State House. He goes onto the next step of being considered for the 2019 Maine Teacher of the Year. We wish David the best of luck! You can read about the ceremony at THIS LINK

May 9, 2018 

The Call for MALI PK-12 Teacher Leaders went out today. If you are a visual or performing arts teacher who would like to take on a leadership role during phase 8 of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative CLICK HERE to access the information, responsibilities, and the application. 

May 8, 2018 

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Hope Lord posted today on Maine Arts Education blog! 

May 2, 2018 

Congratulations to Phase 3 Teacher Leader Jenni Null and Phase 1 Teacher Leader Rebecca Wright who are both retiring this year. Their photos and school info is located on this sites Teacher Leader page at THIS LINK


May 1, 2018 

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Laura Manchester posted today on Maine Arts Education blog!

April 24, 2018 

MALI Teaching Artist Leader Nicole Cardano posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog.

April 17, 2018 

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Adele O'Brien-Drake posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog

April 10, 2018 

MALI Teaching Artist Leader Story: Tom Luther posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog

April 3, 2018

MALI Teaching Artist Leader Story: Dana Legawiec posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog

March 27, 2018

MALI Teacher Leader Story: David Coffey posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog

March 23, 2018

MALI Mega conference, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris, 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., 5.5 contact hours available, 15 workshops available provided by PK-higher ed arts educators and teaching artist leaders. All educators invited. INFORMATION and REGISTRATION

March 20, 2018 

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Kris Bisson posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog

March 13, 2018

MALI Teaching Artist Leader Story: Brian Evans-Jones is posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog

March 10, 2018

MALI Winter Retreat. Teacher Leader Sue Barre hosts the winter retreat at Waterville High School. Thirty-two members of MALI meet to participate in professional development and 

review the work of phase 7 and look ahead to phase 8 and beyond.

March 6, 2018

MALI Teacher Leader Story: Cindi Kugell posted today on the Maine Arts Education blog

February 12 and 28, 2018

MALI Teacher Leader and 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year Kaitlyn Young is the Emcee for the Northern and Southern Poetry Out Loud Finals at Hampden Academy and Performing Arts Center at Westbrook Middle School. Teaching Artist Leader and poet Brian Evans-Jones serves as judge for the POL Southern event. 

January 10, 2018

Plans are underway for MALIs Winter Retreat being held on Saturday, March 10.

January 8-11, 2018

Sweetland School in Hope hosts MALI Teaching Artist Leaders, poet Brian Evans-Jones and potter Tim Christensen to provide interdisciplinary learning. They collaborated with the school's founder and director and MALIs Design Team member Lindsay Pinchbeck to create an amazing learning opportunity. 

January 5, 2018

The MALI Mega Conference registration is open! Scheduled for Friday, March 23, Oxford Hills High School, South Paris. Fifteen workshops to choose from! REGISTRATION and DETAILS. MALI Teacher Leaders and Oxford Hills School District visual art teachers Samantha Armstrong and Cindi Kugell have been busy for months working on the plans for the conference!

November 10, 2017

Kaitlyn Young, Maine's 2018 Teacher of the Year, and MALI Teacher Leader, was celebrated along with the 2017 county teachers of the year at a banquet at Thomas College. It was an amazing evening!

November 2-3, 2017

Catherine Ring, MALI Design Team member and Argy Nestor were invited to attend the New Hampshire Arts Education conference in Littleton, NH. They had the opportunity to participate in wonderful workshops and were inspired by keynote educator Alan November.

October 19-10, 2017

Teaching Artist Russell Kaback presented a workshop at the Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE). Russell shares his grandfathers journey as a Jewish man during World War II using his music. 

October 4, 2017

MALI Teacher Leader, Music Educator, SoChoMoCha School in Dover-Foxcroft has been named 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year. READ about Kaitlyn and the announcement. 

August 1-3, 2017

MALI Summer Institute, Thomas College,Waterville. The Design Team has created an amazing schedule with three strands to address the needs of Teaching Artist Leaders, new Teacher Leaders, and veteran Teacher Leaders. There will be multiple opportunities for the three strands to come together for cross pollination and collaborating. YAHOOO! 

July 2017

The MALI Design Team is making plans for the summer institute. A new component will be mini-lessons. Designed to provide an intense but short opportunity to learn and expand participants thinking. 

June 27-29, 2017

Catherine Ring and Argy Nestor attended the Thomas College Center for Innovation in Education Summer Institute. Their project includes gathering resources on STEAM and creating a location to house the resources. Watch in the future for more information. To learn more about the institute click HERE.

June 26-27, 2017

Fifteen MALI Teacher Leaders attend the Maine DOE Summer Assessment Institute held at USM in Portland. Three MALI Teacher Leaders assisted the national consultants in each of the discipline sessions. To learn more about the institute and access their resources click HERE

June 13, 2017

Fourteen new PreK-12 Visual and Performing Arts Educators join MALI Phase VII by taking on the role of "Teacher Leader". The teachers were announced in a blog post located HERE

May 15, 2017

Planning is underway for the Phase VII MALI Summer Institute being held this year for the first time at Thomas College on August 1-3. There will be three strands; Teaching Artists, new Teacher Leaders, and veteran Teacher Leaders. If you are interested in learning more email Argy Nestor.

May 1, 2017

MALI "call" for Teaching Artist Leaders for Phase VII. Read the details by clicking HERE and consider applying to be a teaching artist leader. Application deadline: Friday, May 26, 2017. Applications located at this LINK.

May 4, 2017

Assessment for Learning and Leading conference, USM Portland, provided by the Southern Maine Partnership. Teacher Leaders Holly Leighton from Mattanawcook Academy, Lincoln, and Jake Sturtevant from Falmouth High School presented a workshop called

Learning Progressions and Feedback in Arts Assessment with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. Description: Teachers in visual and performing arts have developed high-impact assessment for learning examples as part of their ongoing involvement in the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Teacher leaders from visual and performing arts will present examples of learning progressions, student reflection, descriptive feedback, and next steps rubrics from their classrooms. Participants will have the opportunity to create Stars and Stairs learning progressions, next steps rubrics and examine resources on the MALI website and see other examples from practicing teachers.

April 26, 2017

MALI "call" for Teacher Leaders for Phase VII. Read the details by clicking HERE and consider applying to be a teacher leader. Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017. Applications located at this LINK.

April 25, 2017

Another Teaching Artist Story: MALI Teaching Artist Leader Tim Christensen works primarily in porcelain, with sgraffito and has been teaching since 2002. Click HERE to read Tim's story.

April 11, 2017

Another Arts Teacher's Story: Jean Phillips, MALI Teacher Leader, Wiscasset Middle High School, Theatre teacher. Click HERE to read Jean's story.

April 5-8, 2017

MALI Teacher Leader and president of the Maine Music Educators Association Sue Barre and Argy Nestor travel to Atlantic City, NJ for the Eastern NAfME conference to present "Leading the Way to Proficiency".

April 4, 2017

Another Arts Teacher's Story: Rick Osann, MALI Teacher Leader, Bonny Eagle High School, MSAD #6, teaching Theatre, Film & Video. Click HERE to read Rick's story.


March 28, 2017

Another Arts Teacher's Story: Charles Michaud, MALI Teacher Leader, Pre-K – 12 music teacher at MSAD#33 in Frenchville and St. Agatha, MSAD#33. Click HERE to read Charles' story.

March 21, 2017

Another Arts Teacher's Story: Hilary Martin, MALI Teacher Leader. She worked as the K-12 theatre teacher at the Vinalhaven School, where she taught K-5 drama, high school public speaking, and middle and high school electives in acting, directing, playwriting, and technical theatre and design. While at Vinalhaven Hilary also directed after-school productions. Click HERE to read Hilary's story.

March 17, 2017

MALI Mega conference, Hebron Station School, Hebron. MALI Teacher Leaders provide several workshops for participants. A movement session at lunch presented by John Morris and a peak at the statewide census data.

March 14, 2017

Another Arts Teacher's Story: Pam Chernesky, MALI Teacher Leader.  Pam teaches theatre and visual art at Houlton Middle/High School. She has taught art and theatre in Maine for the past 29 both downstate (Gov. Baxter School for the Deaf and Bonny Eagle High School) and, has been teaching art in the County for the past 3 years. Click HERE to read Pam's story.


March 11, 2017

MALI Winter Retreat, Thomas College, Waterville. Review of phase 6 work and looking ahead to phase 7. A tour and information session on the Center for Innovation in Education.

March 9, 2017

Another Arts Teacher's Story: Jaclyn Bousquet. Jaclyn teaches Visual Art to grades 9-12 at Traip Academy in Kittery, ME where she has spent the majority of her five year teaching career. Click HERE to read Jaclyn's story.

February 28, 2017

Another Arts Teacher's Story: Jason Bannister, MALI Teacher Leader. Jason teaches Theater to grade  7 and 8 students at the Troy Howard Middle School, RSU 71, Belfast. He has taught for 14 years, all in Belfast – 5 years at 4th grade, 3 years middle school ELA, 6 years middle school theater. Click HERE to read Jason's story.

January 11-13, 2017

Argy Nestor attends Americans for the Arts meeting as member of the Arts Education Council.

December, 2017

Statewide arts education census report is completed. Summary of the report is located by clicking HERE.

January 4, 2017

MALI Mega conference, USM, Portland. MALI Teacher Leaders provide several workshops for participants. A movement session at lunch presented by Emma Campbell and a peak at the statewide census data.

November 21, 2016

MALI Mega conference, Ellsworth High School. MALI Teacher Leaders provide several workshops for participants. A movement session at lunch presented by Nancy Salmon and a peak at the statewide census data.

October 21, 2016

Argy Nestor gives keynote on Arts Integration at the Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented conference - The ‘Art’ of Technology: Inspiring Innovation in Advanced Learners. Several MALI Teacher Leaders were in attendance.

October 6, 2016

Statewide arts education conference, Franco American Heritage Center, Lewiston. The presenter was Cheryl Hulteen: "Teaching Artful Practice/ Practice Artful Teaching". Cheryl's beliefs for her presentation: Arts teaching professionals have much to share in their partnership to create personal artful pathways for students to express and explore creative voice through the arts. Using the Multiple Intelligences Theory, join us in a collaboration-defining, exploring, celebrating and understanding different practices of artful teaching. We will build a learning community that reflects the role the arts play in everything we do, teach and learn by strengthening the creative exchanges of artful process and practice.

October 7, 2016

Maine Arts Commission Maine International Conference on the Arts, Bates Mill, Lewiston. Artists, arts educators, arts organizations were well represented. The Bates College VP of the Office of Diversity Crystal Williams kicked off the conference with a talk entitled "Practical Approaches to Creating Impact: Getting to Cultural Equity." Arts education strand throughout the day - sessions on STEAM, Malawi, and Creative Aging.

September 23, 2016

MALI Teacher Leaders and their colleagues Critical Friend Day at the State House in Augusta.

August 10, 2016

Welcome to all attendees of our SIXTH Summer Teacher Leader Institute!! Very excited for our three days together - the google site for our work may be found HERE.

August 2, 2016

Planning is all but finished for next week's Summer Institute. A special congratulations to our NEW Teacher Leaders coming on board for Phase 6!! The whole list of current and former MALI Teacher Leaders may be accessed HERE.


June 29, 2016

Thank you to all who attended the state conference yesterday!!! Access to conference workshop resources may still be accessed HERE.

May 18, 2016

Welcome attendees of the Southern Maine Partnership Conference 1:30 session, "Collaboration and Teacher-Led Improvement Communities"... please click HERE to access the presentation slides with active links!!

March 28, 2016

Welcome john Morris to the MALI Leadership Team! We look forward to his work as we move forward with our plans for the state in Phase 6!!


March 3, 2016

The Measure of Success Fall Conference Resources been updated to include the 5 minute overview presentations, and are now linked in the appropriate resource pages. Look for them in blue highlight


December 2, 2015

Two great resources added from Carnegie Hall! Check out the National Arts Organizations link as well as the Videos: Arts Assessment in the Classroom.


October 9, 2015


We're also excited to be sharing our MALI, "This We Believe" statements which may be viewed here.


August 15, 2015

Photo Gallery for Phase FIVE added, come check out the fun we had over the Summer at the Teacher leader institute!


August 12, 2015

Resources being added weekly, check out the drop down menus that will help you most in your work as the school year begins!


August 4, 2015

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative has continued to morph and develop over its first 5 years. Our name is now changed to reflect our broader focus with a greater emphasis on teacher leadership: MALI, the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative. "MALI is committed to the development of Teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning and assessment in the Arts."


June 4, 2015

Links have been added to the Maine DOE Proficiency law. Check out the bottom of the Proficiency Toolbox: Before You Begin page.


April 15, 2015

North Carolina is implementing a new student work data collection process. Check it out in Helpful Assessment Documents.


November 25, 2014

A new resource link is being added and we need your help! Tons Of Resources dropdown has added Maine Program & Teacher Websites, and we'd like you to add yours! Please e-mail the webmaster a link to YOURS and we will add it!!!