MALI: Where We've Been


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Since the Fall of 2010 the MALI has accomplished the following:

  • Ninety-seven PK-12 teacher leaders and ten teaching artist leaders have participated in summer institutes building on their knowledge and classroom practice. The focus has been leadership, assessment, technology, and creativity and teaching in a student-centered and standards-based environment.

  • Presently 38 active teacher leaders providing workshops at the regional, mega-regional, and statewide level on a variety of topics.

  • On October 7, 2011 the biennial statewide conference Arts Teachers Lead the Way… Back to the Future: Arts Assessment For Learning was held at USM, Portland where 225 visual and performing arts teacher attended 17 workshops. 

  • On October 24, 2013 the biennial statewide conference Arts Education: Leading the Way where 230 visual and performing arts teachers attended 35 workshops. The teacher leaders presented their workshops multiple times to over 300 educators during the 2013-14 school year at the regional and mega-regional level. 

  • On October 9, 2015 the biennial statewide conference Arts Education: The Measure of Success, almost 200 visual and performing arts educators participated in 9 workshops. The workshop leaders created resources, including videos, assessment tools and other valuable items.

  • Seventy-six arts educators have taken graduate courses available through the New England Institute for Teacher Education.  

  • “Another Arts Teacher’s Story” series of 91 blog posts on the Maineartsed site highlighting the work of Maine Arts Educators and Teaching Artists.

  • Seven webinars facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring are archived with meeting plans.

  • Seven videos of arts teachers student-centered classrooms created and available for teachers and other school personnel on the Maine Arts Education YouTube channel.

  • The development of a RESOURCE BANK, including templates for lesson plans and units, applicable to classroom and assessment needs.


Over 2,000 Maine arts educators have participated in one or more professional development opportunities to date.