Visual & Performing Arts in a Standards-Based Environment

During the 2013-14 school year, the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI), an initiative of the Maine Department of Education, created four videos in response to a question that repeatedly came up during the first phase of MAAI: “What do visual and performing arts classrooms look like in a standards-based environment?”

Maine teacher Debi Lynne Baker, who taught visual art for many years, most recently grades K-12 in Greenville, captured hours of footage at four different schools across the state for this project. These four unique videos, all under 20 minutes in length, tell a story of visual and performing arts in a standards-based environment. Viewers of these videos will see that there is not one particular answer to MAAI’s question.

Part I: York High School Music Program

Rob Westerberg co-established the MAAI in 2010 and has been involved as a leadership team member since that time.

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Part II: Hancock Grammar School Art Program

Jane Snider teaches visual arts at Hancock Grammar School and Lamoine Consolidated School. Both schools are part of RSU 24 and located in Hancock County. Jane has been a teacher leader with the MAAI during phases 2 and 3.

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Part III: Mount Desert Island High School Art Program

Charlie Johnson has been teaching visual and media arts for 39 years and has been a teacher leader with the MAAI for phases 1, 2 and 3. He has created many videos of the ongoing work of the MAAI.

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Part IV: Biddeford Elementary Music Program

Andrea Wollstadt teaches classroom music in grades K-5 at John F. Kennedy Memorial School in Biddeford. She has been a teacher leader with the MAAI during phases 2 and 3.

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