October/November 2018 
News and Updates
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MAEIA Welcomed into the Arts Education Partnership

Looking for the best research on arts education? Want access to what ESSA is all about? Look no further than the Arts Education Partnership.

We’re excited to aeducators meetingnnounce that MAEIA recently was named a partner organization in the Arts Education Partnership (AEP). The AEP is a national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government and philanthropic organizations. It serves as the nation’s hub for individuals and organizations committed to making high-quality arts education accessible to all U.S. students, improving arts education practice, and researching how art influences and strengthens American education.

AEP serves its partner organizations by providing priority access to research and information, and creating opportunities for communication and collaboration between arts disciplines and across sectors on key education issues.  

“We are thrilled to continue to grow our network and work toward our goal that every young person in America, at every grade level – from pre-K through 12th grade – has equitable access to high-quality arts learning opportunities, both during the school day and in out-of-school time,” wrote AEP Director Jane R. Best in MAEIA’s acceptance letter.…We look forward to working together!”
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MAEIA Receives Renewed MCACA Funding for 2018-19

We are grateful for the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for 2018-2019! This support, along with that of the Michigan Department of Education, enables MAEIA to extend the reach of arts education by regionally providing arts education instruction and professional learning in assessment for teachers and administrators across Michigan. We thank the Council and staff for the opportunity to work with both state agencies to advance creativity in education.

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Amy Lynne Pobanz:
The Perfect Place to Teach and Learn

I dream about it. The perfect place to teach and learn. A district that celebrates the arts. I fantasize about amazing arts facilities and resources for my students. I long to feel valued and supported as a teacher. I am a bit jealous when I visit a school district that has an amazing gallery space, a well-outfitted recording studio, an orchestra, a black box theatre, or a dance studio.

If you are an arts educator, chances are you can relate. Too many of us teach in underfunded programs with meager facilities and resources. It’s easy to complain about all of the challenges that face us as arts educators. Believe me, I am guilty of my fair share of complaining. I am sure you won’t be surprised to learn that venting my frustrations did not help to improve the arts in my district or community. 

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Featured Model Assessment
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Arrange a Familiar Song

Working in small groups, students will arrange a familiar song. They will take a vocal piece that they have learned in previous lessons and arrange it as an instrumental piece. This assessment will require both individual and group work. Students will be responsible for playing an instrument of their choosing and writing out the part that they will play. Students will work together to make sure that all parts of the song are covered. They may use a variety of melody instruments and unpitched percussion instruments, including electronic or nontraditional sound sources.

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Look for MAEIA at Booth #2 at the Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) conference October 25-28 in Kalamazoo. MAEIA's Ana Cardona and Heather Vaughan-Southard will be on hand to receive a Distinguished Service Award on October 27!
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Oakland Schools is hosting two exciting workshops on November 6, 2018.
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MAEIA will have an exhibit at the 2018 MEMSPA Annual Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa Dec 5-7.
Be sure to encourage your principal(s) to stop in and check out our display to see all that MAEIA has to offer.
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The MAEIA project has been developed by the Michigan Assessment Consortium (MAC) in conjunction with Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in partnership with Michigan arts educators. During 2017-18, this activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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