Our district will be returning to school in a couple of weeks and while that might elicit moans and groans for some, I have to admit I am pretty excited to get back to work and to see my students. I look forward to watching them explore media and ideas and create original works that they are proud of, to watch them be creators. Art certainly does make children powerful!
This summer was wonderful. I relaxed, made art worked on curriculum, arts advocacy and I read a lot; some fiction and some non fiction. I intended to “blog” more but I have to admit I enjoyed the lack of structure the summer allows. So I do apologize for my informal but enthusiastic book suggestions below.
Next week I’ll be attending two professional development opportunities. First, I’ll be at the ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers.) conference. While there I will be presenting on student led leadership and sharing the work of S.L.A.M.! I also have the pleasure of learning from colleagues (from across content areas) on various topics related to Teacher Leadership . Then, I will be at the MALI Summer Institute. MALI (Maine Arts Leadership Initiative) is made up by 80 + teacher leaders in arts education from around the state that collaborate and create professional development for arts educators in order to ensure high quality arts education for all students. This institute is always enlightening and inspiring! It is a terrific way to jump back into the school year!
I have a lot of terrific opportunities and ideas for this coming school year. I look forward to diving back in and learning with my students! I wish you all a terrific end to your summer and a magical start to the school year!