Professional Development Opportunities


MAEA Fall PD Offerings
MAEA Watch Party Discussions

The MAEA Watch Party Discussion Series are ten companion discussions to the monthly NAEA webinars, facilitated by MAEA leaders, members, and selected guests who bring their unique experiences to each month’s topic. Watching the NAEA webinars is not a prerequisite, however doing so will enhance attendees’ general knowledge of the topic. For the 2021 – 2022 Watch Party series, MAEA facilitators will engage participants in open conversation, share helpful resources, and promote a supportive space for all to join in. These discussions will relate back to the theme of the NAEA webinars, but will include stand alone content so that they are not exactly the same. For more details about our discussions please visit MAEA Watch Party Professional Development Series | 2021-22 
Posted September 6, 2021

Webinar: Working with the Guidebook of Culturally Diverse Artists & Artworks

Audience: All current and aspiring arts educators, and arts education leaders across the Commonwealth
Locations and Dates:  
October 18th, 2021; 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm (repeated session)
Questions: Dawn Benski,
Posted July 5, 2021

This webinar will provide an overview of this comprehensive resource available to all MA arts educators. The session will unpack the major components and their relevance for MA students, examine how the content aligns to the 2019 Arts Curriculum Framework, and provide strategies for putting culturally responsive teaching into practice.

2021 – 2022 Arts Leaders Network

Audience: Arts content leaders/lead teachers, arts content coaches, and arts coordinators, arts content designees invited to attend by a district’s curriculum director or school principal, and returning members of the 2020-2021 Arts Leaders Network
Locations and Dates: 10/20/21, 11/10/21, 12/8/21, 1/19/22, 3/16/22, 5/4/22; Main sessions run 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm with optional working group sessions from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Questions: Dawn Benski,
Posted July 5, 2021

The Arts Leaders Network will support PreK-12 arts leaders to collaborate, to engage in discussions relevant to the arts and their role as leaders, and to share resources and strategies for addressing various arts content priorities across the state. Participants will be able to try out and discuss current and new arts instructional materials developed by DESE and connect with other arts leaders from across the Commonwealth.

Arts education partnership – virtually gathering

This September 14 and 15, 2021, AEP invites you join to our second ever Virtual Gathering. While we are eager to convene in person, we have decided to host our annual event virtually given continued uncertainty and safety concerns.
Posted June 26, 2021 curriculum

Consensus is an artistic game of “Telephone” that provides participants the option to respond to a work of art using any arts medium to help better understand the work around us. This collaborative project was developed by Sally Taylor.

Inspired by Sally Taylor’s global creative initiative—The Consenses Curriculum is a beautifully crafted, unique, multidisciplinary approach to building social-emotional skills through the arts. Participants engage in a structured collaborative process of creating “Interpretive Chains,” using a range of media to engage all five senses as they build understanding and appreciation for the value of diverse perspectives and the equality of all voices.
Posted June 26, 2021

Arts Are Core: Building Community Online Conference Register Now!

Arts Are Core presents an online conference experience with hands-on arts integration workshops in visual art, dance, music, drama, and poetry. Participate in teacher-created workshops and engaging presentations centered around our conference theme, Building Community. Participants will chat with presenters and fellow educators throughout the conference, walking away with enriched lesson plans connected to core curriculum, including downloadable resources to start the coming school year with creativity and energy!

Keynote Presenter:Glenis Redmond, Award-Winning Poet and Kennedy Center Teaching Artist

  • 8:30AM-2:30PM, August 4th, Online Conference presented by the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Program for Elementary Arts Education at Utah State University
  • Network with fellow educators, live Q&A with presenters, post-conference access to all recorded sessions, handouts, and resources
  • For a detailed schedule, presenter list, workshop descriptions, and additional conference information see the Arts Are Core: Building Community website
  • Join our conference Facebook Group to chat with other conference attendees

 Registration Costs:

  • $25.00 for Educators
  • $10.00 for University Students

 Re-licensure points, CEU credit, and SUU academic credit available!

For more info visit the Conference WebsiteArts Are Core 2021: Building Communityand see the attached flyer. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebookand Instagram!
Posted June 6, 2021