We recently wrapped up our seventh annual Side x Side Summer Arts Institute and loved collaborating and making art for two days with our amazing classroom teachers and specialists! This year’s professional development event for educators featured art-making workshops, training, and planning in Portland (at Ocean Avenue Elementary School) and Lewiston (at Connors Elementary School), as
Join Side x Side for its 7th annual summer professional development program on August 18-19, 2021. This year’s Summer Arts Institute will offer a combination of in-person, physically distanced, and virtual workshop options in both Portland and Lewiston with two days of art making and time for planning and networking across districts. Our keynote speaker
Side x Side’s Anne Ackerman presented her workshop, “Illuminated Poetry,” with help from coworkers, Meghan Scribner and Side x Side executive director, Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo, during the National Art Education Association’s CREATE 2021 National Convention last week.
This year more than any other, our teachers need support to continue providing engaging, relevant, and creative learning opportunities for our students. Side x Side supports our teachers through dynamic professional development and arts-integrated programs that strengthen their approach to problem solving, critical thinking, development of interpersonal skills, and focus on social emotional learning. Please consider a
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Side x Side was honored to be accepted as a presenter at the 49th annual North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in October. This year due to the ongoing pandemic, the conference moved online and presenters submitted video workshops along with relevant resource documents for the event. Side x Side’s teaching artist coordinator Anne Ackerman
Our annual professional development for educators – the Summer Arts Institute – was moved online and to September this year. We were thrilled to have so many of our Portland and Lewiston educators with us for the one-day virtual event last Saturday. Attendees enjoyed a Mindfulness and Art session led by Meghan Quigley Graham of the
A week ago today, I found myself happily in the mix of buzzing teachers at the Portland Museum of Art for the first annual Side x Side Summer Arts Institute.
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