MAEIA Leadership Fellows

MAEIA Leadership Fellows offer virtual and face-to-face professional learning opportunities and consultation on the implementation of MAEIA resources in general and specialized contexts.

This program is generously supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Elizabeth Andrews

Dance

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Rebecca Arndt

Music

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Cynthia Clingman

Theatre/ Cross-Disciplinary Studies

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Cathy Depentu

Music

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Cecilia Gollan

Visual Arts

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Carrie Jeruzal

Visual Arts

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Michael Letts

Visual Arts

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Holly Olszewski

Music

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Amy Lynne Pobanz

Visual Arts

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Cheryl Poole

Arts Education

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Hedy Blatt

Music

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Tammi Browning

Visual Arts

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Debra Henning

Visual Arts/ Cross-Disciplinary Studies

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James Mobley

Music

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Beth Post

Dance/ Arts Integration

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Cindy Swan-Eagan

Music

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Margaret Thiele

Music

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Elizabeth

Elizabeth Andrews

Dance

Arts Integration

Performance Assessments

Theatre


Elizabeth (Liz) Andrews is an Arts Education Specialist with over 30 years of experience in teaching, administration and program development and management. Her teaching experience spans preK-12 through University level and she specializes in building relationships between schools, arts & cultural organizations, and community partners. Her expertise in presenting engaging and relevant professional development for arts and non-arts educators is exemplary.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -MAEIA Overview and Dance content-specific
  • -Using MAEIA Tools to Engage Community Partners and Teaching Artists
  • -Arts Integration, Pre K-12
  • -Moving to Learn: Accessing Bodily- Kinesthetic Intelligence in the Classroom
  • -Grant Writing Basics
  • -Artful Thinking in All Classrooms
  • -Philanthropy In and Through the Arts

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Rebecca

Rebecca Arndt

Music

Performance Assessments


Rebecca D. Arndt is a K-5 general music teacher for the Taylor School District, she also teaches a 4/5 grade combined choir. Prior to teaching in Taylor she also taught in Waterford Schools for 13 years. While in Waterford she taught k-5 general music and choir.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -General music curriculum
  • -How to use PBIS in a music setting that is productive

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Cynthia

Cynthia Clingman

Theatre/ Cross-Disciplinary Studies

Performance Assessments

Demonstrating Educator Effectiveness


Cynthia Clingman has a long history of contributing to the increased understanding and use of quality classroom assessment practices in Michigan. She was mentored by Richard Stiggins of the Assessment Training Institute in the mid-eighties while working with the Grand Rapids Public schools, Since then she has conducted multiple cross-discipline training and development projects for schools, districts, and state-level assessment projects. She specializes in creating performance assessments and scoring rubrics.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -MAEIA project and resources overview
  • -Demonstrating Teacher Effectiveness with MAEIA Resources
  • -Developing performance assessment items
  • -Creating scoring rubrics
  • -Observing, documenting, and scoring student performance
  • -Leading the interests and assessment practices of educators in Literacy and Theatre Arts.

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Cathy

Cathy Depentu

Music

Performance Assessments


Catherine K. DePentu has taught instrumental music at all levels for 34 years, currently enjoying her 19th year as Director of Orchestras for the Plymouth Canton Community Schools.  Her focus has been improving student musical achievement and independent performance skills through the use of student directed/project based learning within the large performing ensemble and on being able to develop assessments and data collection methods to track this progress.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics Include:

  • -MAEIA Overview and Potential for Use in the School Music Program
  • -Utilizing the MAEIA Assessments to Track Student Growth and Evaluate Educator Effectiveness
  • -Utilizing the MAEIA Assessments in the Music Classroom or Rehearsal Without Compromising Performance Quality
  • -Teaching Music Students to Listen Critically and Improve Their Ability to Self-Assess and Make Corrections Using the MAEIA Resources
  • The Chamber Project: Teaching Music Students to Collaborate to Plan Effective Rehearsals, Evaluate and Correct While Rehearsing and Perform Accurately and Expressively With Teacher as Facilitator
  • Middle School Orchestra Adventures: Managing 120+ Students at 7am, Making Music, Growing a Program and Living to Tell the Tale

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Cecilia

Cecilia Gollan

Visual Arts

Performance Assessments

Demonstrating Educator Effectiveness


Cecilia Gollan is a 21 year visual arts public school teacher in Michigan. She has taught all levels K-12 and currently is teaching at Milford High School in the Huron Valley School district. She serves as an innovative educational leader with colleagues and students in Huron Valley Schools. Cecilia has participated and served in many different capacities with the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and  Assessment Program as a Blueprint Writer, Assessment Developer, Demonstrating Educator Effectiveness Pilot and Leadership Fellow for the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Team which has been creating resources for the Arts teachers in the state of Michigan.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -Documenting Students’ Growth and Assessment in the Art Classroom
  • -Achieving a 21st Century Arts Program
  • -What is MAEIA and How Do I Use the Assessments?
  • -MAEIA Assessments and SLO’s for Educator Effectiveness
  • -MAEIA Assessments and Documenting Educator Effectiveness
  • -Using MAEIA to Demonstrate Educator Effectiveness
  • -Student Growth and Engagement in the Visual Arts
  • -Arts Integration
  • -Arts Advocacy

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Carrie

Carrie Jeruzal

Visual Arts

Performance Assessments

Demonstrating Educator Effectiveness


Carrie Jeruzal is a Highly Qualified K-12 Visual Arts educator in rural Pentwater, Mi.  Carrie has been teaching for 16 years with experience in both private and public settings and has taught at every level Pre-K to higher education.  She was recently honored by the National Art Education Association as the 2017 Western Region Middle Level Art Teacher of the Year.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -MAEIA Overview and in Visual Arts
  • -Demonstrating Teacher Effectiveness with Bundled Assessments
  • -Demonstrating Teacher Effectiveness with SLO Writing (Student Learning Objectives)
  • -Feminist Art Based Visual Arts Curriculum
  • -East Asian Art Based Visual Arts Curriculum
  • -Empty Bowls Community Outreach Programming
  • -Fiber Arts Education for Middle School Students

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Michael

Michael Letts

Visual Arts

Arts Assessments


Michael Letts holds an MFA from The Ohio State University and is currently an Associate Professor of Art Education at Northern Michigan University. He taught art and English in grades 6-12 in Michigan. As a Michigan teacher, he has been involved in assessment design since 2005, writing items for state-level tests for English and more recently with performance assessments in the arts for the MAEIA project. His involvement in teacher development in visual art focuses on standards-based curriculum development and the importance of assessment as an integrated component in learning. He has also taught painting, drawing, and printmaking at the University and exhibits his art at a range of regional, national, and international venues.

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Holly

Holly Olszewski

Music

Performance Assessments

Demonstrating Educator Effectiveness


Holly Bringman Olszewski is a pk-5 music specialist for Traverse City Area Public Schools.  She has been teaching twenty years and has taught a variety of music classes and grades in that time, including middle and high school band, and elementary, middle and high school choir. She is a frequent presenter at Music Conferences throughout the state, conducting workshops in learning goals and scales, writing student learning outcomes, teacher evaluation, as well as folk dancing.  Holly is passionate about helping new teachers foster student success in the arts.  A strong advocate in arts for everyone she is the region B representative and fall general music workshop chair for the Michigan Music Education Association.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -MAEIA Overview and K-12 General, Instrumental and Choral Music
  • -Demonstrating Teacher Effectiveness with MAEIA Resources
  • -Writing Student Learning Outcomes in the Music Classroom
  • -Using the MAEIA Assessments to Build a Curriculum
  • -Using Learning Goals and Scales in the Music Classroom
  • -Teaching Music using Folkdance

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Amy

Amy Lynne Pobanz

Visual Arts


Amy Lynne Pobanz has an excellent record of educational leadership, implementation of exceptional educational and community programming, and expertise in the arts, sciences, and humanities. She has over 20 years of experience teaching visual arts K-12.  She has also taught and designed curriculum for adult and community education programs.   Amy Lynne has experience teaching in traditional, virtual, and blended learning environments.  She was a member of the Michigan Merit Curriculum Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts Design Team and has worked on various aspects of the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA)  project.  Amy Lynne is an active member of the arts community in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • MAEIA Assessments:  Summative Assessments and the Arts
  • MAEIA Assessments:  Measuring and Celebrating Student Growth
  • MAEIA Program Review Tool:  Assessing the quality of your art education program.
  • Community Partnerships and MAEIA:  Creating Educational Opportunities through Community Partnerships with Art Educators

For inquiries and scheduling:

(517) 816-4520

Contact Cheryl

Cheryl Poole

Arts Education


Cheryl L. Poole has made a career facilitating adult learning, advising school improvement processes and supervising arts education programming at the local district level, intermediate school district level and at the Michigan Department of Education. She was a high school visual arts educator, worked at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and directed arts education initiatives at ArtServe Michigan. Cheryl provided leadership through board positions at the Michigan Staff Development Council and Michigan Alliance for Arts Education. She served for awhile as a Courage to Lead facilitator.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

-Development of the MAEIA Assessments
-Using the MAEIA Program Review Tool
-Use of the MAEIA Assessments
-Developing the MAEIA Tools as Professional Development

Hedy Blatt served as a MAEIA Leadership Fellow in 2016-17.

Hedy Blatt

Music

Cross-Disciplinary Studies

Performance Assessments


Hedy Blatt has been the Fine Arts Consultant for the Oakland Intermediate School District (Oakland Schools) since 2004, providing and facilitating staff development and as-needed services in the area of fine arts education throughout the 28 school districts in Oakland County and beyond. During her over 30 years in education, Hedy taught all levels of music, theatre, and language arts in both public and private school settings. Prior to Oakland Schools, she was the Fine Arts Director for the Troy School District for 20 years, simultaneously serving as the District’s Community Relations Director for 12 years. Hedy has also taught on the university level, written for and performed in professional children’s theatre, presented at multiple fine arts and public relations conferences, and is a published composer.

 Professional Development & Consulting topics include:

  • -Public Relations with Pizzazz
  • -Arts Education in Challenging Times (all arts)
  • -Getting Off to a Good Start with Organizational & Classroom Management Strategies (for novice Art & Music teachers)
  • -Curriculum Writing & Assessment
  • -The Five Ws of Event Planning (all arts & PR professionals)

Tammi Browning served as a MAEIA Leadership Fellow in 2016-17.

Tammi Browning

Visual Arts

Performance Assessments


Tammi is a visual arts teacher at Bentley Community Schools in Burton, Michigan. She has been teaching K-12 visual arts for 18 years. She is the Multi-Ethnic Concerns Liaison and Region 10 co-liaison for the Michigan Art Education Association.  Tammi was a participant in the National coalition for Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessment Project and presented her experience at the National Art Education Association conference in 2016. She has piloted and reviewed for the Michigan Art Education Instruction and Assessment project.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -MAEIA Overview for visual arts.
  • -Demonstrating Teacher Effectiveness with MAEIA Resources
  • -How MAEIA Tools can be used by Community Partners and Teaching Artists

 

Debra Henning served as a MAEIA Leadership Fellow in 2016-17.

Debra Henning

Visual Arts/ Cross-Disciplinary Studies

Visual Arts


Debra Henning brings experience in kindergarten to college classrooms to bear on art/science program development and design learning. She has taught art and science in K-8 classrooms in Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. An outreach board member for the design learning website, NEXT.cc, she is responsible for aligning National Core Arts and Next Generation Science Standards with the website’s interdisciplinary learning experiences.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -MAEIA Assessment Development
  • -Museum Education and MAEIA: Support for Standards-Based Classroom Instruction.
  • -Art/Science Integration with MAEIA
  • -Design Learning in K-8 Classrooms

James Mobley served as a MAEIA Leadership Fellow in 2016-17.

James Mobley

Music

Performance Assessments


James Mobley is an instrumental music educator, with more that twenty years of experience teaching band at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.  He has spent his entire career in the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District.  In addition to his teaching, he is also an active clinician and performer.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • – MAEIA Overview in Music
  • – Demonstrating Music Student Growth with MAEIA Resources
  • – Demonstrating Teacher Effectiveness with MAEIA Resources
  • – Evaluating Your Arts Program with MAEIA Program Review Tool and Resources
  • – Navigating the MAEIA Website
  • – Creative Use of the Cajon in Your Music Classroom or Ensemble
  • – Getting the Most Jazz out of Your Rock Drummer
  • – Maximizing Music Technology in Your Music/Ensemble Classroom – With Only ONE DEVICE.
  • – Going Beyond the Dots – Expression in Ensemble Performance.

Beth Post served as a MAEIA Leadership Fellow in 2016-17.

Beth Post

Dance/ Arts Integration

Performance Assessments


With 30 years of teaching experience and her BS in Physical Education/ Dance and her MS in Arts/ Recreation Administration,Beth has focused her energy and talent with Williamston Community Schools as K-5 Creative Arts teacher and Arts Integration Coach. Beth has taught high school dance for East Lansing and Williamston and was Adjunct Professor for MSU Residential College for the Arts and Humanities. She performed with the Happendance Company, co-authored Interdisciplinary Learning through Dance: 101 MOVEntures, and has contributed to the Michigan Education Instruction and Assessment Program.

Professional Learning and Consulting Topics Include:

  • -MAEIA overview and in Dance
  • -K-12 Dance Education
  • -K-12 Arts Integration

 

 

Cindy Swan-Eagan served as a MAEIA Leadership Fellow in 2016-17.

Cindy Swan-Eagan

Music

Performance Assessments


Cindy Swan-Eagan has over 36 years of K-12 public school and higher education experience as a music educator.  She has received awards from Western Michigan University, VanderCook College, and Chamber Music America for outstanding teaching and was Michigan’s 2000 Band Teacher of the Year for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association.  She is a guest lecturer, clinician and adjudicator in band.    

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -MAEIA Overview and in Music
  • -Demonstrating Teacher Effectiveness with MAEIA Resources
  • -Effective Strategies for the Small School Band Educator
  • -Strategies for Young Band Directors
  • -Navigating the Band and Orchestra Festival Process, Especially Sight Reading
  • -Effective Programming Concerns for Small Band Programs
  • -Strategies for Band and Orchestra Festival Readiness

Margaret Thiele served as a MAEIA Leadership Fellow in 2016-17.

Margaret Thiele

Music

Performance Assessments


Music education has always been a passion for Margaret Thiele. She teaches general music in the Dexter Community Schools in Dexter, MI. She also taught undergraduate and graduate music courses at Eastern Michigan University, and served on the Piano Faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Dr. Thiele holds degrees from the Ohio State University, Eastern Michigan University, and Boston University.

Professional Development and Consulting Topics include:

  • -Music development and cognition
  • -Public policy and music education
  • -Rhythm instruction for assisting Elementary At-Risk Readers
  • -MAEIA Overview in Elementary Music
  • -Demonstrating Teacher Effectiveness with MAEIA Resources

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