Leadership and the Arts: The role of Teachers, Administrators and the Greater Community (Feb 1st Arts Assessment Webinar)
We all know that in a culture that values the arts, that it takes a village to ensure that they are given a central role in the lives of its citizens. It is not enough to simply have “arts classes” in schools; we need a culture that understands, values and supports a solid, quality arts education for our children. And that requires leadership — not only from the teacher in the classroom, but from administrators in the school and leaders in the community.
In hard economic times, and particularly in times when perceptions about school achievement result in an almost exclusive focus on standardized math and reading test scores, (sound familiar?), support for the arts can decrease. Using arts assessment in the classroom can help teachers show the skills and knowledge their students have gained in the arts, as well as the 21st century skills, such as creativity, innovation, collaboration and communication. High quality assessment practices in the arts classroom and supportive leadership can give us the evidence to help ensure that our children will continue to be exposed to and benefit from an excellent arts education.
This webinar will examine the various roles of teachers, administrators and community members in keeping the arts alive and well in our schools and communities. Webinar guests include teacher leader, Matt Doiron (Music Educator from Sanford High School), Carol Trimble (Executive Director of Maine Alliance for Arts Education), Argy Nestor (Visual & Performing Arts Specialist at Maine Department of Education). Join Rob and Catherine as they facilitate a discussion with leaders in arts education and the community. Call-in participants take an active role in the discussion too, so this is guaranteed to be a lively and interesting forum.
To join Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring in their Webinar on Wednesday, February 1st go online to http://stateofmaine.adobeconnect.com/pk201013/ (sign in as “guest”).
Conference Number: 1-866-910-4857, Passcode: 140893