Day-to-Day Management

Rory Pullens spends much of his time visiting classes to, in his words, “see what’s going on” and provide ideas and support to teachers. Teachers in arts-based programs, he says, must be able to deal with classrooms that are full of creative energy. These classrooms tend to be more active than those with traditional kinds of instruction. Arts-based schools also must be flexible in accommodating projects that do not fit into traditional 40-minute periods.

In the Smith Renaissance arts-based program, Pullens works with arts coordinator Sylvia Bookhardt and the school’s arts specialist teachers to explore ways of building effective teams with classroom teachers. “Arts are not something that should be extra for students,” he concludes. “The arts are what development of a child is all about.”