Talk with other teachers about what is being taught in your school. Look
at curriculum maps if they are available. Consider possible connections
among and with the arts, and think about how you might collaborate with
another teacher to meet common learning objectives.
Explore the Developing
Educational Standards Web site, a repository for information about
national, state, and local educational standards and curriculum frameworks.
The following required readings will support your understanding of Program
7 for the for-credit workshop:
The following articles can add to your understanding of this material:
and Fireflies: The Difficulties of Sustaining Change by John
ONeil, Educational Leadership, Volume 57, April 2000. Educator
and historian Larry Cuban, co-author of Tinkering Toward Utopia,
reflects on why reforms are proposed and what happens when they are
brought to the complex laboratory of schools.
a Knowledge Base for Teaching: A Conversation with James Stigler
by Scott Willis, Educational Leadership, Volume 59, March
2002. James Stigler discusses how we can improve professional development
by helping teachers learn to analyze classroom practices and accumulate
professional knowledge. Stigler, author of The Teaching Gap,
advocates professional development that is site-based, long-term, and
directly related to teacher practice.
- Monica Bermiss' Year-Long
Arts Outline (PDF) is a summary of her class's multi-arts work.
To prepare for Program 8, review these readings: