Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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The Art of  
A Workshop for High School Teachers
the Arts

In This Program


Vocal music students singing into tape recorders


A dance student performs for her class


Theatre department faculty meet with a student

Visual Art

Visual art teacher makes a point about a student's painting

Workshop 8: Nurturing Independent Thinkers

Watching the Program Activities and Discussion Support Materials
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Additional Resources

Selected Unit Materials

Honor Choir Performance Evaluation (PDF)
Evaluation sheet used by William Taylor’s Honor Choir

Men’s Ensemble Singing Test Rubric (PDF)
Rubric used by William Taylor to assess students’ singing based on tape recordings

Theatre Evaluation Summary (PDF)
Assessment summary used by Joseph Mancuso for the acting program

Theatre Evaluation Rubric (PDF)
Rubric used by Joseph Mancuso to assess students in the acting program

On the Web


National Assessment of Educational Progress: The Arts
Helpful resources for understanding how the US Department of Education assesses arts learning

Highlights of the NAEP 1997 Arts Assessment Report Card (PDF)
PDF document highlighting a 1997 national "Report Card" on arts education at the eighth-grade level

Coalition of Essential Schools, Assessment
http://essentialschools.org/        Select: Resources, then Assessment
A wealth of information on alternative assessments, including portfolios, exhibitions, and rubrics


East High School

Web site for music teacher William Taylor's school

Denver School of the Arts — Dance Major
http://dsa.dpsk12.org/        Select: Majors, then Performing Arts Department
Web page for the dance program that Michael O'Banion chairs

Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School – Performing Arts
http://www.scvths.org/      Select: performing arts at scvths
Performing arts program information including curriculum and photo gallery

Mamaroneck High School Art Department
http://mhs.mamkschools.org/groups/art        Select: Departments and Class Web Pages, then Art
Student art gallery and description of course offerings

In Print

Arter, Judith A., & McTighe, Jay. Scoring Rubrics in the Classroom: Using Performance Criteria for Assessing and Improving Student Performance. Corwin Press, 2000. ISBN: 0761975756

Practical approach to assessing challenging but necessary performance tasks like creative writing, "real-world" research projects, and cooperative group activities

Costa, Arthur L., & Kallick, Bena. Assessment Strategies for Self-Directed Learning. Corwin Press, 2003. ISBN: 0761938710

Strategies for designing diverse ways of gathering, organizing, and reporting evidence of self-directed learning

Eisner, Elliot W. The Arts and the Creation of Mind. Yale University Press, 2002. ISBN: 0300095236

Description of how various forms of thinking are evoked, developed, and refined through the arts

Johnson, David W., & Johnson, Roger T. Assessing Students in Groups: Promoting Group Responsibility and Individual Accountability. Corwin Press. 2003. ISBN: 0761939474

Practical guide explaining how to form productive groups and assess individual student performance during group work




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