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Lesson Plans

parent advisors/middle school

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M LYNN CARR (carrml)
Thu, 18 Apr 1996 15:10:32 -0300

As a junior high/middle school art teacher, I have two questions to ask. Like
many school districts and states in the U.S., our province is involved in a
massive redesigning of the education system. Two innovations that are occuring
are, the establishment of parent advisory groups and the creation of middle
schools. I am anxious about how these changes will affect the delivery and
importance of art education in our province.
First, I would like to know if anyone has experienced parent advisory
groups and what effect they might have on art education. Recently, our
provincial government abolished local elected school boards in favor of
appointed parent advisors, at both the local and provincial levels. If anyone
has had any experience with such groups and their influence on art education,
I would appreciate hearing about it.
Second, as middle schools are well established in the U.S., I would be
interested in learning how the art program is delivered. What percentage of
time do students spend in art, for example? What teams are art teachers
associated with? Are they connected with core subject areas or are they part
of an exploratory team that looks after the students while the core subject
teachers do their planning? Any insights in regard to art education in the
middle school system would be valuable to me since I teach art in that area
and also serve on a provincial curriculum committee.
Thanks! Lynn Carr, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.