We've used the "AP Vertical Teams" notebook to guide our recent & ongoing
curriculum revamp. I attended an all-day AP session a few years ago taught
by College Board presenter and superb art teacher Barbara Sunday. While in
that session, I realized that this idea made perfect sense for our district.
The district art teachers have worked together to align according to the
Art/ Design principles. Each division (K-6, 7-8, 9-12) has a set of goals/
skills for students to master. We also got rid of prerequisite courses
because skills, vocabulary, media, etc. are now built-into our K-12 program.
In the end, we all help prepare kids to succeed in our upper-level AP
classes -- AP Studio and AP Art History.
Hope this helps you.
Mabi Ponce de Leon
"It is not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us
happy." - Br. David Steindl-Rast
From: Elizabeth Heisey [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3:48 PM
As we work on our curriculum this year, I wondered if anyone would have
any books they really thought worked or what are anyone's latest
thoughts on curriculum development. I assume we will work with
essential questions, concepts, etc from mapping but maybe there is
something even newer out there. Most of what I have is 20 years old. I
do have Understanding by Design.