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Lesson Plans

Promoting your program

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Dianne McCollister (dmccoll)
Sun, 12 Jan 97 14:35:09 -0000

To add to all of the recent talk about displaying work and promoting your
school's art program:
Every year during our school's Open House Night, I would have curriculum
information and art advocacy materials displayed in my room, but was
always disappointed when only 4 or 5 parents would wander in to talk
about our art program. (We have almost 900 students in K-5.) So the
teachers who are not classroom teachers (PE, technology instructor,
music, media specialist) and I created a short 5 minute or so video about
our programs. We filmed ourselves working with our students in various
ways and then overdubbed brief explanations about our programs and
philosophies. Our technology instructor edited the video and made it look
very professional with written captions for our names, background music,
etc. This video was shown over closed circuit TV in each classroom during
Open House as the parents were seated ready to listen to the classroom
teachers talk about their curriculum.

I,too, think that it is very important to promote art programs, and keep
our hallways filled with student work and informative captions. Our
school's annual art show is a lot of work but parents and teachers look
forward to it every spring. Parent volunteers help with refreshments,
putting up some of the over 1000 student works, and with publicity. In
addition to all of the reasons people have already mentioned about the
value of such things, I find that at the end of a long, tiring day,
having someone stop me in the hall to go on and on about how they love
seeing all the wonderful things the students are learning in art usually
gives me a little more energy.