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Lesson Plans

To: Pennsylvania Arts Educators

From: BJ Berquist (berquist)
Date: Thu Jul 20 2000 - 03:43:54 PDT

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    BJ Berquist, local art teacher at the Loysville Youth Development
    Center, recently attended, under full scholarship, the Pennsylvania
    Governor's Institute for Arts Educators held from July 9-14, 2000 at
    Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. This intense professional
    development program prepared participants to: set student achievement
    expectations based on state arts standards,, develop standards-based
    assessment and instruction, utilize technology such as Internet and
    videoconferencing to support and showcase learning, and work with others
    in their schools and communities to plan for and implement
    standards-based arts programs. The curriculum was developed and the
    program facilitated by experts in standards, assessment, the use of
    contemporary technologies for producing, performing, and exhibiting in
    the arts. Experts from Indiana University, PA, and the Philadelphia
    Museum of Art visited the Institute via two-way interactive
    videoconference. Participants worked together to explore research and
    best instructional practices and to report their learning via the
    Institute Web Page, where it will be shared with other arts educators
    throughout the Commonwealth.

    This Institute is one of seventeen Summer 2000 Institutes and Academies
    and part of Governor Ridge's education initiative. It is funded by the
    Pennsylvania Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Department
    of Education.

    Berquist will continue the Institute's work in the classroom this year
    by developing, implementing, revising and submitting to the Department
    of Education standards-based instructional plans. These plans will also
    be posted to the Institute's Web site. Additionally, Berquist is using
    the online virtual community TAPPED IN ( to
    continue the rich dialogue that was begun at the Institute. All arts
    educators, including music, dance, theater and visual artists, are
    invited to log in to TAPPED IN on the first Monday of each month at 7pm
    EDT to learn more about the Institute and the programs that were

    Respectfully submitted,
    BJ Berquist
    Art Teacher, Loysville Youth Development Center
    Associate Educator, TAPPED IN


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