In our school building the specials have been grouped together.
Last year and this year I have been the level coordinator for specials.
We have each other as a support system.
I report to the principal but I also must maintain privacy
for my level teachers.
Maybe next year someone else will take over for a year or so.
After faculty meetings we meet as a level to discuss our issues
positives and negatives.
Eileen in Ohio
On 10/28/06, Woody Duncan <email@example.com> wrote:
> My last three years of teaching, I was the lead art teacher in our
> district. Part of my
> job was to develop the in-service programs for the middle and high
> school art staff.
> We had K-12 art teachers, but another teacher organized the K-5 art
> teachers. In our
> district all schools dismissed students early on Wednesday for
> building inservice activities.
> Once a month the art teachers were excused to work on our own
> inservice. We also
> had a full day at the start of each year and 1/2 days at each quarter
> This schedule allowed for at least nine times per year the art staff
> was able to get together
> to work on curriculum, exchange lesson ideas, learn new media or
> techniques, etc.
> I know this is not the cross curricular professional exchange you are
> looking for,
> but it illustrates how one district used it's inservice time. The
> first component of
> any inservice program is making time available, then developing an
> use of that time.
> On Oct 28, 2006, at 6:35 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> > In the schools I've taught in, professional development for arts
> > teachers has been rather lacking. Now at a new job I joined a newly
> > formed committee that is seeking to provide professional
> > development programs for our school system. Interestingly we have
> > several of the arts people who signed on to serve on this committee
> > hoping that we could provide some quality enrichment for ourselves.
> > In our system we have a "unified arts group" which essentially
> > means all those people who have the same schedule or all those
> > people who see students once a week for a 50 minute period. This
> > includes library, music, gym, art, technology, spanish, and
> > science. So we all meet together as a group when the academic
> > teachers meet. We also as a group have been toying with the idea
> > that we could do something for our group even though we are rather
> > diverse. So I guess my question is, what do some of you do in your
> > school systems to provide quality professional development if at all?
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