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Performance-Based Assessment in Integrated Unit Design and Implementation

August 15-16, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. & October 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This professional development workshop provides K-12 educators with training that focuses on using the authentic assessment of student learning to guide and inform the development of an arts integrated unit plan.

This 3-session course begins with a two-day seminar, taking place August 15-16, 2017, that will be facilitated by professor, author, and theater artist Lisa Donovan, Ph.D.

A follow-up session will occur Saturday, October 21, at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. In the follow-up session participants will share implementation outcomes, receive feedback, and work hands-on in multiple studios at VisArts.

This process of implementation, reflection, exploration, and revision will foster sustainable pedagogies and a strong network of creative practitioners.

What to Expect

Participants will design an arts integrated unit (adaptable to PBL or your system’s framework) and explore using creative assessment strategies and approaches to demonstrate academic learning. You’ll devise ways of gathering and presenting evidence of learning through documentation, and you’ll leave with a wide range of strategies for authentic, performance-based formative and summative assessments of learning.  

Participating teachers will acquire a variety of models that can be adapted and used across content areas and grade levels. Participants will be K-12 educators from all content areas who are interested in engaging and empowering their students by teaching and assessing them through creative practices used in the arts.

Community Connection

In addition to working at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, participants can also elect to create a unit connecting their content area to upcoming performances at the Modlin Center for the Arts, with the opportunity for in-school workshops or free tickets to a performance.

Fees & Registration 

Register online for this workshop in our online registration system.

  • $339/person PIA Consortium Members, $425/person Non-Consortium Members
  • Workshop fee includes lunch in the award-winning Heilman Dining Center along with all course materials.
  • A certificate of completion, eligible for 45 recertification points through your school system, will be awarded after the final session for perfect attendance and participation. CEUs available upon request.

Previous Workshops

Integrating Creativity in Learning Workshops

Museum Open House

Wednesday, March 8, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Harnett Museum of Art

The University of Richmond Museums is hosting a free open house for K-12 teachers and homeschool educators on Wednesday, March 8, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Harnett Museum of Art in conjunction with the exhibition Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art. For more information contact Heather Campbell, Curator of Museum Programs, 804-287-6324 or hcampbel@richmond.edu.

Aquatic Wild/Project Wild

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop brings themes and ideas found in The Nile Project school matinee performance into the K-12 classroom by going outside. Aquatic WILD and Project WILD (Wildlife In Learning Design) are wildlife-focused conservation education programs. The goal of these programs is to help students develop awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to the world around them. This results in making informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment. Offered in coordination with the Modlin Center for the Arts.

Online registration is required. Seating is limited. For more information contact PIA@richmond.edu.

Crooked Data Workshop

Monday, March 27, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Design Lab (room #213), Modlin Center
Monday, April 3, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Print Studio (room #312), Modlin Center

Please note: This is a two part workshop and BOTH sessions are REQUIRED to attend! It is free to attend and online registration is required. Seating is very limited.

In this two-part workshop series, K-12 teachers will explore integrating creative teaching practices in the classroom through collecting and mapping data, and printmaking. It is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition Crooked Data: (Mis)Information in Contemporary Art on view in the University of Richmond Museums.

In the first 90-minute workshop participants will examine databases and tools available through the University's Boatwright Library. This section will be taught by Samantha Guss, Social Sciences Librarian, Boatwright Library. In the second 2-hour workshop participants will be using the data gathered from the first workshop and screen-printing to create artwork. This section is taught by Brooke Inman, Part-time Instructor of Art, Department of Art and Art History.

Unit Plans

Each summer, the Joan Oates Institute for Partners in the Arts brings together local teachers to learn and practice how to create curricula and lesson plans that integrate arts into the preK-12 curriculum. In addition, Partners in the Arts funds the implementation of arts integrated projects through the Engaging Creative Thinkers Awards.

Partners in the Arts is proud to provide some of these unit plans and programs as a free resource to help teachers working to integrate the arts into the curriculum.

Joan Oates Institute Unit Plans

These electronic portfolios were created by the preK-12 teachers using Google Drive and Sites during the Joan Oates Institute (JOI). Teams of teachers work together to create these cross-curricular plans.

PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers Awards

Lesson plans for PIA ECT Awards are derived from unit plans developed for JOI or created during the conception, planning, and implementation of an ECT Award project.

Proposals will align with one of three framework categories based on successful projects throughout PIA’s history and recent successes. New (Emerging) projects are provided with exemplars from similar themed projects and can be paired with teacher leaders from successful previous projects for peer-to-peer best practices and planning assistance.

Community History These projects explore history, possibly of the school, local community or other defined area and utilize a variety of tools to research, explore and engage

  • Binford Middle – Centennial 2015-16
  • Carver (Chesterfield Community) High - Carver On Record 2014-15
  • Our Richmond – Sabot at Stony Point 2014-15
  • Armstrong High – Our Community 2011-12

Environmental Explorations Watersheds, Climate, Ecosystems

  • Designed by Nature – Steward School 2014-15
  • James River – Robious Middle 2011-12
  • Reedy Creek – Patrick Henry School for Science and Arts 2013-14
  • Our Richmond – Sabot at Stony Point 2014-14

Community Inquiry Explore, research problem solve a community issue

  • Food desert in east end/Henrico
  • Bridge Park RVA
  • Heritage/History
  • Baseball Stadium

Select an implementation level

Funding will be provided for one of three levels to assist schools that want to sustain/expand integrated practices and develop a network of PIA master teachers. * ALL funding amounts are sample estimates*

Emerging (First year of implementation)

  • $2,000-5,000 to school
  • $2,900 (in-kind) 2-4 teachers attend JOI (zero cost under JOI NC-below)
  • $2,000 (in-kind/supported) Coaching/planning with PIA staff and previous teacher leaders
  • $2,000 (in-kind/supported) workshops for full staff/team as needed

Sustaining (Second year of implementation)

  • $1,500-2,500 to school
  • $1,300 2 teachers (new) attend JOI
  • $2,000 coaching/planning
  • $500-1,000 stipends to teacher-leaders to plan with Emerging Awards

Leading

  • $1,500 to school
  • $1,300 2 teachers (new) attend JOI
  • $1,500 coaching/planning
  • $500-1,500 stipends to lead teachers to plan with awards and assist with providing workshops
Partnership Resources and Lessons

As our name indicates we are always pursuing partnerships, both within the University of Richmond and beyond, so that we are working with the people and organizations that are doing the best work in tranformative educational practices. Links to lessons and resources from these partnerships will be available soon.

DSL + PIA

Using the UR Digital Scholarship Lab project Visualizing Emancipation, Rita Driscoll and MaryLee Wetzel created lesson plans for grades 6-12 that allow students to explore the history and geography of this significant aspect of U.S. history.

PHSSA

Working with the Patrick Henry School for Science and Arts (PHSSA) and the Visual Art Center, PHSSA teacher and JOI 2012 alum, Amanda Medhurst adapted the JOI Unit plan she created with Lee LaPradd into four week-long intersession projects.

Modlin Center for the Arts

PIA works to enrich students’ experience of arts integration by partnering with the Modlin Center to offer master workshops in schools by performing artists, followed by students’ attendance at Modlin events presented by these artists.

University Museums

UR’s museums and galleries offer opportunities to connect PIA Award projects with exhibitions that center on fine arts, history, and the natural sciences. Museum visits and presentations by museum staff are developed in collaboration with teachers leading these projects.  

School Arts Coordinators

Chesterfield County
Michael Gettings, (804) 594-1776
Robin Yohe, (804) 594-1772

Hanover County
Jennifer Stackpole, (804) 365-4546
Barry Flowe, (804) 365-4563

Henrico County
Michael C. Kalafatis, (804) 652-3756
Rick Tinsley, (804) 652-3759

Powhatan County
Sandra Lynch, (804) 598-5700

Richmond City
Christie-Jo Adams, (804) 780-6837

Partners in the Arts

pia@richmond.edu
Phone: (804) 955-4012

Robert S. McAdams, MFA
Director

Katie Fauth
Program Coordinator

UR Downtown
626 E. Broad St., Ste. 100
Richmond, VA 23219