History In 2008, Intermediate Unit 1, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, was awarded a Professional Development for Arts Educators grant from the United States Department of Education. Twenty-four arts educators in Washingon, Greene, and Fayette Counties participated in the first year of ArtsEducator 2.0 project (AE 2.0). The teachers worked to develop standards-based unit plans and were introduced to a variety of educational technologies. In addition, teachers developed a Personal Professional Development Plan that described a self-selected area or topic for professional growth, and worked towards those goals with the help of a project faculty mentor. Based on participant and faculty membersâ€™ feedback from the first year, the second year (2009-2010) of AE 2.0 adopted a collaborative inquiry model. In addition to continued funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation awarded AE 2.0 an additional grant for the second year of the project. The increased funding made it possible for forty-two teachers to participate in the second year of AE 2.0. Now in its fourth year, the teachers currently involved in AE 2.0 are participating in one of four collaborative inquiry groups (CIGs). The CIGs are facilitated by group members and supported by AE 2.0 faculty. Each CIG is currently investigating a self-selected line of inquiry in order to improve their teaching practice. For more information about AE 2.0, visit http:// artseducator20.wikispaces.com or contact either of the project codirectors.
Mara Linaberger, Ed.D. Jamie Kasper Intermediate Unit 1 Arts Education Collaborative 1 Intermediate Unit Drive Coal Center, PA 15423-9642 (724) 938-3241 x 267
425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2650 Pittsburgh, PA 15129 (412) 201-7405
Promoting excellence in arts education through high quality professional development
You Are Invited to a spotlight on learning presented by the teacher participants of Arts Educator 2.0
Friday, May 18th 8:30 - 11:30 AM Lunch will be served immediately following the spotlight event. Please RSVP to Mara Linaberger firstname.lastname@example.org
ArtsEducator2.0 is a partnership between Intermediate Unit 1 and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, with grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
About Collaboration We believe that teachers have valuable knowledge that, when shared, benefits others; therefore, ArtsEducator2.0 commits to honoring teachers' knowledge and providing teachers significant amounts of time to collaborate.
Artistry We believe that arts-based inquiry is an important way for arts educators to work in collaboration and to critically reflect on group inquiry processes.
Inquiry We believe that collaborative inquiry is a framework for professional development that yields meaningful teacher learning that might be demonstrated by pedagogical documentation, shared learning experiences, reflection, and communicating experiences/learning.
Technology We believe that technology can significantly enhance student learning, teacher learning, and collaboration; therefore, ArtsEducator2.0 commits to providing teachers with necessary technology equipment and training.
Community We believe that professional development that happens outside the local school context must seek to provide or partner with necessary in-context supports; therefore, ArtsEducator2.0 commits to and supports faculty work within partnering school districts to help teachers translate new learning into their own classroom and district contexts.
Published on Apr 2, 2012