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  • subirdsings
    Spot on Ken!
    Message 1 of 8 , Mar 5, 2012
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      Spot on Ken!

      --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, "Ken" <kenroar@...> wrote:
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      > Speaking as both a former art teacher and principal, I can say that most school administrators have no background in the arts and indeed have no idea how to evaluate art and music teachers. With a background in the arts, I was indeed a rarity as a principal. I would set about being an arts informer for your principal. If you have adopted a curriculum such as DBAE by Getty, or Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB), meet with the principal and run through the curriculum as quickly as you can so you don't occupy their time too much. It is important to inform them about what the experts in arts education considers to be good education. Hopefully they will be interested enough to ask that you leave the curriculum book with them to read later.
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      > If your VP is new but your principal seems supportive, I would let some things slide because no doubt your principal knows what a first year is like. The first year of an administrator is filled with mistakes as they learn the process and learn to budget their time. A former teacher/new administrator will be in shock with the amount of time and stress there is with the job. Getting them up to speed on the arts may help. Appear cooperative and go along with any suggestions even if you have to bite your tongue.
      >
      > Ken
      >
      > --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Rachel Stafford <rachel.stafford@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Follow the appeal process, definitely! Contact your Uniserve Rep with NEA, as well. Sounds like you've done everything right so far. Typically, administrative folks do not have a clue about how the Arts should be taught. These subjects cannot be evaluated the same way that "academics" are. Hang in there!
      > >
      > > ________________________________
      > > From: art_education@yahoogroups.com [art_education@yahoogroups.com] on behalf of Diane Gregory [gregory.diane55@]
      > > Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2012 11:54 AM
      > > To: art_education@yahoogroups.com'
      > >
      > >
      > > I would follow the appeal process. I hope there is a way to help your principal learn something positive through constructive dialog. It is tough when one has been treated unfairly.
      > >
      > > Sent from my iPad
      > > Dr. Diane C. Gregory
      > > http://www.artedonline.com
      > > gregory.diane55@<mailto:gregory.diane55@>
      > >
      > >
      > > On Mar 4, 2012, at 11:18 AM, Lianne Ruppel <lilirupes@<mailto:lilirupes@>> wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Hi group!
      > >
      > > I just received my new format teacher evaluation, second installment; the 'pop-in visit'. Apparently I am an average of 2.5. This is hilarious. No wonder morale is down everywhere in the education community.
      > >
      > > Many of our teachers have felt humiliated by the same situation with our new replacement principal and vice principal. (Thanks, RTTT) For instance, the band director is NOT evaluated on band, but on some 'filler' class he is assigned to teach.
      > >
      > > I was observed on a Friday, during last block, which was to be cleaning day. My high school students were instructed to clean out their trays which contained all their sketches and prep work up until that point. They were bulging with junk papers and random art supplies and my handouts. No telling what they had in there.
      > >
      > > My brand new vice principal conducted the evaluation. She has no idea how to do her own job, let alone mine. All she looks for is a beginning, middle, and end to the lesson, based on state standards. That's what they trained her to look for in her three-day workshop. (She spelled roll taking: 'role taking'. How can you evaluate something you can't even spell?)
      > >
      > > Aside from my instructional content and my content knowledge, I received a 2 on my 'environment', which is covered, floor to ceiling with student art, sculptures, and Elements and Principles posters. All our supplies are orderly and readily available. I use my smartboard, the chalkboard, and all the areas hallways, as well, to display work and hold group critique. Our school has numerous large (28') murals executed by my classes.
      > >
      > > I hold two professional degrees and have taught at a much larger, highly successful high school. I have taught at the college level, as well. I was a successful professional illustrator for 25 years. I became a teacher to share my love of art, and was very happy for the past ten years doing exactly that.
      > >
      > > What can I do to resolve my angst about this injustice? I am an NEA member, but . . . Last time she did it to me, I discussed it with the principal and on the second evaluation, this VP raised my scores to 3s and 4s.
      > >
      > > What should I do:
      > > 1.) keep whining to the Principal
      > > 2.) hire an assassin (I'd go to jail)
      > > 3.) take an EOC complaint on her (the arts scare her)
      > > 4.) stop caring so much, the pay never increases anyway.
      > > 5.) organize a group response to our concerns and copy the powers that be
      > > 6.) ???
      > >
      > > Thanks, Ya'll,
      > > lilirupes@<mailto:lilirupes@>
      >
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