The Arts Office’s continued commitment to arts education has reimaged a professional learning approach to meet the needs of the 21st-Century arts teacher in New York City. With the hope of serving as a pioneer for the arts educational community and beyond, this approach makes use of a social learning platform. Arts teachers who put a high value on connection, collegiality, and professional learning will have a PLACE: Professional Learning for the Arts Community to Embolden- to collaborate innovatively.
The professional learning approach features a multifaceted experience—a traditional, face-to-face experience, as well as a virtual learning experience. Through a dynamic yet pragmatic scheme, arts teachers will receive targeted support to gain further exposure to The Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and experience a deeper interaction with The Danielson Framework for Teaching. Arts teachers now have a PLACE to serve their everyday pedagogical needs—all within a private virtual community that offers on-demand access to, and use of, an array of pertinent digital resources.
In addition to providing a line of targeted support to arts teachers, this virtual platform will serve as a pertinent resource for principals, assistant principals, network staff, central staff, and superintendents. Using the virtual platform as a conduit of support, administrators will get exposure and have the opportunity to interact with integral tools to effectively supervise the multiple components of quality arts education.