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Strategies for Constructing a Successful Tenure Submission in the Arts


This three-session series will address the specific needs of teachers of the arts when preparing a tenure portfolio. It will examine the Teacher Tenure Decision-Making Framework, explore sample submissions, and discuss ways to demonstrate best practices through a collection of evidence particular to the arts classroom.


These workshops will provide teachers an opportunity to craft materials allowing them to apply their understanding of the Framework to their portfolio and to devise a plan to further develop their tenure application submission. Please note that taking this workshop does not guarantee tenure.


Eligibility: Assigned teachers of the arts in their third year of teaching and beyond

Cost: FREE!


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Session I: The Teacher Tenure Decision Making Framework and the Arts


Date: December 7, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Carnegie Hall


This session will address the specific needs of teachers of the arts when preparing a tenure portfolio for submission. It will examine the Teacher Tenure Decision Making Framework, explore sample artifacts for instructional practice, student learning and professionalism, and discuss ways to demonstrate best practices through a collection of evidence particular to the arts classroom. There will be a hands-on opportunity for teachers to brainstorm a list of potential artifacts, share them in small groups by content and collaborate to develop their individual evidence for their tenure portfolios.


***Teachers will garner evidence to be utilized in session two



Session II: Making Sense of Your Artifacts


Date: January 17, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: The Studio Museum in Harlem


Teachers of the arts explore strategies for organizing tenure portfolios to best communicate excellence in their practice. In this session, teachers will have opportunity to edit and organize their artifacts, develop narratives that contextualize examples and align all evidence with the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, the NYS Standards, and the Danielson Framework for Teaching Rubric Adapted for the New York Department of Education.


***In preparation for the final session, teachers will be asked to create a draft table of contents to be utilized in session three



Session III: Compiling Your Draft Tenure Portfolio for Submission or Continuing Documentation


Date: January 31, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: The New York Historical Society


Teachers of the arts will select and apply strategies to develop a complete tenure portfolio that demonstrates excellence in all three criteria. The learner objectives are to communicate your individual instructional practice, how your students are achieving substantial gains to meet or exceed the NYS Standards and Benchmarks in the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, and your engagement with families and larger community.


***Teachers will leave this series with a draft tenure portfolio that is specific to their practice and arts discipline as well as a plan for its future development


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