Register for Pre-Conference
Register now for the 2012 Pre-Conference
Registration ad a wait list are currently filled. NYSATA recognizes the importance of this topic to all visual art educators across the state. However, conference space and resources do not permit us to increase the number of participants for this preconference. In light of that we have added a number of opportunities to learn more, ask questions, and discuss APPR and SLO during the Annual Conference.
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All participants who attend the Preconference will receive a certificate of participation for 6 hours of coursework. (Please check with your district for any prior approval necessary.)
NYSATA APPR Task Force members work on SLO Development the past summer.
NYSATA 2012 Preconference:
APPaRt! Go SLO...
Join us on Thursday, November 15 for meaningful conversation regarding APPR for art teachers, and learn about valuable art-rich options for measuring Student Growth and Achievement. Over the summer a NYSATA team worked on SLOs that follow the content of our Portfolio Project. We will provide an overview on how these assessment instruments and their associated SLO models showcase learning in all four arts standards, while still supporting the Common Core, especially in ELA. Understanding these discipline based instruments will help you as you move forward with APPR. Whether you are using district-wide Reading and Math Scores, Scantron exams, or other options, we offer a Performance Based Alternative accompanied with various forms of benchmarked, reliable scoring options.
The morning session will be an overview of the APPR process with a focus on how it particularly impacts teachers whose students do not take State Assessments. We will also be presenting the results of the NYSATA APPR Initiative, and rolling out SLOs for the State Measure (Growth), as well as the Local Measure (Achievement).
The afternoon session will be SLO Rater Reliability training. We are asking all participants to bring 5-10 color copies of student artwork in the area of Portraits and Self-Portraits, at their current grade level. Please bring work that is weak and moderate along with work that is outstanding. Our communal goal will be to rate and rank the artworks using the NYSATA rubrics, and to train teachers in reliable rubric scoring for high stakes assessments. This session is beneficial to all visual arts teachers, regardless of the SLO assessment tools they are using this school year.
The new APPR regulations present all school districts, administrators, union leaders, and--last but not least--teachers, with a host of high stakes mandates, questions that seem to have no answer, minimal alternatives, and ever-changing requirements. At the same time, APPR offers us the golden opportunity to reflect on our practice, showcase what is important about arts learning, and reshape teaching and learning in positive and beneficial ways for our students and ourselves. We urge you to become an active participant in creating options for arts assessment that are valid, reliable, and rigorous; and at the same time are expressive, engaging, and exciting!
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 125 East Main Street, Rochester, NY