Hello from Tana JohnsonPosted: June 7, 2012
|Date of conversation||Saturday, May 19, 2012|
|Thanks to all of the teacher leaders who attended:
Arts Learning Leaders: Ruben Aurelio, Principal, Jefferson school, Rosette Costello, Principal, Peralta School, Marilyn Koral, Principal, James Lick MS, Louise Music, ACOE, Tana Johnson, ACOE, Dr. Julia Marshall, SFSU, Miriam Spilman, Jefferson, Susan Wolf, Jefferson Teaching Artist and Coach, Diane Wang, Jefferson, Judi Burle, Jefferson, Ana Guzman, Jefferson, David Patusco, Jefferson, Heidi Cregge, OSA, Ann Wettrich, MOCHA, Susan Deming, Washington School, Kathy Graddy, ACOE, Suzette Hackett, Carolyn Carr, ACOE, Sara Stillman, Emery, Alane Paul Castro, Washington School, Amy Rosenbaum, Petaluma, Pamela Chang, Peralta PTA, Wendi Bushehry, Trena Noval, Peralta and CCA, Pamela Lucker, Peralta, Marie Stewart, Peralta, Lynn Zamarra, Le Conte, Awele, Theater Artist, Felicia, Skyline College and Tana Johnson, ACOE.
|Ruben Aurelio, Principal, Jefferson School welcomed participants in Jefferson’s library, awash with hundreds of colorful prints from the school’s ‘Print-A-Thon’ (led by artists Miriam Spilman and Susan Wolf, every Jefferson student created a print.) Louise Music set the context by explaining the goals of Mapping Our Future strategic plan, modeled after Margaret J. Wheatley’s book TURNING TO ONE ANOTHER: SIMPLE CONVERSATIONS TO RESTORE HOPE TO THE FUTURE, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.; February 2009. Tana Johnson set the group to work in a café-style brainstorms to inform the questions: What supports do teachers need? What is our vision for teacher voice/teacher leadership? How will we spread our news? How will we engage families and communities to ensure all children/families belong? What does pedagogy look like in this new world? How might our schedule change to accommodate deeper learning contexts?|
|Where are we now? Share key takeaways||We are in a climate of shrinking resources and higher demands; teachers are being asked to do more with less. We wanted to ask: what do we envision and what do we need to do to do to change the culture of our schools in order to deepen the learning for every child? How can our collective voices help transform this culture of scarcity and want into a culture of abundance, clarity, and vision? After the cafés took place, Awele helped groups present their discussion topic in theater, movement, visual arts,|
|Where should we go, and why? Share key takeaways|
|What supports do teachers need?
Time / common prep time (mandatory) / time to collaborate / time to function as inspired professionals
Get out of assembly line model of education
Current, high quality materials, resources and technology
Strong community partnerships
Opportunities for PD, staff development that is relevant to the students – not district mandated, and PD with teaching artists
Beauty, light, windows
Sharing resources across schools, districts
Revamp teacher evaluation system/teacher-generated standards
Less students in the classroom to be able to give them the support that they need
Each teacher giving themselves permission to take a risk, stretch and explore a new paradigm that is unfamiliar
Counselors/nurses to deal with student health needs
Space for art supplies / place to submit reciepts
What is our vision for teacher voice/teacher leadership? How will we spread our news?
How will we engage families and communities to ensure all children/families belong?
|How Should we get there? Share key takeaways|
|Name our collective assets…How can we connect the dots?
Share resources to bring in teaching artists
Create a Hub for Arts Education with dedicated resources—an office, books, resources, etc.
Create online hub for Arts Education events, PD, student exhibitions, etc.
Artists and art teachers are valued and part of all decisions
Fund stable budgets / less grants
Create and use political power to get stable funding
Equitable allocation of $$
Paradigm shift—horizontal, not vertical, let creativity rise to the top
What do we want need in order to do high quality assessment?
What does pedagogy look like in this new world?
How might our schedule change to accommodate deeper learning contexts?
|Next Steps?||Create an advocacy campaign where students, teachers, and parents create short YouTube videos to talk about importance of funding programs
Have this conversation with parents at schools
Attend the “Inventing Our Future” Summer Institute to connect with a larger network of educators and providers
The Arts Learning Leaders will meet again in Fall 2012 and look forward to sharing new work as well as progress on today’s conversation.