Center for Instructional Support

Arts Education Ambassador Program 2019-2020

Purpose:

To support Massachusetts arts educators to implement the new 2019 Arts Curriculum Framework.

Overview:

The Arts Education Ambassadors will advise DESE in the development of a turnkey professional development series focused on the instructional shifts featured in the 2019 Arts Curriculum Framework. Once built, regional ambassador teams will lead the 10-hour professional development series for arts educators in their region. The series will be comprised of a two-hour DESE-developed introductory online module, followed by four two-hour sessions facilitated by Ambassadors that examine the major components of the new Arts Framework as they apply to practice. Arts Education Ambassadors will also contribute to instructional resources developed by DESE during the 2019-2020 school year.

Regional Ambassador Teams Will Serve the Following Massachusetts Regions:

  • Greater Boston
  • Northeast
  • Southeast
  • Central
  • Berkshires/Pioneer Valley

Summary of Ambassador Responsibilities:

  • Advise: Working closely with DESE, Ambassadors will provide feedback on the content of the professional development series and generate a plan for leading implementation in their regions. Ambassadors may choose to tailor the professional development series to best address the needs of their regions.
  • Plan: Ambassadors will convene in regional teams to plan implementation of the professional development series in their regions.
  • Implement: Ambassadors will lead the implementation of the professional development series for educators in their regions.
  • Update: Ambassadors will attend periodic meetings and communicate with DESE staff regularly to provide updates, receive support, and contribute to the development of additional instructional resources, including tools for engaging English learners in the arts.

Two Commitment Levels:

Lead Arts Education Ambassador Role (one per region):

  • Lead a regional ambassador team with representatives from all five arts disciplines.
  • Attend a full-day Arts Ambassador Academy at the Worcester Art Museum on October 11, 2019.
  • Lead and facilitate (with team support) a 10-hour professional development series for arts education in the region to be completed by summer 2020.
  • Participate in four DESE-led afternoon (4pm–6pm) ambassador meetings during the 2019-2020 school year: December 2, 2019, February 4, 2020, March 4, 2020, and April 6, 2020 at Davis Publications in Worcester.
  • Participate in informal check-ins/communications with DESE as needed.
  • Participate in cross-regional Lead Ambassador check-ins as needed.
  • Proactively recruit arts educators from the region to participate in the professional development series and engage with them regularly to sustain their commitment.
  • Facilitate regional ambassador team contributions to DESE resources, including those to support arts instruction for English Learners.
  • Lead Ambassadors receive a stipend of $1,500 for time and travel. Expected time commitment is 30-35 hours over the course of the school year.

Arts Education Ambassador Role (three or four per region):

  • Support and assist the Lead Arts Ambassador to efficiently and effectively provide a 10-hour professional development series for the region.
  • Participate in regional ambassador team meetings online or in person as determined by the group.
  • Contribute to DESE resources, including those to support arts instruction for English learners.
  • Serve as point people for the region's arts educators when content-specific questions arise.
  • Participate in cross-regional content-specific ambassador check-ins as needed.
  • As appropriate, collect and share resources that may support the work of peer Ambassadors.
  • Ambassadors receive a stipend of $1,000 for time and travel. Expected time commitment is 20 hours over the course of the school year.

Ambassador Must-Haves:

  • A passion for curriculum development and professional learning.
  • Experience leading groups of professional learners.
  • Familiarity with the 2019 MA Arts Curriculum Framework, which aligns to the National Core Arts Standards.
  • Knowledge of and experience in PK-12 schools.
  • A teaching background in one or more of the arts disciplines: dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers with diverse views.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • A rating of Proficient or above on most recent evaluation (PK-12 practitioners).

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with arts education in non-school settings, such as museums or nonprofits.
  • Experience with educator preparation for the arts.
  • Experience using the arts to engage and empower students of color and English learners.

Employer Support:

Ambassadors are expected to have a school administrator's approval for participation in the program in order to be considered. Lead Ambassadors must arrange with their employer for permission and substitute coverage to attend a full-day training on October 11, 2019. All other Ambassador commitments will be held outside of school hours or online.

Ambassador-Led Professional Development Series:

  • Includes a DESE-developed online module to provide participants with an understanding of the major shifts in the new Framework, specifically the guiding principle for inclusivity and the role of student artistic intent in each artistic practice.
  • Supports participants to engage collaboratively with authentic hands-on tasks that unpack the artistic practices and content standards. Participants discuss implications for learning and how to put the big ideas into practice.
  • Facilitates break-out groups to design standards-aligned transformative tasks that are embedded with culturally diverse artists/artworks and pedagogical strategies for English learners.
  • Provides opportunities to learn about and use resources, such as a DESE-developed arts curriculum evaluation rubric that can be used to assess whether curricular materials are aligned to the 2019 Arts Framework.
  • Supports participants to revise curricular materials to better align to the 2019 Arts Framework.

Outcomes for Arts Educators:

After engaging with Arts Education Ambassadors and completing the Professional Development Series, participants will:

  • Show increased understanding of the major shifts of the new 2019 Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework through pre and post-assessments.
  • Be able to unpack the clusters, artistic practices and content standards to plan teaching and learning at various grade levels and in each of the arts disciplines.
  • Analyze, assess, and revise curricular materials to align to the new 2019 Arts Curriculum Framework.
  • Implement a transformative task that promotes deeper learning and incorporates strategies for engaging English learners. Reflect on the effectiveness of the transformative task by examining resulting student work.

Anticipated Student Outcomes:

  • Student artworks demonstrate evidence of curriculum that fosters student artistic intent and voice.
  • Students experience an inclusive arts education that is relevant to their interests while exposing them to a variety of cultures, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Students create grade-appropriate works of art that align to the new standards for each arts discipline.


Arts Education Ambassadors Anticipated Schedule 2019-2020

MonthResponsibilities
August 2019 DESE:
  • Selects Lead Ambassadors and Ambassadors and assigns them to regional teams.
  • Designs materials for the professional development series.
Lead Ambassadors:
  • Participate in virtual meeting with DESE to review and discuss the program overview.
  • Commit to leading their regional ambassador team through all indicated responsibilities.
September 2019 Ambassadors (All):
  • Agree on a regional team meeting date and location for the second week of October.
October 2019 Lead Ambassadors:
  • Attend the Arts Ambassador Academy (full-day training, Worcester) on October 11th.
Ambassadors (All):
  • Complete online module and provide feedback to DESE.
  • Participate in initial meeting of the regional ambassador team during the second week of October (2 hours after school, regional locations).
  • Plan for the delivery of the professional development series, including dates, regional locations, marketing, and registration process.
  • Adopt rotating schedule for monitoring and support for DESE's discussion forum, ongoing throughout 2019-2020 school year
November 2019 Ambassadors (All):
  • Open and promote registration for regional professional development series, including participant pre-work.
December 2019 Lead Ambassadors:
  • Attend Lead Ambassador Meeting #1 (on December 2nd, Worcester) with DESE for support prior to PD Session #1
  • Follow up with regional ambassador team to share any need-to-know updates resulting from Meeting #1.
Ambassadors (All):
  • Support and close registration for regional professional development series.
  • Collaborate as a regional ambassador team to prepare for the delivery of PD Session #1.
January 2020 Ambassadors (All):
  • Provide PD Session #1 for arts educators in their region prior to February 1st.
  • Following PD Session #1, review successes and challenges as a regional team and prepare for upcoming sessions.
  • Locate additional resources as needed to support the professional development series.
  • Provide individualized support for participants as needed.
February 2020 Lead Ambassadors:
  • Attend Lead Ambassador Meeting #2 (on December 4th, Worcester) with DESE for support prior to PD Session #2
  • Follow up with regional ambassador team to share any need-to-know updates resulting from Meeting #2.
Ambassadors (All):
  • Collaborate as a regional ambassador team to prepare for the delivery of PD Session #2.
  • Provide PD Session #2 for arts educators in their region prior to March 1st.
  • Following PD Session #2, review successes and challenges as a regional team and prepare for upcoming sessions.
  • Locate additional resources as needed to support the professional development series.
  • Provide individualized support for participants as needed.
March 2020 Lead Ambassadors:
  • Attend Lead Ambassador Meeting #3 (On March 4th, Worcester) with DESE for support prior to PD Session #3
  • Follow up with regional ambassador team to share any need-to-know updates resulting from Meeting #3.
Ambassadors (All):
  • Collaborate as a regional ambassador team to prepare for the delivery of PD Session #3.
April 2020 Ambassadors (All):
  • Provide PD Session #3 for arts educators in their region prior to May 1st.
  • Following PD Session #3, review successes and challenges as a regional team and prepare for upcoming sessions.
  • Locate additional resources as needed to support the professional development series.
  • Provide individualized support for participants as needed.
May 2020 Lead Ambassadors:
  • Attend Lead Ambassador Meeting #4 (on May 4th, Worcester) with DESE for support prior to PD Session #4.
  • Follow up with regional ambassador team to share any need-to-know updates resulting from Meeting #4.
Spring/Summer 2020 Ambassadors (All):
  • Collaborate as a regional ambassador team to in prepare for the delivery of PD Session #4.
  • Provide PD Session #4 for arts educators in their region prior to August 1st (PD Session #4 should be scheduled before the end of the school year if possible).
  • Following PD Session #4, review successes and challenges as a regional team.
  • Complete summative reflections of their experience participating in the Arts Education Ambassador program.
August 2020 Lead Ambassadors:
  • Participate in virtual meeting with DESE to have summarize the overall experience of the Ambassador Program and success of the professional development series in their region.
  • Submit feedback from participants and regional teams.
  • Submit final products from professional development series.
 
Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

Directions

Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.