Project Description

School district programs

We work with school districts to support arts education in all its forms.

Educators discuss their programs in a large art classroom with student-painted ceiling tiles.

School district self-assessment

We often begin our work with school districts by helping educators audit current offerings, budget, and program highlights in our school district self-assessment process. Over the course of a school year, we work with arts teachers to collect data and offer both commendations and recommendations.

During the 2018–19 school year, we worked with Peters Township School District and Penn Hills School District to gather information and issue reports that will help inform future work in the arts. We are currently working with longstanding partner Burrell School District to conduct our first-ever self-assessment of creative learning in the district’s makerspaces.

Curriculum writing

Arts Ed Collaborative has helped numerous school districts update or rewrite arts curriculum. We’re committed to a flexible, standards-based curriculum and have helped districts throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania create innovative dance, music, health and physical education, and visual art curricula that engage students and empower teachers.

During the 2018–19 school year, we worked with Hampton Township School District to develop music and visual arts curricula and Franklin Regional School District to craft a comprehensive media arts curriculum. Arts Ed Collaborative uses the National Core Arts Standards as a springboard for helping districts create curriculum documents that are relevant and student-centered. We continue to think about ways we can adapt our processes to our region’s diverse school systems.

A band instructor discusses Hampton Township's band program in a large band room full of music stands and instruments.
Two educators inspect a pinhole camera on a sunny day.

Student assessment development

Student assessment reveals the transformative power of the arts. Developing tools that move beyond test-centric teaching gives teachers an array of ways to showcase the many learning experiences in their classroom.

During the 2018–19 school year, Arts Ed Collaborative worked with Keystone Oaks School District for the second consecutive year to help music and visual arts teachers craft assessment tools ranging from rubrics to observation protocols. We worked with administrators to plan peer observation times so teachers could see their colleagues’ work in action. Thinking deeply about student assessment opens pathways to even better student-centered arts experiences.

Current school district projects:

  • Burrell creative learning self-assessment

  • Franklin Regional creative arts curriculum writing

  • Pittsburgh Public Schools music and visual arts curriculum writing

  • Peters Township visual arts curriculum writing

  • West Allegheny music curriculum writing

  • West Allegheny visual arts student assessment development

  • West Jefferson Hills music and visual arts curriculum writing

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