Recent data reinforces that many of our art teachers highly value the time they have to meet with their art collaborative teams, but I fear these CTs are behind the curve relative to other teams across our division.
Art collaborative teams (CTs), or Collaborative Learning Teams (CLTs), are a little different from the CTs most teachers participate in. They are multi school teams, and only have opportunity to meet a few times a year. Some meet additional times, but this ends up being outside of contract time. The multi-school team approach meets a need for singleton art teachers, but it is not the same as a school team that can meet on a regular basis to plan and refine instruction to improve student learning. Most art teachers are assigned a school-based team as well, but the work of co-designing instruction and assessment just isn’t possible when the others on your team do not teach the same content.
Art CTs may not have as many chances to meet, but I look forward to learning about the work they are able to do this year… And I can’t wait to meet with our CT Leaders later this month!