Category Archives: supervision & leadership

What is your purpose here?

I hope when you read, “What is your purpose here?” You can fully envision the scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest. If not I think the image, below, is linked to a gif. (Hit me with a comment if you know the response to the question from the movie.)

I suppose it’s fair if you are wondering what this has to do with art education…

I met with art collaborative team leads recently and posed a question about the purpose of art CTs. Some quick answers included “to collaborate,” “to share ideas,” and “to share best practices.”  Yes, these are reasons we get together, but why do we do these things? Why do we collaborate? Why do we share ideas?

TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING!

I am surrounded by this language all the time in the instructional services department. If a similar question were asked of a group of my central office colleagues we would probably all respond in unison. 

This interaction with my art instructional leaders helped me realize that this is a message that I should work harder to promote. It’s a mindset that can impact how we interact with our work. Everything we do should be with the goal of improving student learning. 

Support for Arts Integration 

“As the only school system with its own arts integration office” Prince George’s County Public Schools presented their progress and successes in bringing arts integration to all of its 208 schools. 


This is work in progress, but student engagement and test scores are improving — and the work is continuing. One reason for its success is the degree of support this effort is receiving. Evidence of the support is here in the room. Elizabeth Stuart, the visual art supervisor, is joined by division leaders including Amy Rosenkrans, Executive Coordinator for Arts Integration, John Ceschini, Arts Integration Officer, and their Chief Executive Officer (superintendent) Dr. Kevin Maxwell. 

You read that right! The superintendent from a large Maryland school district came to NYC to help present this work to art educators. 

Advice to an Arts Supervisor

I met with a friend and colleague for lunch today to chat about his new role as a fine arts supervisor in a nearby school district. I didn’t go in with a specific list of advice to give, but after some reflection, here are a few things I hope he will take away.

Moving On Up by Charles Raubacher, art teacher
Moving On Up by Charles Raubacher, art teacher

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Leadership Options

An art teacher asked me recently how she might pursue opportunities to grow and advance her career. There is, of course, nothing small about a career in the classroom, but some teachers want to do more, and frankly, I think education has a lot to gain by having more art teachers take on leadership roles. So what are some of the avenues an art teacher might consider?

The Light at the Top of the Stairs by Jean Barrett, art teacher.
The Light at the Top of the Stairs by Jean Barrett, art teacher.

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