Dear Arts Infusion Teaching Artists and Program Directors:
I will be facilitating the next Arts Infusion Knowledge Share on Monday, November 10, 2014 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation:
5114 S. Elizabeth St., Chicago, IL 60609
As we move into the 5th year of this initiative, it is important that our teaching artists all become familiar with the assessment methods we developed over the 2013 – 2014 Arts Infusion program year. This needs to include the many exciting new teaching artists that have joined our fold.
Implementing effective assessment methods to continually improve our work is crucial this year because this is the final year of the first round of funding for Arts Infusion work. We need to make the strongest case we can for sustaining this important program.
Please help your teaching artists become familiar with the assessment website created for your Arts Infusion organization to prepare them for the Knowledge Share. Your organization’s assessment website can be easily accessed at this web address:
http://www.artsassessment.org/case-studies. It would be especially helpful if your program directors and your teaching artists reviewed together the 2013 – 2014 assessment data analyses done for your organization (or in a few cases, organizations have done themselves internally) BEFORE that knowledge share. Collectively, we have created some meaningful new approaches to assessment, and we have a lot to learn from each other’s work.
At the Knowledge Share we will explore together samples of each other’s assessment instruments:
in a Swap Meet / Speed Dating knowledge exchange activity. I have reformatted your instruments slightly for ease of reading. We will also look at the results of last year’s assessment data analyses:
to learn from last year’s data and to plan our most effective programming for this year.
Please bring a laptop or an i-pad to work on if you can. We will be sharing a lot of knowledge at this Knowledge Share, and electronic tools will make it easier to capture that knowledge.
Looking forward to seeing you on Monday, November 10th
Arts Infusion Initiative Assessment Consultant
PS: In addition, I am more than glad to meet with any Arts Infusion organization that wants one-on-one counseling on deepening its assessment methodology for this year. Here again is my contact info: