This past weekend, I had the pleasure of presenting an in-service workshop with my colleague Michael Medvinsky on the topic of Connecting Assessment in Music to the Common Core to a wonderful group of Michigan teachers. It was especially nice to be back in Michigan where I spent my college and middle school teaching days. As part of their unsuccessful bid for Race to the Top funding, the State of Michigan has legislated a new teacher evaluation system based in part on documenting individual student growth in all K-12 classes, including music. Here’s our workshop abstract:
This workshop will look closely at the Common Core State Standards and how they connect across disciplines to support conceptual thinking. We will consider the connections among the disciplines and how learners can create and demonstrate deeper understandings without compromising the authenticity of their musical experiences. Participants will engage in practical experiences designing and implementing assessment strategies connected to their specific classroom contexts. A major focus of this workshop will be on utilizing online and mobile technologies for rich documentation and efficient implementation of assessment practices.
Below is a link to our interactive Prezi and our list of cross-curricular process and concept connections that connect authentic musical experiences to the emerging Common Core.