RMCAD hosted more than 100 teachers from the Douglas County School District on Friday, January 16 for professional development lectures and workshops. Working with the DCSD Liaison team, RMCAD’s Outreach Department stepped forth to sponsor and host the annual conference in response to district funding cuts in the weeks leading up to the scheduled event.
Dave Hoblick and Miranda Ziegler, Director and Associate Director of Outreach at RMCAD, worked with the DCSD Liaison team to present a day of hands-on learning and guest lectures in the Mary Harris Auditorium. Field experts shared insight into design thinking and data quantification as it pertains to educational mandates of both district and state. This proved helpful for teachers seeking further understanding of how to quantify students’ learning and improvement in subjects that standardized testing cannot measure.
Dr. Samuel Helms, RMCAD Professor and Head of Education, Leadership, and Emerging Technologies, provided a system of learning quantification that art teachers can use to show growth over time. This held direct pertinence to Colorado Senate Bill 10-191 and Douglas Counties CITE 6, requiring all teachers show student growth through teacher evaluations. “Categorizing and quantifying is a great way to cut through the noise and see patterns,” shared Dr. Helms. “Keep it simple while making sure you can support it with argumentation."
The day of development also consisted of workshops. Educators chose between Paper Fashion, Pin Hole Cameras, Printmaking, or Digital Sketchbook workshops. Theresa Clowes, Chair of Art Ed and Fine Arts, and Maria Puzziferro, President, also delighted the assembly with Guerilla knitting and crochet instructions.
Designed to inspire and educate teachers towards more effective classroom practices, the DCSD professional development day received acclaim from its participants. "I know there was a huge amount of work that went into pulling this day off, and it is so appreciated,” writes Kimberly D'Arthenay. “You guys are amazing, and so thankful for RMCAD for hosting us, instructing us, and feeding us!"
The Douglas County School District Liaison team consists of: Pamela Cogburn, Elementary Art Liaison; Kimberly Chlumsky, Middle School Liaison; Patricia Hayes, High School Liaison; and Christopher Hecker, Charter School Liaison.
For a more comprehensive account of the day’s proceedings, please visit Pamela Cogburn’s post.