CT Arts Standards Conference



Learn how to make the Connecticut Arts Standards work for you at this exciting conference!  

Designed for teachers of the Visual Arts, Music, Dance,Theater and Media Arts, to assist with their implementation of the new standards.

Registration is free but space is limited!

Keynote: A National Perspective on Arts Standards Marcia McCaffrey, NH State Dept. of Education

Legislative Update: ESSA, Policy and News Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts

Two special sessions designed for individuals or teams who are NEW to using the CT Arts Standards:

  • Introducing CT Arts Standards Model District Resources! During the 2016-17 school year, districts requested to be “model” districts creating instructional and curriculum resources aligned to the 2016 CT Arts Standards. In this Wednesday session, participants will learn about the resources created by the CT Arts Standards Model Districts. This session is presented by CT Arts Standards Team Curriculum Coaches Jill Goldberg and Angela Griffin with visual arts and music teachers from CT’s Model Districts: Danbury, Middletown, New Britain, Glastonbury, Brookfield, and East Hartford.
  • Time to Work for Beginners On Thursday, Model District Curriculum coaches Jill Goldberg and Angela Griffin help you and/or your team develop “take-away” instructional materials based on the coaching model highlighted in Wednesdays’ Model District Curriculum presentations. 

Additional Sessions include:

  • Thinking Across Disciplines/Whole School Artistic Literacy (Cara Bernard/Joe Abramo)
  • Working with the NCAS Website/Exploring the Online Platform (Marcia McCaffrey)
  • How Essential Questions Lead to Conceptual Learning (Scott Shuler)
  • A Facilitated Dialogue – Making Connections (Ashlee Cascko)
  • Demystifying Digital- Samples from the Field (Matt Worwood)
  • Introducing the CSDE Program Guide for the Arts 2017 (Dee Hansen)
  • SLOs and the Arts (Brian Frazier)
  • Partnering to Promote Artistic Literacy/Examples from the Field (Panel incl. Ellen Maust, Yale, Hartford Performs, Little Kids Rock)
  • Thinking for Digital Media and Design (Matt Worwood)
  • Culturally Responsive Choices in the Arts Classroom (Jennifer Nario-Taliercio)
  • Supporting Students with Disabilities Develop Artistic Literacy (Jackie Smith)
  • Using Technology for Data Collection and Assessment (Kim Yannon)
  • Time to Revise Curriculum using the New Standards! Where Do I Start? (Tracy Kane)
  • Connecting with Kiln Glass (Julie Sawyer)
  • Model Cornerstone Assessments (Scott Shuler)
  • Resource Review/Preview (Marcia McCaffrey)
  • C/P/R/C – One Process at a Time: Or Not? (Margaret Fitzgerald/Caroline Golschneider)

Institute Track Option: For conference attendees who would like to work on a standards based curriculum, units and/or assessments during the conference, either individually or as a group, and receive personal guidance from experienced arts curriculum leaders. People opting for the Institute Track will still have the opportunity to attending any of the sessions during the week that may be of interest to them, but the goal of the week will be to work toward accomplishing a specific project.  A daily schedule for Institute Track participants will be sent directly to them prior to the conference. If you have any questions regarding the Institute Track, please contact: Rick Sadlon at: rsadlon@darienps.org or 203-655-3981 ext: 2329

Lunch Plan Option $45  Available as an optional purchase when registering. Includes lunch for four days. (sandwich, fruit or side salad, chips, cookie/brownie, beverage) 

Tentative Conference Schedule 

Register Here (until June 10th or when max capacity is reached)