What Can Arts Organizations Do Now?
- Carefully consider and weigh the connections and the differences between assessment, evaluation, and research, and where your organization fits within those areas. Look at what you do to understand your work and your beliefs as an arts organization. Look, too, at how your assessments, evaluation, or research relates to the schools with which you partner.
- Question what the word “data” means in your context. Do you have multiple data sources—and multiple ways of looking at that data? Do you only have one or two data sources? Does “data” only mean you have an aggregate test score? (A generalized test score result)? If so, how are you understanding the limits of a single, generalized and undifferentiated data source?
- Look at your strategies for partnership and creating and leading curriculum. How open are you to co-planning with teachers? How do you share leadership?
- Develop a continuum between your program, your professional development, your documentation, and your way of analyzing the teaching and learning. Each of these areas of your arts organization’s work are not an island. They should be inexorably and powerfully linked towards building your most innovative practices and outcomes in art and education.