September 2, 2011

I revised a bit more based on Raina's feedback. This is the version that needs to go out to the Professional Standards Board today. I thought we had until 9/7, but I got an email that it had to be in today. It doesn't mean we can't revise before the meeting (I'll take a new copy to hand out; there won't be anything major at this point), but this is what they will get. I pumped up the arts integration language, cleaned up the formatting where it needed work. Let me know via discussion here or email to all if there are any changes you want made at this stage of the game.



August 25, 2011

Use this spreadsheet to enter comments and make recommendations for new standards language for our final document. This spreadsheet includes one colunm for the standard, one for questions, two comment columns (you can add more columns or just enter into the same cell as someone else) and one column for new standards language. This is going to work easier for me than doing remarks one email at a time. Here, we can see what everyone has to say in one place. Deadline is September 7th.

August 16, 2011

Here is the work from our meeting today, which brings us very close to what we think is the final product.

This is the current set of theatre standards that are undergoing revision.

Here are the standards from the prior century when the program was called "Speech and Drama." I don't have a word document, so I'll just type them out. Note the use of the word "competency." My first UNH visit was based on these standards. This was the basis for the last revision.We've come a long way since then...
  • Standard 1: The program shall provide for competency in the areas of speech fundamentals, public address, oral interpretation, and dramatics.
  • Standard 2: The program shall provide for competency in the areas of interpersonal communication, public speaking, debate and forensic activities, basic theatre principles, theatre history, performance, stagecraft, mass communication, play interpretation and direction, and scenic design.
  • Standard 3: The program shall provide for additional work and development in a spcialty within the above areas.
  • Standard 4: The program shall provide for an adjudicated, practical applcation experience in the specialty area.

This email contains Raina's brainstormed list of skills and abilities for theatre teachers from June 28, 2011.

This document reflects the work from June 28, 2011.

July 12, 2011

This document reflects the work from 7-12 in Theatre. We'll be working from this document on Tuesday, August 16.

This is an email that Raina sent to sum up the theatre work of July 12. Open the document to read her notes and access the word document containing all the edits.

Raina and Alex accomplished a great deal of work on 7/12. They finished the first go-around of revising the theatre standards. They also did an alignment study with the P21 Skills map and added new standards specific to technology, lesson planning and curriculum design in relation to a comprehensive theatre program (see above document for more detail).

Still to consider are copyright issues--this was brought up during our first meeting. Do the revised standards need to address issues of copyright? If so, how might that be achieved? Where would it fit? Is the standard that covers ethical directing decisions adequate? Maybe it is, if not, how would this be addressed? (See Rainia's note in the above document for more detail.)

Finally, what about musical theatre? Specific genres are not mentioned in the standards. Given the cultural expectation and popularity of musical theatre in high school theatre programs, should there an expectation that students know the basics for producing a musical? In what ways is this different than producing a non-musical? Is this important enough to be included somewhere in the standards?