Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble @ Vandercook

This past week, I was in Chicago at the Vandercook College of Music taking a MECA Continuing Education course entitled Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble. The instructor was Mike Steinel, Associate Professor in the Jazz Studies Division at the University of North Texas College of Music. He has also published numerous charts, records, and books including Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble. He did an excellent job of explaining a wide variety of topics at a very relatable level. I wanted to use this post to reflect on my week of learning. Continue reading

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PLC at Work Institute Reflection

Over this past week, over 150 teachers from my district attended Solution Tree‘s Professional Learning Communities at Work Institute in Minneapolis. Each school was allotted a number of teachers to bring or the three day workshop. Three of us from our Vertical PLC attended as well as many teachers, counselors, and administrators from districts across the country. The Institute is designed to help schools and districts implement professional learning communities effectively. I will explain a little more before delving in to the sessions I attended. Continue reading

Power Standards and Assessments Update

This past week, we met as a 6-12 Vertical PLC to discuss what we are going to teach in the 2014-2015 school year to make sure we are meeting out Power Standards. We took the seventeen power standards established during our last curriculum review and mapped out what they will look like across each grade level: Continue reading