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Annual Goals

This report lists the annual improvement goals reported to ESE in the educator preparation program provider’s state annual report. Providers may report up to three goals for the upcoming year and are asked to report on progress made toward the prior year’s goals. Annual goals are reported in May of the academic year listed.

Annual Goals - 2018
Goal #1 Ensure recruitment, selection and evaluations result in the hiring of effective faculty/instructors and staff.
Goal #2 Ensure that the Sponsoring Organization allocates resources to better support the needs of the Art Education Department and the sustainability of its teacher preparation programs.
Goal #3 Ensure candidates receive targeted feedback from faculty and instructors in coursework that improves their teaching and art practice. Coursework includes pre-practicum and practicum experiences, as well as courses that focus on populations other than k-12 and in learning/teaching sites in museums, galleries, and community settings. Coursework also includes the Interdisciplinary Studio courses in the art Education Department, which focus on students' development and progress of their art practice.

Annual Goals - 2017
Goal #1 Increase organizational support for effective preparation programs by appointing an Associate Dean of Education (July 2017). Among many roles, this administrator position will provide leadership for further implementing state regulations and developing the partnership with Boston Public Schools in the context of a global college of art and design.
Goal #2 Implement consistent and targeted ways to document and monitor student progress in studio and pedagogical practices through pre-practicum and practicum experiences.
Goal #3 Program an enhanced and effective training and support plan for Supervising Practitioners and Program Supervisors to impact candidate effectiveness as artist teachers.

Progress Toward Goals - 2017
Goal #1 Instead of appointing an Associate Dean of Education, MassArt created a position that was better aligned with the needs of the Art Education Department: a Certification and Teaching Internship Specialist. With the support from the President and Interim Provost, this position was developed based on the identified need to have a full time position to fulfill administrative duties so that faculty can focus fully on instructional needs. The position was filled in April 2018, and the person will join the Art Education Department on April 30, 2018.
Goal #2 Faculty document and monitor student progress in studio and pedagogical practices through all the courses offered in the Art Education Department, including the pre-practicum and practicum courses, as well as the department's own studio courses ('Interdisciplinary Studio'). Faculty members monitor students' abilities to make connections between theory and practice, to learn about diverse learners, and to progress in their art practice. Students are given high quality, targeted feedback multiple times in the courses so they can improve their pedagogical and art practices. During the practicum, Teacher Candidates are provided this kind of feedback through the use of CAP.
Goal #3 The Art Education Department implemented an enhanced an effective plan that focused on support, training, and development for Supervising Practitioners and Program Supervisors to impact Teacher Candidate effectiveness as artists-teachers. This plan included student teaching orientation meetings, monthly training meetings with the Program Supervisors, a resource web page for supervisors and Teacher Candidates. According to surveys given to the supervisors, these supports were helpful to understand and use CAP to support the Teacher Candidates.

Annual Goals - 2016
Goal #1 Engage with key issues addressed in the Memorandum of Understanding with Boston Public Schools. We will work with the relevant stakeholders to identify, plan, and implement action items.
Goal #2 Implement the state mandated Candidate Assessment of Performance during the practicum experience. To support this goal, we will further develop trainings for the associated personnel, including supervising practitioners, teacher candidates, and program supervisors.
Goal #3 Further integrate the Professional Standards for Teachers into the pedagogical courses in direct and indirect ways to support teacher candidate understanding and readiness.

Progress Toward Goals - 2016
Goal #1 To support our Memorandum of Understanding with Boston Public Schools, key stakeholders involved in the partnership now meet three times per year with individual project reporting at intervals between. Specific progress included reporting on our shared work to Boston Mayor's office, Americans for the Arts national education consortia, and our respective President and Superintendent and leadership offices. Current projects include expanding admissions opportunities for BPS students, co-planning student teaching supervision implementation, and documentation, and expanding youth programs and professional development opportunities.
Goal #2 To support the implementation of the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP), MassArt has offered trainings for all Supervising Practitioners, Program Supervisors, and Teacher Candidates at the beginning of each semester (in large groups and individual meetings). Monthly training meetings for the Program Supervisors offered additional supports. The CAP manager attended two CAP workshops at DESE and shared information with the Program supervisors, Supervising Practitioners, and Teacher Candidates as appropriate.
Goal #3 We have further integrated the Professional Standards for Teachers into our pedagogical classes through using it as an evaluation tool in the Saturday Studios: Prepracticum 1 and 2 classes. In addition, we have outlined the integration of the PSTs in our self-study for formal review (Summer 2016).