Professional Development

Professional Learning in Arts Assessment Literacy

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative (OAAC), a consortium of arts educators that has developed a suite of authentic performance-based arts assessments to help Ohio educators measure student growth.

High-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate assessment literacy.  Research indicates that a large percentage of arts teachers do not believe they’ve been adequately prepared to develop arts assessments, feel they do not have time to revise and improve their assessments, and typically work in isolation to find or create whatever assessments they do use.

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education offers professional development opportunities in assessment literacy for fine and performing arts teachers across the state. OAAC-trained workshop providers are available to schools, districts, and ESCs across the state

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Specialized Workshops

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education provides a wide-range of professional development services to teachers, artists, administrators, parents, college students, and cultural organization arts education directors through individualized coaching to district-wide sessions. Professional development is structured to the needs of the individual, school, and/or school district.

Currently, OAAE offers professional development in the following areas:

  • Academic Content Standards
  • Adaptation and Inclusion Strategies
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum Integration
  • Curriculum Writing
  • Developing Student Growth Measures
  • Developing Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
  • Effective Parent Involvement with Arts Programs
  • Gifted Identification
  • Grant Writing
  • Ohio Teacher Evaluation System
  • Universal Design for Learning 

Professional development opportunities are available in a variety of shapes and sizes:

  • Two hour sessions
  • Half-day sessions
  • Full-day sessions
  • Conference presentations
  • Keynotes

For more information about scheduling professional development please email Executive Director Tim Katz at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 614.224.1060.


Artist-Led Professional Development

A number of teaching artists on the Artists-in-Schools roster provide discipline-specific in-service workshops for educators. Artists offer programs specialized for arts teaching staff, and sessions intended to support arts integration skills in non-arts classrooms. A listing of artists with professional development programs is available in the Artists-in-Schools Directory.