EdTA Model Curriculum Framework Project

The EdTA Model Curriculum Framework Project


The EdTA Model Curriculum Framework Project is a year-long pilot in which 10 two-member teams of secondary classroom theatre educators and teaching artists will work with mentors to create a standards-based curriculum framework and embedded instructional units based on the 2014 National Theatre Standards.

Selected project members will collaborate in the building of a model curriculum framework, with the goal of expanding instructional practice for both teachers and teaching artists. Teams will collaborate on a chosen aspect of theatre and write units of study with embedded assessments, which are aligned with the model curriculum framework, using the National Theatre Model Cornerstone Assessment format. The teams will then pilot these units of study, collecting evidence of student learning. The teams will exchange the collected work samples and their MCAs with other teams who will “benchmark” it and decide which students’ samples are at or above standard examples. The chosen benchmarked work will be posted and make available, along with the Model Curriculum Framework, on the EdTA website to serve as foundation for theatre educator and teaching artist professional development and, ultimately, to help more students achieve artistic literacy in theatre through a well-defined curriculum driven by a clear set of standards. 

Application Guidelines

Application is open February 15-March 15. Applicants may be contacted for a brief phone interview. Selected applicants will be contacted the week of April 4-6. Applicants are strongly urged to read the full guidelines before beginning their application. You may apply here.

Applicants are urged to consider their ability to work in a two-member team and how their specialized skills, strengths and perspectives can help to define what is worth teaching in theatre and how learning in it can be measured.

Selected teacher applicants will receive a $1,000 stipend; teaching artists will receive a $50 per hour stipend or $150 a day for up to 10 days)

All selected applicants must:

  • Participate in a series of four training webinars April, 2018.
  • Attend a 2 ½-day professional development symposium in Cincinnati July 12-15, 2018.
  • Complete a pre and post survey of knowledge of theatre standards, EdTA Opportunity-to-Learn Standards, standards-based instruction and assessment, and a self-assessment of personal growth and project efficacy.

 Selected teachers will: 

  • Provide documentation of student work, such as videos, written reflections, and still images that illustrate the students’ engagement with the task.
  • Use the EdTA Opportunity-to-Learn Standards to do a needs assessment that analyzes their theatre program.
  • Reflect on the alignment of their current theatre curriculum with the National Core Arts Standards and/or state standards.
  • Review their personal teaching strengths, weaknesses, and challenges to determine their professional development needs.
  • Collaborate on the creation and piloting of a unit of study in the format of a Model Cornerstone Assessment.
  • Determine how their teaching pedagogy and experience can best support the professional development needs of the teaching artist.
  • Plan for mentor visits and observation in their classroom during the application of their selected unit of instruction lesson.
  • Provide a letter of support from their administrator.
  • Distribute and collect EdTA approved release forms from all students involved in the project.   

Selected teaching artists will:

  • Review the classroom educator’s curriculum and resources analysis, the National Core Arts Standards and state standards, and EdTA Opportunity-to-Learn Standards to determine how their theatre arts skills and expertise can best support the professional development needs of the educator.
  • Collaborate on the creation and piloting of a unit of study in the format of a Model Cornerstone Assessment.
  • Obtain any necessary state mandated clearances for working with youth (child abuse, criminal history, etc) to EdTA and their classroom teacher partner.

The classroom educators and teaching artists will collaborate to:

  • Work to build a Model Curriculum Framework with all project partners, under the facilitation of the project mentors.
  • Create a standards-based unit of instruction that includes a full range of sequential lessons in the given area of theatre, including measurements of student learning based on the National Theatre Standards’ Model Cornerstone Assessment format.
  • Collect student products that demonstrate learning at-standard (videos, still images, audio and/or written reflections).
  • Participate in a benchmarking process by adjudicating student work.
  • Document and share evidence of project outcomes, such as:
    • self-assessments
    • analysis of national and/or state standards alignment
    • peer and administrator evaluations
    • narratives in print and web-based environments
    • public presentations at EdTA and other national arts education events.

EdTA will:

  • Choose teachers based on their secondary theatre educator training and experience, professional development, standards and assessment expertise, and experiences in team teaching with teaching artists.
  • Choose teaching artists through a similar process, based on their general theatre artist training, specialized areas of craft, in- and out-of-secondary school teaching with 14-18 year old students, familiarity with standards, views on assessment, and experiences in team teaching with classroom theatre educators.
  • Pair a teaching artist with each teacher, based on the area of theatre learning expressed by the teacher, and the teaching artist’s similarly demonstrated skill and experience in the given area.
  • Provide the web-based and in-person training and mentoring for the project, collect and store student work samples, coordinate workshops with partner organizations and guide the dissemination of the work to the field.

If you have questions about the project or the application, contact James Palmarini.