Studio to School

S2S Reflection E-Journal #11

Rubric Reflections

The rubric process was a helpful reflection and planning tool for our team as we wrap up year 4 and begin to plan year 5. Michael and Taylor worked on the rubric independently first and gathered feedback from our staff prior to meeting in person then Taylor put the finishing touches on it before meeting with Michael one last time before submitting.

It was helpful to respond to the reflection questions first before determining where we were at on the rubric. After responding to the questions we discussed where we each felt we stood and came to agreement without any conflicts.

The rubric was a great format to frame our discussion around certain key areas of our program. It was a highly helpful tool.

Some new insights we discovered in this process were around the 2 areas (build appreciation and support for arts education in schools and communities AND understand and respond to evolving community contexts, including histories, strengths and needs) we were in the “deepening” portion of the rubric. We were able to generate new ideas and solutions to strengthening those two areas that we intend to implement in year 5. Some of the major programmatic changes we will be making include:

  1. Hosting a media arts career fair in the fall with 6 selected Open AiR applicants. This fair will be an opportunity for the school to see a wide range of career pathways one can take in media arts through interactive demonstrations and presentations. Artists will also present their Spring 2019 Open AiR collaborative project proposals to the school for them to vote on. This will give students and teachers an opportunity to be directly involved in the decision making process.
  2. Facilitating 3 professional development trainings in the fall to prepare teachers to integrate media into the classroom and host guest artists.
    1. “Demystifying Tech in the Classroom” will review the check out protocol and resources available and focus on removing fear of tech and what the benefits of tech in the classroom are.
    2. “Classroom as Production Team” will focus on media integration in the classroom, how assigning production roles to students makes media creation manageable and your lesson plans more engaging and will take teachers through the process of “interviewing for the role” as well as the pre, production and post production process.
    3. “Hosting a Guest Artist in the Classroom” will go over what to expect, how to empower artist when they are struggling, ways to prepare your students prior to residencies and visits and how to support artists in gaining student trust.
  3. Involve students in the event planning process as we did with our spring 2018 residency. Having students plan their portion of the event resulted in amazing things an adult wouldn’t have considered to include such as a balloon artist, 18 letter balloons spelling out, “Infinitely Possible,” DJ Cupcake (an OSN youth who played fun music during the whole event!), wings and jo-jos from a classic Portland corner store. They also designed the poster with a local design firm, Pollinate which was wacky and great!

The rubric process was communicated really clearly which we all really appreciated! It’s been a helpful process for us as a team to go through. It’s a great review of progress but there isn’t as strong of a connection and use in making programmatic improvements.

Overall we appreciated going through this process as a team and are proud of where we are in the rubric.


Onwards and upwards!

Taylor Neitzke


Director of Programs & S2S Project Lead

Open Signal



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