Proficiency Based Learning: An Advocacy Story 

Rob Westerberg, York High School Music


Workshop Details 

This session will present strategies for continued implementation of PBL in your own classroom, and highlight the powerful corollary advocacy points that go along with each. If our advocacy efforts have been so useful for the past 20 years, why are we still so much in need of more? Come find out how our most recent PBL work has the potential to finally push arts education to the forefront of our school's academic agenda while providing the richest, most relevant curriculum possible for our students. Grades PK-12 All Educators 


Presenter Bio

Rob is the choral director at York High School and a founding member of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. He has worked extensively with arts educators and school districts across the northeast developing customized assessment strategies and proficiency based models of instruction. 


link to overview video


Outline & linked resources


1. Who is Cliff Young?

   a. Why was he successful?

   b. What are takeaways for us?


2. Advocacy History

   a. music is important     

   b. Mozart effect to peripheral reasons     

   c. where are we now?


3. What’s the difference between co curricular and academic?

    what my kids said... honors choir students


4. Which are we?


5. Research around assessment     

   a. Katrina Faulstich's Measurement and Evaluation paper

   b. Boston Arts Academy


6. The Interconnected Circles


7. Looking at standards     

   a. I can statements art/dance/drama/music

   b. standards/indicators for INDIVIDUALS     

   c. program = academic


8. Stories


Session #1 opening survey


Session #2 opening survey


Summer institute 2015 resources


pdf of the session keynote presentation