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Each year, teachers attend two interdisciplinary team meetings and two full days of advanced training in course content led by expert teachers, visiting artists, museum staff, and university faculty. In addition, ongoing support and assistance is provided by Master Teacher, Douglas Darracott and Assistant Arts Director Lauren LaRocca.

Art history teacher training objectives:

  • Deliver ongoing quality training that is content-based and specifically designed for AP success
  • Develop an atmosphere of collaboration among the teachers including the sharing of ideas and materials through guest lectures and cultural experiences.
  • Compare interdisciplinary curricula to find opportunities for blending lessons and classes that would include combining historical context with art historical images for analysis.
  • Introduce team members to opportunities for enrichment at our local museums and galleries.

Year 2: 2011-2012 

Strategy Training, Meadows Museum, Fall 2011

The fall strategy trainings will be facilitated by Doug Darracott, AP Art History Master Teacher, and Scott Winterrowd, Assistant Curator of Education at the Meadows Museum.  The focus for the training will be cross-cultural thematic connections, utilizing two exhibitions, Ribera in a New Context and Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan.

Teacher Training, Winspear Opera House, Sept 17, 2011 (See Agenda) (See Photo Album)

The first teacher training for the 2011-2012 school year was held at the Winspear Opera House in the downtown Dallas Arts District on September 17, 2011.  We were pleased to welcome back guest workshop leader Marsha Russell, AP Art History and Humanities teacher at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Austin, TX.  Both an AP Art History examination Table Leader and College Board consultant, Marsha has been named Tracor Teacher-Scholar and received grants from The Texas Council on the Humanities and the Austin Area Junior League to integrate art history into the world history curriculum. Marsha teamed up with Doug Darracott, our AP Art History Master Teacher, for this training. The focus for this training was on effective teaching strategies including those for student engagement, essay writing, and thinking critically about art. 


Year 1: 2010-2011

Teacher Training, Dallas Museum of Art, December 3, 2010 (See Agenda) (See Photo Album)

The second teacher training was held at the Dallas Museum of Art on December 3, 2010. We were pleased to welcome back guest workshop leader, Dr. Michael Bieze, Fine Arts Department Chair and AP Art History teacher at Marist School in Atlanta, GA, to our training.  During his 20 years as a consultant for the College Board in art history, he has been a table leader, question leader, member of the exam development committee, author of several articles, leader of numerous summer institutes for teachers, and presenter at national events such as NAEA, CAA, and the College Board National Conference.  Dr. Bieze teamed up with Doug Darracott, our AP Art History Master Teacher, for this training.  The focus for this training was on the  exhibition The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy.


Teacher Training, Dallas Museum of Art, August 19, 2010 (See Agenda)

Our first teacher training for grant participants was led by AP Art History Master Teacher Douglas Darracott and was held at the Dallas Museum of Art on August 19, 2010.  


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