Del Valle ISD educators continuously work on updating their teaching and engagement with students. This summer, a team of DVISD fine arts educators took those tools statewide at the Center for Educator Development’s Fine Arts Virtual Summit. The Summit was a virtual professional development retreat for thousands of fine arts educators across the state.

The DVISD team’s session examined community engagement, instruction, and assessment strategies using the technology tool Flipgrid. Participating teachers felt that the session provided them with information on using the technology and demonstrated the importance of community engagement and relevance. “I can see how this would be an awesome way to teach a lesson that would require modeling or demonstrating a skill in the visual arts classroom,” said one participant.

The session earned some of the highest ratings of positive feedback from the event, with another participant saying, “Del Valle FA has done a great deal of work to develop communication with not only students but with the community. I love the interaction that Flipgrid offers. Thank you for sharing so many ideas.”

The session was led by Angie Rodgers (Del Valle Elementary Art), Jediah Gonzalez (Popham Elementary Music), Sonia Kinra (Hornsby-Dunlap Elementary Music), Casey Thompson (Del Valle High School Band), Sandi Castro (DVISD Instructional Technology), and Morganne Davies (District Fine Arts Coordinator).

“We are proud that we were able to share the wonderful work happening in Del Valle ISD with educators across the state,” said Morganne Davies, Fine Arts Coordinator.

Grid of teachers giving professional development on an internet meeting platformImages with each teacher who presented at virtual conference