Following the board of trustees meeting in June, we decided that for the next thre…
This week I wanted to share an article sent to me by Jo Riley (Munich Internationa…
I have regular skypes with all of the office staff, mainly on matters of event pro…
Frantic are producing master classes at our London TaPS this month; and we are looking to forge a closer working relationship with the company. Frantic are going to be in Asia in February/March 2015 and while they have a number … Continue readingRequest for help from the ISTA community
From Chilla Tamas, American International School Budapest Hi ISTA teachers, I’m writing to ask for some help. We are revisiting our schedule, looking at the way in which Arts subjects are offered at AISB in the Middle School. We … Continue readingIstanbul PD day, 22nd October 2014
ISTA is proud to announce the first PD day of our 2014-2015 festival calendar, based at Eyuboglu High School, Istanbul, on Wednesday 22nd October. This is an amazing opportunity to work with an ISTA artist outside of the festival setting, … Continue reading
RT @stephenfinegold: At High School Festival in Istanbul with @share_ISTA Such a great festival brewing up here, looks like being a classic
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Another image from Cathy Cross' teacher group http://t.co/xaS8akIK4q
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A fabulous photo of Cathy Cross' teacher session at London 1 TaPS http://t.co/YPEYY2bGQi
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Student reflection at Hong Kong TaPS http://t.co/6pfC3fdEci
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Following the board of trustees meeting in June, we decided that for the next three years we will try not to grow too much but we will focus our time looking inwards again. The time is right, we have grown so quickly and experienced enormous success in many areas but now we feel there is a need to look inwards to ensure that what we are doing is of the highest quality. This is manifesting itself in a number of ways.
Firstly, we are embarking on a new quality assurance programme of work. This year we will be taking time by sending trustees or consultants or experienced artists into events to start to grapple with the question “What makes for a perfect event”. They are not quality assuring yet, they are simply observing and finding out by talking to artists, Reps, ADs, hosts, students and teachers what all participants feel makes for a great event. This data will be analysed and will feed into the creation of a quality assurance framework.
We have sent three ‘scouts’ to London and New York TaPS to begin this process and already the conversations and findings are fantastic. We will do the same for festivals in the spring and then by June 2015 we’ll be ready to roll out an event observer role – more on that as we get nearer the time.
In parallel with this we have created a series of new surveys, some of which you have completed already – based on research carried out by trustee Alan Hayes. We have looked very closely at what information we think we need from artists, ADs, Reps, hosts, teachers and students at festivals and TaPS. This is a pilot, so bear with us, we’ll look at what data we get in, tweak surveys for the spring and slowly get a better sense of what it is we need to ask.
First signs are very positive. As Beth and I begin to collate surveys from the Zug and Luzern festival and the first few TaPS we have already made significant improvements from previous years.
One particular survey I’m interested in is that of the students attending TaPS. For the first time we are going to ask students directly to complete a survey but are leaving that for 2-3 weeks after the event so there will have been some time for reflection before completing the survey. We’re going to ask teachers to block out 15-20 minutes in an IB class to have the students complete the form. Then (and this is the exciting bit) we’ll collate all that feedback and send it back to teachers so you have data to demonstrate the value of the trip for parents and senior admin. I hope it works!
And a lovely addition to the reflection session for students at festivals (thanks to Debbie and Sam Kidd) is our new hand, heart, head reflection. Have a look at the first data collected, again from Zug and Luzern festival, by Beth.
If anyone has questions on our new process please don’t hesitate to email me. We need to be closer in touch with what everyone thinks about the ISTA experience and have made a very promising start to realizing that goal.