6745 Communicating the Danielson Framework to Your Non-Musician Administrator


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When applied with accuracy and implemented with integrity, the Danielson Framework for Teaching aids in producing high levels of student achievement. But what does this look like in an ensemble or a music classroom? More importantly, how can you, the music educator, better communicate this to your non-musician administrator?

This course presents a better understanding of how to engage in deeper, more meaningful conversations about teaching music and student learning with your administrator. We'll review examples for all levels of performance evaluation, and demonstrate how to recognize the evidence of good music teaching using the Danielson Framework. As most administrators do not have a background in music, communication is key to having what you're doing in your ensemble classroom recognized. Through group discussion and role-play conversations, we'll review how you and your administrator can speak the same language, and both benefit from the evaluation process.

Instructors: Stacey L. Dolan, Pamela Snoeck

Stacey Larson Dolan

Stacey L. Dolan is the dean of undergraduate studies and associate director of bands at VanderCook College of Music where she teaches music education courses, conducting courses and ensembles at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to teaching at VanderCook, Dean Dolan had a successful 12-year career in both private and public education. Originally from Itasca, IL, Dean Dolan received her bachelor of music education degree from Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and her master of music education from VanderCook. She has acted as a guest conductor and clinician for over 400 bands from 15 states and several ensembles from Canada and Europe. Dean Dolan has presented workshops and/or conducted at Music Educators Association Conferences and Festivals in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Texas and Missouri, and has been published in “The Instrumentalist.”



Pamela Nabors Snoeck received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Roosevelt University.  Over the last 40 years, she has served in the roles of teacher and administrator, as well as that of instructor, clinician and adjudicator for many marching bands, drum corps, and color guards in across North America.  She has also choreographed a national television commercial.

As an educator, Pamela taught for ten years before becoming a building administrator for seventeen years.  When her district implemented the Danielson Framework model, Pamela served on the district’s implementation and oversight committee.  She also was a trainer for teachers and administrators and appeared in training videos with some of her staff. 

Pamela has recently retired from public education and is now involved in educational consulting as well as mentoring new principals.  She lives with her husband Ken in Roselle, IL.



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Course Information

6745 Communicating the Danielson Framework to Your Non-Musician Administrator
1 graduate credit
Tuition: $320, due in full with registration
Dates: November 21-22
Location: VCM - Room M116


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