6776 Proficiency vs. Excellence: PERA Assessment in Music Education

The Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) requires all Illinois school districts to use new teacher evaluation systems that incorporate student growth measures. This course demystifies the process and presents multiple strategies for assessing student growth, including all aspects of the Danielson model for evaluation. In addition, the differences between proficient and excellent ratings in all four domains using language specific to music education are thoroughly examined. Students will also learn to develop PERA-compliant assessments and how to use the resulting data to develop visual representations of student progress.


Charles "Chip" Staley


Staley,_Charles_headshot_2013Charles "Chip" Staley began his teaching career at Eisenhower H. S. in Blue Island, Illinois. Staley recently retired from public school teaching after 30 years in District 204 in Naperville, where he served as the Fine Arts Chair first at Waubonsie Valley and then at Neuqua Valley High School. Over his career, Staley taught Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Musical Theater Orchestra. Under his guidance, the Neuqua Valley Fine Arts Department was awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award. Neuqua Valley has been honored by the GRAMMY®Foundation seven times with GRAMMY®Gold status, and was twice recognized as the GRAMMY®National Signature School.

Staley’s bands and orchestras have performed at the Midwest Clinic, Chicago’s Symphony Center, University of Illinois’s Krannert Hall and at concert venues in China, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Staley is the recipient of the John Paynter Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mary Hoffman Excellence in Teaching Award, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Music Inspiration Award, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Flag of Honor. Staley is a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association Assessment Committee and is an advisor for the Illinois State Board of Education. Staley is a National Board certified teacher holding degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois.


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6776 Proficiency vs. Excellence: PERA Assessment in Music Education

Instructor: Charles "Chip" Staley

Educators will participate in a pre and post online session before and after the Ocobter 15 class.

Date: October 15
1 graduate credit
Location: Quinlan & Fabish, 291 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, IL

*Educators will participate in a pre and post online session before and after the October 15 class.

Tuition: $330
Tuition balance is due in full at registration.

Saturday:8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hybrid:In the week(s) prior to the on-campus meeting, you will be added to a special course section in our online learning management system, Schoology ( Instructors will post materials for you to review, and you'll have the opportunity to connect with your classmates before and after the scheduled on-campus portion(s) at VanderCook. On-campus portions are generally held at VanderCook from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the scheduled day, unless specified otherwise.


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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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