Connecting our common and uncommon threads.

Curriculum Design:

Guiding individuals and organizations to develop learning opportunities, lesson plans, and best practices that are student-centered and include purposes, content, knowledge, skills, activities, and structure in order to achieve educational aims and standardized goals.

Curriculum Design example:

St. Louis Art Museum
Mary Lloyd partnered with educators from the St. Louis Art Museum to design written curriculum for their permanent collection Ancient Egypt. A self-guided tour of selected artifacts was created to assist museum visitors. The tour showcased brief descriptions of the diverse works of art, as well as recommended educational themes that could be further discussed and integrated into related subject areas including Animals, Gods/Goddesses, Burial Customs, and Media. In addition to the written materials, Mary assisted museum educators to increase programming by hosting a Teacher Event and Family Day to meet the needs of visiting school groups, families, professional educators, and individuals.

“Mary developed a concise and fascinating introduction to ancient Egypt through objects in our galleries, identifying salient characteristics and relevant questions about each. Mary showed really admirable initiative, energy, follow-through, and competence in everything she did for us.” – Beau Vallance, Ph.D., Director of Education, SLAM

Mary has provided similar curriculum services to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and First Place School and the Children’s Museum in Seattle, WA.

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Program Development:

Helping organizations and institutions create new or strengthen existing public programs, classes, exhibitions, workshops, residencies, curricula, initiatives, and educational projects.

Program Development example:

Staged Reading
Mary Lloyd teamed with educators from four Seattle theaters (Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Shakespeare Company), to develop Staged Reading, a program designed to infuse theater education and concepts of literacy into classroom instruction. With Mary’s educational expertise and instructional direction, she designed curriculum to teach theater educators about the theories and practices informing balanced literacy. Each theater conducted a two-week residency in Seattle public middle school language arts classes to introduce dramatic approaches and productions as they relate to standardized literacy curriculum. In one example, Seattle Rep taught eighth-graders at Washington Middle School about the history and literary structure of fairy tales. Adaptation and character analysis of classic fairy tales via improvisation and playwriting resulted in students performing their original tales for their classmates. Students also attended Seattle Rep’s live stage production of The Secret in the Wings.

“Mary was able to translate highly complex ‘educational speak’ into language and metaphors that really resonated for my staff of teaching artists. She was able to point out techniques we were already using in our practice that would increase the impact on student learning, particularly around working with struggling readers and writers.” – Andrea Allen, Director of Education, Seattle Rep

Mary has developed similar programs for the Cascade Land Conservancy and Treehouse in Seattle, WA, and for the Anne Frank Project in Prineville, OR.

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Assessment and Evaluation:

Creating comprehensive assessment strategies to measure program-related content, structure, and outcomes. Customizing evaluation methods through research and needs assessments; reviewing curriculum and program goals; developing logic models, rubrics, and surveys; conducting observations, interviews, and focus groups; compiling and analyzing data; and, documenting outcomes for managers, board of directors, funders and donors, and external constituents.

Assessment and Evaluation example:

Washington State Arts Commission
Mary Lloyd was retained by the Washington State Arts Commission to evaluate written materials and programmatic procedures for the organization’s Teaching Artist Roster application and selection process. The project strives to improve the quality of arts education by training local educators and teaching artists to create art lessons aligned with state-wide standards, to integrate the arts into other subject areas, and to assess student performance in the arts. Mary used qualitative research methods to provide a comprehensive evaluation – formal observation, interview, logic model and matrix, and survey questions. Upon the review and analysis of program documents and related materials, Mary Lloyd was able to recommend constructive, tangible ways to increase the efficacy of both the process and program.

“Mary’s evaluation work during the first cycle of applications was extremely beneficial for us: with her strong background in arts, education, and assessment, she was able to offer the critical input we needed to improve our application and evaluation process and our written materials.  I found Mary to be very knowledgeable, professional, and collaborative.” – Lisa Jaret, Program Manager Arts in Education, WSAC

Mary has conducted similar services for the Alliance for Education, ArtsEd Washginton, and Rainier Valley Youth Theatre in Seattle, WA.

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Art and Design by Aderyn J. Wood