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Fine Arts Curriculum and Teacher Resources

TN Arts Education Standards and RCS Arts Curriculum Guides
Tennessee Fine Arts Academic Standards
RCS Elementary Fine Arts Curriculum Guides
RCS Middle School Fine Arts Curriculum Guides
RCS High School Fine Arts Curriculum Guides
Lesson Plan Template*:
*Use only if your school does not have a specific lesson plan template already in use - discuss this with your instructional coaches and/or admin
Fine Arts Resource Library
Teachers can check out these materials by e-mailing Lindsay Halford at
Fine Arts Virtual Resources
Arts educators in RCS have access to the following resources. Teachers can email Lindsay Halford with questions or concerns about accessing these resources. 
Art of Education (Visual Art Teachers):
Drama Teacher Academy (Middle and High School Theatre Teachers): 
Quaver (Elementary Music Teachers): 
SmartMusic (Instrumental Music Teachers): 
Professional Development Information
All RCS teachers must complete 6 hours of professional development outside of contracted work hours for the 2021-2022 school year. 
Many opportunities will be offered within the district - check Performance Matters for opportunities. 
To obtain credit for a Professional Development session that occurs outside of RCS: 
1. Complete an alternative PD request in Performance Matters prior to the PD session.
  • Log in to Performance Matters - Click "Alternative PD Request" on the menu at the top of the page - Click on "My Requests" from the menu on the left of the screen - Click on the blue "New Request" button at the right of the screen - Complete request and submit.
  • You will receive an e-mail when your request has been processed.
  • If your PD is approved, make sure to collect some type of proof of attendance - a certificate, name badge, etc. You can either upload the proof of attendance into your original Performance Matters request, or send it to the PD Center c/o Amy Berryhill. 
Forms You May Need: