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21st Century Skills Arts Map

21st Century Skills Map for the Arts
Released July 15 on Capitol Hill

 

The 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts was released on July 15 during a briefing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, convened by the committee chairman, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Capitol Hill. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has worked with professional education associations to create 21st  Century Skills Maps in English, Social Studies, Science, and Geography. The 21st Century Skills Maps are posted on the Partnership for 21st Century Skills website (www.p21.org). 

The briefing included representatives from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the Educational Theatre Association, the National Art Education Association, MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the National Dance Association, and the National Dance Education Organization. NAEA President, Barry Shauck, NAEA President-elect Robert Sabol, Executive Director Deborah B. Reeve, and project co-manager for NAEA, Kathi R. Levin represented NAEA at the briefing.  The six professional arts education associations collaborated to produce the 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts. 

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills maps demonstrate how the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity and innovation) can be fused within the curriculum.

All of the maps are organized around 13 skills areas, with examples of how each subject can help students build skills in these areas at 4th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade levels. The skills areas are: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Communication; Collaboration; Creativity; Innovation; Information Literacy; Media Literacy; Information, Communication, and Technology Literacy; Flexibility and Adaptability; Initiative and Self-direction; Social and Cross-cultural Skills; Productivity and Accountability; Leadership and Responsibility.

Barry Shauck represented the visual arts portion of the map along with a high school student, Leslie Moore, 17 is a rising senior at Towson High School, in Towson, Maryland.  Leslie is an honor student in Visual Arts who has been nominated for Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts.  She has been a member of The National Art Honor Society and The National Honor Society. Each artistic discipline was represented during the briefing by one of the writers, along with a student who provided remarks about how learning one of the 4Cs  through the arts has impacted their achievement.  Kathi R. Levin presented an overview of the portions of the map dealing with interdisciplinary themes as well as the supporting structures document developed to support the arts map.

Photo taken in Washington, DC at the Senate HELP Briefing for the release of the 21st Century Skills Map for the Arts.
NAEA representatives in attendance were [left to right]: Vanessa Lopez, NAEA 2010 National Convention Coordinator and visual art educator in Baltimore, Maryland; Cheri Sterman, Director, Content & Consumer Relationships, Crayola and Representative from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a member of the Partnership’s Strategic Council; Kathi R. Levin, NAEA Arts Map Project Co-Manager; Leslie Moore, NAHS student speaker, Towson High School, Towson, Maryland; Claire Grizzard, teacher, Baltimore, Maryland; Dr. F. Robert Sabol, NAEA President-elect and Arts Map Writing Team; Deborah B. Reeve, EdD., NAEA Executive Director; R. Barry Shauck, NAEA President and Arts Map Writing Team
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Each professional association identified writers, with two people writing the drafts for each discipline: dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. The entire team worked together to craft the outcomes, introduction, themes, and supporting structures portions of the document, and to review the overall document. NAEA’s writing team for the visual arts included Barry Shauck and Robert Sabol. NAEA consultant, Kathi R. Levin, co-managed the project with Michael Blakeslee, deputy director of MENC.  The collaboration was initiated during conversations between Deborah Reeve and former MENC executive director, John Mahlmann.  A draft of the document was posted through an online survey made available through the six professional associations and the Arts Education Partnership.  Over 150 comments were received and reviewed in the winter of 2010.  The final document reflects the input of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills’ own review process.

For more information about the 21st Century Skills Maps, in all subject areas, please refer to the publications section of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills website: www.p21.org (Publications are within the tools and resources section).

•    21st Century Skills Map for the Arts Press Release
•    21st Century Skills Map for the Arts
•    21st Century Skills Map for the Arts Supporting Structures
•    Testimony by Leslie Moore for Arts Map Release July 2010
 

For more information about the 21st Century Skills Maps, in all subject areas, please refer to the publications section of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills website: www.p21.org (Publications are within the tools and resources section).

21st Century Skills Arts Map Press Release
21st Century Skills Arts Map
21st Century Skills Arts Map Supporting Structures
Testimony by Leslie Moore for Arts Map Release July 2010