Have your voice heard in your backyard and on Capitol Hill. As professional art educators, we know and understand the essential value that visual arts education holds for learners. But what about others—school leaders, parents, elected representatives, school Board members, local media? What are the critical legislative issues affecting art education? It’s time we bring our knowledge and our voice to art education advocacy to ensure equity and access for all students!
August 16, 2017external resource from Education Week, ESSA Feedback Total Includes 16 States, D.C.
The US Department of Education has asked officials in Colorado to rework some parts of the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan. So far, 16 states and Washington, D.C., have received feedback on their plans.Education Week
August 16, 2017external resource from Education Commission of the States, Sowing the Seeds of Social Change: Arts education as a source of hope, healing and agency
Educational and social policymakers are increasingly focused on social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practice. Why? Because studies affirm the powerful positive impact of this work and, beyond that, reveal the deep need for it to counter negative cycles rooted in hopelessness. Anti-social and problematic behaviors in youth have been conclusively traced to damage done by institutional racism, toxic environments and structural violence, which leave whole communities traumatized and hopeless.Education Commission of the States
August 1, 2017external resource from The New York Times, Where All the School’s a Stage, and the List of Success Stories Is Long
In high schools of the performing and visual arts, race, sexual identity and ZIP code are beside the point. But not academics.The New York Times
July 27, 2017external resource from Arts Education Partnership, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plans, Feedback and Resources
As states continue to define and map their education goals in their individual ESSA plans, states allow for specific timeframes for stakeholder feedback on these plans, many of which have public comment periods open this summer. Be sure to check your state’s department of education website to find out where your state’s ESSA plan is in the process and take the opportunity to provide input.Arts Education Partnership
July 18, 2017external resource from CQ Press, Funding the Arts-Should Government Support Artistic and Cultural Expression?
The Trump administration wants to end federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other cultural agencies. While those agencies receive only a fraction of the federal budget, the administration says other needs are more pressing and that government arts spending represents a wealth transfer from poorer to richer citizens.CQ Press
July 5, 2017external resource from Education Week, Education Dept. Delays ESSA Reporting by a Year
States and school districts will receive an additional year to comply with a provision under the Every Student Succeeds Act that requires them to report per-pupil spending on school report cards, the US Department of Education has announced. The provision was supposed to take effect in the 2017-18 school year.Education Week
July 5, 2017external resource from Arts Education Partnership, Success Stories Initiative Showcases AEP Partner Organizations’ Work
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Success Stories initiative supporting the efforts of its partner organizations in advancing arts education as a critical component of a complete education. This new initiative builds on AEP’s strong history of connecting the field to research, policy and practice and is grounded in The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education’s four priority areas.Arts Education Partnership
June 19, 2017external resource from Education Week, 17 States Plan ESSA Training
Teachers and administrators in 17 states will have access to summer training about implementation of states' Every Student Succeeds Act plans. Officials in Louisiana are enlisting the help of 6,500 teacher leaders to help with the training.Education Week