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  • August 25, 2016

    external resource from Education Commission of the States , ESSA’s Well-Rounded Education

    Throughout ESSA, states are encouraged to emphasize the need for every child to receive a “well-rounded education” when providing support to districts and schools. This paper from the Education Commission of the States provides a brief overview of what is included in a well-rounded education and the opportunities that ESSA opens for states and districts to provide such an education to their students.

    Education Commission of the States
  • NEA

    August 24, 2016

    external resource from National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Nominated for an Emmy Award
    NEA

    NEA embarked on a storytelling project to showcase the variety and vitality of the arts in our nation. Starting as a crowdsourcing call to “Tell Us Your Story” of how the arts impact people’s lives, United States of Arts is the collection of more than 60 three-minute episodes highlighting the stories of arts and culture; one from every U.S. state, territory and region, reflecting a diverse array of cultures, people, places and ideas.

    National Endowment for the Arts
  • SCAD

    August 22, 2016

    external resource from ED.gov, A Celebration of Professional Careers in the Arts With Savanah College of Art and Design
    SCAD

    On July, 21, 2016, the Department of Education’s (ED) newest student art exhibit — featuring works crafted by both B.F.A. and M.F.A. students in painting, photography, printmaking and illustration from Georgia-based Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) — was unveiled as opening ceremonies took place at ED’s headquarters.

    ED.gov
  • steam

    August 12, 2016

    external resource from Education Week, Arts for Everyone
    steam

    Before there were teachers or students, humans made music and danced. Before there were schools, humans painted and sculpted. There‘s something fundamental about human existence that calls us to create, and to be audience to the creativity of others. It's unfortunate that we’ve marginalized the arts in many contemporary American schools.

    Education Week
  • ESSA

    August 12, 2016

    external resource from Education Week, States Working to Engage Public as They Craft ESSA Plans
    ESSA

    In their efforts to write comprehensive, feasible—and politically saleable—plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, state education agencies across the country are assembling massive task forces, stacked with parents, educators, scholars, and politicians.

    Education Week
  • ESSA

    August 12, 2016

    external resource from Education Week, NCLB Waivers Carry Lessons for Shift to ESSA, Says Congressional Watchdog
    ESSA

    The Every Student Succeeds Act cedes a lot of control over accountability systems to states. But under No Child Left Behind waivers, some states didn‘t do such a hot job of monitoring districts' progress on things like school improvement and implementation of college- and career-ready standards, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm.

    Education Week
  • ED.gov

    July 22, 2016

    external resource from U.S. Department of Education, Supporting Humanities and Arts Education
    ED.gov

    Last week, in response to demand, the agency issued a Dear Colleague Letter to similarly support humanities-based educational strategies in the 2016-17 school year. For this guidance, the agency broadly defines the humanities to include social studies (including history, civics, government, economics, and geography), literature, art, music, and philosophy, as well as other non-STEM subjects that are not generally covered by an English/language arts curriculum.

    U.S. Department of Education
  • ED.gov

    July 21, 2016

    external resource from U.S. Department of Education, Monthly ESSA Update - July 2016
    ED.gov

    Over the past month, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has released materials to help support states and school districts transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    U.S. Department of Education
  • Capitol

    July 1, 2016

    external resource from Education Week, 7 states to try out new assessments with ESSA
    Capitol

    A pilot program under the Every Student Succeeds Act could overhaul how states assess student achievement. The law allows for seven states to replace state exams with local tests in order to experiment with new ways of measuring how students learn.

    Education Week