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  • ED

    September 23, 2016

    external resource from Department of Education, ESSA Update - September 23, 2016

    At the end of the tour, the Department released non-regulatory guidance, “Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments,” to help stakeholders make more effective education investments by leveraging relevant, rigorous evidence to improve outcomes for students under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The first part of the document describes steps for using evidence as part of a larger decision-making process, which also includes identifying local needs, engaging stakeholders, and continuous improvement.  The second part of the document provides clear guidance on the definition of “evidence-based” in ESSA, including recommendations on how to identify the level of evidence for various interventions. 

    Department of Education
  • September 20, 2016

    Advancing the Arts to Support National Policy Priorities

    Advancing the Arts to Support National Policy Priorities

  • choices

    September 19, 2016

    external resource from Learning First Alliance, Will ESSA Follow the Bumpy Road of Common Core? Or Will It Blaze a New Path?

    If all goes well, about this time next year the new ESSA roll out in your state will be beginning. It will reflect your local input to your state’s plan and process. Your staff will be on board as they are fully aware of the new approach and have been given ample time to prepare for implementation. And your students and their families know just what to expect and what is expected of them.

    Learning First Alliance
  • NAHM

    September 16, 2016

    external resource from Americans for the Arts, National Arts & Humanities Month

    October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America.

    Americans for the Arts
  • September 13, 2016

    external resource from The Huffington Post, The Future of Arts Education is a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy at the Podium

    Today when I think about back-to-school time, I worry. Will the teachers be prepared to reach every student—and reach them in the poorer corners of cities as well as rural areas? Are the schools welcoming and enticing to students and parents? Will creativity be a daily activity in the lives of our country’s next generation of thinkers, leaders, and artists?

    The Huffington Post
  • September 1, 2016

    What Are the Visual Arts?

    NAEA Official Definition

  • 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 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

    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.