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!
December 7, 2017external resource from Americans for the Arts, Registration Is Now Open! The National Arts Action Summit: Arts Advocacy Day and Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy | March 12-13
Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 700 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.Americans for the Arts
December 5, 2017Arts Sector Harmed in Tax Bills
Early Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed a tax reform bill along an almost exclusively party-line vote of 51-49 with all Republicans voting yes, except for Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who opposed it for the $1.5 trillion in debt that would be created.
December 13, 2017external resource from The Hechinger Report, Looking to ESSA to Boost Whole-Child Education
The focus on the whole child under the Every Student Succeeds Act provides an opportunity to combine academic rigor and developmentally appropriate practices, asserts Vincent Costanza, superintendent-in-residence at Teaching Strategies. In this commentary, he describes what the approach could look like for young learners.The Hechinger Report
December 13, 2017external resource from Artsy, Art Feeds Is Teaching Children to Express Their Emotions through Artmaking
As a shy kid growing up in Joplin, Missouri, Meg Bourne turned to artmaking at a young age, a passion that carried through into her teenage years. “I was introverted and struggled with severe social anxiety,” she tells me. “Being shy, creativity was a very big part of my life. When you’re a kid, you can’t really identify what anxiety is—you can just feel it. Drawing and painting were how I managed that.”Artsy
December 13, 2017external resource from AEP, Save the Date! Registration for the 2018 AEP State Policy Symposium Opens in January
AEP looks forward to convening leaders from across the arts and education sectors to discuss key policy topics impacting the arts in education. In addition to timely plenary sessions addressing the Every Student Succeeds Act, in-depth workshops — focused on the priority areas of AEP’s 2020 Action Agenda — will provide attendees with applicable tools and strategies for increasing access to the arts in education for all students. Stay tuned for registration information and details about this event!AEP
November 3, 2017external resource from eSchool News, 6 Paths to Innovation Under ESSA Innovation School
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a marked departure from its much-maligned predecessor, No Child Left Behind, and it puts much more power in states' hands. Now, a new guide is helping ensure states harness that power to prioritize innovation. Part of the challenge in sustaining innovation lies…eSchool News
November 3, 2017external resource from PTA, Enroll Your School in the 2017-18 National PTA Reflections Program: Within Reach
This national competition recognizes and supports student creativity and success both in and out of the classroom. More information about hosting a PTA Reflections event, including registration and program materials, is available on the National PTA’s website. Each year, AEP selects a student artist recognized by the PTA Reflections Program as the recipient of the Young Artist Award, and features their artwork on the cover of the AEP Annual Convening program booklet.PTA
November 3, 2017external resource from Artsy, What Is Art Therapy? And How Is It Helping People?
On Wednesday morning, Second Lady Karen Pence held a press conference at Florida State University to outline how and why she will promote art therapy in the United States during her time in the White House. Her platform, officially known as Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART, aims to help Americans understand and access the benefits of art therapy and to stimulate interest among young people to pursue careers in the field.Artsy
November 3, 2017external resource from ECS, Assessments 101: A Policymaker’s Guide to K-12 Assessments
This brief supports state leaders’ understanding of assessments by first classifying and categorizing assessments, and then providing an overview of common terms used when choosing and utilizing assessments.ECS
November 3, 2017external resource from Enid News, Oklahoma’s State Policy Pilot Program Explores Role of Arts Education in Student Success
Participants at the Oklahoma Arts Conference discussed research findings concerning the impact of arts education on student achievement and future success. Oklahoma is one of 10 states chosen to participate in Americans for the Arts’ SP3 Program, and these findings will be used to help inform next steps for strengthening arts education in the state.Enid News
November 3, 2017external resource from Arts Blog, A New School Year Means New Opportunities for Arts Education in Schools and Communities
As the new school year has officially begun across the country, I feel a renewed sense of possibility for the role the arts can play in learning, in all subjects, in the year ahead. Even greater, I feel a new sense of opportunity for the role the arts can play in cultivating new awareness and understandings for students of all ages, across our communities.Arts Blog