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  • ESSA

    October 12, 2016

    external resource from District Administration, Common Core Isn’t Going Anywhere

    ESSA requires state standards align with college and career readiness—but they don’t have to be Common Core. Half of the general population approves of the standards—that’s down from 83 percent just three years ago. Support among teachers has fallen to only 44 percent, according to the latest Education Next survey.

    District Administration
  • AAD 2017

    October 6, 2016

    external resource from Americans for the Arts, Save the Date! 2017 Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit, March 20–21, 2017 | Washington, DC
    AAD 2017

    The 30th Annual Arts Advocacy Day will take place next spring on March 20–21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Arts Advocacy Day is the largest conference of its kind and is the time to make your voice heard on Capitol Hill. Registration will launch in December.

    Americans for the Arts
  • ED

    October 6, 2016

    external resource from Department of Education, ED Offers ESSA Guidance

    Formal regulations for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provisions such as accountability and assessment are currently in development. But in the meantime, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is also issuing nonbinding guidance on many other aspects of the new law that are intended to help states, schools, and districts navigate the required changes in education policy and practice. See below for highlights from the newest ESSA guidance on “evidence-based” school improvement, Title II, and English language learners (ELLs).

    Department of Education
  • ECS

    October 6, 2016

    external resource from Education Commission of the States, ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts

    The passing of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with increased flexibility to include the arts as a component of a well-rounded education. This new special report from the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a center within Education Commission of the States, ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts, highlights the ways that states can engage the arts in the ongoing implementation of ESSA.

    Education Commission of the States
  • AEP

    October 5, 2016

    external resource from Arts Education Partnership, New ESSA Report Releasing Tomorrow at the AEP National Forum

    In conjunction with the 2016 Arts Education Partnership (AEP) National Forum, AEP is releasing its newest publication, ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts, tomorrow, Oct. 6, 2016. Developed as a companion piece to the previously released Education Commission of the States' report ESSA: Quick guides on top issues, this new resource explores opportunities for the arts in some of ESSA’s most pressing educational priorities: Title I, accountability, assessments and state plans.

    Arts Education Partnership
  • NAHM

    September 30, 2016

    external resource from White House, White House Proclamation on the Arts | National Arts and Humanities Month

    Throughout history, the arts and humanities have been at the forefront of progress. In diverse mediums and methods -- whether through the themes of a novel, the movement of a dancer, or a monologue on a stage -- the arts enrich our souls, inspire us to chase our dreams, and challenge us to see things through a different lens. During National Arts and Humanities Month, we celebrate the important role the arts and humanities have played in shaping the American narrative.

    White House
  • 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