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March 23, 2017Federal Support for the Arts and Art Education
President Trump’s “skinny budget” was released for FY2018, and this proposed budget shows an elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Corporation for National and Community Services (Americorps), among other federal agencies.
February 22, 2017external resource from Education Week, 14 States Have New(ish) Arts Standards
In 2014, arts education groups released the National Core Arts Standards, a set of K-12 standards for visual art, music, dance, theater, and media arts. Since then, 14 states and the DoDEA have adopted new arts standards, according to a short report from the National Coalition for the Core Arts Standards.Education Week
January 11, 2017external resource from PBS, Federal Program Uses the Arts for Reform
Schools can use the arts as a reform strategy, says Kathy Fletcher, national director of Turnaround Arts, a program created by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The program has grown from eight schools to 68 and will add 20 more next fall.PBS
March 27, 2017external resource from Scientific American, STEM Education Is Vital--but Not at the Expense of the Humanities
Promoting science and technology education to the exclusion of the humanities may seem like a good idea, but it is deeply misguided. Scientific American has always been an ardent supporter of teaching STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But studying the interaction of genes or engaging in a graduate-level project to develop software for self-driving cars should not edge out majoring in the classics or art history.Scientific American
March 24, 2017external resource from U.S. Department of Education, ESSA UPDATE
Also last week, the Secretary provided clarity on implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), issuing an updated template for consolidated state plans. “The updated template will ensure states are able to better serve students with the freedom and flexibility they deserve -- and which Congress requires,” the Secretary noted in a statement. “My philosophy is simple: I trust parents, I trust teachers, and I trust local school leaders to do what’s right for the children they serve.U.S. Department of Education
March 22, 2017external resource from The Seattle Times, Educators Say ESSA Law Must Provide Necessary Investments For Success
Kim L. Defibaugh, the president of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in Williamsburg, Va., said that the newest incarnation of federal legislation guiding K-12 education maintains the basic components of state plans and district report cards as accountability measures. “A major change from the previous legislation is that it removes responsibility for outlining and monitoring implementation of the law from the U.S. Department of Education and returns it to the states,” Defibaugh said. Defibaugh added that another encouraging key point in the language of the law, is the section that describes the “well-rounded education” provision, Section 8002.The Seattle Times
March 22, 2017external resource from Education Week, Arts Standards Quietly Take Hold in 14 States
As of early this year, 14 states and the Department of Defense Education Activity had either adopted the National Core Arts Standards in their entirety or written new ones based on them. Several more states are expected to follow suit in the coming months. The National Core Arts Standards mark a significant development in arts education: They include, for the first time, a fifth artistic discipline, media arts, as well as guidelines for individual grades instead of broader “grade bands.” They are more accessible online than previous standards, and come paired with model assessments to guide teachers.Education Week
March 20, 2017NAEP Arts Assessment Results to be Released on April 25
NAEA is among the national arts education associations working with NAGB to help with the launch and creating a toolkit to help with sharing the findings.
March 20, 2017external resource from PBS, CRAFT IN AMERICA: NATURE Premieres on PBS Friday, April 21, 2017, Earth Day Weekend
NATURE: Artists explore the beauty and wonder of the natural world Featuring sculptor Patrick Dougherty, book artist Catherine Alice Michaelis, fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess, glass artist Preston Singletary, and woodcarver Michelle HolzapfelPBS
March 16, 2017Teach to Lead Innovation through Teacher Leadership Summit
Teach to Lead will host the 12th Teacher Leadership Summit in Columbus, OH on May 5-7, 2017. This Innovation through Teacher Leadership Summit is open to applications, deadline Thursday, March 30, 2017.
March 16, 2017external resource from Education Commission of the States, 2017 ArtScan at a Glance: Connecting the States and Arts Education Policy
This resource summarizes state policies for arts education identified in statute or administrative code for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.Education Commission of the States