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NCAS Creating a Community for All Learners Application

Apply by Saturday, June 15, 2024

National Coalition for Arts Standards

Creating a Community for All Learners: Reimagining Standards-Based Arts Education for Equity & Inclusion

The member organizations of the National Coalition for Arts Standards (NCAS) are seeking educators to participate in the next phase of “Creating a Community for All Learners: Reimagining Standards-Based Arts Education for Equity & Inclusion,” a project focused on the reassessment of the National Arts Standards through the lens of culturally responsive teaching and student-centered instruction.

In Phase I of the project, a panel of expert advisors who represent diverse heritages and communities convened to review the standards for areas of needed change or revision. The group performed a rigorous gap analysis to assess the National Arts Standards for cultural sensitivity and inclusion, which also helped produce a guidance document for using the current standards or creating new arts standards.

In this next phase, a cohort of teachers and teaching artists who represent the five arts areas of dance, music, media arts, visual arts, and theatre will be chosen by NCAS member organizations from preK–12 educational programs and school districts in rural, suburban, and urban communities.

The selected educators will choose a frequently taught standards-based lesson from their own practice to revise and pilot using the newly created arts standards guidance document created by the panel of experts. The participants will be asked to:

  • Attend a 2-hour virtual training session taking place in August 2024
  • Revise a lesson plan of their choosing based on guidance for culturally responsive teaching
  • Pilot the revised lesson in their classroom during the fall 2024 semester
  • Provide NCAS with the final revised lesson plan
  • Attend a final reflection meeting

The total time commitment for participating in this phase of the project is estimated between 6 and 10 hours.

A total of seven educators, including preK–12 educators and teaching artists, will be selected by NAEA, and each selected educator will receive a $600 honorarium payment for their work.

Applications are due June 15, 2024. To apply for consideration as a visual arts or design participant, please click on this link.

Questions? Contact Laura Grundler, NAEA Director of Learning and Program Development, at lgrundler@arteducators.org.


This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts