Visual and Performing Arts Teacher Leader Search (4/30/13)
You’re invited to apply for a regional teacher leader position with the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). The teachers selected will serve during the third phase of the MAAI, 2013 – 2014 school year.
The application is due Monday, May 13. The application includes the components of phase III.
Download the application: PDF | RTF | Word
If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, visual and performing arts specialist, Maine Department of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Standards for Arts Education Narrative Framework Released (1/16/13)
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has released a narrative framework document that details the rationale, goals and strategy of the new National Standards for Arts Education that are currently being written by five arts discipline teams. The National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learningwill be formally released as part of a streaming video presentation during the January 18-20 meeting of the coalition’s leadership and writing teams at the New York City headquarters of The College Board.
The broadcast presentation is scheduled for Friday, January 18, at 4 p.m. EST, via the NCCAS wiki at http://nccas.wikispaces.com. Questions and comments will be fielded through a companion live blog. Arts education specialists, teachers, administrators, teaching artists, parents and community members are encouraged to attend. Viewers should plan to sign into the stream 15 minutes prior to start time for live attendance; archival video and blog copies will be posted on the site 24 hours after the event closes.
Maine is ME Student Art Challenge (9/6/12)
First Lady Ann LePage announces the Maine is ME Student Art Challenge, in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The First Lady invites students in grades K-8 to submit an original work of art depicting what living in Maine means to you.
Selected artwork will be featured in the First Lady’s upcoming new family friendly Love.Read.Learn!™ Baby Journal. The journal is to promote literacy and health to families of newborn babies in Maine and will be provided at no cost to parents of newborns in 2012-2013.
Prompt: Create a 2-dimensional original artwork that represents what living in Maine means to you. The artwork may be inspired by a wide range of images from favorite places, outdoor activities, foods and state symbols to families having fun together.
- Students should consider the use of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
- Student artwork should be two-dimensional, measure 9” X 12” and may be created using any medium including pencil, crayon, graphic, pastel, watercolor, oils, etc.
Entries must be postmarked by October 30, 2012 and the artists are expected to be notified during the week of November 12, 2012. Please send entries to: The Blaine House – Maine is ME Art Challenge, c/o Paula Benoit, 192 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330.
All selected artists must be a Maine student (grades K-8), during the 2012-2013 school year, and be a legal resident of Maine at the time of his/her application. Students must return the student-parents forms with their artwork.
Student-Parent Form (PDF)
Complete details about the Maine is ME Art Challenge, guidelines and parent consent forms are also available online at: www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/family/first_lady.shtml as well as www.BarbaraBushFoundation.com.
Maine Arts Education Assessment Initiative Phase 2 Teacher Leaders Selected! (5/16/12)
Eighteen arts educators have been announced to lead the efforts as the initiative continues. After a summer training institute in Assessment, Leadership, and Technology they will provide regional workshops and mega-regional workshops to share how they have applied their learning to the classroom.
To read about the new teacher leaders please go to the blog post at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/arts-assessment-teacher-leaders-phase-2/.
Teacher Leaders wanted for Phase II (3/5/12)
We are well into Phase I of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative and from all reports it has been a very worthwhile first phase. In Phase I we identified and trained 18 teacher leaders in assessment, technology, and leadership at a 4-day institute. They created workshops that they facilitated at the statewide arts education conference and workshops throughout the state for nearly 500 arts educators (to date).
You're Invited to apply to be a Teacher Leader for Phase II of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.
Download the application: PDF | MS Word
If you have any questions please free to email me at email@example.com. The applications are due no later than April 6th.
Feedback from the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (3/4/12)
The Leadership Team of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) has put together a survey monkey! You are cordially invited to provide feedback that will be used for two different purposes:
- On April 4th Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring will be facilitating the 6th arts assessment webinar called What We Have Learned from the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative? During the webinar they will share the feedback from the workshops, conference, and earlier webinars along with the information you supply on the survey monkey.
- The 18 Arts Teacher Leaders have helped contribute ideas to what Phase II of the MAAI will look like. Now it is time for you to provide your ideas to help us plan. We will look at lessons learned by reading your comments and suggestions.
The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maai1 and will be available until Monday, March 19th at 6:00PM to complete the survey. If you know of others who you think should contribute please pass the above link to them.
Update on National Standards (1/20/12)
Four State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) members have been nominated by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards to serve with the writing teams that will produce the next generation of arts standards. SEADAE member Dale Schmid of the New Jersey Department of Education will serve on the Dance writing team. SEADAE member Dr. Richard Baker of the Louisiana State Department of Education will serve on the Music writing team. SEADAE member Jack Mitchell of the California Department of Education will serve on the Theatre writing team and SEADAE member Joyce Huser of Kansas will serve on the Visual Arts writing team.
The National Coalition of Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) announced the selection of writing teams and chairs for the next generation of arts standards project on Friday December 16th. NCCAS is a coalition of eight national organizations committed to developing new voluntary arts education standards that will build on the foundations created by the 1994 National Arts Standards and, more recently, the 2005 Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts, to help guide curriculum designers, teacher training programs, funders, and federal and state policy makers in their arts education decision-making.
NCCAS announced that they received more than 360 applications from throughout the country to serve on one of the four writing teams of dance, music, theatre and visual arts. The coalition’s professional arts education organizations chose the team writers based on breadth of experience and skills in teaching, standards and curriculum writing, assessment and leadership, and practical knowledge in their area of expertise.
Lynn Tuttle, President of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE), called the selection of writers for the project “a major leap forward in our efforts to move ahead and actually begin working in earnest.” Tuttle and other SEADAE colleagues have been a guiding force in the effort to re-envision arts standards that will embrace 21st-century technology to help classroom educators better implement and assess standards-based arts instruction. “We know that this will be a complex and challenging project,” said Tuttle. “But we also know how important it is for arts teachers to articulate the skills and knowledge that ought to be available to every student in this country. If we want students to learn, we need to give our educators a framework that will help them create and teach their curricula. I think we have the team that can get this done.”
NCCAS Leadership and the chairs will meet in Reston, Virginia January 23-24 to finalize work on a learning framework that will guide the writers, and to discuss the project’s timeline and plans to include media arts as a discrete fifth arts discipline in the next generation standards. The meeting will include a streaming public Q&A period on January 24. Links to the interactive blog and available video streams will be posted the day of the event on the NCCAS website at http://nccas.wikispaces.com/Framing+Meeting+-+Reston%2C+VA+-+Jan+2012.
Update on National Standards (10/18/11)
During the recent months I have received many questions, emails, and phone calls from arts educators and others wondering about where their local work fits with the "Common Core State Standards" (CCSS) and what is happening with the national work in arts education. Hopefully the following will answer questions and provide you with information to help guide your work at the local level.
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) coalition is a newly formed partnership of organizations and states who will lead the revision of the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education. The NCCAS plans to complete its work and release new, national voluntary arts education standards by December, 2012. The standards will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education program. NCCAS is committed to developing a next generation of voluntary arts education standards that will build on the foundation created by the 1994 document, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, help ensure that all students are college and career ready, and affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum.
NCCAS will make the creation of the new arts standards an inclusive process, with input from a broad range of arts educators and decision-makers. The revised standards will be grounded in arts education best practice drawn from the United States and abroad, as well as a comprehensive review of developmental research.
The organizations who are partners in the NCCAS:
At the present time Maine arts educators are responsible for Maine's 2007 Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction which is a comprehensive response to the educational needs of Maine students. This is described in the legislated document Regulation 132.
You may have read recently on the meartsed blog that the NCCAS coalition put a call out for candidates interested in serving on a writing committee. They were seeking teams of 10 content experts for each of the discipline areas of dance, music, theatre and visual arts to help develop the next generation of voluntary arts standards. Each discipline writing team will include a balance of members across specific areas of expertise, geography, diversity and experience.
What can you do to keep abreast of the progress of standards work for arts education?
- Read the meartsed blog on a regular basis for updates - I will provide updates as the work progresses.
- Check the NCCAS wiki page at http:nccas.wikispaces.com - as changes occur there will be news releases documented there.
- Be proactive at the local level providing information on the arts education standards work as it unfolds.
- Stay abreast of Maine's arts assessment initiative so you can communicate with your administration, colleagues, and parents.
We are at an exciting time in education with many shifts that will benefit all students being successful! If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions please email Argy Nestor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts Education ListServ (6/16/11)
Each week the members of the arts education ListServ receive an email with updated information included the recent arts education blog posts. If you are interested in signing up for the ListServ please email Argy Nestor at email@example.com.