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NCAS Launch

October 19, 2014

Monday, October 20

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The public launch of the National Core Arts Standards will take place, Monday, October 20, 9:00am. Some of the featured presentations will be from Ben Fols, Songwriter and arts education activist, Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and David A. Dik, Executive Director of Young Audience Arts for Learning. To attend the livestream please click here www.nationalartsstandards.org/content/launch. If you can not join live, the link will take you to the archive of the stream that you can access as a follow-up.

 

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National Core Arts Standards

June 18, 2014

Released – June 4, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 1.41.13 PMThe National Core Arts Standards were publicly released on June 4. In celebration, a webinar was provided that included several guests including our own Director of the Maine Arts Commission. Julie Richard spoke eloquently about the need for those responsible for arts education to work collaboratively with the next steps of the standards.

If you missed the webinar you can access the archive by clicking here and following these directions.       If you did not attend the event as audience, you will need to fill in the brief registration form. If you attended as an audience member, use the password you received when you logged in to the meeting.

Several teacher leaders from the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative reviewed and provided feedback during the development of the standards in the last year. These standards cover not only dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, but also the interdisciplinary field of media arts. The standards are built on the Artistic Process model.

The Conceptual Framework for the standards is available at nccs.wikispaces.com. If you have questions please check the FAQ by clicking here

The following blog about the new standards was posted on the Education Week curriculum blog at this link. You can access and download the standards for all five disciplines by clicking here.                  

Opportunities to pilot Model Cornerstone Assessments in your classroom will be announced soon by your professional arts education association (NAEA, NAfME, NDEO, EdTA, etc.).

Thanks to Scott Shuler for providing some of the information for this post. And for those of you who know Scott, after 25 years as the Connecticut Department of Education’s Arts Consultant, he will be retiring on July 1. Maine wishes him well as he continues on his journey committed to quality arts education!

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National Core Arts Standards Release

June 2, 2014

National Core Arts Standards to launch in June 4 webinar

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Please note: Only the first 3,000 to register may attend. The link to register is at the bottom of this page.

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will launch the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in a streaming webinar on Wednesday, June 4, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The event will feature interviews with a broad spectrum of arts education providers, including certified educators, teaching artists, administrators, national/state policy makers, and arts education advocates.

The new standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts were created by seventy writers representing NCCAS’s arts education member organizations. More than 6,000 educators, teaching artists, parents, students and state and local focus groups offered input in four national reviews that helped shaped the final standards.

The PreK-12 grade-by-grade standards are intended to guide educators seeking to provide quality arts education for America’s students, define artistic literacy, and support 21st century skills and college and career readiness. The arts standards will be housed in the NCCAS website at www.nationalartsstandards.org. A key feature of the interactive website is the option for teachers and other users to create customized standards handbooks that match their curriculum and students’ learning needs.

All are welcome to join the National Core Arts Standards webinar launch. To participate, register at http://tinyurl.com/lrsajg9. Sign up will be limited to the first 3,000 registrants. Highlights of the webinar will be available on the website at a later date.

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Virtual Launch of NCAS

May 23, 2014

Mark your calendars for the birthday party!

NCCAS Launch Save the Date)

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NCAS

February 27, 2014

National Core Arts Standards Review Opened Feb 14th – Closes Feb 28th

Screen shot 2014-02-13 at 7.55.13 PMThe National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.  The downloadable excel spreadsheets include eleven overarching anchor standards that cross disciplines along with Pre K – 12 discipline specific performance standards aligned to those eleven anchors. For this review, the spreadsheets do not include the standards’ Understanding by Design format elements, such as EU’s and EQ’s;  however they are included in sample Model Cornerstone Assessments also available for review, and will be a part of the materials available to the public when the standards are launched.  The review will close on  February 28, 2014 so this is the last two days that you may provide feedback. February 28. NCAS now available at http://nccas.wikispaces.com

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Final Public Review: NCAS Draft

February 14, 2014

Final Public Review of Draft National Core Arts Standards – Posted from February 14-28

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The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The downloadable Excel spreadsheets include eleven overarching anchor standards that align with all disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts) performance standards. The review will also feature instructional support materials, such as sample Model Cornerstone Assessments, incorporating Process Components and Understanding by Design elements. The review opens February 14, 2014, and closes February 28, at http://nccas.wikispaces.com. Draft reading copies of the revised standards are now available on the site.

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Final Public Review for NCAS

January 3, 2014

Launching in February – Arts Standards review

Screen shot 2013-12-20 at 1.43.54 PMThe National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The review will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. A draft reading copy of the revised standards will be available at http://nccas.wikispaces.com on January 30.

This third and concluding review reflects NCCAS’s ongoing commitment to a responsive and transparent strategy that allows adequate time for each arts discipline’s standards writing team to incorporate changes to the drafts suggested by reviewers. To fully address the standards content and structural changes, the coalition has revised the project’s timeline. The February review is the first in a series of new and significant benchmarks for NCCAS, leading to the web-based release of the standards in June, 2014.

Currently, the writing teams are creating a set of overarching anchor standards that articulate an alignment of artistic practice among the five art forms. Upon completion of that process, the teams will review their individual discipline standards to ensure that they are appropriately parallel with the anchor standards. The teams are also finalizing examples of model cornerstone assessments to include in the February draft review.

There will be a rolling “first-glance” version of the final standards available beginning in March. This document will showcase the fundamental structure and content of the arts standards in order to give teachers, decision makers, and the public a better understanding of what will be included and how they will inform teaching and learning.

NCCAS is the coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives that are developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are college and career ready. The arts standards emphasize “big ideas,” philosophical foundations, enduring understandings/essential questions, and anchor/performance standards, all of which are intended to guide the curriculum development and instructional practices that leads to arts literacy for all students.

To find out how to participate in the February review process and to view all public documents related to the arts standards, visit http://nccas.wikispaces.com/.

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