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Art Portfolios as A.P. Test

April 25, 2015

Studio art growing

Studio art is one of the fastest growing of the Advanced Placement disciplines. But how do you score a piece of art? The reviews are in.

Below is the beginning section of an article written by Daniel Grant for the New York Times, October 2014.

Here is an unhappy thought: “Monet wouldn’t have done well in A.P. studio art. I’m sure of that.” The reason, continued Lauren Sleat, who teaches the course at Westminster Schools in Atlanta, is that there isn’t much breadth to his work. That is, he did the same thing again and again.

But he would have done well in terms of concentration, what the College Board describes as “the thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea … through a number of conceptually related works.”

If you want to learn more you can read the entire article by clicking here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/education/edlife/art-portfolio-as-ap-test.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

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College Board Recognition

January 31, 2015

Excellence and Innovation Awards

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 11.59.46 AMScreen Shot 2015-01-26 at 12.00.10 PMWebsite: https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/award.php?ep_ch=PR&ep_mid=11042582&ep_rid=173692873

To Learn more: https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/award.php?ep_ch=PR&ep_mid=11042582&ep_rid=173692873

To view last years recipients: https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/past-winners.php?ep_ch=PR&ep_mid=11042582&ep_rid=173692873

 

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College Board Arts Awards

January 25, 2014

Grades -12

Screen shot 2014-01-23 at 3.49.01 PMThe College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives for students in grades 6–12 that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

Awards will be given to model programs in three categories:

  1. Arts Integration: Recognizes initiatives that use an innovative approach to drawing connections between arts-based learning and other subjects.
  2. Equity Through Arts: Recognizes a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underserved students.
  3. Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: Recognizes a program that uses arts experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.

Within each of these three categories, one award in the amount of $5,000 will be given to winning schools to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The application deadline is April 4, 2014. Further details on award categories, full application instructions, and profiles of past winners can be found at artsaward.collegeboard.org.

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Common Core and the ARTS

February 6, 2013

College Board Releases Common Core Study

I have received emails in the recent months from visual and performing arts teachers who have said they have been asked to do work with the Common Core State Standards (CCCSS) for English/language Arts and math.

Most of you know that the National Core Arts Standards Conceptual Framework was released on January 14, 2013. The College Board has been part of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards and has provided several research components that supports the work.

Late last week, Amy Charleroy of the College Board announced that the Common Core alignment study is complete.  The work, entitled A Review of Connections between The Common Core State Standards and The Next Generation Arts Standards  may be downloaded at http://nccas.wikispaces.com/Common+Core+Alignment.

Dr. Nancy Rubino, of the College Board, discusses Common Core connections in the Conceptual Framework roll out presentation, also housed on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards wikispace. The presentation and PowerPoint may be found at:  http://nccas.wikispaces.com/Conceptual+Framework+Presentation+to+Field.

These studies can provide answers to your questions and valuable information that can help with the curriculum work you are doing at the local level.

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The Arts and Common Core

December 17, 2012

Connections!

Not only are we in Maine looking at the connection points of the Arts and the Common Core for ELA and Math but that is the case in other parts of the country as well. The Gardner Museum in Boston has long championed Visual Thinking Skills and viewing and discussing art for the cultural experience.  Now they also view the “powerful opportunity to tap into some of the same skills asked of students under the Common Core State Standards”.

In a Maryland county they are working across content areas to implement the new standards and see the “great platform for the arts to really rise and share their importance in the educational fabric of a school.” and in New York City they are working with arts educators to engage in a conversation to insure that the artmaking is not sacrificed while they “focus on developing and documenting interdisciplinary units of study and formative-assessment practices.”

The new president of the College Board, David Coleman, responded to a series of blog posts that were posted this fall on arts education and the Common Core. He said: “the great news is that the standards call on so many things the arts do well. The tradition of careful observation, attention to evidence and artists’ choices, the love of taking an artist’s work seriously lies at the heart of these standards.”

As the new national standards for arts education are developed and the documents are released in the near future you will see the alignment information that has been done with the Common Core. This will be useful information to the field of arts education and the work you may be doing in your local districts.

I know that many Maine arts educators are working with their colleagues to integrate the Common Core ELA and Math standards into the VPA curricula. Please do share the work you are doing by commenting on this blog post.

Let us not forget what Elliot Eisner said:

“To neglect the contribution of Art in education is to deny children access to one of the most stunning aspects of their culture and one of the most potent means for developing their minds.”

I recommend that you read the entire article that I am referencing found in Education Week, December 16, 2013, written by Erik W. Robelen by clicking here.

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What a Week!

October 9, 2012

Some weeks are crazy

Last week was filled with adventures! I started the week in Washington D.C. at the Arts Education Advisory Group (AEAG) meeting. They are part of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASSA) which is made up of the state arts commissions including the Maine Arts Commission. Every year the AEAG plans a professional development institute (PDI) for the arts in education associates at the state arts commissions which includes Meagan Mattingly. I am the representative to AEAG for my national professional organization called State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) which is comprised of the arts education specialists from the Departments of Education. I had a chance to be with AEAG at the opening of their PDI. It was wonderful to meet people who are committed to arts education in each state. Not to mention they are interesting, knowledgeable, creative, and FUN! The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are affiliated with the AEAG and NASSA since funding is provided by the NEA. Consequently, there were a handful of staff from the NEA who are responsible for arts education who attended as well. In attendance was Ayanna N. Hudson, the NEA Director of Arts Education. She agreed to write a blog post for meartsed that will explain the programs/funding that is available for teachers, schools and communities. This will provide an overview to help you learn what is available. One of the evening highlights was the opportunity to see the performance of the DC Youth Slam Team. They were INCREDIBLE!

Next my travels took me to Reston, VA where SEADAE met with the chairs of the National Arts Standards writing teams and the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards leadership team. The writing teams are moving along with their work in spite of the little funding that has been provided. The most recent draft of the framework was shared by Co-Chairs, Marcia McCaffrey and NH DOE arts specialist and Lynn Tuttle, AZ arts specialist and president of SEADAE. The writing teams have taken the first draft with the components including Disciplines, Essential Questions, Enduring Understandings, Artistic Processes, Cornerstone Assessments, and re-arranged the direction of the document to make it  more user friendly. The work was shown to us on the website where the document will be housed so we could also see the work that has been done on the site. It will include a “quick view” button for finding stuff in a hurry, the use of tagging and keywords, and links to other works. All of this will be important aspects since it will be a web based document. You can view some of the ideas that are being considered at this link.

We had a discussion on what to call the final document so if you have any suggestions please email them and I can pass them along. The document will be arranged by grade level, PreK-8 but the high school format is still under discussion. You can read more about the format by clicking here.

At this point the expected date for the release of the “framework” will be in December. The first draft of the standards document which includes Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts will be within a few months after that, perhaps in March. Most likely the cornerstone assessments will be included when the standards draft comes out at grades 2, 5, and 8. The format will require feedback on the standards and the “userness” of the website.

Nancy Rubino from the College Board reported on recent research that looks at the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Math (CCSS) and the National Standards for the Arts. The research looks at the overlapping components of the CCSS and the arts frameworks and where the arts references are present in the CCSS. For example the research includes tells us that there are 26 ELA standards that have references to reading a work of drama. Looking closely at “college level learning” in the arts has been included in the research. The research will be released as soon as the final framework is determined and I am sure you will find it helpful. The College Board has done other research which I have mentioned in past blog posts and you can find links to this valuable information on the right side of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards wiki.

The end of the day included the live stream from the meeting to provide an overview of the event. If you weren’t available or couldn’t get on since the system was full I understand that it will be archived on the site in the near future.

I flew back to Maine early on Thursday morning and headed to Point Lookout in Northport where the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) teacher leaders and leadership team met that night and all day Friday. We worked on the Depository for arts education resources in Maine located at MaineLearning.net and continued plans for the Mega-regional workshops to be held throughout the 2012-13 school year. On Friday the teacher leaders from phase 2 presented their workshops so they could gather feedback on their sessions to determine if they’d like to tweak anything before taking their session on the road for the regional workshops. The regional workshop sessions will be posted on the Department arts assessment page in the next two weeks so you can see what is available. The energy and expertise of their topics was inspirational and truly amazing. I was reminded of how fortunate we are in Maine to have such outstanding arts educators who are willing to share information and expand their horizons to become teacher leaders in the arts. I am sure when the Cornerstone Assessments are released from the national standards work that Maine will be ready to take on the task of reviewing them to provide feedback that will inform the nation.

Needless to say when the week ended on Friday evening I was exhausted! However, I am extremely proud of the work that arts educators are doing throughout the state and urge you to continue to read and stay abreast of the opportunities that are offered. If you have questions or comments on any of this please feel free to email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov or post a comment at the bottom of this post.

MAAI arts educators fall workshop

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College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

September 10, 2011

Now accepting applications

The College Board is now accepting applications for the 2012 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of six member institutions that have implemented an arts program that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

One school from each of the College Board’s six regions will be awarded $3,500 to support the continuation and growth of their arts programs. Of the six finalists, one school will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $1,500. Regional winners will be honored at their respective 2012 College Board Regional Forums; the national winner will also be honored at the 2012 College Board National Forum.  Please go to the College Board website for more application details.


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