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National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Release!!!

January 15, 2013

Guiding Framework Released

Screen shot 2013-01-14 at 2.33.54 PMThe 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 in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning will 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 18th, at 4:00 PM 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 on signing into the stream fifteen minutes prior to start time for live attendance; archival video and blog comments will be posted on the site twenty-four hours after the event closes.

NCCAS, a coalition of nine national arts and education organizations, is committed to developing a next generation of voluntary, researched-based arts education standards that will build on the foundation created by the 1994 standards (and the 2005 Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts), 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.

The framework document guides readers through the historical context for arts education and standards, the foundational research and philosophical basis for the work, and explores what it means to be artistically literate, based on the artistic processes of creating, performing/presenting/producing, responding, and connecting. The narrative also articulates the fundamental creative arts practices by which students learn in individual arts disciplines and transfer their knowledge, skills and habits to other contexts and settings.

During the video presentation, NCCAS framing committee members will walk the audience through the narrative document and its companion matrix—a template that provides a unified view of the standards for the five arts disciplines, while allowing the distinguishing characteristics of each discipline to be preserved. Leadership and the discipline chairs will also explain an updated timeline for the work and share plans for a draft review process that is set to begin this summer.

To learn more about the next generation of voluntary national arts standards, or to review video archives of previous presentations, please visit the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards website at http://nccas.wikispaces.com.

To download the Conceptual Framework please go to http://nccas.wikispaces.com/Conceptual+Framework and download the .pdf.

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uStream Archive – National Standards

October 10, 2012

View the latest presentation

If you read yesterday’s blog post which included information on the meeting I attended last Wednesday in Reston, VA, you most likely have a sense of the development of the national arts education standards. The day outside in Reston ended with 90 degree weather and inside there was a great deal of excitement as the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) leadership members shared the latest information on the standards work.

If you tried to get on the uStream Wednesday afternoon to listen you may have been unable to since there were so many people online that the system shut down. Perhaps you were unable to attend for another reason. The good news is that there is an archive of the event and you can access it at the NCCAS wiki at http://nccas.wikispaces.com. You will find all kinds of information on the development of the standards at that link. Two ways to get to the archive from the homepage of the wiki:

  1. go to http://nccas.wikispaces.com and click on “latest work updates” in the menu on the left OR
  2. go to http://nccas.wikispaces.com and click on Meeting Archives – 10/3/12 at the bottom left in the menu

The video is best viewed in Safari or Chrome. Please respond with a comment at the bottom of this blog post and let us know what you think of what you are learning about the national standards work. Thanks!

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National Standards Update – October 3 – 3:00 LIVE

October 2, 2012

I am in Washington, DC!

Today I am in Washington. DC attending the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Tomorrow I travel to Reston, VA where the National Arts Standards writing teams are meeting. My colleagues from the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) will be meeting with the members of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Leadership Team and the chairs of the writing teams. We will receive an update on the progress of the standards writing and to dive deeper into the process for the voluntary arts standards.

And, the great news is that YOU can join the meeting as well during the segment that will be streamed. You can also submit questions! If you are available I hope you will take the opportunity to learn more. Here are the details:

National Standards Update

Wednesday, October 3 – 3:00pm

Click here to view the wiki

and streaming session

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Update on National Standards

July 16, 2012

Writing teams met

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) writing teams met (in person for the first time) in Reston, Virginia, June 19-22. The teams include dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. They gathered along with the leadership team of the NCCAS and had an intense productive four days.

The website to learn more is at http://nccas.wikispaces.com/ where you will find video clips of team members providing information on the work. The meeting featured a live video broadcast session entitled Embedding Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions and Cornerstone Assessments into the new Core Arts Standards. You can view the recording of the session and learn more about the details of the development of the standards document.

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Media Arts Writing Team

March 17, 2012

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   

Contact: Cory Wilkerson, 800-587-6814                             

NCCAS adds media arts writing team to Next Generation Arts Standards Project

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards has agreed to support the writing of national, voluntary media arts standards as part of the Next Generation Arts Standards Project. Recognizing the growing interest and diversity of media arts as a new mode of expression within public education, NCCAS has formed a team of media arts writers and leadership to lead the work. NCCAS is committed to creating re-envisioned voluntary, web-based arts standards that will build on the 1994 National Arts Standards (and the 2005 Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts), that have helped guide curriculum designers, pre-professional training programs, funders, and federal and state policy makers in their PreK-12 decision making. NCCAS leadership is relying on the media arts writing team to create a set of standards that will be equal in rigor, breadth, and depth as those of those of dance, music, theatre and visual arts, while simultaneously recognizing that media arts will be embedded within each of the traditional forms as a pathway for knowing and understanding. Currently, media arts standards are included in the state standards of Minnesota, South Carolina, and in the district standards of New York City and Los Angeles. The writing team will use the research report, A Review of Selected State Arts Standards, to help guide them in their work. The report, one of five created in support of the project by NCCAS member the College Board, is available as a PDF at  http://nccas.wikispaces.com/State+and+Media+Arts+Standards.

“Our goal is to write media arts standards that will fully describe expectations for student learning in an art form that has the ability to serve as the nexus between the arts and other subjects in the curriculum,” said Pamela Paulson, senior director of policy at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota and one of two new NCCAS leadership members chosen to represent the area of media arts in the coalition of eight arts and education organizations. Richard Burrows, retired director of Los Angeles Unified School District’s nationally recognized arts education effort, and now an independent strategist, will serve as the other media arts leadership member.  He commented, “Media Arts plays a pivotal role in putting a strong, versatile and creative culture at the heart of contemporary learning in today’s education for young minds, and is beautifully positioned to make artistic meaning in bold new ways on behalf of the arts.”

Randy Nelson, the head of the education department of cutting-edge film maker DreamWorks Animation, and John Hughes, president and founder of Rhythm & Hues Studios (a leading producer of computer-generated animation and visual effects) praised the inclusion of media arts as its own subject area within arts education. “This is a visionary and forward thinking path for arts education,” said Nelson. “Artists who get technology, technologists who get art, managers who are creative and creatives who can manage are our future. Fail to include the full spectrum of skills, fail to treat media arts education as anything but a full partner, and get ready to find an explanation even a child can understand about why the rainbow is missing half its colors, and one for business people about why we are losing jobs to more colorful competitors.”

Said Hughes: “Media arts is relevant to today’s students because it reflects our contemporary, global culture. It provides vehicles for all students to find success and enjoyment in learning and promotes critical thinking processes while engaging, real world activities that make the content more meaningful.”

The Media Arts Writing Team Members are:

  • Dain Olsen, Chair, ArtLAB High School, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Jay Davis, Ambassador School of Global Leadership, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Steven Goodman, Educational Video Center, New York City
  • Scot Hockman, South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jeremy Holien, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • Anne Kornfeld, Newcomers High School, Long Island, New York
  • Colleen Macklin, Parsons New School for Design, Brooklyn, New York
  • Bradley Moss, Maple Mountain High School, Springville, Utah
  • Michele Nelson, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Betsy Newman, South Carolina ETV, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Martin Rayala, Ph.D, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • James Reinhard, North Allegheny Schools, Wexford, Pennsylvania
  • Evan Tobias, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

NCCAS Leadership and the team chairs met most recently in Reston, Virginia, in the offices of the College Board to finalize work on a learning framework that will guide all five writing teams and to refine the project’s timeline. Writing teams are currently in the first stages of creating drafts. In the coming months, NCCAS will issue a new call for reviewers who will take the first pass over the new standards. For more information about NCCAS and the Next Generation Arts Standards Project, go to http://nccas.wikispaces.com.

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National Standards for Arts Education

January 23, 2012

Update on national work

For anyone wishing to listen in on the live video stream of the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards meeting on Tuesday, January 24th in Reston, VA the link is: http://nccas.wikispaces.com/Framing+Meeting+-+Reston%2C+VA+-+Jan+2012

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.

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National Core Standards and Vacation

November 15, 2011

Beautiful Arizona

The first three days in Arizona were very warm but the weather was dry so it didn’t feel like 92 degrees was terribly hot. The hotel was about 5 blocks from Arizona State University so I had a chance to walk before moving to the air conditioned room where the meetings on the National Core Standards were held. We ate lunch outside and met in small group work outside as well so it made the work even more pleasant.

Thirty one of my colleagues from othe states part of the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) organization attended the three day meeting in Phoenix the first week in November. We met with our partners from the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards who are:

  • Lynne Kingsley, Executive Director, American Alliance for Theatre and Education
  • Amy Jensen, Advocacy Director, American Alliance for Theatre and Education
  • Sandra Ruppert, Director, Arts Education Partnership
  • Michael Sikes, Senior Associate for Research and Policy, Arts Education Partnership
  • Nancy Rubino, Director, Office of Academic Initiatives, College Board
  • James Palmarini, Director of Educational Policy, Educational Theatre Association
  • Michael Peitz, Executive Director, Educational Theatre Association
  • Michael Blakeslee, Senior Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, The National Association for Music Education
  • Scott Shuler, President, The National Association for Music Education
  • Deborah Reeve, Executive Director, National Art Education Association
  • Robert Sabol, President, National Art Education Association
  • Barry Shauck, Past President, National Art Education Association
  • Jane Bonbright, Executive Director, National Dance Education Organization
  • Susan McGreevy-Nichols, President, National Dance Education Organization
  • Deb Hansen, President, SEADAE, Delaware Department of Education
  • Linda Lovins, National Expectations for Learning in Arts Education Tri-Chair, SEADAE, Florida Department of Education
  • Marcia McCaffrey, National Expectations for Learning in Arts Education Tri-Chair, SEADAE, New Hampshire Department of Education
  • Lynn Tuttle, National Expectations for Learning in Arts Education Tri-Chair, SEADAE, Arizona Department of Education
  • Cory Wilkerson, National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, Communications Co-Chair, SEADAE

One of our tasks was to help determine who the writing teams would be for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. Ten teachers for each team will be selected. I was proud that 9 Maine arts teachers applied. Thank you to those who took the time and made a commitment to help with this important work.  The chairs of these groups are listed at https://nccas.wikispaces.com/Writing+Team+Chairs

We had an extensive discussion around “media arts” as a 5th discipline in the national core arts standards document. Thank you to those who contributed their opinion on two meartsed blog posts. You can read what your Maine colleagues think about the idea on the two posts. And you can learn more from what the “media arts” investigation committee learned at https://nccas.wikispaces.com/Media+Arts+Investigation+Committee

Much of the discussion in Phoenix was streamed live for those who were available and for those who weren’t the videotapes can be accessed at https://nccas.wikispaces.com/NCCAS+Phoenix+Meeting+11-1-2011

College Board is a full partner on the leadership team and they have done some interesting research for our national core arts standards work. You can read their findings that is already helping to inform the work at https://nccas.wikispaces.com/International+Standards

As the work progresses you can continue to check the latest development by going to the wiki that has been created to house all of the links above and other information and resources at https://nccas.wikispaces.com/.

Botanical Gardens

At the conclusion of my three day meeting I had a chance to vacation for a few days in Arizona. For a state that only has on average 7 inchCaes of rainfall each year I was surprised that it rained twice while we were there. Phoenix has a population of 1,445,632 as compared to our entire state of Maine with 1,318,301 people. For a city with such a large population it didn’t feel crowded like other large cities. The city is laid out on a grid with nearly every street straight. Numbered streets go north & south, named streets go east-west. There are “washes” where there are low spots and when it rains (not much even) the water rises in the wash and you guessed it floods the roadways. We ran into one of them and also freezing rain, sleet, and snow. In spite of the weather we hiked in some beautiful places where the saguaro cactus grow perhaps as tall as 50 feet and may live to be older than 200 years.

Joani and Mark

We spent time with old friends and met interesting people. I met Joani, who teaches art at Arcadia High School in 2000, while we were on the Fulbright program in Japan. Joanie’s husband Mark is a Director of Technology in the Kyrene Elementary School District. We traveled north from Phoenix and saw about 8 inches of snow in the Flagstaff where people ski the area mountains, the tallest about 12,000 feet. We traveled northeast from there to Canyon de Chelly National Monument arriving in time to drive the rim as the moon rose. The rich orange rock was beautiful at dusk and the next morning with sunshine, brilliant blue sky and 18 degrees. We traveled by jeep down into the canyon to view and explore the history, culture, artifacts, that are sustained today by a community of Navajo people. It was one of those moments in time when I realize how tiny I am in this great big universe.

Canyon de Chelly

We stopped while traveling back to Phoenix at the Painted Desert, another amazing site at dusk. The next day we hiked in Sedona and were treated to another beautiful blue sky and sunshine day. If you haven’t visited Arizona I recommend it. The landscape is so interesting and provides plenty of inspiration for artists.

Young Navajo artist whose grandparents live in the canyon during the summer

Young Navajo artist whose grandparents live in the canyon during the summer

Sedona

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Emails, Phone Calls, Questions about National Standards

October 18, 2011

Clarification

This blog post is to provide clarification around the national standards work for arts education. I have received 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 this post 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 the Maine’s 2007 Learning Results: Parameters for Essential Instruction which are a comprehensive response to the educational needs of Maine students. This is described in the legislated document Regulation 132.

You may have read the post earlier this week called National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Seeking Candidates. The NCCAS coalition is 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. Individuals interested in serving on a writing committee can apply at http://tinyurl.com/67lxbtd. The application process will close October 27, 2011.

What can you do to keep abreast of the progress of standards work for arts education?

  • Read the 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 post them in the comment section or email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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National Coalition for Core Arts Standards Seeking Candidates

October 15, 2011

Writing Team Application

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is seeking teams of 10 content experts in the areas of dance, media/digital arts, music, theatre and visual arts to help us develop the next generation of voluntary Arts Standards.

NCCAS is committed to developing next generation standards that will build on the foundation created by the 1994 document (and the 2005 dance standards), 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.

Each discipline writing team will include a balance of members across specific areas of expertise, geography, diversity and experience.

The application is a two step process as follows:

  • complete the application online at:  http://tinyurl.com/67lxbtd
  • email a résumé to NCCAS Project Director Mr. Phil Shepherd at jazzjam@aol.com – if you have an online résumé simply supply the link in the last question of this application form.

This is a great opportunity for you and for Maine to participate in the development of the next generation of standards work. If you are planning to apply please send me an email and let me know. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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