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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 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 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.


Virtual Launch of NCAS

May 23, 2014

Mark your calendars for the birthday party!

NCCAS Launch Save the Date)



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


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 Draft reading copies of the revised standards are now available on the site.


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 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


Stacking Wood

October 21, 2013

What’s it Like?

IMG_3654This weekend at my home we cut, split, and stacked our fire wood for the winter. It is an activity that I really enjoy, especially when the weather is just right. You might just ask so what is “just right” for wood stacking? Not too cold, not too hot, blue sky, and just the right amount of sunshine. We had it all this weekend. Stacking the wood is an activity that brings back fond memories of when my children were small and they would contribute and feel so useful as they carried their one stick of wood at a time to the wood shed. And, use their plastic chain saws to pretend they were cutting the wood. It brings a smile to my face as does their participation as ‘adults’. Instead of us inviting our friends to join us for a day of wood cutting and sharing a spaghetti feed at the end of the day, they bring their friends. What fun!

IMG_3665Cutting the wood gives me a great deal of satisfaction. Early in the process all the wood is sitting there staring me in the face and I wonder, will we get this done in the time planned? And the end of the day comes, I am feeling exhilarated that the task is accomplished!

It is not unlike the work of professional development planning for Maine arts educators. Teachers have to be in the right place with the right temperature to participate. This week is a big one for Maine arts teachers. And, all of you are invited to join in on the FUN! On the calendar this week:

  • Today, Monday, October 21 is the last day to contribute your feedback on the National Core Arts Standards high school draft that were released for public comment on September 30.  Download the draft and connect to the survey at Thank you for contributing your opinion on the DRAFT.
  • Lynn Tuttle, Director Arts Education at the Arizona Department of Education, will be traveling to Maine to share information on the NCAS. This is a unique opportunity for Maine Arts Education.
  • The statewide conference Arts Education: Leading the Way will be held on Thursday, October 24 at UMaine, Collins Center for the Arts. It is not to late to register. The over 30 workshops topics are just what arts teachers are looking for. How do we know? Because the workshops are being presented by your colleagues from across Maine. Who knows better than your colleagues about your needs? It is not too late to register. Please (quick) go to for all the details.

I hope to learn that Maine’s contribution to the NCAS feedback has been plentiful and to see you at this Arts Education: Leading the Way conference! And, if you see me, please do tell me your “wood” stories!


NCAS Feedback

October 18, 2013

Window of opportunity!

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 6.31.39 AMI was a little surprised to learn yesterday that very few people from Maine have contributed feedback on the high school draft of the National Core Arts Standards. Fortunately, it is not to late. You have until Monday, October 21 to provide your feedback on the National Core Arts Standards. Yes, your window of opportunity is coming to a close. Don’t miss this chance to read the high school draft and respond to what you think, what questions you have, and your general feedback. It is not everyday that you are asked to think deeply about standards that are being developed.

Please represent Maine and participate in the public review by going to and click on the links to the review surveys. The surveys include the 5 disciplines; music, theatre, visual arts, dance, and media arts. You can respond to one or more than one.

Lynn Tuttle

Lynn Tuttle

This is good timing for Maine since Lynn Tuttle, Director of Arts Education from Arizona Department of Education, is presenting at the statewide conference Arts Education: Leading the Way next Thursday, October 24. She will provide a presentation at the opening session and a follow-up session where you can learn more about the draft document. Lynn has been working as a leader in the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards so this is a unique opportunity for Maine arts educators.

There is still time to register for the Arts Education conference but PLEASE don’t delay since some of the workshops have reached capacity. More information on the conference, Lynn’s presentation, and registration details can be found at

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to email me at

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