• The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Transforming Common Core into Artful Practice
    When was the last time that you listened to or watched The Sorcerer’s Apprentice? The tale of the inquisitive, bold, and dare I say “sneaky” apprentice who tempts fate by trying his own hand at magic is one that all of us can appreciate on some level. After all, as educators and arts advocates, creating […]
  • Common Core Collaboration Key for Fine Arts and Classroom Teachers
    My school district is unpacking Common Core State Standards (CCSS) this year and I have endured many meetings and trainings on CCSS. There has been a consistent show of how Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science teachers will utilize CCSS. Yet, there has not been one devoted meeting for non-core subject teachers about CCSS. […]
  • Arts Integration + Common Core = Students Prepared for the 21st Century
    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have arrived! At this very moment, educators in 48 states plus the District of Columbia are adjusting their activities to the new standards. But how do those new standards prepare students to cope with or to generate the innovations of the 21st century? The CCSS attention to English Language […]
  • On Being Career Ready: Whose Career Is It Anyway?
    The Common Core State Standards document (CCSS) states: [College and Career Ready] students are engaged and open-minded—but discerning—readers and listeners. They work diligently to understand precisely what an author or speaker is saying, but they also question an author’s or speaker’s assumptions and premises and assess the veracity of claims and the soundness of reasoning. […]
  • Real-Life Common Core Language Arts Connections to Arts Education
    The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) has embraced the Common Core Standards with a fervor that demonstrates a comprehensive commitment to this work. All of our 1,700-plus schools have been engaged in this initiative. The Common Core is one of the key levers for accomplishing NYCDOE’s goal to graduate all students college- and […]
  • How the Arts Can Lead in Implementing the Common Core
    “To succeed today and in the future, America’s children will need to be inventive, resourceful, and imaginative. The best way to foster that creativity is through arts education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Re-Investing Through Arts Education:Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools. The nation has deemed that learning in and through the […]
  • Common Core is Here—Don’t Panic!
    The Common Core standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics are driving factors in the educational reforms facing public education today. As an arts educator in the schools, as a teaching artist who provides supplemental instruction with students in and out of school, as a cultural organization working to partner with a school, and/or […]
  • Welcome to the Blog Salon: Common Core 101
    Back in February, during the winter meeting for the arts education council, we discussed the results of a survey we had completed asking members of Americans for the Arts what type of programming they were interested in for arts education. Forty-six percent of respondents said that they would be interested in programming related to broader […]

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