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  • How Do You Leverage Assessment for Deeper Impact?
    The NEA has required applicants to address assessment of student learning in their applications to the NEA’s Art Works Arts Education category for many years. In our guidelines we state: “The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to rigorous assessment of learning in the arts. High quality assessment of knowledge and skills is critical to […]
  • Student Achievement: No longer “A little bit of Technical Skills and a lot of Inspiration”
    In an ARTSblog post by Erin Gough on July 23, 2013, teachers are encouraged to be champions for the arts in ways that are often not a part of college preparatory curriculum. Erin notes that “too often, teachers believe that as long as their students leave their class with a little bit of technical skills […]
  • Educational Leaders, Arts Standards, and the Common Core: Lessons from Recent Research
    In a recent survey conducted by the College Board of nearly 1000 K-12 principals and superintendents, more than 75% of respondents said that nationally, arts education should be given a greater priority level than it currently holds in American schools. They also indicated that they believe that the primary benefits of arts education are that they strengthen students’ creative thinking […]
  • Media Arts: The (New?) Arts Education Discipline
    Film historians are still arguing about who invented the motion picture camera in the late 1890s. Depending perhaps on the birthplace of the historian, it was either Thomas Edison in America, or the Lumiere brothers in France. More recently, the digital revolution has resulted in an explosion of online media production by homegrown filmmakers of all […]
  • From Neolithic to Neo-Core Arts Standards: The Back-story to Writing the New Standards
    Since the Neolithic Revolution, apprenticeships were the career pathway towards master artist status. In addition, one had to have a patron to provide access to the resources of their craft. Twelve thousand years later, we have codified the artistic learning experience into a matrix of what students should know and be able to do, through […]
  • State Standards Spree!
    Read along and test your knowledge of standards, state policy and state level arts education as I take you through some of the oft-heard questions regarding state arts education standards. What are standards, and why do we have them? Part of the Educational Reform movement of the 1990’s, standards are descriptions of what students should […]
  • What Next Generation Visual Arts Standards Are Not…
    Editor’s note: This piece was originally published in the newsletter for the National Art Education Association, and has been reprinted with permission. Nearly one thousand art educators from all parts have reviewed and provided feedback to our Next Generation Visual Arts Standards. I am pleased to report that reviewers have supported our work as “agree” […]
  • What’s on Your Back to School List?
    When I pulled out of my driveway on Tuesday last week, I saw one of the most indelible signs of fall: the yellow school bus stopped on the corner picking up a gaggle of children for their first day of the school year. Most parents, if not all, sent their children off with backpacks filled […]

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