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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

These days, integration in any area, be it STEM or the arts, seems to be the buzzword to curriculum designers everywhere. There are so many resources floating around out there with the claim of integrating content areas. Yet, true integration is often difficult to find. Indeed, integration is a rare yet seemingly “magical” approach that […]

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Common Core Standards: Let Arts Educators Lead the Way

Though I’m typically standards-adverse (yet dutiful), I’m looking forward to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), specifically to their potential to de-isolate subject areas, including art. I feel the CCSS reflect the work progressive educators have been doing for years and frame that work elegantly. I believe art educators can be important change agents […]

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Steal This Blog: 5 Ramblings on Arts and the Common Core Standards

1. For those looking for the obligatory introductory substantiations for the arts in education, search Google and insert your own here: ___________. At the same time, you might want to search on research by Ellen Winner. 2. For those who need to read that the arts are a core subject, you just did. 3. For […]

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How Vincent van Gogh Can Help You Teach to the Common Core Standards

Henry Matisse in Kindergarten? Leonardo da Vinci in fifth grade? These names don’t often come to mind while thinking about instruction in English Language Arts (ELA). But they should. In an age when literacy dominates public discourse on education, we must begin to think more broadly about what students read. Sure—the new Common Core State […]

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Unleashing Creativity in the Classroom via Common Core Standards

When I think of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), I think of Martha Graham. I think of John Keats. My imagination runs wild with images of fun, inspired, powerful learning experiences for kids. There is no doubt in my mind that this transition opens the door for new energy and greater opportunity to elevate […]

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Poetry and Promise: Education Reform & the Arts

I judged a poetry slam this weekend—Louder Than A Bomb–Tulsa! It’s amazing to hear young people sharing about their lives and ideas through poetry. This was the second year for the event. The excitement and enthusiasm expressed by these students was palpable: Listening to their poetry really made me start thinking anew about just how […]

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Update: Revising the National Arts Standards

Since Tim Mikulski’s post on June 13 about the national arts standards, a lot has been happening! On August 30, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) convened a meeting to bring stakeholders up to speed with the revision process of the 1994 National Arts Standards. The meeting, held at National Association for Music […]

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New Coalition Moving Forward with Arts Education Standards

Late last week, it was announced that a coalition of arts education groups will begin revising the 1994 National Standards for Arts Education, with a plan in place to have completed standards ready in 2012. The process, which began in May 2010 with a two-day meeting that I attended here in D.C., will now continue […]

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