NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS - PreK through 8th grade draft standards of the new national core arts standards are being released June 30th for public review.  The review period of the grade-by-grade PreK-8 draft begins June 30 and closes July 15.  If you are an Oregon arts educator or a decision-maker who helps shape or schedule arts curricula in schools, your input on these drafts is critical. To find out how to review, please go to www.nccas.wikispaces.com or the NCCAS Facebook page. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Nancy at OAAE. 
Check out this video in which NAfME Deputy Executive Director Mike Blakeslee shares the vision of the reimagined National Standards for Arts Education. The final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts opens February 14! NAfME and its writing team have developed this draft as a part of the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards. 
 NSO NEWS:  The OAAE is delighted to have had five Oregon students apply to be part of the The National Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 Summer Music Institute in Washington, D.C.; three of the five were chosen, one declined, giving us two Oregonian’s going east for summer session 2013.
Emily Wu, violinist and sophomore at Westview HIgh School in Portland, OR. She is a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, winner of the Van Buren Concerto Competition and the Portland Youth Philharmonic Soloist Competition.  She has participated in summer festivals including Interlochen Center for the Arts, Britt String Quartet Academy and Portland summer Ensembles.  Congratulations to Emily, her family and her teachers!

Juhwan Seo, celloist and a senior at Lake Oswego HIgh School in Lake Oswego, OR. He was a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, Lake Oswego HIgh School Orchestra and the Oregon All-State Honor Orchestra.  He has been a three time OSAA Orchestra State Champion Finalist and two time Portland Youth Philharmonic Summer Scholarship Winner.  He has participated in the Britt Festival String Quartet Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Festival and the Portland State University Haystack Chamber Music Camp.  Congratulations to Juhwan, his family and her teachers!

We urge music teachers towatch our website for the spring announcement of 2014 NSO Summer Institute applications and have their students apply to attend this unique summer  music institute offering.

National Core Arts Standards, PreK-8, will be available for public review at the end of June, with high school standards available next. Watch here for how to go online and review, giving Oregon input to this national work.  For more information on the National Core Arts Standards please go to www.nccas.wikispaces.com or contact Nancy Carr at njcarroaae@gmail.com.
Nest Generation Oregon Arts Standards – The Oregon Alliance for Arts Education (OAAE), the statewide advocacy organization promoting PreK-12 instructional access to the arts for all students, is leading an effort to revise and update the Oregon Arts Content Standards.  In partnership with the leading professional arts education organizations in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and media arts and in consultation with the Oregon Department of Education, OAAE will develop and fund a statewide working group to align Oregon’s arts standards to the new voluntary national standards in the arts and the Common Core State Standards.  These standards will re-affirm that the arts are a core academic subject area in the well-rounded curricular education of Oregon’s PreK-12 students.  Five writing teams for dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts are established and preparing for work.  They will be reviewing the PreK-8 national standards coming out at the end of June, to be followed by high school standards shortly thereafter. They will work on like Oregon standards and work to have them ready for Oregon public review at the end of September. All work will be electronically accomplished and each team will be establishing their own collaborative webinar/Skype/ichat times.  Questions, please contact Nancy at ncarroaae@gmail.com.
New Arts Education Research from the College Board Informs Oregon’s Arts Standards Revisiting – The College Board, composed of more than 5,900schools, colleges, universities and other educational organizations, is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to measuring and improving student abilities and achievement.  It has just released two new research reports designed to support the revision of the National Arts Education Standards, as well as OAAE’s project, “The Oregon Partnership for Arts Learning Standards” (OPALS). Go to www.nccas.wikispaces.com and look in the left column for the multiple College Board Research and resulting Reports.

SEADAE has released the Whitepaper on roles and REsponsibilities of Arts Educators  -  The SEADAE Arts Education White Paper released, promoting universal access to high-quality Arts Education. Roles of Certified Arts Educators, Certified Non-Arts Educators, & Providers of Supplemental Arts Instruction.  This paper has beenendorsed by Rachel Goslins, Executive Director of The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and is the work of the State Education Agency Directors Arts Education or SEADAE. Should you have questions, please contact Marcia McCaffrrey, for SEADAE, at mmccaffrey@ed.state.nh.us  or Nancy Carr in Oregon at njcarroaae@gmail.com.

Thank you to Richard Burrows, OAAE Advisor, for creating the symbols of the new OAAE logo!

Thank you to Michael Fell, Artist and Art Educator, for assisting with graphics software on the logo design.

OAAE Contacts:

Mail: 5247 S.E. Mall Street     Portland, OR 97206

njcarroaae@gmail.com  (503) 894-9195 Fax  (916) 202-7132 Phone

The Oregon Alliance for Arts Education is supported, in part, by the John F. Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and advised by the Oregon Department of Education.

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