Next 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, called OPALS or Oregon Partnership for Arts Learning 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 has developed and funded 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 have about completed their first draft writing. They prepared for this work by reviewing pre-work undertaken by the national writing teams, reviewed the High School and the the PreK-8 national standards when they were up for public review nationally and received other information from the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) as they were working on their efforts for national standards. The Oregonians have been working on like Oregon standards and will have them ready for Oregon public review on our website will be coming as soon all of the teams’ work is completed, in 2015; Please watch this site for the announcement of the Oregon Public Review of these five sets of arts discipline standards. Questions, please contact Nancy at email@example.com.
National Core Arts Standards - PreK through 12th grade June 2014 national core arts standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts are now in place. Go to www.nationalartsstandards.org. You can also, on that website, click on “resources” at the bottom of the page and then click on NCCAS Anchor Standards to access the anchor standards for of the arts. If you have questions, please contact Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
National Symphony Orchestra News: The National Symphony Orchestra conducts a Summer Music Institute in Washington, D.C every year. We urge music teachers to watch our website for the spring announcement of 2015 NSO Summer Institute applications and have their students apply to attend this unique summer music institute offering. Juhwan Seo, celloist and a senior at Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, and Emily Wu, violinist and sophomore at Westview High School in Portland, were Oregon’s two institute participants the summer of 2014.
New Arts Education Research from the College Board Informs Oregon’s Arts Standards Revisiting – The College Board, composed of more than 5,900 schools, 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.nationalartsstandards.org and look under “resources” at the bottom of the page, for the multiple College Board Research and resulting Reports.
SEADAE has released the Whitepaper on roles and Responsibilities of Arts Educators - The State Education Agencies Departments of Arts Education (SEADAE) has released an Arts Education White Paper, 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 been endorsed 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 email@example.com or Nancy Carr in Oregon at firstname.lastname@example.org.