OAAE has a new website!

The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education has a new website!

Our new website includes now includes our blog! We have imported all archived blog content to the new website, and discontinued use of our blog at ohioarts.wordpress.com as of August 2018.

Visit us at www.oaae.net to get Arts On Line, legislative updates, as well as the latest OAAE news.

 

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July 2018 FCNA Grant Recipients

2018 Friends of the Ravines (5)2The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education’s Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grants support community based arts projects. We offer three rounds of funding each year.

The following organizations received grants in the most recent round of funding:

Good Medicine Productions – $750
Uptown Scrooge 2018

Jazz Arts Group – $500
Harrison West Jazz Stage

King Arts Complex – $500
Youth Arts Education Program

Kingdom Works – $750
Kingdom Works Arts Development & Celebration

MORE, Inc. – $750
What Color Is Your Ribbon?

New Vision Dance – $750
Kaleidoscope

Urban Cultural Arts Foundation- $400
African Village Arts Festival

US Together – $750
Day of the Dead Celebration

Congratulations once again to all award recipients!

Want to apply in our next round? Get the Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grant application and program guidelines online at www.oaae.net.

 

Photo credit: FCNA grantee Friends of the Ravines

 

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Arts On Line Education Update June 25, 2018

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Education and Career Readiness Committee
Chair: Brenner

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

All testimony on SB216 PUBLIC SCHOOL DEREGULATION ACT (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Executive Director, Tim Katz testified as an interested party last week on the bill intended to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools allowing for increased local control and improved efficiency. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs.

OAAE testimony praised the passage of a recent amendment (Amendment 1962X2 Topic: Multi-age Area Specific Teaching Licenses) which directly addresses the concerns of many regarding the security of the multi-age preK-12 teaching licensure. But the testimony pointed out that an issue of great concern remained, which is the question of exactly what general educators, licensed under SB216’s proposed new preK-5 grade band, would be certified to teach. Specifically: Will the preK-5 license certify elementary school general classroom teachers to teach the arts (defined in Ohio as music, visual arts, theatre/drama, and dance) in the way that the current preK-3 license does?  On behalf of OAAE and its members, Katz told the committee that a preK-to-grade 5 license that allowed general teachers, with minimal arts content knowledge and arts teaching training, to teach the arts could seriously undermine the quality of standards-based arts education in Ohio.

OAAE has suggested that a provision be added to the bill specifying that all courses in the arts at all grade levels be taught by a teacher with a multi-age, preK-12 license in a specific arts discipline of dance, drama, music, or visual art.

Chairman Brenner said he would not go forward with plans for amendments and a vote on the bill because some members were absent.

Proponent testimony on HB544 STATE BOARD-ADOPT SCHOOL SAFETY STANDARDS (Rogers, Perales) The bill prescribes safety enhancement standards for new school facilities. The committee received written testimony from James McBride, police chief for Lakeland Community College; Anthony Podojil, executive director of the Alliance for High Quality Education; and Howie Beigelman of Ohio Jewish Communities.

Proponent testimony on HB628 RESIDENT EDUCATOR LICENSES (Stein, Retherford) The bill creates an alternative pathway to qualify for a resident educator license.  Candidates interested in pursuing an educational license through an on-line course would need to have bachelor’s degrees and be able to pass a background check. The proposed additional pathway would be an exclusively online program with no student teaching required.

Sponsor testimony on HB680 SCHOOL BUS SEAT BELTS (Barnes) To require all passenger seats on school buses to be equipped with occupant restraining devices beginning on July 1, 2019, and to designate “Safe School Week” on the first third full week of October. Rep. Barnes quoted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistic of 1,172 fatal motor vehicle crashes related to school transportation from 2006 to 2015, as support for the measure. 

Sponsor testimony on SB246 STUDENT SAFETY ACT (Lehner, Manning) To enact the “SAFE Act” to revise the procedures for emergency removal of a student. The bill deals with positive behavioral intervention supports and suspension and expulsion policies for students in grades pre-kindergarten through three. Sen. Lehner said in sponsor testimony the bill is meant to limit the use of exclusionary discipline practices by barring use of suspensions or expulsions on children in third grade or younger except in extreme cases, and support implementation of positive behavior intervention and supports as an alternative to such discipline practices.

Sponsor testimony on HB487 RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL-COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Ingram) The bill eliminates the right of first refusal for charter schools, STEM schools and college-preparatory boarding schools when acquiring school district property.

Sponsor testimony on HB707 ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (Reinke, Faber) The bill deals with the regulation of e-schools and requires a legislative review of the student enrollment reporting manual for public schools.

 

The House passed several bills, sending them to the Senate for consideration:

HB58: (bill passed 89-4) Requires the State Board of Education to adopt a model curriculum for cursive handwriting instruction for students in grades kindergarten through five

HB342: (bill passed 61-32) Requires the ballot wording on property tax proposals to be in terms of tax per $100,000 of fair market value rather than per $100 of tax valuation

HB477: (bill passed 93-0.) Eliminates nonoperational and outdated provisions related to the Ohio Department of Education and school operations

 

 

OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL

Ohio Attorney General’s Drug Use Prevention Resource Guide

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education released a resource guide to help schools develop comprehensive prevention services. The guide walks users through the strategic planning process of developing a comprehensive drug-prevention plan for their classroom, school, or district. The committee identified 12 prevention services that, it believes, make up a comprehensive prevention plan, including: Before- and after-school programs; Cross-curricular prevention education; Health education curricula; Social-emotional learning; School climate and drug-use surveys; Alcohol, drug, and mental health board engagement and treatment providers; Caregiver engagement; Law enforcement engagement; Professional development in mental health and substance use; Youth-led prevention; Community-based health referrals; and School-based health care services.

Akron Beacon Journal: New guide for school drug prevention
“Gone are the days of educators teaching kids to “just say no” with frightening visual representations of a brain on drugs. But today’s new wave of drug prevention programming in some schools might be just as ineffective — and, in some cases, harmful to developing minds.” 

Columbus Dispatch: DeWine offering drone photos of schools for safety plans
“Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to take school-safety planning to new heights.  The Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s squadron of six drones, normally used to document crime scenes, now is available to take high-quality aerial photographs of buildings for inclusion in school safety plans.”

 

 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

School-Based Healthcare Support Toolkit Offers Resources to Support School and Care Provider Partnerships

Ohio launched the new School-Based Health Care Toolkit, a set of resources for schools and communities as they work together to address common health issues and keep students in class and learning.

Annual Safety Plan Certification Reminder

Schools must annually certify to the Ohio Department of Education that their safety plan documents are current and accurate. School and district administrators with compliant school safety plans, from 2017 and earlier, have until July 1 of each year to complete this annual review.

 

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Tuesday, June 26

3:30 p.m. House Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)
Ohio Statehouse Room 121

  • SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs. 5th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote
  • HB591 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS (Duffey) To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote

 

Wednesday, June 27

9:00 a.m. Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)
Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room

  • SB34 ACADEMIC YEAR (Manning) To generally require public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day. 7th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
  • HB87 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Roegner) Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote

 

 

 

OHIO NEWS

Dayton Daily News: New Ohio School Plan: Equity, Social issues as Crucial as Math, Reading
“The state school board’s new strategic plan for Ohio education puts development of social skills and leadership on equal footing with literacy, math and other traditional academics. The document calls a lack of equal opportunities from child to child “Ohio’s greatest education challenge” and it calls for a focus on the “whole child,” including physical, social, emotional and intellectual aspects.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Emotional, Leadership and Critical Thinking Skills Are Officially Equal Goals for Ohio’s Schools as Math and English
“Ohio’s schools should move away from their test-driven focus of the last several years toward helping the “whole child” develop emotional, reasoning, and leadership skills, the state school board decided Tuesday as it passed its new “strategic plan” calling for major changes in schools’ approach.”

Columbus Dispatch: As Yost, others press for action, House to pass eschool changes
“ECOT has been auctioned off in pieces, but the enrollment count issue that led to its downfall and is impacting other Ohio online schools so far remains unaddressed as state lawmakers prepare to head into a summer break. State Auditor Dave Yost, along with both liberal- and conservative-leaning education policy advocates, say lawmakers need to act with more haste in clarifying how to count the thousands of students attending Ohio e-schools.”

Springfield News-Sun: Schools may get cursive handwriting guidelines from State
“What started out as a mandate that Ohio school children learn to write in cursive is now likely to be more of a suggestion. Brenner’s initial idea was to require instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade in cursive handwriting. The version of the bill passed Wednesday, though, would only direct the State Board of Education to develop model curriculum that would be available for school districts to use.”

Columbus Dispatch: Growing Pressures Feed Kids’ Mental Health Issues, Expert Says
“It’s not your imagination, or mere nostalgia for the good ol’ days: Today’s children and teens have more mental-health problems than earlier generations. The reason is a mix of social, environmental and even dietary factors, but the problem is growing, said experts speaking Wednesday to the Columbus Metropolitan Club.”

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

LA Times: White House to propose merging Labor, Education depts
“The White House on Thursday announced a proposed overhaul of the federal government that would merge the Labor and Education departments, consolidate a slew of social safety net programs under a renamed health agency and reorganize federal food safety functions.” 

Center for American Progress: Addressing the Gap Between Education Research and Practice
“This issue brief attempts to address the research-practice gap in the education space. First, it describes some challenges in applying research to educational practice. It then outlines research-practice partnerships (RPPs)—mutually beneficial collaborations between research scientists and education leaders that can narrow the gap between research and practice. Finally, the brief proposes the creation of state-level education capacity centers, which would help leaders in state and local education departments use research to inform practice.”

USA Today: Teens Take Fewer Risks with Sex and Drugs But Face New Challenges
“Today’s high school students have less sex and take fewer drugs than those of decades past, but they face some newly recognized risks, including misuse of pain pills, according to a report released Thursday. The findings, from a set of surveys updated every two years by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), paint a picture of teen life that is safer than it used to be, but still fraught with risks ranging from suicidal thoughts to sex without condoms.”

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

K-8 Arts Integration Institute for Teachers

The Mansfield Partners in Education Team will host a two-day professional development workshop on arts integration for elementary and intermediate educators and administrators on August 2-3, 2018 at the Mansfield Art Center.

Course: Reading Portraits as Biographies: Observe. Infer. Inquire.
There’s more to a portrait than you might think. Portraits are often viewed as a mere depiction of a person when in actuality they can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life. This workshop examines ways to teach students to view portraits as a visual text filled with meaningful symbolism in order to make the study of people and biographies more engaging. Reading portraits helps students activate and build background knowledge of, construct understanding of, and reflect on historical and literary figures across the curriculum.

Dates: August 2-3, 2018
Location: Mansfield Art Center
Cost: Free

Register online

Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

Final Logo-Color-V crHigh-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.

Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)

Workshops will focus on these topics:

  • How to prioritize fine arts standards
  • Deconstruction of standards
  • Aligning assessments with standards
  • Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
  • Sharing with & learning from colleagues
  • Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website

To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching staff contact:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

OAAC_logo_finalThe Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.


Arts On Line keeps arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.

The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education AssociationOhio Art Education AssociationOhio Educational Theatre Association  OhioDance , and the Ohio Arts Council.

This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

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Arts On Line Education Update June 18, 2018

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board Approves Strategic Plan for Education

The State Board of Education voted overwhelmingly to approve the state’s five-year strategic plan for education titled EachChild=OurFuture. The approved plan covers the years 2019-24 and will guide the state in working to achieve the stated goal to: “Annually increase the percentage of Ohio’s high school graduates who, within one year of graduation, are enrolled and succeeding in a post-high school learning experience, including an adult career-technical education program, an apprenticeship and/or a two-year or four-year college program (15 semester hours); or serving in a military branch; or earning a living wage.”

The plan lays out a framework for the state’s educational goals and includes four focuses: foundational skills and knowledge; well-rounded content; reasoning; and social-emotional learning. It also establishes three “core principles” of equity, partnerships and quality schools. A key component of the plan is the acknowledgment that critical reasoning and social emotional learning competencies are important, inseparable elements of learning. Because of this, Board member Sarah Fowler was the lone dissenting vote stating she felt the document strayed too far into family matters. The entire plan can be reviewed online.

The Plain Dealer: Emotional, leadership and critical thinking skills are officially equal goals for Ohio’s schools as math and English
“Ohio’s schools should move away from their test-driven focus of the last several years toward helping the “whole child” develop emotional, reasoning, and leadership skills, the state school board decided Tuesday as it passed its new “strategic plan” calling for major changes in schools’ approach. It’s a shift that also values the pursuit of job and career skills as equal goals for graduates as going to college.”

 

 

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

HB512 “Shelved”

Rep. Bill Blessing, R-Cincinnati, chairman of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, has indicated that HB512 will not have any further hearings at this time. Blessing cited the overwhelming opposition the bill has received as the reason.

HB512 was introduced in February of this year as a bill designed to significantly alter education policy and governance by creating a new cabinet level agency. This would be done by combining the functions of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to create the Ohio Department of Learning and Achievement. Also, as part of the new bill, the State Board of Education, which is required under the Ohio constitution, would find its responsibilities and authority significantly reduced, as would the office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

OAAE’s Position on HB512: OAAE issued an action alert in March opposing HB512.

OAAE expressed concerned that the bill would eliminate the policy-making authority of the State Board of Education, which would greatly diminish the public’s ability to participate in preK-12 education policy development, decision-making, and rulemaking. The public and stakeholders would lose their ability to influence education policy at the grassroots level through State Board committee meetings and business meetings, if the bill were to be signed into law.  The bill would also create a huge state agency, that would control 53 percent of the General Revenue Fund, under the direct control of the governor, without any checks.  The focus of this new agency on workforce development and career readiness could marginalize meeting the academic, social, emotional, creative, and physical needs of students in grades preK-12.

OAAE recommended in our March testimony to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee that lawmakers should support the creation of a non-partisan, independent board by reinstating an elected state board of education, which would facilitate the participation of parents, students, teachers, administrators, business and community members in the development and implementation of education policies. 

Columbus Dispatch:  Proposal to merge Ohio Department of Education put on ice

“A bill pushed by Gov. John Kasich to put the Ohio Department of Education under the governor’s direct control has been shelved. “You were seeing people from the left and the right coming at this,” said Rep. Bill Blessing, R-Cincinnati, chairman of the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, which held multiple hearings on the bill. “There was too much opposition to move forward with it.” Under House Bill 512, the Department of Education would merge with the Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation into a new agency under the governor’s control. Supporters say the consolidation would streamline efforts, improve communications and better prepare students for the workforce of the future.”

 

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Tuesday, June 19

3:00 p.m. House Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)

Ohio Statehouse Room 121 

  • Sub. SB246 (Lehner, Manning) Revise student expulsion procedures 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony 
  • Am. Sub. SB216 (Huffman) Enact Public School Deregulation Act-primary/secondary ed-testing 4th Hearing, All Testimony 
  • HB544 (Rogers, Perales) Prescribe standards for school safety enhancements 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony  
  • HB680 (Barnes) Require occupant restraining devices on school buses 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony 
  • HB487 (Ingram) Eliminate special school right to school district real property 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony

 

 

OHIO NEWS

Toledo Blade: Report-Area school districts lost almost $16.5 million to defunct ECOT

“Democrats and progressive activists continued to ramp up criticism of both a now-defunct virtual charter school and Republican leaders. Innovation Ohio on Wednesday released a breakdown that shows how much each Ohio school district transferred to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow in the past six years, showing districts from Lucas and Wood counties transferred close to $16.5 million to the charter school since 2012. Overall, school districts throughout the state transferred about $590 million during those six years.”

 

ODE: Ohio Department of Education Celebrates New Graduates Headed to U.S. Military

“In a first-ever ceremony held at The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Education celebrated the members of the class of 2018 who are joining the U.S. military.  “Ohio salutes these recent graduates and we beam with pride as they take the first steps into their careers in the U.S. military,” said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. ‘In service to our country, opportunity of all kinds awaits them. We wish them well as they embark on this new journey.'”

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

USDOE Launches Website with ESSA Resources

The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) recently announced the launch of the Comprehensive Center Network (CC Network) website. The CC Network website brings together a compilation of more than 700 resources developed by 23 Comprehensive Centers and over 200 projects currently underway in states across the country.  Through the single website, the CC Network portal assists anyone interested in learning more of the broad range of education initiatives funded by the U. S. Department of Education’s comprehensive centers and makes searching by state or topic easier.  The site can be visited at www.CompCenterNetwork.org.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

Final Logo-Color-V crHigh-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.

Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)

Workshops will focus on these topics:

  • How to prioritize fine arts standards
  • Deconstruction of standards
  • Aligning assessments with standards
  • Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
  • Sharing with & learning from colleagues
  • Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website

To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching staff contact:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

OAAC_logo_finalThe Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.


Arts On Line keeps arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.

The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education AssociationOhio Art Education AssociationOhio Educational Theatre Association  OhioDance , and the Ohio Arts Council.

This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

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Arts On Line Education Update June 11, 2018

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTS ADVOCATE    

HAMMcrpDarren T. Hamm
Executive Director, Oberlin Center for the Arts

Q: How did you participate in the arts as a child?

A: The arts helped to inform and define my life as a child. At a very young age, I found that I could better understand and explain my world by utilizing visual art. Thankfully, my parents recognized this and found ways to support my interests and continued education in the arts, through public school education and private lessons.

Q: Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.

A: To the best of my recollection, I believe it was in the first grade when I first realized that my visual art skills could be used to better the world around me, when I was asked to create large reproductions of “The Letter People” (a PBS children’s literacy series) for display in our classroom. This moment remains precious as I believe it to be the first time that my talents were publicly recognized and I witnessed the joy that my creations brought to others.

Q: How do you practice creativity in your own life and / or what inspires you?

A:  While raising young children, I have considered my “formal” artistic career in the visual arts, graphic arts and music performance, to be on temporary hiatus. However, I consider creativity, and the arts more broadly, as the way in which we approach life as opposed to our occupation. That said, I seek to incorporate creativity into my work and life experiences every day, from the way I work with others to design programs, engage stakeholders, develop resources or build collaborations, to the way I hope to raise my children and enrich their world.

Q. Name one puzzle or problem you are working on in the field right now.

A: We are currently working to build an arts and culture sector for our region, an activity which finds us bringing together a wide range of people around the role of the arts in our communities and the value it has in advancing community-level causes.

Q: Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.

A: You can reference my “ah-ha” moment above. If it weren’t for the recognition of my talents at a young age, my personal and professional life would have been on an entirely different trajectory. An education through the arts had allowed me to feel like someone of value, helping me to communicate through a new language and ultimately develop my own identity.

Q: What can the average person do to advocate for more and / or stronger arts education in local schools?

A: They can think of why art matters to them, the impact the arts have had on their life, and tell their story to anyone willing to listen.


Portrait of an Arts Advocate is a monthly feature profiling an OAAE member active in advocating for arts education in Ohio. If you’d like to submit your information, or recommend an #artsed advocate to us, email akruse@oaae.net.

 

 

OHIO LEGISLATIVE NEWS

The Ohio House of Representatives elected Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Gallipolis) to serve as its new speaker last Wednesday ending a near 2-month period of stalemate. It took 11 voting rounds and more than two hours for the election to be completed. The speaker’s office had been vacant since April 12 following Cliff Rosenberger’s (R-Clarksville) resignation amid an FBI inquiry. Smith had been serving as chair of the House Finance Committee, a role which will now be filled by Rep. Scott Ryan (R-Newark).

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio House Votes 11 Times before Picking Ryan Smith as Speaker

“Nothing about the Ohio House has been pretty over the past eight weeks, so few people were surprised Wednesday when it took an unprecedented 11 rounds of voting to elect Rep. Ryan Smith as the new speaker, temporarily easing a bitter internal GOP fight.”

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Grad Nation: 2018 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

The nation continues to see steady growth in high school graduation rates, but it remains off pace to reaching the 90 percent goal—a goal that would require graduating about 219,000 more young people on time than graduated in 2016 and nearly doubling the annual rate of gain in recent years through 2020.

Ohio is one of 12 states to have a graduation rate between 80 and 85 percent. However, the report notes the state has gained little ground over the past six years.

 

ESC of Central Ohio: National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

The National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, to be held in Columbus in October 2018, provides an opportunity for district and school administrators to build a research-backed foundation for an effective dropout prevention plan. The strategies put forward by the NDPC/N have been put into practice by states nationwide and are considered the standard in dropout prevention planning.

 

New York Times: Trump’s School Safety Commission Won’t Look at Guns, Betsy DeVos Says

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the federal commission on school safety set up this year after the Parkland, Fla., school massacre will not focus on the role guns play in school violence.”

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Monday, June 11

8:30 a.m.  State Board of Education Meeting

Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., Columbus

   

Tuesday, June 12

8:30 a.m. State Board of Education Meeting

Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., Columbus

    

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

Final Logo-Color-V crHigh-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.

Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)

Workshops will focus on these topics:

  • How to prioritize fine arts standards
  • Deconstruction of standards
  • Aligning assessments with standards
  • Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
  • Sharing with & learning from colleagues
  • Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website

To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching staff contact:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

OAAC_logo_finalThe Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.


Arts On Line keeps arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.

The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education AssociationOhio Art Education AssociationOhio Educational Theatre Association  OhioDance , and the Ohio Arts Council.

This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

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Portrait of an Arts Advocate: Darren T. Hamm

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTS ADVOCATE    

HAMMcrpDarren T. Hamm
Executive Director, Oberlin Center for the Arts

Q: How did you participate in the arts as a child?

A: The arts helped to inform and define my life as a child. At a very young age, I found that I could better understand and explain my world by utilizing visual art. Thankfully, my parents recognized this and found ways to support my interests and continued education in the arts, through public school education and private lessons.

Q: Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.

A: To the best of my recollection, I believe it was in the first grade when I first realized that my visual art skills could be used to better the world around me, when I was asked to create large reproductions of “The Letter People” (a PBS children’s literacy series) for display in our classroom. This moment remains precious as I believe it to be the first time that my talents were publicly recognized and I witnessed the joy that my creations brought to others.

Q: How do you practice creativity in your own life and / or what inspires you?

A:  While raising young children, I have considered my “formal” artistic career in the visual arts, graphic arts and music performance, to be on temporary hiatus. However, I consider creativity, and the arts more broadly, as the way in which we approach life as opposed to our occupation. That said, I seek to incorporate creativity into my work and life experiences every day, from the way I work with others to design programs, engage stakeholders, develop resources or build collaborations, to the way I hope to raise my children and enrich their world.

Q. Name one puzzle or problem you are working on in the field right now.

A: We are currently working to build an arts and culture sector for our region, an activity which finds us bringing together a wide range of people around the role of the arts in our communities and the value it has in advancing community-level causes.

Q: Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.

A: You can reference my “ah-ha” moment above. If it weren’t for the recognition of my talents at a young age, my personal and professional life would have been on an entirely different trajectory. An education through the arts had allowed me to feel like someone of value, helping me to communicate through a new language and ultimately develop my own identity.

Q: What can the average person do to advocate for more and / or stronger arts education in local schools?

A: They can think of why art matters to them, the impact the arts have had on their life, and tell their story to anyone willing to listen.


Portrait of an Arts Advocate is a monthly feature profiling an OAAE member active in advocating for arts education in Ohio. If you’d like to submit your information, or recommend an #artsed advocate to us, email akruse@oaae.net.

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Arts On Line Education Update June 4, 2018

OHIO NEWS

WOSU: Study: Ohio’s Student Proficiency Standards Are Too Low

“A new Stanford University analysis of state and national test scores shows more Ohio students pass state exams than similar nationwide tests, which researchers say means the state’s proficiency standards are too low.”

Education Next: Have States Maintained High Expectations for Student Performance?

“The report shows that even though states have raised their standards, they have not found a way to translate these new benchmarks into higher levels of student test performance. There was no correlation at all between a lift in state standards and a rise in student performance, which is the central objective of higher proficiency bars.”

 

Groundwork Ohio: Invest Early or Pay Later: Ohio’s Early Childhood and Juvenile Justice Systems

“Early investments like quality child care, quality preschool, and evidence-based home visiting can help mediate the effects of childhood trauma by increasing a child’s resiliency. Without the buffering impact of resiliency factors, later interventions, like the juvenile justice system, are extremely costly and ineffective in addressing the roots of a child’s behavior.”

Alliance for Excellent Education: The Graduation Effect

“Using data from the 2014-2015 school year, the Graduation Effect, an online tool created by the Alliance, draws a straight line between educational attainment and economic success. As has been well demonstrated, high school graduates are less likely to be unemployed, live in poverty, have poor health, and engage in criminal behaviors.”

See Ohio data here.

 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Spread the Word: Kids Eat Free This Summer!

“All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.”

For more information or to find a location near you call 1-866-3-HUNGRY, or follow the above link to view a clickable map or a list of all 2018 Summer Food Service Program locations.

 

Summer Food Service Program Sponsors and Sites Still Needed

“This year, the Ohio Department of Education wants to increase participation in summer meal programs. The Department is looking for local nonprofit agencies to serve as sponsors or sites to serve free meals to children. Summer food service sponsors and sites are especially needed in southern Ohio counties where families struggle with food insecurity, as well as in rural communities and areas where migrant families live. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements to cover the costs of nutritious meals and snacks to children in eligible areas.”

 

Opioids and Ohio Children: Tools for School Nurses

“The Ohio Department of Health will host a conference on July 25 to give school nurses information and resources to support students with prenatal opioid exposure and trauma caused by family opioid abuse.”

 

Local Equity Planning Rubrics Now Available

“During the 2018 fiscal planning year, districts and schools worked to ensure poor and minority students have equitable access to excellent educators. This required equity planning, in alignment with the Every Student Succeeds Act, included identifying equity gaps, conducting a root-cause analysis and developing strategies to close these gaps.”

 

Early College High School Programs and College Credit Plus

“This document outlines the required information that must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Education in order for an Early College High School (ECHS) to request an exemption of the requirements of College Credit Plus.”

 

OHIO LEGISLATIVE NEWS

Dayton Daily News: Bill Would Push Ohio Schools to Open after Labor Day

“Under House Bill 549, schools that want to open before Labor Day would need to take extra steps. The school board would have to hold a public hearing on the topic and then wait at least 30 days before voting on a resolution permitting schools to open earlier.”

 

Columbus Dispatch: Schuring: Ohio House Will Meet Next Week to End Speaker Impasse

“Determined to end a bitter seven-week leadership impasse, Rep. Kirk Schuring says Ohio House members have until Friday to tell him how the chamber will go about picking a new leader next week.”

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Wednesday, June 6

3:15 p.m. Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)

Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room

  • Confirmation hearing on governor’s appointment of Charles Froehlich, State Board of Education
  • SB 294  EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS (Eklund) 1st Hearing-Sponsor
  • SB 276  STUDENT EXPULSIONS (Hottinger) 1st Hearing-Sponsor
  • SB 287  HEALTH EDUCATION (Sykes) 1st Hearing-Sponsor

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

Final Logo-Color-V crHigh-quality assessments are an integral part of measuring and monitoring student growth and informing classroom instruction. Arts educators are often left on their own to develop assessments and identify student growth measures, often without adequate background in assessment design and implementation.

Our Arts Assessment Professional Development workshop will help educators acquire skills in developing, reviewing, and selecting high-quality assessments. Sessions will focus on foundations of assessment literacy, quality assessment design and an understanding of why they are important to instruction and student learning. Workshops are appropriate for all fine arts disciplines (including dance, music, theater and visual arts.)

Workshops will focus on these topics:

  • How to prioritize fine arts standards
  • Deconstruction of standards
  • Aligning assessments with standards
  • Principles of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Arts assessment blueprints – plan of action and creating assessments
  • Sharing with & learning from colleagues
  • Assessment resources on the Ohio Arts Collaborative website

To schedule professional development sessions for your district’s fine arts teaching staff contact:

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

OAAC_logo_finalThe Ohio Alliance for Arts Education is a leading member of the Ohio Arts Assessment Collaborative, a consortium of Ohio school districts, Battelle for Kids, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Ohio State University.


Arts On Line keeps arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.

The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education AssociationOhio Art Education AssociationOhio Educational Theatre Association  OhioDance , and the Ohio Arts Council.

This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.

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