PORTRAIT OF AN ARTS ADVOCATE
Baba Jubal Harris
Baba Jubal Harris, BSEd. is the founder of the Ohio Heart Beat Drum Circle. He is the 2015 recipient of the Ohio Heritage Fellowship, and is a master teaching artist with the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning program. Harris is a member of OAAE’s Artists in Schools roster.
Q: How did you participate in the arts as a child?
A: As a child I danced, played percussion, trumpet, French horn and flute. I enjoyed drawing, photography and woodworking. I participated in art class at the Cincinnati Museum of Art. I performed in school band and orchestra throughout grade school.
Q: Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.
A: My favorite “a-ha moment” came when I realized that I enjoyed teaching the arts as well as performing. I discovered I had the ability to integrate the arts into academics and make learning very enjoyable.
Q: How do you practice creativity in your own life and / or what inspires you?
A: The simple joy of allowing myself to be creative inspires me to discover more. It allows me to collaborate with people who are innovative, inspiring and creative. I meet these people in all walks of life every day and each one of them inspires me. I practice creativity by sharing my creativity.
Q: Name one puzzle, or problem, you are working on in the field right now.
A: One puzzle I am working on right now is how to help parents, administrators and educators gain an appreciation for the fact that the arts are not separate from academics but are an integral part of the whole learning process.
Q: Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.
A: Dr. Chuck Davis, Baba Ishangi, Fotala Borde, and Mrs. DuPrist were arts educator who impacted me, may they rest in peace. They showed me by their example what excellence requires. They taught me how to give “peace, love and respect to everybody” through the arts.
Q: What can the average person do to advocate for more and / or stronger arts education in local schools?
A: Talk to school board members, administrators, teachers and parents about the value of the arts in your child’s life and in your community. Address issues in the arts and arts education that have an impact on people’s lives. Vote for candidates who work to provide your child with high quality arts education. Attend performances and art shows at community schools. Develop good relationships with merchants in your community who support the arts and art education.
Portrait of an Arts Advocate is a monthly feature profiling an OAAE member active in advocating for arts education in Ohio. If you would like to submit your information or recommend an #artsed advocate to us, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Senate Education Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:
Sub. HB21- COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) Regarding verification of community school enrollments.
Rep. Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) testified that Sub. HB21 is ‘a win for public schools’. His proposed measure would take the onus from public schools to verify residency of community school students and instead requires charter schools to keep track of the home districts in which their students reside. HB21 changes the obligation from the public schools to community schools on the foundation that each school should only be responsible for verifying the residency of the students they serve.
Sub. HB21 will not only ease the burden on school districts but also ‘ensure more timely and accurate updating of records.’ Hambley stated that “By ensuring accurate residency records, we can better ensure that our school districts are not paying for students who do not live in their districts, and guarantee that the funding going to community schools is coming from the correct accounts.”
HB98 CAREER INFORMATION (Duffey, Boggs) Regarding the presentation of career information to students.
Business leaders from around the state testified in favor of the bill that would establish standards for universities, trade schools, employers and military recruiters to present information to high school students. HB98 would provide recruiters the opportunity to present career information twice per year to high school students.
Matt McClain of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce indicated that HB98 was timely legislation because of the number of companies that find it difficult to fill skilled labor positions. “Contributing to this is the fact that many students are not aware that such opportunities exist, or what educational path is available to reach their goals,” Mr. McClain said. “HB98 will help by introducing students to exciting job fields they are unaware of, and how they may get there.”
SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.
The committee accepted two amendments which sponsor Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) explained would make the following changes: maintain administration of the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and modify training requirements for educators teaching gifted students. More amendments are expected to be introduced in the coming weeks on this evolving piece of legislation.
Matt Dotson, with the Ohio Education Association’s (OEA) government relations division, presented opponent testimony to the bill’s current version. “Of primary concern are provisions OEA views as diluting or eliminating safeguards in teacher licensure that are designed to ensure the professionalism and preparedness of educators serving students in the classroom,” Mr. Dotson said. However, there are certain provisions in the bill that OEA does support including Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) reform and allowing for a paper format testing option.
OEA stands as an Interested Party on provisions like requiring the State Board to change the grade bands of teacher licenses. “Reviewing the effectiveness of current licensure grade bands is worthwhile and may reveal the need to make adjustments,” Dalton said. “A more narrowly tailored approach might seek more grade band flexibility for special subjects that are particularly hard to staff in some areas of the state (e.g. foreign languages).”
Addressing the provision pertaining to grade band flexibility, Joseph Keferl, chair of the State University Education Deans (SUED) indicated many of SUED’s members support more flexibility and increased authority at the local level to meet immediate staffing needs. Mr. Keferl told Sen. Huffman that SUED has done extensive outreach to gather feedback on the bill and created the following list of recommendations for the committee to consider instead of returning to the previous grade bands:
- Expand the existing Early Childhood (PreK to 3rd grade) to PreK to 5th grade
- Maintain the existing Middle Childhood licensure band (4th – 9th grades)
- Maintain the existing Adolescence to Young Adult licensure band (7th – 12th grades)
- Create additional Intervention Specialist licensure options for Pre K through 5th grade, 4th – 9th grades and 7th – 12th grades to support dual licensure programs (General Education and Special Education) while maintaining the current Kindergarten through 12th grade mild – moderate and moderate – intensive Intervention Specialists licensure bands
- Give superintendents authority, based on their professional judgement, to assign an experienced teacher (with three or more years of experience) within one grade of their licensure band without additional endorsements for a period of up to two years.
SB216, introduced in October 2017, is on a relatively slow track due to its large number of provisions affecting so many areas of Ohio law. A substitute bill has been introduced, and additional Senate Education Committee hearings and further changes to the bill are likely. OAAE will soon post an analysis of Sub. SB216 on its website.
ON THE CALENDAR
Monday, February 12
8:00 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St, Columbus
State Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, February 13
8:30 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St, Columbus
State Board of Education Meeting
4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse House Room 121
Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner
- HB477 (Koehler) Eliminate general and primary and secondary school provisions 1st Hearing, Sponsor Testimony
- HB438 (Hambley, Kick) Address composition of educational service centers 3rd Hearing, All Testimony
- HB442 (Antani) Allow student holding F-1 visa to be in interschool athletics 2nd Hearing, Proponent/Interested Party Testimony
Wednesday, February 14
11:00 a.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 115
Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee Chair: Duffey
- HB110 (Hagan, Dean) Expand College Credit Plus to include apprenticeships 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
ODE: $8 Million Available Through Ohio’s Community Connectors Program
“For the fourth year, community organizations, faith- or values-based groups and businesses are being asked to partner to encourage one-on-one mentorship in Ohio’s schools and help give more students access to role models who can motivate and inspire them.
Gov. John Kasich created the Community Connectors program as a key initiative to foster increased student mentorship. Since its inception in 2014, Community Connectors projects have provided mentoring opportunities to more than 100,000 students across Ohio. In 2016-2017 alone, volunteer mentors provided more than 500,000 mentoring contact hours. In total, 51 of 88 counties are, or have been, home to one or more Community Connectors grants.”
Columbus Dispatch: OhioCorps proposed to mentor high schoolers vulnerable to drugs
“The OhioCorps bill, which will be sponsored by Republican Reps. Bill Reineke of Tiffin and Scott Ryan of Granville, seeks to give college students the opportunity to mentor at-risk high school students and give high school students the opportunity to volunteer in their communities and earn scholarships.”
Associated Press: Ohio lawmakers, groups reach deal on redistricting proposal
“A compromise between state lawmakers and voting rights advocates over how Ohio draws its congressional maps is headed to the May ballot after clearing the state Legislature on Tuesday.
The constitutional amendment is aimed at curbing gerrymandering, the manipulation of district boundaries for political advantage, amid national concern that the current districts are contributing to partisanship, gridlock and incivility in Washington.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Congressional redistricting plan passes Ohio House, will appear on May ballot
“Ohioans will vote in May to change how the state draws its congressional districts to a process that supporters say will lead to fairer, more competitive districts. The Ohio House on Tuesday approved Senate Joint Resolution 5 in an 83-10 vote, sending the proposal to be filed with the secretary of state’s office for the May 8 ballot. The Senate approved the proposed constitutional amendment in a 31-0 vote Monday night.”
The Toledo Blade: More candidates enter crowded field for Ohio governor
“The crowded fields to succeed Republican Gov. John Kasich and challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown grew more crowded Wednesday with passage of the deadline for candidates to file petitions for the May 8 primary election. Eight Democrats filed petitions for governor, including three who had not been in the picture until now. That compares to the relatively compact race of two political heavyweights on the Republican side — Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.”
Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
High-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
Downloadable flyer to share with administrators and colleagues: Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success
The 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.
Upcoming public sessions hosted by Educational Service Centers:
Host: Summit ESC
Date: March 7, 2018
To register contact: summitesc.org/events
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This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.