Arts On Line Update 09.26.2011

Whenever you ask someone who works in arts education how they’re doing, invariably they reply, with exhaustion, “Busy. Very busy.” Well, here at Muse Machine we’re busy, too, just like everyone else…and what a boring answer! Instead, lately I’ve answered that question by saying “We’re having fun! The school year is off to a great start and we’re having fun.” Because it’s true. I try to remind myself every morning when I get to the office that I need to relax a bit, because I’m not going to cure cancer today…nor am I going to save any babies…but what I will do is provide opportunities for the thousands of students we serve to HAVE FUN at school today. How? Through the joyful engagement with learning that occurs whenever children participate in the arts. Whether it’s through an arts-integrated lesson plan that a teacher created through Muse Machine professional development; or through an arts performance that Muse Machine delivered to their school; or through a Muse Machine artist residency, in which Muse artists partner with classroom teachers to develop student performances that demonstrate learning; students are having fun at Muse Machine schools. And I’m very proud to be a part of that. With all the seriousness surrounding the public debates over education reform – and with the dire pictures painted by the media of struggling schools – I like to remind myself that every day, in ways both small and large, I am helping to bring sunshine into Ohio classrooms. Oh – AND having a measurable impact on learning in core curriculum areas! But that’s just a wonderful by-product of student engagement – of FUN in schools. And that’s what the arts can deliver.

Luke Dennis
Executive Director
Muse Machine
luke@musemachine.com

Note: Luke Dennis serves as the Executive Director of Muse Machine in Dayton and is a fabulous Board leader for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

October is Arts and Humanities Month:  Governor John Kasich has issued a proclamation declaring October Arts & Humanities Month in Ohio.

“The arts and humanities play a unique role in the lives of our families, communities and country by enhancing and enriching the human experience,” proclaims Governor Kasich. “I hereby designate October 2011 as Arts & Humanities Month throughout Ohio and encourage the residents of Ohio to celebrate and promote the arts and culture in our state.”

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) has been celebrated since 1993 and provides a great opportunity for people to participate in the arts offered in their communities. The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) is teaming up with the Ohio Statehouse to celebrate NAHM by organizing a series of free arts events in downtown Columbus.

On Tuesday, October 4, 2011 the month-long celebration will kick off in the Statehouse Atrium from noon to 1:00 PM with a reading of Governor Kasich’s proclamation of October as Arts & Humanities Month throughout Ohio. Following the reading, high-energy bluegrass band Grassahol will perform a 45-minute set of their toe-tapping music. Described as “original, contemporary bluegrass at its finest” by Bluegrass Unlimited, the band frequently entertains audiences across the Midwest and features the musical style of Carl Yaffey (banjo), Chas Williams (fiddle), Heidi White (bass), Buren Carter (guitar), and Scott Brooks (mandolin). The lunchtime event will be free and open to the public.

A visit to the Statehouse is always a good time to explore the People’s Art Collection. The artwork in the collection depicts the hopes, dreams, values and aspirations of Ohioans, and commemorates Ohio’s accomplishments and struggles. With the support of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the OAC, the People’s Art Collection created integrated lessons about the artwork found within the Statehouse and on Capitol Square. These “>resources are available for parents and teachers.

The Statehouse is just one place where Ohioans can discover and explore the arts in the Buckeye state during NAHM. To discover the rich variety of arts and cultural activities going on throughout Ohio, visit ArtsinOhio.com. The OAC also encourages arts organizations to schedule events in coordination with NAHM and to use ArtsinOhio.com to promote them. Organizations can register online for free, and post their events to the website.

Ohio Arts & Humanities Month events are organized by the Ohio Arts Council and the Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board with support from the Central Ohio Bluegrass Association and Ohio Citizens for the Arts.

129th Ohio General Assembly:  The Ohio House and Senate will hold sessions and hearings this week.

Apportionment Maps for General Assembly Now Available:  Secretary of State Jon Husted has posted on the Secretary of State’s website several maps that show proposed Ohio Senate and Ohio House districts for the next ten years based on the 2010 census.  The maps have been developed by individuals and groups in response to a request by Secretary Husted for the public to be involved in the apportionment process.

One of the maps has been developed by the secretaries of the Apportionment Board.  The Board is constitutionally required to adopt the new districts between August 1 and October 1, 2011.  The Board will hold a meeting on September 26, 2011 in the Senate Finance Room at 9:00 AM, and is expected to select a map of the new House and Senate districts this week.

The membership of the Apportionment Board and its duties are defined in the Ohio Constitution Article XI.  The Apportionment Board includes the governor (John Kasich); secretary of state (Jon Husted); auditor of the state (David Yost); one person chosen by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the leader in the Senate of the political party of which the Speaker of the House is a member (Senator Tom Niehaus); and one person chosen by the legislative leaders in the two houses of the major political party of which the Speaker of the House is not a member (Representative Armond Budish). The purpose of the Board is to redraw the 99 state House districts and 33 state Senate districts after the census.The proposed maps are available.

Appointments to the Ohio Arts Council:  Governor Kasich has appointed the following individuals to the Ohio Arts Council for terms beginning September 19, 2011 and ending July 1, 2016: Jeffrey A. Rich of Dublin (Franklin Co.) re-appointed; Geraldine B. Warner of Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.); and Monica A. Kridler of Columbus (Franklin Co.).

Lawmakers Approve Redistricting Plan – Sub. HB319:  Both the Ohio House and Senate approved on September 21, 2011 Sub. HB319 (Huffman), which creates new Congressional districts in Ohio based on the 2010 census, and designates March 6, 2012 as the spring primary date.

Sub. HB319 was approved mostly along party lines, with most Democrats opposing the new Congressional redistricting plan. Senators added a $2.75 million appropriation to the bill to help Boards of Election implement the new congressional districts.  Adding the appropriation also prevents a referendum on HB319, although opponents of HB319 might still challenge it in the courts, citing that the appropriation is not closely related to the purpose of the legislation, or pursue other avenues to delay implementation of the new redistricting plan.

This Week at the Statehouse
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Senate Education Committee: The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Lehner, will meet on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM in the South Hearing Room. The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:

  • HB116 (Barnes) School Anti-bullying Act: Enacts the School Day Security and Anti-Bullying Act and requires age-appropriate instruction on and parental notification of public schools’ policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
  • SB221 (Sawyer) Elementary Level Achievement Assessments:  Makes the elementary-level achievement assessments public records.
  • SB183 (Tavares) Community School Closure Exemption:  Exempts from closure certain community schools that enroll students receiving behavioral health services.
  • SB175 (Schiavoni) Community Schools:  Generally prohibits a community school from admitting a student from the school district in which it is located if the student’s district school has a better performance rating than the community school.
  • SB177 (Turner) Federal School Improvement Grant Moneys: Requires public high schools that receive federal school improvement grant moneys to establish student advisory committees.

House Ways and Means Committee: The House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Representative Beck, will meet at 1:30 PM in Hearing Room 116.  The committee will hear testimony on HB242 (Brenner/Patmon) Tax Credits for Nonpublic Schools, which would authorize non-refundable tax credits for donations to nonprofit entities providing scholarships to low-income students enrolling in chartered nonpublic schools.

House Education Committee: The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton, will meet at 5:00 PM in Hearing Room 313.  The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:

  • HB296 (Barnes) Career-Technical Planning Districts: Requires the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents to establish standards and protocols for approving career-technical planning districts to award associate degrees.
  • HB255 (Gonzales) School Breakfast Programs: Requires school districts and community schools to establish school breakfast programs in academic emergency buildings and to make other changes regarding school breakfast programs.

News from Washington, D.C.

Administration to Waive ESEA-NCLB Rules:  The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced on September 23, 2011 that it would grant waivers to states from some requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  According to the U.S. DOE,  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has the authority under ESEA to grant such waivers, which will apply to the 2011-12 school year.

To qualify for a waiver states must meet certain requirements, some of which states are already doing as part of the Race to the Top and School Improvement grant programs. Some states will be able to apply for the first round of waivers by mid-November and would receive them the first of the year.  A second round of waivers will be available in January 2012. According to the Ohio Department of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner is considering all options, and will seek more information about the waivers from Washington.

The ESEA was re-authorized by Congress in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act, but when NCLB came-up for re-authorization in 2006 the process stalled and lawmakers have not been able to approve a bipartisan bill to address some of the challenging provisions of the Act.  For example, more and more schools are being identified in “school improvement status” and are subject to penalties, because they cannot meet adequate yearly progress, which requires all students to be proficient in math and reading by 2014. As a result of NCLB some states have lowered academic standards to meet adequate yearly progress and narrowed the curriculum for students to increase instructional time in math and reading.

There have been a number of efforts by lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate to revise and improve the law, but those efforts have stalled for one reason or another.  President Obama submitted a detailed plan to re-authorize ESEA in March 2010 entitled “Blueprint for Reform”, but lawmakers continue to work on their own versions of the law. The U.S. House recently passed one bill, “Empowering Parents Through Quality Charter Schools Act”, in a series of legislation to re-authorize ESEA; Senate Republicans led by Senator Lamar Alexander(TN) have proposed four bills to re-authorize the Act; and some Senators, led by Senator Tom Harkin, chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, continue to work on a bipartisan plan to re-authorize the entire Act.

The proposed waiver plan by the U.S. DOE would eliminate the 2014 deadline that requires all students to be proficient in math and language arts; allow states to set their own student-achievement goals and design their own interventions for failing schools; provide more flexibility for states regarding federal funding; require states to adopt college and career-ready standards and assessments and develop an accountability system that differentiates schools/districts based on achievement;  require states to focus resources on the lowest 15th percent of low performing schools and take aggressive action in the lowest five percent of schools; and require states to create guidelines for teacher evaluations based in part on student achievement.

Some members of Congress are protesting the waiver plan saying that the Secretary of Education does not have the authority to grant waivers from ESEA with conditions.

A FACT Sheet on the waiver plan is available.

Congress Unable to Approve Spending Bill:  Congress has not approved appropriations for FY12, which begins October 1, 2011, and the federal government is again facing a shut-down unless lawmakers adopt a continuing resolution to keep the government in operation.  Last week lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate were considering such a resolution, H.J. Resolution 2608, but were unable to come to an agreement on a spending plan to fund the government through November 18, 2011 and provide funds to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  As a result, FEMA will run out of money this week, and the federal government could shutdown on October 1, 2011.

The U.S. House approved H.J. Resolution 2608 on September 23, 2011 by a vote of 219 to 203.  The resolution continues funding for government programs through November 18, 2011, but is controversial because it also cuts $1.5 billion from the advanced-technology automotive program in the U.S. Department of Energy to offset part of the $3.65 billion in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The U.S. Senate tabled the resolution by a vote of 59 to 36 based on the offset provision. The Senate is expected to return to Washington, D.C. this week to amend the resolution and send it back to the House, which would have to come back from a recess to consider it.

Appropriations Bills Completed by Senate Committee:  The Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Senator Inouye, announced on September 23, 2011 that it had completed work on 11 of 12 appropriations bills for FY12, including S.1599, which includes spending for labor, health and human services, education, and related agencies. The bill was approved 16 to 14 along party lines.

S.1599 (Harkin) provides $158 billion in current year discretionary funding, including offsets and cap adjustments, $68.35 billion for the Department of Education, and $13.83 billion for related agencies.  It eliminates another 15 programs from labor, health and human services and education totaling $263.4 million, including Voluntary Public School Choice, Effective Teaching and Learning, the Foreign Language Assistance programs, etc., and reduces funding for other programs.  Last year 46 programs in this area were eliminated totaling $1.3 billion.

The following amounts for education are included in the S.1599:

  • Innovation and Improvement:  $1,740,212,000 for FY12.  The FY11 appropriation is $1.85 billion.
  • $698.6 million for Race to the Top – same level as FY11.  Directly awards grants to local educational agencies and supports the Early Learning Challenge to ensure that more children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
  • $149.7 million for Investing in Innovation – same level as FY11. Replicates education programs that have high levels of effectiveness as established under rigorous research and develop and test promising new ideas.
  • $70.9 million for the Fund for Improvement of Education. This is $30 million more than the FY11 appropriation. It also includes $27,550,000 for Arts in Education. The FY11 appropriation for Arts in Education is $27,447,000 for competitive awards for national nonprofit organizations engaged in arts education, professional development activities, and model arts education programs. Funds also are used for evaluation and dissemination activities, and for partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • $43.25 million for Advanced Placement – the same as FY11.
  • $183 million for Striving Readers, a competitive literacy program for birth through 12th grade.

Pell Grants: Maintains Pell Grant awards in 2012-13 school year to support 9.4 million students.

Head Start: $340 million for Head Start, maintaining the recent expansion of 61,000 Head Start slots through the Recovery Act.

Promise Neighborhoods: $60 million for local efforts to establish services to improve educational outcomes for students in distressed neighborhoods.

Child Care Development Block Grants: $2.2 billion Child Care and Development Block Grants, including $283.6 million for child care quality improvement activities and provide child care subsidies to 1.6 million low income children and working families.

Education for Individuals with Disabilities: $11.5 billion – same as FY2011 – (Section 611 part B)

Title 1: $14.5 billion – same as FY2011 – for Title 1 Education for the Disadvantaged – Grants to local LEAs *Corporation for Public Broadcasting: $445 million – same as FY11 – in FY14 (two year advance funding).

More information about the spending levels in the bill is available.

Update from the ODE:
Common Science Standards to be Developed:  Ohio is one of twenty states that will be working together to develop a new set of common standards in science by 2012 called the Next Generation Science Standards NGSS.  The states will be working with Achieve, Inc. and will be using a framework developed by the National Research Council. The framework is organized around three dimensions: scientific and engineering practices; concepts that unify the study of science and engineering; and core ideas in four disciplinary areas:  physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering, technology, and the applications of science.

The states will also work directly with a team of 41 writers who include science teachers at the elementary and secondary levels, specialists on state standards, academics, and others.

The other states working on this project are Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

The Next Generation Science Standards website is at http://www.nextgenscience.org.

Assessment Consortia:  Ohio is currently a non-governing participant in two consortia developing national assessments: the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). These consortia are developing assessments based on the Common Core State Standards in math and English Language Arts for the 2014-15 school year. The ODE expects to become a governing member of one of the consortia in the near future.
To learn more about PARCC please visit http://www.parcconline.org/.
To learn more about SBAC please visit  http://www.k12.wa.us/smarter/.

Update on Implementation of HB153:  One of the provisions in HB153 (Amstutz) the biennial budget, requires school districts to be ranked by expenditure per student.  According to the ODE, the data that will be used to determine the rank order of districts will be similar to that used for the interactive Local Report Cards and will also include expenditures by types, such as instructional and administrative. The ranking system will group public school districts by type (traditional school districts, joint vocational districts, and community schools) based on enrollment, and within each group, districts will be placed in rank order. The top and bottom 20 percent in expenditure-per-pupil will be identified.

The ODE staff is working to develop the ranking system and defining its components.  Decisions will need to be made about how districts are grouped; how to define operating expenditures; how to define instructional vs. non-instructional expenditures; what other data should be included in the ranking system; and more.  The ODE is planning small group meetings, open forums, and online opportunities to provide feedback about the proposed ranking system, which will be presented to the State Board of Education by December 31, 2011 and must be approved by the Board by June 30, 2012.

The ODE contact person regarding the ranking system is Eric Bode at eric.bode@ode.state.oh.us.

House Committee Approves Am. Sub. HB136 (Huffman): The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton, approved on September 21, 2011 Am. Sub. HB136 (Huffman) by a vote of 12 to 10. The bill will now be considered by the Ohio House.

Am. Sub. HB136 would create a new scholarship (voucher) program, the Parental Choice and Taxpayer Scholarship Savings Program (PACT) (Sections 3310.21-38 ORC), and would revise the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program (Section 3310.02 ORC).

HB136 was introduced in the Ohio House by Representative Matt Huffman on March 1, 2011.  The House Education Committee, chaired by Representative Stebelton, has received testimony on the bill over the past months.  The committee accepted on May 11, 2011 a substitute bill, which included substantive changes, and amended the bill again on September 14, 2011 to remove a provision establishing the Special Education Scholarship Program. This provision was removed because a similar provision, the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, was adopted in HB153 (Amstutz), the biennial budget.

Currently Ohio has four scholarship (voucher) programs that provide public funds to support eligible students at eligible private schools:  the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, the Autism Scholarship Program, the Educational Choice Scholarship Program, and the Cleveland Scholarship and Tutoring Program.

The new PACT program would extend the number of tax-supported scholarship for students to attend eligible private schools to students who attend any school district in Ohio (regardless of the school district’s report card rating) and to families whose income is less than $95,000.  It would also allow eligible students currently attending private schools to be phased-into the program, which would expand Ohio’s obligation to educate students who never attended public schools. The bill also establishes savings accounts for participating students, and allows parents to bank a portion of the private school tuition in the accounts if tuition is less than the voucher amount. For funding purposes the private school student would be counted in the resident school district’s enrollment, and then funds would be deducted from the school district’s state aid to cover the tuition payment to the private school.  The bill prevents the aggregated amount deducted from a school district to exceed a district’s state aid funding. The bill requires students participating in PACT to take all state assessments, but does not require students to pass the state assessments to continue in PACT.

More information about the bill is available.

Students Need More History/Civics:  The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, in partnership with Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics, the National Conference on Citizenship, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, and the American Bar Association Division for Public Education, released on September 15, 2011 a new report entitled, “The Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools Report.”

The report provides a roadmap for ensuring that high-quality civics education is delivered in every school in the nation, and is a “call-to-action” for restoring the civic mission of schools.  The report outlines six evidence-based practices for promoting civic education and engagement among youth, and offers detailed recommendations for education policy makers at every level to implement civics learning programs to ensure that students become competent and responsible citizens.  The report defines competent and responsible citizens as informed and thoughtful; participate in their communities; have skills and knowledge and commitment to accomplish a public purpose; and are concerned for the rights and welfare of others and strike a balance between their own interests and the common good.

According to the report the level of knowledge that Americans have about their government and history is alarmingly low. On a recent national assessment in civics, two-thirds of all American students scored below proficient; less than one-third of eighth graders could identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence; and fewer than one in five high school seniors were able to explain how citizen participation benefits democracy.

The report states, “Improved civic learning can address many of our democratic shortfalls. It increases the democratic accountability of elected officials, since only informed and engaged citizens will ask tough questions of their leaders. It improves public discourse, since knowledgeable and interested citizens will demand more from the media. It fulfills our ideal of civic equality by giving every citizen, regardless of background, the tools to be a full participant.”

The report identifies six practices that constitute a well-rounded and high quality civics learning experience:

  • Classroom instruction in government, history, economics, law, and democracy.
  • Discussion of current events and controversial issues, and opportunities for students to discuss issues that are of a concern to them.
  • Service learning programs that provide students with opportunities to apply what they learn through performing community service linked to the formal curriculum and classroom instruction.
  • Extracurricular activities for students to become involved in their communities.
  • School governance to encourage students to participate in decision-making and leadership activities.
  • Simulations of the democratic process and procedures.

The following is a summary of the recommendations included in the report: Include civic learning with English, math, and science as a core subject at the state and federal levels -Expand pre-service and in-service teacher professional development in civic learning -Emphasize in civics learning programs how citizens can and must participate in civic life -Integrate civics learning across the curriculum -Develop national common standards and assessments for social studies -Establish a competitive grant program for civic learning at the U.S. DOE -Report state level data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Civics and History -Recognize schools/districts with model civics learning programs

The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is a coalition of 40 organizations committed to improving the quality and quantity of civic learning in American schools. The Campaign’s goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K-12 by working for policies that implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report. This includes efforts to bring about changes in national, state, and local education policy. The co-chairs of the campaign are the Honorable Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Former Member United States Supreme Court, and the Honorable Lee Hamilton, Former Member, United States House of Representatives.

The report is available.

Single Gender Schools Focus of Research:  An article by Sarah D. Sparks in Education Week (“Researchers Blast ‘Pseudoscience’ of Single-Sex Education”, September 22, 2011) describes a report published in Science by researchers from several universities entitled “The Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schools” by Diane F. Halpern, Lise Eliot, Rebecca S. Bigler, Richard A. Fabes, Laura D. Hanish, Janet Hyde, Lynn S. Liben, and Carol Lynn Martin, Science 23 September 2011: 1706-1707.

The authors of the report state that there is no empirical evidence that segregating students by sex improves student achievement.  In fact the researchers found that there is evidence that segregating students actually increases gender stereotyping among students and adults.

According to the Ed Week article, there are more than 500 schools nationwide that separate boys and girls for some classes. Single gender schools have increased since the U.S. Department of Education reinterpreted Title IX in 2006 to allow segregated classes within coeducational schools in some situations, and more school districts are creating single gender schools based on anecdotal reports that boys and girls learn differently.

The researchers note in the article, however, that no controlled experiments have been conducted to measure the effectiveness of single gender schools to increase student achievement, and most of the studies supporting single gender schools fail to account for prior student performance and the characteristics of students.  The lead researcher, Professor Diane R. Halpern at Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, states that the way that boys and girls learn is essentially the same, and to improve student achievement schools should be improving the quality of instruction.

Other researchers in the article cite research that found separating boys and girls increases sexism and gender stereotyping among children.

The Ed Week article is available.

The article in Science is available for a fee.

Bills Introduced:

  • SB225 (Sawyer) Redistricting:  Establishes Congressional district boundaries for the state based on the 2010 decennial census of Ohio.
  • SB226 (LaRose) Public Records: Exempts from disclosure under the Public Records Act any videotape or other visual media taken by law enforcement personnel that shows the killing of a peace officer, except under certain circumstances.
  • SB227 (Tavares) Election Laws: Restores local control to Ohio’s election process and increases voter participation by permitting an individual who wishes to vote by absent voter’s ballots to request those ballots via electronic mail, through the internet, if internet delivery is offered by a board of elections or the Secretary of State; by permitting a board of elections to mail unsolicited applications for absent voter’s ballots; and by requiring the General Assembly to appropriate funds, and requiring the Secretary of State to reimburse boards, for costs incurred in sending unsolicited applications for general elections held in an even-numbered year.
  • SB229 (Sawyer) School Audits: Requires the Department of Education to conduct a performance review of each chartered nonpublic school participating in the Educational Choice Scholarship Program.
  • SB230 (Sawyer) Education Accountability: Creates the Office of Regional Services and Accountability in the Department of Education.

FYI ARTS
NAfME Advocacy Groundswell Responds to NCLB Waivers:  The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently identified two issues of relevance to music education advocates, (and all arts educators) regarding U.S. DOE plan to grant waivers to states regarding compliance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB).

NAfME, working with American String Teachers Association and with other groups, has developed an advocacy plan of action and draft position statement on teacher evaluations, and is also working with the U.S. DOE to promote the value of a balanced curriculum, including music education, for all students, including those in charter schools.

These issues are relevant in Ohio also.

The State Board of Education is required through Am. Sub. HB153 (Amstutz), the biennial budget, to prepare a list of student assessments in subject areas not covered by the current state assessments for school districts to use to gather student achievement data to be used to evaluate teachers.

In addition, the results of a survey and analysis of ODE data on arts education show that only 36 percent of students in charter schools were enrolled in a music course in the 2009-10 school year. The survey and data analysis were conducted by Quadrant Arts Education Research for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Ohio Department of Education.

NAfME is requesting that when ESEA/NCLB is reauthorized or waivers are granted, the U.S. DOE consider these issues.  Music teachers should be evaluated based on multiple factors, including student achievement, but students must first have access to courses of study in music based on standards; be assessed based on standards; and have sufficient opportunity to learn the standards, if student achievement is to be a factor in music teacher evaluations.

The U.S. DOE should also consider student access to a complete curriculum, including music, taught by a qualified teacher when promoting the expansion of charter schools.  Music educators and advocates should be part of the dialogue to encourage charter schools to provide a comprehensive curriculum for all students.

Learn more about NAfME Advocacy Groundswell.

OhioDance Holds Roundtable About Dance in Ohio:  OhioDance presents a Dance Education Roundtable facilitated by Loren Bucek on October 15, 2011 from 10:00 AM -12:30 PM at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.  The Roundtable will focus on the question, “So, now what are we going to do to improve the health of dance education in the state of Ohio?”

This Roundtable session continues dialogue begun at the 2011 OhioDance Festival – Dance Matters: Communities in Motion Education Roundtable, and is open to everyone interested in learning more about the current issues facing dance education in Ohio.

The question posed needs to be asked in public arenas across the public and private sectors. To be sure, dance education in Ohio has lost its way. A call for [re] visioning what constitutes dance education – in its broadest possible definition – should be considered as we try to meet the needs of Ohio’s citizenry. Multiple dance education projects and advocacy in all political arenas need to be designed and shared with the broadest Ohio constituency.

Your feedback on the current revision of the ODE K-12 dance content standards is one way to share your voice. A second way is to share current dance education projects in your area of the state.

The Roundtable is open to everyone interested in dance education in Ohio: K-12 dance educators, professional dance teaching artists in a wide range of educational contexts, including but not limited to: places of worship, cultural and recreation centers, colleges and universities, and community dance studios and preprofessional dance schools.

Loren E. Bucek (Columbus City Schools) is an experienced K-12, higher education and community educator/scholar who works extensively in K-12 dance education policy, curriculum and instruction in the US and abroad. Bucek serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Education (JODE) and the Ohio Department of Education Dance Academic Content Standards Revision Writing Team.

OhioDance is a statewide organization that inclusively supports the diverse and vibrant practice of dance. OhioDance is supported through grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, Capezio, Inc., BalletMakers Dance Foundation, and NiSource.

This session is free and open. The registration deadline is October 12, 2011.  To register please email jane@ohiodance.org; call 614-224-2913; or fax at 614-241-5329.  Registration will also be accepted via mail at Jane D’Angelo OhioDance Executive Director 77 S. High St., 2nd fl. Columbus, OH 43215.

Also — please mark your calendars for the 2012 OhioDance Festival and Conference, Dance Matters: Dancing with History, which will be held April 27-29, 2012 at BalletMet, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH.  The conference is co-hosted by BalletMet Columbus.

New NEA Grant For Researchers: The National Endowment for the Art’s (NEA) Office of Research & Analysis will offer, for the first time, grant opportunities to researchers. The grants will support investigation of novel and significant research questions about the value and impact of the U.S. arts sector through the analysis of existing and/or newly established data sets.

The NEA anticipates awarding 25 grants, generally ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. At the end of the award period, grantees will submit a research report for posting on the NEA website. The NEA encourages applicants from diverse research backgrounds, including applicants who have not specialized in arts-related research. The application deadline is tentatively set for November 8, 2011. For grant application guidelines, please check the NEA website.

Ohio Citizens for the Arts Seeks Nominations:  The Nominating Committee for Ohio Citizens for the Arts is seeking names and contact information for potential candidates to serve as leaders on the Board of Directors.

Board members for Ohio Citizens for the Arts serve one three-year term and must be a member of the organization.  Other responsibilities include attendance and participation in four Board meetings each year, serving on a committee or task force, and participating in activities of the organization, including membership development and Arts Day.

Members of the Nominating Committee (Mary Gimpel, Cincinnati; Jeff Strayer, Canton; and Nancy Recchie, Columbus) will be looking for geographic distribution of members, representation of arts organizations, artists, business leaders, civic leaders, and citizens with an interest in supporting the mission of Ohio Citizens for the Arts.  Ohio Citizens for the Arts was established in 1976, and is a volunteer, nonprofit grass roots organization working to increase public support of the arts in Ohio.

Please participate in the nominating process by submitting the names of potential candidates and a personal statement about the strengths and assets this individual will bring to the Board by October 14, 2011.  Suggestions should be sent by email to donnacollins@ohiocitizensforthearts.org; by fax at 614.241.5329; or by US mail at OCA, 77 South High Street, 2nd floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108.

Please provide the following information for each candidate:

Name:
Mailing Address:
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ArtPlace Integrates Arts to Revitalize Communities:  The National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman chair, has initiated a new project called ArtPlace to integrate artists and arts groups in communities to encourage economic development and revitalize transportation, housing, community development, and job creation.

A consortium of foundations, corporations, and federal agencies will use cultural enterprises to anchor and enliven 34 projects around the country, from a struggling city block in Detroit to a vacant school in East Harlem.

The projects will receive $11.5 million in grants from the foundations and another $12 million in loans from the corporations under the program.  The program will be financed through the private sector, but coordinated in part by federal agencies.

The foundations involved are the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation and the Robina Foundation as well as an anonymous donor.

The federal partners are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and its Domestic Policy Council.

More information is available.

Come Celebrate the Statehouse’s 150th Birthday:  The Ohio Statehouse 150th Birthday Celebration Open House and Capitol Artists Fair will be held on November 15, 2011 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at the Ohio Statehouse at Broad and High Streets in downtown Columbus.

The Ohio Statehouse, with its Greek Revival Doric architectural details and proportions, is considered to be one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the early republic. The State Legislature passed a law on January 26, 1838 to build a new Statehouse, and the structure was completed on November 15, 1861.  In the 1990s the Statehouse was renovated and restored to its 1861 appearance.  The Ohio Statehouse maintains its historic character as it continues to function as the center of state government in Ohio.

The Capitol Square Foundation will sponsor a birthday celebration and open house and artists fair to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Ohio Statehouse on November 15, 2011.  The day of special events will feature Ohio artists, crafts, and activities, including sampling wine and food products made in Ohio. The Capitol Artists Fair will include both contemporary crafters and artisans who will display their own original work.

The people of Ohio are celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Ohio Statehouse throughout 2011. The Ohio Statehouse has served as the heart of Ohio democracy for the last 150 years. Throughout the state the Ohio Statehouse stands as a symbol of the legislative and executive branches of state government, and the people of Ohio.

More information about the birthday celebration is available.

Ohio Statehouse Asks Ohioans to Send a Birthday Greeting: Organizations, schools, and individuals are being asked to help celebrate the 150th birthday of the Ohio Statehouse by sending a “birthday greeting.”

In preparation for a special 150th birthday event on November 15, 2011, the actual day the Capitol Building was completed in 1861, citizens and organizations throughout the state are encouraged to send a birthday greeting to mark the historic occasion.

Birthday greetings can be as unique as Ohio’s 11.5 million residents. Birthday greetings can represent and capture the well-wisher’s organization or school. Greetings can be sent in any manageable size, format and/or medium. Creativity is highly encouraged.

Each birthday greeting will be displayed during the “Ohio Statehouse 150th Birthday Celebration Open House and Capitol Artists Fair” scheduled for November 15, 2011.

Each submitted birthday greeting will become part of the permanent collection of the Ohio Statehouse. Plans are in place to preserve each greeting and display them during the Statehouse’s 200th anniversary in the year 2061.

Birthday greetings should be mailed by November 8, 2011 to:
Ohio Statehouse
150th Birthday
Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215

Digital greetings should be emailed by November 10 to: 150@csrab.state.oh.us

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About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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