129th Ohio General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate will hold sessions and hearings this week.
House Vacancies: House Speaker William Batchelder announced this week that the House Republican Caucus will fill two vacancies after the March 2012 primary election. The vacancies occur in the 87th House District, formerly held by Representative John Carey, and in the 98th House District, formerly held by Representative Richard Hollington.
The House Democratic Caucus has one vacancy to fill for the 15th House District, formerly held by Representative Tim DeGeeter, but a process to fill the vacancy has not been announced.
Governor’s Education Advisor Resigns: Bob Sommers, director of the Governor’s Office of 21st Century Education, submitted his resignation last week and will return to the private sector. The Governor has not announced if or when a replacement will be selected.
State of the State Address Moved: Governor Kasich will present the “State of the State” address on February 7, 2012 in Steubenville, Ohio at the Wells Academy, Steubenville City Schools. The State of the State is normally presented at the Ohio Statehouse, and so the General Assembly must approve a resolution in order to convene at a different location for a joint session.
Anti-Bullying Bill Approved: The Senate approved HB116 (Barnes) the Jessica Logan, School Anti-Bullying Act on January 18, 2012. The bill requires age-appropriate instruction on, and parental notification of, public schools’ policies prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
Deadlines for the March Primary Election: The following dates and deadlines for the March 6, 2012 Primary Election are included in the 2012 Election Calendar, on the Secretary of State’s web site.
Saturday, January 21, 2012: Absentee ballots are available for Uniformed Services and Overseas Absentee Voters (UOCAVA) for the March 6 election.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012: Absentee ballots are available for non-UOCAVA for the March 6 election. Boards of elections must mail to each voter a notice of the 2012 primary election and the voter’s precinct and state and federal legislative districts by this date. In-person absentee voting begins.
Monday, February 6, 2012: Deadline for voter registration for the March 6, 2012 election (30 days before the election).
Friday, March 2, 2012: Absentee ballots for the March 6, 2012 election may be voted in person, or applied for in person, at boards of elections until 6:00 PM.
Saturday, March 3, 2012: Applications for absentee ballots to be mailed for March 6, 2012 election must be received by boards of elections by noon (3 days before election).
Tuesday, March 6, 2012: Primary Election Day. Polls are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Absentee ballots returned in person or via a method other than U.S. mail must be received by the boards of elections by close of the polls.
This Week at the Statehouse
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Senate Education Committee, Senator Lehner chair The Senate Education Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM in the South Hearing Room. The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:
- SB229 (Sawyer) Educational Choice Scholarship: Requires the Department of Education to conduct a performance review of each chartered nonpublic school participating in the Educational Choice Scholarship Program.
- SB230 (Sawyer) Office of Regional Services and Accountability: Creates the Office of Regional Services and Accountability in the Department of Education.
- SB266 (Widener, Sawyer) Student Members of Trustees: Grants student members of the boards of trustees of state universities and the Northeast Ohio Medical University voting power and the authority to attend executive sessions.
- SB220 (Sawyer) Interdistrict Open Enrollment: Requires a study of interdistrict open enrollment, and repeals sections of the Revised Code effective July 1, 2015, and terminates interdistrict open enrollment on that date with the possibility of renewal following the study’s findings.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
House Ways and Means Committee, Representative Beck chair The House Ways and Means Committee will meet on January 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM in Hearing Room 114. The committee will receive testimony on a number of bills including HB242 (Brenner and 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, Representative Stebelton chair. The House Education Committee will meet on January 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM in Hearing Room 313. The committee will receive testimony on the following bills:
- SCR11 (Lehner) Graduation Rate Changes, which would approve the Department of Education’s proposed graduation rate changes to the state accountability system for public schools.
- HB375 (Butler) Property Sale by School Districts: Allows school districts to sell real property to private, nonprofit institutions of higher education.
- HB191 (Hayes and Patmon) Minimum School Year: Establishes a minimum school year for school districts based on hours, rather than days, of instruction and prohibits schools from being open for instruction prior to Labor Day or after Memorial Day except in specified circumstances.
News from Washington, D.C.
State of the Union: President Barack Obama will present the 2012 State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM EST. The address is expected to include more information about the President’s legislative agenda for this year, including expectations for the FY13 federal budget and the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The President will introduce the FY13 budget on February 6, 2012.
Report Supports Civic Mission of Schools: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and officials from the Obama administration participated on January 10, 2012 in an event at the White House to release a report entitled “Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to Action.” The report stresses the importance of preparing students for informed, engaged citizenship, and coincides with the publication of a final report from the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement entitled, “A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future,” which was commissioned by the Department.
According to a press release about the reports, the “Call to Action” is an opportunity to develop and improve civic learning as part of a well-rounded education so that every student has a sense of citizenship. A series of discussions have been planned around the action steps developed by the National Task Force and the American Commonwealth Partnership. These include adding civic indicators to national student surveys, promoting public service internships and careers, and leveraging federal programs and public-private partnerships to support civic education.
More than 75 national and local organizations, higher education institutions, scholars and philanthropists announced statements of commitment to foster civic learning and democratic engagement in American education, and outlined their plans to advance this mission in 2012.
The reports are available.
Petition to Create the Council on the Whole Child: ASCD, Gene Carter executive director and CEO, announced on January 19, 2012 a national initiative to urge President Obama to create a President’s Council on the Whole Child. The petition was launched through the White House’s “We the People” petition tool.
The “We the People” initiative was conceived by the Obama administration in 2011 to provide citizens with a new way to petition the administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country. If a petition garners 25,000 signatures within 30 days, White House staff will review it, ensure that it is sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.
According to a press release from ASCD regarding the petition, ASCD believes that each student in every classroom should be healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged, and that the needs of the whole child should be supported by all community members, from national leaders, state officials, and educators to community experts and families.
ASCD is asking educators to sign petition and urge the Obama administration to create a President’s Council that would help coordinate all of the existing programs that support children and focus national attention on the importance of serving the comprehensive needs of the whole child.”
The petition is online.
For more information about ASCD’s advocacy efforts or membership, visit http://www.ascd.org.
The Ohio House Republicans Outline Priorities for 2012: The House Republican Caucus held a press conference on January 17, 2012 to review 2011 accomplishments and unveil their 2012 legislative agenda.
House Speaker William Batchelder said that in 2011 the Ohio General Assembly, with the leadership of the Governor, was able to close an $8 billion deficit without raising taxes, and “….kept vital services intact and protected our state’s most vulnerable”. Lawmakers approved more than 90 bills in the areas of tax reform and incentives, small businesses, Ohio Third Frontier, the Clean Ohio Council, workforce development, prescription drug abuse, criminal sentencing reform, Congressional redistricting, and more.
Representative Nan Baker said that the Republican caucus will “create a business friendly environment” and get Ohio back to work, while Representative Matt Huffman said that the Ohio House “….will focus on the economy and help the private sector create jobs.”
Several lawmakers then reviewed the legislative agenda for the second half of the 129th Ohio General Assembly and the following initiatives:
- Implement the recommendations of the Workforce Study Committee to train workers to meet employers’ needs, including aligning K-12, career technical education, and higher education programs to fill the available jobs, and consolidate current agencies and training programs.
- Reform the Bureau of Workers Compensation and Industrial Commission
- Restructure the state network for creating jobs through JobsOhio and a restructured Ohio Department of Development
- Revise Ohio’s school funding formula and K-12 reform
- Ensure that the four casinos are built and are safe and fair
- Reform the pension system. Lawmakers are waiting for a report on the long-term status of the pension funds based on an external review.
Representative Amstutz spoke about education reform and said the following: “Strengthening our state’s economy and providing good jobs are both tied directly to the workers who need to be ready and able to fill those jobs. With this in mind we will be focusing on education of our youth as foundational to our workforce of the near future. We will be holding hearings and engaged in efforts that focus on school funding and K-12 reforms. We want these to be bipartisan discussions of reforms of public education both as to funding and student achievement. We saw a lowering of state revenues in the previous three school years that was bolstered temporarily by one-time sources, and we are still working out these dynamics. So the question continues to recur, “How can we do more with less?” Our ultimate goal is to establish a sustainable model for achieving and for establishing accountability for Ohio’s students. Ohioans have continuously expressed their desires for reforms of public education as to funding and student achievement. And so our job will be to identify and advance along a path of achieving both of these competing goals. This will require our assisting our local schools with realistic ways to meet their cost pressures. We expect, well I will give you a little about the hearings that will be coming up. We expect our hearings and work to extend throughout this year and into 2013. We want this to be a bipartisan process and we will include outside and interested parties in our processes. We expect this work to be accomplished through the House Finance Committee and we intend to have our process run parallel with and ultimately to complement the work underway now by the administration on the same topic.”
Hear the press conference.
Democratic Response to the Republican Priorities: Ohio House Democratic Leader Armond Budish (D-Beachwood) released the following statement in response to the unveiling of the House Republican Caucus’ 2012 legislative priorities:
“Speaker Batchelder and his team put on a show today, but sadly it was all show and no substance. For much of their press conference, they patted themselves on the back for ramming through a radical agenda, which attacked workers’ rights, though Senate Bill 5, sought to disenfranchise voters, through House Bill 194, and aimed to strip women of their rights through numerous anti-choice bills.
“No significant plan was even offered to help create good paying jobs for Ohio’s struggling families. Instead, they proposed to dismantle public education through bills like House Bill 136 and to expand the unaccountable private JobsOhio program. This does not sound like problem solving but more of the same partisan overreaching agenda. Ohioans need real solutions; they need good paying jobs and real opportunity.”
“While calling for fiscal responsibility and smaller government they passed the largest general revenue fund budget in Ohio history- more the $5 billion bigger than the last budget. This pass-the-buck budget slashes funding to education, police and fire, mental health and long-term care by billions of dollars, while Republicans’ big business cronies are rewarded with millions in tax cuts and incentives.”
“While Republicans’ persist with their overreaching partisan agenda, Democrats will continue to fight for middle class Ohioans. We will fight to ensure all Ohioans have equal rights and opportunities so that they can achieve the American Dream. And we will work to guarantee all of Ohio’s children have access to a good public education, and all Ohioans have access to job training programs and the opportunity to receive a higher education.”
Survey Captures the Extent of Budget Cuts for School Districts: Policy Matters Ohio released on January 19, 2012 the results of a survey of school district treasurers about recent budget cuts. The results are included in a report entitled “The state budget and Ohio’s schools: Big cuts, hard choices, local impacts” by Wendy Patton, Piet van Lier, and Elizabeth Ginther. The survey was conducted in October 2011 and 172 (28 percent) of Ohio’s 613 school districts responded.
The report states that House Bill 153 will provide $1.8 billion less in funding for Ohio’s elementary and secondary schools for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years when compared to the prior two years. The reductions include the expiration of federal Recovery Act funds; the loss of property tax replacement funds related to the 2005 tax reforms; and other state budget cuts.
The survey found that 65 percent of respondents anticipated facing budget shortfalls during the 2011-12 school year; fiscal problems this year extend beyond high-poverty districts; significant numbers of districts of most types face budget gaps higher than five percent of operating costs; 27 percent of school districts expect to be in fiscal caution status next year, 3 percent in fiscal watch, and 4 percent in fiscal emergency; and 45 percent of school districts anticipate fewer students in the 2012-13 school year.
To balance budgets school districts reported that they were cutting teachers and programs; increasing class size; and requiring students to pay to participate in extracurricular activities. To contain costs, more than two thirds of school districts plan to reduce their workforce through attrition; 60 percent would institute pay freezes; 8 percent would use pay cuts; and 46 percent would reduce the cost of benefits.
The survey found that responding school districts had reduced staff by 700 positions in 2011 compared to 331 in 2010. The authors note, “If this rate of personnel reduction occurs across other districts that did not respond to the survey, then up to 2,500 teaching jobs may already have been eliminated in Ohio’s schools in the current year.”
Students will be affected by the budget cuts in a number of ways: 44 percent of respondents said that they plan to reduce expenditures on materials, supplies, and equipment; 38 percent will increase class size; 15 percent will reduce course offerings; 19 percent will require students to pay to participate in extracurricular activities; and 12 percent plan to reduce instruction in the arts!!
The survey also found that 72.7 percent of school districts are not seeking levies before the November 2012 elections.
The report recommends the following:
“The strategies districts report using to manage the budget shortfalls can erode educational quality and exacerbate the inequality of opportunity. Ohio needs to restore its revenue system and reinvest in Ohio’s schools and children.
Long-term investment in education remains the best way to build opportunity for Ohioans. This can be paid for by closing tax loopholes and restoring income tax rates on the wealthiest Ohioans and on corporations doing business in the state. In addition, emerging and growing parts of our economy should be taxed appropriately so that they contribute their fair share to Ohio’s infrastructure. These include oil and gas production as well the collection of taxes on internet sales by out-of-state retailers.
It’s time to restore investment in our children’s education and other services that support Ohio’s people, families and communities.”
The report is available.
News from the ODE
More Districts will Receive Value Added Reports: Gongwer News Service reported last week that Battelle for Kids will be expanding its analysis of student academic growth called “value added” to 60 percent of eligible classrooms. The Ohio Department of Education has contracted with Battelle for Kids to work with school districts to produce reports on student growth. Approximately 30 percent of eligible teachers (those teaching math and reading in grades 4-8) received the value added reports in 2010-11. All eligible teachers will receive the reports by 2014. Value added data is used to determine how much academic growth a student achieves each year. The data is based on the results of state assessments in math and reading in grades 4-8. HB153, the biennial budget bill, requires that all eligible teachers receive these reports by the 2013-2014 school year, and that this information be used as part of the teacher evaluation process. Battelle for Kids is also working with the Ohio Department of Education and school districts that want to expand testing and reporting requirements to other grade levels and subjects. This project is supported by Ohio’s Race to the Top Grant.
ODE Announces Ohio Schools to Watch: The Ohio Department of Education announced on January 13, 2012 the three middle schools selected as Ohio Schools to Watch this year. The schools are Coventry Middle School (Summit County), Dodge Intermediate School (Summit County), and Kings Junior High School (Warren County). The schools will be officially recognized at the 2012 Ohio Middle Level Association’s Conference, on February 16-17, 2012 in Columbus. Ohio Schools to Watch recognizes high-performing, middle-grade schools that meet standards for academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structure.
FIP Coming to Schools: Formative Instructional Practices (FIP) Your School Ohio is a Race to the Top (RttT) professional development program that supports Personalize Learning through Formative Instruction and is aligned with Ohio’s professional development standards. FIP specialists will be working with RttT schools to train local facilitators to implement FIP schoolwide. Battelle for Kids has also developed online learning modules to lead teacher teams in learning about FIP and its application as they transition to Ohio’s new and revised standards. Regional information sessions will begin in January 2012. For more information please visit Battelle for Kids Website.
Transition to Next Generation Assessments: On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, the ODE and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium staff will jointly host a webcast from 9:30 to 10:30 AM on the PARCC consortia assessment development. Ohio is a governing state of PARCC, a consortium of states working collaboratively to develop common K-12 assessments in English language arts and mathematics that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and college and career readiness. The live webcast will be recorded and posted on the ODE website following the live session. Please see the next edition of Ides of ODE for the Web location of this recording.
Common Core Conference: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is hosting a conference about Ohio’s adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards on Wednesday, February 15, from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (Rooms B200-201). Ohio’s schools will soon move from the current standards in mathematics and English language arts to more rigorous standards developed and embraced by a consortium of Common Core states. This event is presented free of charge, but registration is required by February 8, 2012 at OhioRSVP@edexcellence.net.
Strategies to Fix our Schools: In the January 2012 issue of The Nation, Stanford University professor Linda Darling-Hammond writes that a new form of redlining is emerging that will “…weaken schools in the most vulnerable communities and further entrench the problems – concentrated poverty, segregation and lack of human and fiscal resources – that underlie their failure.” (“Why is Congress Redlining Our Schools” by Linda Darling-Hammond, January 31, 2012 issue of The Nation.)
Redlining is a practice used by banks, insurance companies, and businesses to designate neighborhoods where they will not invest, thus stigmatizing communities and denying them access to loans and other resources.
The author writes that a “…new form of redlining is emerging. If passed, the long-awaited Senate bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, better known in its current form as No Child Left Behind) would build a bigger highway between low-performing schools serving high-need students – the so-called “bottom 5 percent”- and all other schools.”
The five percent of the lowest performing schools that will be subjected to the “turnaround” models are usually the ones that serve the poorest students and the greatest numbers of new immigrants, and are increasingly race and class segregated. The proposed rewrite of ESEA would require that these low performing schools be closed, turned into charters, reconstituted (by firing nearly half the staff) or “transformed,” thus de-stabilizing the schools and neighborhoods further, and “making them even less desirable places to work and live and stimulating the flight of teachers and families who have options.”
According to the author, the proposed federal law relies on reform models that are not research-based and ignores the most serious problems of these schools:
-poverty, homelessness and food insecurity -inequitable distribution of state and local funds to schools -formidable teaching and learning conditions -the lack of expert teachers who will stay in these schools and stop the revolving door of untrained novices who leave children further behind -no significant investments in training to better prepare teachers to teach new English learners, students with disabilities, and others with a range of needs -no major investment in preschool -no major investment in wraparound services that will address the many needs of children for extended learning time, healthcare, and social services so they can learn.
The author states that there are strategies that work. “We could implement the policies that have reduced the achievement gap and transformed learning outcomes for students in high-achieving nations where government policies largely prevent childhood poverty by guaranteeing housing, healthcare and basic income security. These same strategies were substantially successful in our own nation through the programs and policies of the war on poverty and the Great Society, which dramatically reduced poverty, increased employment, rebuilt depressed communities, invested in preschool and K-12 education in cities and poor rural areas, desegregated schools, funded financial aid for college and invested in teacher training programs that ended teacher shortages. In the 1970s teaching in urban communities was made desirable by the higher-than-average salaries, large scholarships and forgivable loans that subsidized teacher preparation, and by the exciting curriculum and program innovations that federal funding supported in many city school districts.”
More specifically, the author recommends the following:
- “First, we need to recognize that the growing income gap, unemployment and poverty must be addressed if we are to close the education gap and maintain a stable democratic society.” The author goes on to say, “…..we desperately need a jobs bill that will allow all those who want and need to work to take on the many jobs that need doing in America, and we need a major anti-poverty program that will eliminate childhood poverty in the richest nation on earth.”
- “Second, we must finally address the outrageous disparities in school funding that set us apart from other industrialized nations. To help students reach the new, rigorous Common Core standards that states have developed, we must create common resource standards – and incentives to meet them. This should include benchmarks for early childhood education, well-qualified teachers, high-quality curriculums and equitable instructional resources. Consider the nearly 500,000 high school students who want to go to college but, according to the Education Department, do not have access to algebra 2 classes, and the more than 2 million who have no access to calculus classes.”
- “Third, we should equalize learning opportunities outside school, including high-quality preschool education and enriched summer learning opportunities for all students. A major study at Johns Hopkins University found that one-third of the achievement gap between affluent and poor high school students is present at the start of first grade, and two-thirds occurs because of summer learning loss for low-income students. Evidence shows that preschool investments create large returns as students experience less school failure, fewer special education placements and higher graduation and employment rates. High-quality summer programs also help close the achievement gap and prevent students from dropping out. Yet most low-income students do not have access to these opportunities.”
- “Fourth, we must invest in the quality of our educators. Since federal supports for teacher training were dramatically reduced in the ’80s, teacher shortages in schools serving low-income students have increased to the point that there is a revolving door for teachers in these schools. Congress has colluded in lowering preparation standards and creating fast-track alternative certification routes for teachers to fill jobs in high-minority, low-income schools, despite research that shows that these teachers leave faster and reduce student achievement.”
- “The 2020 Vision Roadmap produced by the Opportunity to Learn campaign provides one image of how this can be done.”
The article is available.
- HB397 (Antonio) High School Physical Education: Specifies that school districts and chartered nonpublic schools may excuse from high school physical education students who play rugby in a school club.
- HB411 (Luckie) Student Athletes Stipends-College: Authorizes stipends for student athletes attending public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities.
NCCAS to Meet on January 23, 2012: The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will be meeting in Reston, Virginia January 23-24, 2012 to continue the work of framing the next generation of arts standards. The NCCAS will report-out the progress of the writing teams in a question and answer session on January 24, 2012 using Web 2.0 tools. Links to the interactive session will be posted the day of the event on the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards website at http:nccas.wikispaces.com.
Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon: Register now to attend one of the year’s most prestigious arts events, the 41st annual Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day. The Arts Day luncheon will take place at noon on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Columbus Athenaeum in downtown Columbus. The luncheon and dessert reception are hosted by the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation. Single tickets for $50 must be purchased online.
Table sponsorships are available through the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation by calling 614/221-4064 or emailing email@example.com
Registration closes on April 9, 2012.
The 41st Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day recognizes outstanding artists, arts educators, and advocates for the arts in Ohio. This year’s recipients include:
- Ed Stern & Buzz Ward, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (Cincinnati)
- Toledo School for the Arts (Toledo)
- Louise D. Nippert (Cincinnati)
- Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio (Dayton)
- ArtsinStark (Canton)
- Michael Jerome Bashaw (Kettering) and
- Barbara S. Robinson (Cleveland).
The 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon are presented in partnership with the Ohio Channel. Media sponsors include the Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, Ohio Magazine, Time Warner Cable, The Toledo Blade, WCBE-90.5 FM and CD101@102.5 FM.
Governor’s Awards for the Arts Ad Sales: The 2012 Governor’s Awards for the Arts event program is distributed to more than 800 arts patrons, artists, arts administrators, members of the media, and government and business leaders across the state. To reserve ad space in this year’s program please complete and send a reservation form by Friday, February 24, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org or Ohio Arts Council, 30 East Broad Street, 33rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Payment does not have to be submitted with the reservation form.
More information is available.
News from the Kennedy Center:
- Arts Competition for Students: VSA and CVS Caremark All Kids Can are inviting children with and without disabilities, ages 5-15, to submit their original art on the theme “What Inspires Me” to the 2012 All Kids Can CREATE program. Submissions will be featured in an online gallery and considered for display in the “What Inspires Me” exhibition debuting at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. in August 2012. The deadline for submitting artwork is April 8, 2012. More information can be found.
- VSA Young Soloists Competition: The VSA International Young Soloists Award annually recognizes outstanding young musicians with disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. All types of music are accepted, including country, classical, jazz, rap, rock, bluegrass, and world. A committee of distinguished music professionals selects the award recipients who receive $5,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submitting work is January 31, 2012. More information can be found.
- Opera Institute: The Washington National Opera conducts a three-week summer program, Opera Institute, that brings passionate, talented high school musicians together in the nation’s capital to experience opera in a professional and nurturing environment. The Opera Institute’s intense and focused curriculum is geared toward preparing students for college performance programs and beyond! The program runs from June 25-July 14, 2012. Auditions are held at The Kennedy Center on Saturday, January 28, 2012 and Saturday, February 4, 2012. More information can be found.
Donation Will Support the Arts at OSU: The Ohio State University announced on January 16, 2012 that Lawrence Barnett, alumnus and entertainment industry leader, had committed $6 million to the College of Arts and Sciences to renovate Sullivant Hall and establish the multi-disciplinary Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise.
The Barnett Center will engage students in learning not only how to be successful and creative professional artists, but also successful and entrepreneurial business people in the arts. The renovated Sullivant Hall will house the departments of dance, art education, and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, which will interact with the new Barnett Center. The gift also supports the new Barnett Conference Room and the Barnett Theatre in Sullivant Hall.
Mr. Barnett and his late wife Isabel Barnett have supported Ohio State students in the arts for many years, through the Barnett Fellowship for graduate students in Art Education, the biennial Barnett Arts and Public Policy Symposium, and the Barnett Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Series.
AFA Local Arts Classroom Program: Americans for the Arts has opened registration for the Local Arts Classroom program. This four-month virtual leadership development series provides an opportunity for local arts leaders to master foundational concepts and build skills through exposure to current practice in the core areas of local arts development.
The program is designed to serve arts professionals with less than 10 years of experience in the arts field, including current undergraduate or graduate students, and those who are transitioning into the field from another sector.
The program will run from the beginning of March 2012 through June 2012. Participants will attend six 90-minute webinars and five 60-minute post-webinar discussion calls, each offering opportunities to connect with field leaders. Participants will also receive a one-year individual membership with Americans for the Arts. The topics that will be covered include:
- Cultural and Community Planning: Building a Common Agenda for Development
- Space for Art: Creating Spaces for Arts Production, Presentation, and Community Engagement
- Advocacy: Making the Case for Arts and Culture
- Stewardship and Resource Development: Raising Funds, Friends, and Allies
- Activating Community Leadership: Board and Staff Development
A maximum of 40 participants will be selected for this program on a rolling basis. Application deadline is February 24, 2012.
Applications forms are available.
For more information, contact Leadership Development Program Manager Stephanie Evans Hanson at email@example.com
NBC Supports Theater Programs in U.S. Schools: An article posted by the AP on January 13, 2012 entitled “NBC is funding an initiative to create musical theater programs in U.S. schools in need of arts education” describes how NBC will support musical theater programs in 20 schools nationwide through the “Make a Musical” project by iTheatrics.
The pilot programs will be established in schools in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, and Seattle.
The nonprofit iTheatrics’ Junior Theater Project adapts musicals for student productions and provides tools for teacher training. It plans to begin another 180 programs this fall, building toward a 2014 goal of 1,000 school programs reaching 1 million students.
Schools may apply for the fall program at the website MakeaMusical.org. More information is available.
Body Release Techniques for Dancers: Saturday, February 11, 2012 2:30pm-3:30pm Held at Feverhead 1199 Goodale Ave, Columbus, OH The Greater Columbus Arts Council and OhioDance will present.
This class is designed for dancers interested in learning self release techniques to help liberate tight muscles and fascia. You will be taken through an hour long class using foam rollers, tennis balls, and body work balls. Techniques will help address common imbalances and work to alleviate restrictions in muscles that are typically overworked in dancers. The class will be taught by members of OSU Sports Medicine, Program for Performing Arts Medicine. There is a limit of 20 so RSVP to attend to Jane D’Angelo, firstname.lastname@example.org