PORTRAIT OF AN ARTS ADVOCATE
Jonathan Juravich is a visual arts instructor at Liberty Tree Elementary School in the Olentangy Local School District, and is an Adjunct Instructor for Art Education at Otterbein University. He is the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year.
Q: How did you participate in the arts as a child?
A: My parents are both artists and it is they that first ignited my love for art. I grew up in this amazingly creative family where we visited museums, discussed architecture, and spent time creating art together around the kitchen table or moving all the furniture out of the living room to paint on large canvases. I attended Saturday morning classes as the Carnegie Museum of Art (I’m from Pittsburgh) where I had the opportunity to sit and draw in the great halls of the natural history museum or spend time with Monet’s waterlilies. I also attended classes at Carnegie Mellon University throughout High School. Through out it all my parents encouraged and supported me in my artistic endeavors but also in my education as a well-rounded person. They continue to provide support and encouragement for me but also the students in my school. They have not missed a single art show of my students’ work in the past 10 years. And now that I am a parent (of a 4 year old and 7 month old) I have the same opportunities to engage my kids in creative explorations and time spent together.
Q: Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.
A: That moment where a student brings you their recent work and the creativity just blows you away. Watching students take a concept that I have laid in front of them and make it their own. I am so fortunate to be a part of so many magical moments of discovery.
Q: How do you practice creativity in your own life and / or what inspires you?
A: My work with my students inspires me each and every day. That moment where a student brings you their recent work and the creativity just blows you away. In the past I have used quotes from my students to inspire my illustrative works. But most recently seeing the world through my four year-old daughter’s eyes has been incredible. We collaborated on a project last summer where we painted images of lumberjack folklore together. The completed collection was on view at a gallery at Otterbein University. We have plans for a new series together and I can’t wait to get started. AND… in so many ways my classroom is my studio. I delight in dreaming up and developing new ideas, concepts, artists to explore, and the instructional means in which to present it all to my students. I believe in having an enthusiastic, creative approach to all that I do.
Q: Name one puzzle, or problem, you are working on in the field right now.
A: I believe whole-heartedly in collaboration. For as many years as I have been teaching I have worked to engage my students in creative pursuits where they have to work together. This may be an all school installation, a class mural, or a grade level sculpture. When we work together, truly work together, we are able to navigate different perspectives, learn to communicate, observe our strengths, and accomplish so much more than if we strived to complete the work on our own. At the root of a solid collaborative experience is the concepts of respect and empathy. In our society competition and achievement are celebrated, often at the cost of compassionate, supportive relationships. The antidote is a focus on respect and empathy. Students exhibit behaviors that are a reflection of actions modeled for them by adults. As an educators, I can demonstrate the importance of addressing everything we do with respect and empathy…especially our collaborative experience together.
Q: Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.
A: My high school art educators Carol Dewitt and Linda Hilbish encouraged me and gave me the opportunity to be a leader in the arts for my peers at a young age. My professors at Otterbein University Nicholas Hill, Joanne Stichweh, and Gretchen Cochran continue to lend a listening ear and supportive words- long after I left their studios.
Q: What can the average person do to advocate for more and / or stronger arts education in local schools?
A: Communication. Sharing what awesome things are happening in the world of art education with others. We have this amazing opportunity to share finished works with stake holders and the greater community. The key is also the communication about the process and the context- what was learned and explored. By sharing images and the context that goes with them we are able to advocate for the importance of a high quality arts education for all students. One way I have been able to engage with the community is our annual Festival of Fine Arts at Liberty Tree Elementary School. It is an opportunity to celebrate our students work with the community and for students to take pride in their accomplishments. On this night the school resembles a museum: There is the Hall of Portraits, a Hall of Architecture, and so on. Posted on the wall are explanations of the concepts explored. And there are directions to lead families through creative explorations themselves. It is a night when families are able to come together to celebrate visual art and their student’s role in our visual culture. As the parent, grandparent, community member, or proud teacher- it is then our role to share the incredible work and thought process of our students with others.
Portrait of an Arts Advocate is a monthly feature profiling an OAAE member active in advocating for arts education in Ohio. If you’d like to submit your information, or to learn more about this feature email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Live Webinar for STEAM School Designation: December 13
The Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) is hosting a live webinar on December 13, 2017 for schools interested in applying for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and mathematics) designation this school year. Registration information is available online, or by contacting OSLN directly at email@example.com.
The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting applications for schools interested in the STEM, or STEAM designations. Proposals will be reviewed by the STEM committee and the Ohio STEM Learning Network, and new designations will be effective beginning Fiscal Year 2019. Schools planning to apply for STEM or STEAM designation should submit a letter of intent before 5:00 p.m. December 20, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit the ODE STEM webpage.
Ohio Department of Education recognizes Schools of Promise and Schools of Honor
“Ohio is recognizing 12 schools for maintaining high academic achievement among their students, including many from economically disadvantaged circumstances that can make learning difficult.
The Ohio Department of Education named two Schools of Promise, four High Performing Schools of Honor and nine High Progress Schools of Honor. Each program has its own criteria. Two schools received more than one award.
A complete list of Schools of Promise and Schools of Honor is available here.”
OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Passed by the Senate: HB170
The Senate unanimously passed HB170 (Carfagna-Duffey), by a vote of 31-0. This bill calls for the Department of Education to develop optional academic content standards and model curriculum for computer science, details how schools can integrate courses on the topic, and addresses educator qualifications for computer science.
Because HB170 allows students to substitute advanced computer science for Algebra II, the latest version of the bill includes Senate language requiring parents to sign a form acknowledging their student may not be eligible to attend certain higher education institutions. The amendment was in response to concerns that students or parents won’t realize the importance of Algebra II, which is a perquisite for admission to most Ohio colleges and universities, until it’s too late.
Columbus Dispatch: Computer Science Instead of Algebra II? Ohio Students May Soon Have a Choice
“A bill designed to encourage Ohio schools to offer more computer science courses, including those that could replace some math and science requirements, got unanimous approval Tuesday from the Ohio Senate. As tech companies continue to report struggles to fill jobs, House Bill 170 is designed to ensure the state establishes computer science standards while providing students more course options.”
House Education and Career Readiness Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Presentation by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and Brian Roget, Associate Director of the Department of Education’s Office of Curriculum and Assessment, on revisions to Ohio’s English Language Arts and Math Model Curriculum. (Presentation)
More information on the ODE process for revising standard can be found on the ODE Ohio Learning Standards Revisions webpage. This page provides information about the revisions to Ohio’s Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics, which were approved in February 2017, as well as the ongoing updating process for science, social studies and financial literacy standards. Also, find links to learn about revisions to standards for several career-technical programs.
Amendment Accepted for HB176 SCHOOL TESTING (Thompson)
With to regard to state achievement assessments, statewide academic content standards and model curricula, and teacher and administrator evaluations.
The committee accepted an amendment proposed by the bill’s sponsor, Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) with an 8-7 vote. The amendment made several changes to the original bill including the following:
- Specifies state exams must be the Iowa Test of Basic Skills,
- eliminates the requirement that the third-grade reading test that determines retention be administered in the fall,
- requires schools to detail any data applications they’re using and any grants they’ve applied for or are thinking of applying for,
- and prohibits the state from requiring schools to administer state tests on computers.
Senate Education Committee
The committee heard testimony on the following last week:
Opponent & Interested party testimony on SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman)
During the third hearing for SB216 more than 20 witnesses came forward with opponent and interested party testimony. However, due to time limitations half were rescheduled to appear at a future meeting to reduce the length of the agenda.
Ohio Department of Education Superintendent Paolo DeMaria was one of the many witnesses who testified as an interested party, however his focus was mainly on concerns he had with the bill. “I recognize that there are some educators in Ohio who feel burdened by regulations. My staff and I are constantly in discussion with district leaders and educators about ways to improve Ohio’s education system, including the elimination of unnecessary regulations,” DeMaria stated. “While some of the changes proposed in SB216 reflect that balance, many of the changes would be a step backward for Ohio. As written, SB216 would have wide consequences, including impeding the strides Ohio has made in early childhood education, unnecessarily duplicating current administrative efforts and, in several instances, putting the safety of Ohio’s students at risk.”
Among concerns DeMaria raised were the following:
- Allowing districts to administer tests other than the current state-wide Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) test for Ohio’s pre-school aged students, or no test at all, would impact the current measure of literacy improvement on the state report card.
- Allowing unlicensed staff to serve as substitute education aides creates gaps in the professional conduct system Ohio uses to keep track of school employees who behave inappropriately.
- Allowing district-approved versus state-approved tests to be the source of data for academic growth measures in teacher evaluations could crate inconsistency across the state.
- Some licensure changes might provide flexibility for administrators but do not recognize the need for content expertise or different learning methods of students at various ages.
- Restrictions on where students can take College Credit Plus courses limit choice and the ability of students to be exposed to the college environment.
SB216 was created in collaboration with superintendents in bill sponsor Matt Huffman’s district. These superintendents identified state mandates in law that they felt added to school district costs, or were inefficient or ineffective. The bill’s stated intent was to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools to increase local control, improve efficiency, and reduce costs, while still supporting improved student achievement.
A review of OAAE’s analysis of SB216 can be viewed here.
ON THE CALENDAR
Speaker Releases Schedule for First Half of 2018
Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has released the schedule for January through June, 2018. The first session for the new year is set for Wednesday, January 17; the last is set for Wednesday, May 23. Sessions after May 23 through June are all “if needed.”
Monday, December 11
8:00 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St, Columbus
State Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, December 12
8:00 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St, Columbus
State Board of Education Meeting
4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
House Education & Career Readiness Chr. Brenner, A
HB377 (Hagan/Ramos) 2nd Hearing, Sponsor/Proponent Testimony
Require age-appropriate sexual abuse and violence instruction
HB246 (Boccieri/Rezabek) 2nd Hearing, Proponent Testimony
Provide funding for county DD board classroom facilities
HB360 (Greenspan) 3rd Hearing, Opponent/Interested Party Testimony
Enact Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act
HB108 (Hagan/McColley) 4th Hearing, All Testimony *PA
Include financial literacy in high school curriculum
Wednesday, December 13
2:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Senate South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee Chr. Lehner
SB216 (Huffman, M.) 4th Hearing- Proponent/Opponent/Interested Party
Education Week: U.S. Graduation Rate Hits New All-Time High
“The national high school graduation rate has risen to a new all-time high: 84 percent, the fifth straight year of increases, according to data published by the federal government today. The graduation rate for the high school class of 2015-16 is nearly a whole point higher than the one for the previous year’s class, which was 83.2 percent, according to the new data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The rate measures the proportion of each freshman class that earns a diploma four years later.”
“This past March, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Endrew F. vs. Douglas County determining that districts have the obligation to provide students in special education with something beyond a minimal quality or “de minimis” education. In response to the ruling, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released a Q&A this week regarding its impacts. The Q&A provides an overview of the case and ruling, clarification of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s (IDEA) Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) requirement, and considerations for implementation.”
Chance to Dance
Momentum-Excellence at the Speed of Dance invites dance instructors and educators from across the state to take part in one or all of a series of workshops designed to support inclusive dance instruction. The workshops are open to all educators, with the workshop content focusing on dance/ movement.
These workshops are presented in collaboration with VSA Ohio and Ohio Dance. The workshops are free of charge to participants, thanks to funding provided by the Ohio Department of Education.
The full-day workshops take place at varying locations in Columbus. Visit the website for full details.
Autism/ Sensory Sensitivities
Date: November 13, 2017
Presenter: Andrew Palermo, Founder of Creatively Abled
Date: January 12, 2018
Presenters: Mary Verdi Fletcher, Founder and Sara Lawrence Sucato, Touring Manager, Dancing Wheels
Date: January 22, 2018
Presenter: Dr. Jenny Seham, Director of Dance Education, National Dance Institute
Ohio Music Education Association 2018 Professional Development Conference
The Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) is giving OAAE members the opportunity to attend their 2018 Professional Development Conference at a discounted rate. This is a great opportunity to learn from the wide variety of clinics that will be presented during the conference.
Use the attached flyer to register for OMEA’s conference: http://files.constantcontact.com/4f0fafd9001/1f361256-90b5-42f4-8ef4-e670726bbf63.pdf
Renew your OAAE membership: http://www.oaae.net/index.php/en/about-us/join-the-oaae-online
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
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
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: http://summitesc.org/events
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The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (www.omea-ohio.org), Ohio Art Education Association (www.oaea.org), Ohio Educational Theatre Association (www.ohedta.org); OhioDance (www.ohiodance.org), and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (www.oaae.net).
This update is written weekly by Andrea Kruse, OAAE’s Research and Information Coordinator.