Arts On Line Education Update March 12, 2018


Santanello2Patricia J. Santanello
Director of Theatre, Dublin Scioto High School
Co-Chapter Director, Ohio Educational Theatre Association 

A special congratulations to Pat as her school’s theater program was a recently awarded a $10,000 R.I.S.E. (Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression) America Grant.  The R.I.S.E grants are given to assist high school theater programs with production expenses, technical equipment, and other needs.

Q: How did you participate in the arts as a child?
A: I started piano lessons at the age of 5 and I was active in theatre from a young age.  I started playing flute in the 5th grade and added clarinet in the 6th grade.  By 7th grade I was in marching band, choir, and concert band.

Q: Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.
A: I think my favorite “aha” moment as a theatre teacher was the first time someone pointed out that theatre education is not one set of standards – we teach ALL of the standards.  Since that time I have enjoyed pointing that out to other educators who think that all we do in theatre is “play”.

Q. How do you practice creativity in your own life and / or what inspires you?
A:  I relax by playing piano.  I sing in an adult show choir and that is something that I really enjoy.  Being around talented individuals always inspires me!

Q: Name one puzzle, or problem, you are working on in the field right now.
A: Right now I am trying to figure out how to make Sensory Friendly theatre a reality at my school.

Q: Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.
A: My high school choir director, Dr. Paris L. Simms, pushed me and inspired me every day.  He was (and still is) so incredibly gifted and he was a master teacher in every sense of the word.

Q: What can the average person do to advocate for more and / or stronger arts education in local schools?
A: Average people have power in school districts.  School boards and administrators need to hear from parents and community members about why the arts are important in schools.

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



Government Accountability and Oversight Committee

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

Proponent and Opponent testimony on HB512 (Reineke) Restructure education agencies and their duties.

Over thirty witnesses submitted written testimony and dozens packed the committee hearing last week to testify on HB512, most of them voicing opposition to the plan consolidate the state’s current education and workforce agencies into the Department of Learning and Achievement (DLA).

In hours of testimony last Wednesday, opponents voiced concern of reducing oversight and vague plans to improve Ohio’s educational system. However, those supporting the bill focused on the measure’s potential to better train and prepare students for workforce success after graduation.

Jennifer Hogue, director of legislative services for the Ohio School Boards Association, testified in opposition to HB512 citing the perceived lack of transparency. “Under the proposed legislation, all policymaking would be accomplished through one bureaucratic agency, rather than an open, deliberative and transparent process,” she said. “HB512 simply gives the executive branch of government a significant amount of new, independent power and minimizes the role of the public and stakeholders in the process.”

Another opponent was elected State Board of Education member, Sarah Fowler.

“There is no way of holding the director or agency employees accountable to the voters for the regulations passed,” she said. “Sure, they might vote out the governor, but who is to say that would be in response to the education policy changes?”

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

Those providing opponent testimony also included Dan Krane, chair of the Ohio Faculty Council; Sarah Stitzlein, professor of education at the University of Cincinnati; Stephen Dyer, education policy fellow at Innovation Ohio; Angela Boecker, a home educator; Jeanne Melvin, a retired teacher and board member of Public Education Partners; William Phillis, executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding; Tony Zapf; Deborah Gerth; Michael Collins, former member of the SBOE; Eric Hainline; Lisa Johnson; Mark Sellers; SBOE member Sarah Fowler; Eric Resnick, vice president of the Canton City School District Board of Education; Carrie Ankney; Donna Kazee, secretary for Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom; Sarah Riley, a home educator; Rebecca Barry; Tom Thistleton, founder of Mars Hill Academy; Matthew Jablonski; Patrick Schymanski, president of Elida Local Schools; David Sellers; Mary Williams; and Michael Donnelly, senior counsel and director of Global Outreach for the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Those providing proponent testimony included Chad Aldis, vice president for Ohio policy and advocacy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute; Lisa Tuttle Huff, superintendent of U.S. Grant Career Center; Judy Wells, superintendent of Apollo Career Center; Bill Wittman, superintendent of Tri-County Career Center; Mary Beth Freeman, superintendent of Delaware Area Career Center; Stan Jennings, superintendent of Scioto County Career Technical Center; and Ron Matter, superintendent of Penta Career Center.

Columbus Dispatch: Education merger bill attracts overflow crowd of opponents

“In a hearing so crowded that security had to direct people to overflow rooms, home-school parents and traditional public school advocates joined to oppose a bill that would dismantle much of the Ohio Department of Education.”

Akron Beacon Journal: To what end merge three state education offices?

“What’s amiss with education policy-making in Ohio? Consider the current effort at the Statehouse to hustle House Bill 512 to passage. Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has in mind approval of the measure this spring. The bill would merge the departments of higher education and education, plus the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.”


Senate Education Committee 

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

Governor’s Appointment The committee recommended full Senate approval of the appointment of James Sheppard, III, to the State Board of Education.

Reported out of Committee SB216 (Huffman) Enact Public School Deregulation Act-primary/secondary education programs.

The Senate Education Committee unanimously voted in favor of voting SB216 out of committee on March 7.  Sen. Matt Huffman’s (R-Lima) school deregulation bill has gone through a series of changes since it was originally introduced, including last week’s amendments from Chairwoman Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron).

OAAE will continue to communicate concern about the grade band change (Section 3319.22) proposed in the bill that was voted out of committee, specifically the change from a preK-grade three license to a preK-grade five license. The bill does not specify whether or not future teachers earning the proposed preK-grade five general teaching license could be certified to teach the arts (dance, drama/theater, music, and visual art) in Ohio classrooms.

Currently teachers with the “Early Childhood” license in grades preK-3 and those teachers with the “grandfathered” K-8 license, are considered “certified” to teach the arts, but the course requirements for teaching the arts under these general licenses are minimal when compared to someone earning the multi-age license to teach the arts.

In contrast, teachers who earn a multi-age (preK-12) license in the arts are required to complete a major or its equivalent in a specific content area in the arts; meet the requirements specified by the teacher preparation programs, which are approved by the Ohio Department of Education; and pass a content level exam.

OAAE has recommended that a provision be added to the bill specifying that all courses in the arts at all grade levels be taught by a teacher with a multi-age preK-12 license in a specific arts discipline of dance, drama, music, or visual art, or an equivalent license in a specific area, as teachers with the multi-age license in the arts can best provide age appropriate instruction, content knowledge, and professional expertise to guide students to achieve at the highest levels in the arts.

Reported out of Committee HB98  (Duffey, Boggs) Regarding the presentation of career information to students.

The committee passed HB98 after accepting amendments on un-related topics. HB98 would establish standards for universities, trade schools, employers and military recruiters to present information to high school students.

Members accepted amendments intended to:

  • Establish two-year initial and five-year advanced career technical workforce development educator licenses (Sen. Gayle Manning)
  • Allow schools employing those individuals to pay them while they’re working toward those licenses (Sen. Gayle Manning)
  • Maintain Ohio College of Opportunity Grant funding model as it has been used for the last 10 years (Sen. Randy Gardner)
  • Use existing funds to offset anticipated revenue losses in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District, which is expected to see a major property tax decrease as a result of the devaluation of the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant (Sen. Randy Gardner)

Proponent Testimony for SB34 (Manning) To generally require public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day.

Melinda Huntly of the Ohio Travel Association provided testimony in support of SB34 siting a recent survey that indicated there is widespread support for a later school start date. “The Ohio Travel Association worked with Public Opinion Strategies, led by Neil Newhouse, on a statewide survey of 800 registered Ohio voters in September,” Huntly shared. “Fifty-nine percent of Ohio voters prefer a school start date after Labor Day and 12% prefer school starting the fourth week of August. That’s 71% of voters who are saying school shouldn’t start before the end of August.”

Summer family time, workforce development and favorable economic impact were also reasons given by Huntly to support the measure.  Opponents of the bill argue the school calendar should be left up to local boards of education.




ODE Releases DRAFT Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education
The Ohio Department of Education and State Board of Education have released a draft of their proposed strategic plan for education and will be holding several public meetings around the state to gather feedback.

Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education builds on its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) proposal and honors stakeholder feedback by targeting improvement for all students and schools. The plan’s action steps target five key areas:

  • Early learning and literacy (preparing our youngest children for success in school);
  • Standards, assessments and accountability (measuring what students know and are able to do and evaluating schools);
  • Excellent educators and instructional practices (excellent teachers, teaching and school management);
  • Student supports and school climate and culture (supporting students and offering a comfortable environment that maximizes their learning);
  • High school success and postsecondary connections (clear academic expectations and smooth transitions to higher education and work).

ODE invites Ohioans to engage in community conversations to provide input on Ohio’s Draft Strategic Education Plan. Philanthropy Ohio, in partnership with the State Board, will host 11 regional stakeholder meetings to review the plan and receive targeted feedback that will inform the final draft of the plan. The public meetings are scheduled to begin this week and will continue through mid-April.

Register now to attend a local meeting near you.




Monday, March 12

8:30 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St, Columbus
State Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, March 13

8:30 a.m. Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St, Columbus
State Board of Education Meeting 

4:00 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Room 121
Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner

  • HB517 (Schaffer, Leland) To designate the month of October as “Ohio Principals Month.” 1st Hearing-Sponsor
  • HB477 (Koehler) To eliminate various provisions and programs related to the Department of Education and the operation of primary and secondary schools. 3rd Hearing-All testimony
  • HB491 (Edwards)  To require the State Board of Education to issue a substitute license to specified pupil services personnel. 3rd Hearing-Opponent
  • HB442  (Antani) To authorize any student from a country or province outside the United States who attends an elementary or secondary school in Ohio and holds an F-1 visa to participate in interscholastic athletics at that school on the same basis as Ohio residents. 3rd Hearing-Opponent
  • HB360 (Greenspan) To enact the “Ohio Anti-Bullying and Hazing Act” with regard to school discipline and bullying and hazing policies at public schools and public colleges. 5th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote

Wednesday, March 14

1:30 p.m. Ohio Statehouse, Senate Chamber
Senate Session

The Senate Education Committee recommends passage on the following:

  • SB216 (Huffman) Enact Public School Deregulation Act-primary/secondary education programs
  • HB98 (Duffey, Boggs) Regarding the presentation of career information to students.
  • SB82 (Williams, Lehner) To require a public school to place a telephone call within one hour of the start of the school day to a parent whose child is absent without legitimate excuse

3:15 p.m. Ohio Statehouse, Senate South Hearing Room
Senate Education Committee Chair: Lehner 

  • SB241 (Terhar, Thomas) To establish a category of nonpublic schools called “accredited nonpublic schools” and to prescribe requirements and exemptions for such schools. 2nd Hearing-Proponent
  • HB66 (Young) To establish the Undergraduate Mission Study Committee to evaluate each state university’s efforts to secure participation in the undergraduate mission by the university’s tenured faculty members. 3rd Hearing-Opponent




Governor Kasich delivered his final State of the State address last Tuesday at Otterbein University. Instead of a traditional State of the State speech focusing solely on policy proposals, he instead spoke mostly of philosophical principles. Kasich did, however, unveil two new initiatives, including the creation of a new state park and wildlife area in Morgan and Muskingum counties, and funding in the capital budget for a new behavioral health facility on the Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare campus in Columbus.

Cleveland Plain Dealer: John Kasich uses State of the State to reflect on the meaning of life

“It was appropriate for Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich to hold his final State of the State speech at Otterbein University, the small liberal arts college affiliated with the Methodist Church.  It was appropriate because Kasich sounded a lot like a professor delivering a philosophy lecture on the meaning of life.”

Cincinnati Enquirer: What John Kasich did – and didn’t – say in Ohio State of the State speech

“Gov. John Kasich traded the podium for a pulpit in his final State of the State address Tuesday, expounding on the values of compassion and love rather than his ideas for state policies.  Kasich, almost like a valedictorian giving a graduation speech, spoke about humility, personal responsibility and justice.” 

Associated Press: GOP’s Kasich delivers philosophical final State of the State

“In a State of the State speech infused with philosophy, religion and a pinch of nostalgia, Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday urged people to tap the values he believes all people have “written on our hearts” to live a life bigger than themselves. The term-limited Republican governor followed through on predictions he had been making over the past week that his final big address as governor would be “odd” and “different.””



Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio wants to improve school security after Florida shootings, but officials have no plan yet

“Ohio officials want to do more to help protect students in schools from attacks like the 2012 Chardon High School shootings or the recent shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  They just don’t have an immediate plan.  Leaders of both the Ohio House and Senate say they to sift through a few proposals and gather suggestions from experts to fit into bills in the next few weeks.”


Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune: Teen Tech Week features STEAM

“Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is always looking for ways to provide the teens of our community every possible advantage.  Studies show STEAM-related jobs are on the rise, and as teens start thinking about their futures, having a variety of different experiences will encourage their career exploration and growth.”


Columbus Dispatch: CCAD’s Short North barricade murals show art can happen anywhere

“No matter the project, some things about construction are always the same. Dirt, traffic jams and the monotonous backup beep of a backhoe are almost always guaranteed.  Eye-catching artwork usually isn’t part of the picture. Unless, of course, construction is happening in what’s known as one of Columbus’ most vibrant, artistic communities.”



Module One: Program Development – Teaching Artist Preparedness

Presented by the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in partnership with:
This program is now sold out, but you can click through on the registration link to sign up on the waitlist.
This two-day module is intended for working professional artists in all disciplines who are new to working as a teaching artist, and current teaching artists who would like to enhance or improve their knowledge and skills. This unique opportunity is recommended for artists with interest in working with the presenting partners as a roster teaching artist.
Participants who successfully complete Module One and the corresponding assessment piece will be awarded a digital badge representing their knowledge and competency in arts-integrated program development.
A digital badge provides evidence of achievement as a result of participation and specific accomplishments completed during and after each module. Digital badges may be included in an online portfolio and/or other micro-credentialing sites, such as Mozilla Backpack.
Areas of emphasis include:
  • Arts Integration
  • Youth Development
  • Behavior Management
  • Curricular Connections
  • Outcomes & Indicators
  • Strategies & Activities
Dates: April 19-20, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days
Location: McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St. Worthington, OH 43085
Cost: $50
To register visit:
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 6, 2018
Session Presenters:
David Schiopota
Director of Programs
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Emma Parker
Artistic Manager
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Ryan Upp
Resident Teaching Artist of Photography/Visual Arts
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
Kara Stewart
Executive & Artistic Director
QUESTIONS? Call 216.561.5005 x23 or email
Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

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

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

Workshops will focus on these topics:

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

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

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education

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

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



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

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

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


About OAAE

It is the mission of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. We believe that: * All children in school must have quality arts education provided by licensed arts educators * All Ohioans have the right to expect quality arts education * All arts programs must have adequate resources * All arts and cultural organizations and artists have a critical role in arts education Learn more at
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