Arts On Line Education Update June 11, 2018


HAMMcrpDarren T. Hamm
Executive Director, Oberlin Center for the Arts

Q: How did you participate in the arts as a child?

A: The arts helped to inform and define my life as a child. At a very young age, I found that I could better understand and explain my world by utilizing visual art. Thankfully, my parents recognized this and found ways to support my interests and continued education in the arts, through public school education and private lessons.

Q: Describe your favorite “a-ha moment” in arts education.

A: To the best of my recollection, I believe it was in the first grade when I first realized that my visual art skills could be used to better the world around me, when I was asked to create large reproductions of “The Letter People” (a PBS children’s literacy series) for display in our classroom. This moment remains precious as I believe it to be the first time that my talents were publicly recognized and I witnessed the joy that my creations brought to others.

Q: How do you practice creativity in your own life and / or what inspires you?

A:  While raising young children, I have considered my “formal” artistic career in the visual arts, graphic arts and music performance, to be on temporary hiatus. However, I consider creativity, and the arts more broadly, as the way in which we approach life as opposed to our occupation. That said, I seek to incorporate creativity into my work and life experiences every day, from the way I work with others to design programs, engage stakeholders, develop resources or build collaborations, to the way I hope to raise my children and enrich their world.

Q. Name one puzzle or problem you are working on in the field right now.

A: We are currently working to build an arts and culture sector for our region, an activity which finds us bringing together a wide range of people around the role of the arts in our communities and the value it has in advancing community-level causes.

Q: Name an arts educator who impacted you and how they influenced your younger days.

A: You can reference my “ah-ha” moment above. If it weren’t for the recognition of my talents at a young age, my personal and professional life would have been on an entirely different trajectory. An education through the arts had allowed me to feel like someone of value, helping me to communicate through a new language and ultimately develop my own identity.

Q: What can the average person do to advocate for more and / or stronger arts education in local schools?

A: They can think of why art matters to them, the impact the arts have had on their life, and tell their story to anyone willing to listen.

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




The Ohio House of Representatives elected Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Gallipolis) to serve as its new speaker last Wednesday ending a near 2-month period of stalemate. It took 11 voting rounds and more than two hours for the election to be completed. The speaker’s office had been vacant since April 12 following Cliff Rosenberger’s (R-Clarksville) resignation amid an FBI inquiry. Smith had been serving as chair of the House Finance Committee, a role which will now be filled by Rep. Scott Ryan (R-Newark).

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio House Votes 11 Times before Picking Ryan Smith as Speaker

“Nothing about the Ohio House has been pretty over the past eight weeks, so few people were surprised Wednesday when it took an unprecedented 11 rounds of voting to elect Rep. Ryan Smith as the new speaker, temporarily easing a bitter internal GOP fight.”




Grad Nation: 2018 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

The nation continues to see steady growth in high school graduation rates, but it remains off pace to reaching the 90 percent goal—a goal that would require graduating about 219,000 more young people on time than graduated in 2016 and nearly doubling the annual rate of gain in recent years through 2020.

Ohio is one of 12 states to have a graduation rate between 80 and 85 percent. However, the report notes the state has gained little ground over the past six years.


ESC of Central Ohio: National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

The National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, to be held in Columbus in October 2018, provides an opportunity for district and school administrators to build a research-backed foundation for an effective dropout prevention plan. The strategies put forward by the NDPC/N have been put into practice by states nationwide and are considered the standard in dropout prevention planning.


New York Times: Trump’s School Safety Commission Won’t Look at Guns, Betsy DeVos Says

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the federal commission on school safety set up this year after the Parkland, Fla., school massacre will not focus on the role guns play in school violence.”



Monday, June 11

8:30 a.m.  State Board of Education Meeting

Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., Columbus


Tuesday, June 12

8:30 a.m. State Board of Education Meeting

Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front St., Columbus



Arts Assessment: Evidence of Success

Final Logo-Color-V crHigh-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 Arts Council.

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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