Arts On Line Education Update May 29, 2018

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Education and Career Readiness Committee

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

 

Proponent and Interested party testimony on SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman)  To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs. 

Ohio Alliance for Art Education Executive Director, Tim Katz testified as an interested party last week on the bill intended to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools to increase local control and improve efficiency. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs.

While Katz praised the Senate’s amendments regarding gifted education, he said some provisions of the bill don’t go far enough to address concerns with teacher preparation and licensure. “We are concerned about the potential negative impact that this bill could have on education programs and students, who deserve well-trained teachers in all their classes so that they can achieve at the highest levels,” said Katz. “We would like an amendment to SB216, regarding its provision to revise the grade band structure for which teacher licensure is received, to clarify that the bill does not eliminate or affect the future issuance of the multi-age, preK-12 teaching license. This is the teaching license by far most commonly held by Ohio’s professional pre-K-12 educators who are assigned to teach the specific disciplines of visual arts, music, dance, or theatre/drama.”

Katz was reassured by committee Chair Andrew Brenner that an amendment relevant to his concerns was already in the works. Several amendments were accepted including a gradual adjustment of the the n-size, the numerical threshold for when a group of students is large enough to be included in data reporting and accountability calculations, to 10; allowing  only the third-grade state tests to be administered in paper; and an amendment to require the State Board of Education to revise the OTES framework, instead of the Ohio Department of Education.

OAAE’s Positions on SB216: The bill’s intent is to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools to increase local control and improve efficiency. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs.

OAAE supports the changes in the teacher evaluation framework in Section 3319.112 of the bill, including the elimination of shared attribution and student learning objectives. We also believe that the changes in new Section 3319.361 will discourage a superintendent from hiring a licensed teacher to teach the arts without a multiage license in the arts. The changes made to this section in the substitute bill would require that a teacher, who is employed to teach a subject area for which the teacher is not licensed, attain a passing score on an examination prescribed by the state board of education in the teaching area.

OAAE still opposes the changes in the license grade bands included in Section 3319.22. While the Senate Education Committee listened to the concerns of some stakeholders and retained the Middle Childhood License (grades 4-9) and the Adolescent – Adult License (grades 7-12), the committee expanded the grade bands for the Early Childhood License from preK-3 to preK-5. OAAE is disappointed that the Senate Committee did not address our concerns about clarifying the subjects that a teacher with the preK-5 license could teach. Currently general education teachers with the preK-3 license are certified to teach the arts. We recommended that the bill be amended to require that all courses in the arts at all grade levels be taught by a teacher with a multiage preK-12 license in a specific arts discipline of dance, drama, music, or visual art, or an equivalent license in a specific area. We will continue to advocate for this amendment in the House.

 

Dayton Daily News: Ohio School Deregulation Bill Gets Dozen Amendments, But No Vote

“Wednesday’s expected Ohio House vote on a bill supporters claim will reduce red-tape for local schools did not happen, as the House session was canceled amid Republicans’ continuing struggle to choose a new Speaker of the House.”

 

 

All testimony on HB591 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS (Duffey) To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools.

OAAE submitted written testimony on HB591. While the recent substitute bill addresses a concern OAAE had with the measure, there are still several areas of concern. OAAE recommend that school districts be required, rather than allowed, to report the number of specialists under the enrichment and support measure, and opposed repealing the section that requires the Ohio Department of Education to annually report the availability of courses in the fine arts. OAAE testimony pointed out, “This measure provides different information than the new enrichment and support measure, which focuses on the number of arts teachers, “Current Section 3302.034 identifies the range and depth of arts education opportunities offered to students and allows parents and the public to compare course offerings in the arts among school buildings in a district.”

HB591 would change Ohio’s annual report card for school districts, school buildings, community schools, and STEM schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Duffey said the purpose of the bill is to create a state report card that is transparent, understandable, useful, and trusted by school districts, parents, and legislators. The principles the new report card include:

  • Dashboard approach: precise information presented in an intuitive format for natural response
  • Understandable: use the simplest methodologies that still get the job done/illustrate the metric
  • Transparent: educators/public can do the math themselves if they want, which leads to trust
  • Parent-centric: present the data to parents so they see how their children are likely to do, as opposed to looking at all children generally

 

Proponent and Opponent testimony on HB200 SCHOOL CHOICE (Koehler)  To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program

HB200, which would establish a statewide, income-based voucher program for students at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, had its ninth hearing last week. Opponent testimony was hear from school districts including Marysville EV, Toledo City, and Elida Local.  Representatives from American Federation for Children and Excellence in Education in Action gave proponent testimony.

 

Proponent testimony on HB549  SCHOOL YEAR (Arndt) The bill would require public and private schools to open for instruction after Labor Day.

 

Sponsor testimony on HB628 EDUCATOR LICENSES (Stein, Retherford) The bill creates an alternative pathway for qualifying for a resident educator license.

 

The committee passed the following bills:

  • HB108 FINANCIAL LITERACY (Hagan, McColley) requires one-half unit of instruction in financial literacy
  • HB428 STUDENT EXPRESSION (Ginter, LaTourette) concerning student religious expression in public schools
  • HB502 YOUTH SUICIDE (Anielski) requires certain public school employees to undergo biennial youth suicide awareness and prevention training
  • HB540 TEACHER EVALUATIONS (Gavarone, Manning) changes the teacher evaluation framework

 

 

Senate Education Committee 

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week:

 

Opponent testimony on SB241 NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS (Terhar, Thomas) To establish a category of nonpublic schools called “accredited nonpublic schools” and to prescribe requirements and exemptions for such schools.

The committee heard from nearly a dozen opponents of the bill, with the majority from Catholic and Christian based schools. The general concern was that the term ‘accredited nonpublic schools’ could put religiously-oriented schools at a disadvantage because of their more diverse student population and different value-oriented philosophies.

 

Sponsor testimony on SB289 STUDENT EXPULSIONS (Kunze) With respect to authorizing the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school, or STEM school for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds.

 

Reported out of committee: HB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) The bill requires charter schools, instead of school districts, to verify charter school student residency and enrollment.

 

The Senate passed the following bills:

  • HB438 ESC BOARDS (Hambley, Kick) The bill permits the addition of appointed members to educational service center boards, and allows a local school district to sever its territory from one educational service center and annex that territory to an adjacent service center. It also requires the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to conduct a third round of classroom facilities grant funding for high-performing community schools. The bill now goes to the House for a concurrence vote.
  • HB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) The bill requires charter schools, instead of school districts, to verify charter school student residency and enrollment. The bill now goes to the House for a concurrence vote.

 

Governor Kasich Executive Order:  Technology First

Governor John Kasich signed an executive order launching the “Technology First” initiative. “Technology First” is the product of efforts launched in the Governor’s last budget that called upon the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to explore the use of technology such as apps, cell phones, smart pads, and smart speakers to augment the supports delivered by caregivers.

 

Governor of Ohio: Kasich Signs Executive Order to Put New Technologies to Work for Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities

“Ohioans with developmental disabilities will now have the opportunity to improve their lives with the help of innovative supportive technologies thanks to the new “Technology First” initiative launched today by an executive order signed by Gov. John R. Kasich.”

 

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Robot Joins Gov. John Kasich to Sign Executive Order Prioritizing Technology for People with Disabilities

“Smart wheelchairs, speakers that can turn on lights and other technology will be considered as part of care plans for Ohioans with developmental disabilities under an executive order signed Thursday by Gov. John Kasich.”

 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

ODE Awards $33 Million in Striving Readers Grants

“More than $33 million was awarded today by the Ohio Department of Education to 46 school districts and consortiums of districts to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children.”

 

ODE Recognizes New Purple Star Schools

“State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced 33 Ohio schools that received the Purple Star designation for their commitment to serving military-connected students and families.”

 

School-Based Healthcare Support Toolkit Offers Resources to Support School and Care Provider Partnerships

“Ohio launched the new School-Based Health Care Toolkit, a set of resources for schools and communities as they work together to address common health issues and keep students in class and learning.”

 

Annual Safety Plan Certification Reminder

“Schools must annually certify to the Ohio Department of Education that their safety plan documents are current and accurate. School and district administrators with compliant school safety plans, from 2017 and earlier, have until July 1 of each year to complete this annual review.”

 

School Improvement

State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria’s presentation to the Joint Educational Oversight Committee.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

U.S. Department of Education releases its annual Condition of Education

The report includes data on key education indicators from prekindergarten through postsecondary, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons.

USDOE: The Condition of Education 2018

“This website contains key indicators on the condition of education in the United States at all levels, from prekindergarten through postsecondary, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. The indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics, which are updated throughout the year as new data become available. In addition, this website has Spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics. The Condition of Education is a congressionally mandated report that is provided to Congress each year.”

 

 

OHIO NEWS

Columbus Dispatch: Bill to Ease Reporting on Minorities for Ohio Charters, Other Small Schools

“Many of Ohio’s smaller charter schools, and even a few traditional public schools, would not have to report on academic performance by small groups of students including racial minorities if a Senate-passed bill also gets through the House.”

 

Columbus Dispatch: New Recommendations, Legislation Restart Conversation about School Bus Seat Belts

“For the first time, [the National Transportation Safety Board] recommended all new large school buses be equipped with lap and shoulder belts. Additionally, it recommended new buses have automatic emergency braking and electronic stability control.”

 

FYI ARTS

2018 AEP Annual Convening
stwebsite_1The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to submit a proposal. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

okcc_1_orig.pngDestination Integration: ARTS Education 
Teacher Workshop, Grades 3-12 June 6 – 7, 2018 

Join teachers from around the state for fun, new and engaging instructional ideas taught by national John F. Kennedy Center teaching artists! The Ohio Kennedy Center Collaborative invites you to Wooster, Ohio for a 1 & 1/2 day conference on June 6-7.  Teachers will deepen their understanding and practice of arts integrated teaching to improve instruction and increase student learning through visual art and creative writing strategies. Enjoy the exploration of the creative process and the experience of the arts!

Dates: June 6-7, 2018
Cost: $65
Location: Wooster, OH
Graduate Credit is available through Ashland University

Download the printable flyer here.

 

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
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

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.

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Arts On Line Education Update May 21, 2018

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION 

Board Approves Chronic Absenteeism on Ohio School Report Cards

The State Board of Education approved adding chronic absenteeism improvement as an indicator on the schools’ state report cards. The new measurement is part of Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan and will reflect absentee rates with a focus on measuring improvement in the reduction of students missing regularly. Chronic Absenteeism is defined as missing at least 10 percent of the school year for any reason, which is approximately 18 days of school. Currently Ohio’s rate is 16.9 percent.

Schools can meet the new indicator in one of two pathways ways. The first is by reaching a target goal set by the state. This goal would start at an absentee rate of 13.6 percent and drop each year to the final goal of 5 percent for the 2025-2026 school year. The second pathway would be for schools to see incremental improvement based on their current absentee rate, or Baseline Chronic Absenteeism Improvement Standard. For schools with a 36.7 percent or higher chronic absenteeism rate, they would need to see a 1.1 percent decrease. For schools with an absenteeism rate of 36.7 percent or lower, they would need to improve by 3 percent.

The chronic absenteeism indicator will be included as a measure on the next round of state report cards in the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

 

 

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)

The committee heard testimony on the following bills last week: 

Sponsor testimony on SB216 (Huffman) SCHOOL REGULATIONS To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs.

Sponsor testimony was given by Sen. Huffman. Huffman said, “The bill addresses a myriad of education topics and standards, either contained in the Revised Code or currently sheltered in agency rule. Evaluation System, state assessments, student management and safety, College Credit Plus, and preschool operating standards.”

The Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Peggy Lehner, held hearings on the bill over several months, and after several revisions the committee approved the bill on March 7, 2018. The Ohio Senate approved the bill unanimously on March 21, 2018.

OAAE’s Positions on SB216:  The bill’s intent is to reduce regulations and mandates for local schools to increase local control and improve efficiency. The bill would affect major areas of education law including teacher evaluations; highly qualified teachers; teacher licensure and employment; substitute teachers; and teachers in career-technical education programs.

OAAE supports the changes in the teacher evaluation framework in Section 3319.112 of the bill. We also support the changes in new Section 3319.361, including the requirement that a teacher, who is employed to teach a subject area for which the teacher is not licensed, attain a passing score on an examination prescribed by the state board of education in the teaching area, among other controls.

OAAE still opposes the changes in the license grade bands included in Section 3319.22. The Senate Education Committee listened to the concerns of some stakeholders and retained the Middle Childhood License (grades 4-9) and the Adolescent – Adult License (grades 7-12), but the committee expanded the grade bands for the Early Childhood License from preK-3 to preK-5. The Senate Committee still has not addressed arts education stakeholders’ concerns about clarifying the subjects that a teacher with the preK-5 license could teach. Currently general education teachers with the preK-3 license are certified to teach the arts. We recommended that the bill be amended to require that all courses in the arts at all grade levels be taught by a teacher with a multiage preK-12 license in a specific arts discipline of dance, drama, music, or visual art, or an equivalent license in a specific area. We will continue to advocate for this amendment in the House.

In addition to our previous concerns, there are now questions about how the changes in Section 3319.22 could affect the multiage and other types of educator licenses issued by the State Board of Education. Currently grade band licenses are not mentioned in Ohio law. Grade band licenses are included in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3301-24-05, developed by the State Board of Education. The main types of grade band educator licenses are “Early Childhood” (grades pre-kindergarten through three), “Middle Childhood” (grades four through nine in named curriculum areas), “Adolescent through Adult” (grades seven through twelve in named curriculum areas), and Multiage Licenses (preK-12) issued in a particular subject area, such as dance, drama/theater, music, or visual art, library/media, health, languages, etc.

SB216 would link some of the grade band licenses (Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adolescent – Adult) and the professional licenses for the first time. The bill doesn’t include the multiage license, however. Section 3319.22(A)(2) of Revised Code allows the State Board to issue any additional categories, types, and levels of educator licenses. The Legislative Services Commission has reviewed Sub. SB216, and suggested adding language to the bill to clarify that the bill would not affect other types of educator licenses issued by the State Board.

 

Sponsor & Proponent testimony on HB591 (Duffey) SCHOOL REPORT CARDS  To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools.

Bill sponsor Rep. Mike Duffey presented a substitute bill that covered a range of topics including “third grade reading; post-graduate outcomes; enrichment and support; student growth measure; dedicated report card pages; geographic tool and others.”  The bill’s changes can be viewed here.

The Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Ohio Association of School Business Officials testified jointly in favor of the measure. Jennifer Hogue of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) said, “Our members have been asking for changes to the current report card system. They believe that reports of school district quality should provide accurate reflections of district, staff, and student achievement. Publication of district and school report cards must be accurate, fair, and credible. Reports should be communicated to the public in a clear and concise manner. We believe HB591 accomplishes these objectives.”

HB591 would change Ohio’s annual report card for school districts, school buildings, community schools, and STEM schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Duffey said the purpose of the bill is to create a state report card that is transparent, understandable, useful, and trusted by school districts, parents, and legislators. The principles the new report card include:

  • Dashboard approach: precise information presented in an intuitive format for natural response
  • Understandable: use the simplest methodologies that still get the job done/illustrate the metric
  • Transparent: educators/public can do the math themselves if they want, which leads to trust
  • Parent-centric: present the data to parents so they see how their children are likely to do, as opposed to looking at all children generally

 

OAAE supports eliminating the use of letter grades and the composite grade; accurately reflecting students with special needs in the graduation rate; measuring student growth through a formula that is understandable and replicable; revising the K-3 Literacy component to measure student achievement; and including measures for identifying and appropriately serving gifted students.

Under the new enrichment and support measure (Section 3302.03 (B)(7)(b)) the bill, as introduced, allowed school districts to report art and music teachers. The substitute bill expands this provision to include (f) fine arts teachers, and (g) music teachers. This amendment ensures that all arts teachers, including dance, drama/theater, music, and visual arts teachers, would be reported.

OAAE recommends, however, that school districts be required, rather than allowed, to report the number of specialists under the enrichment and support measure. For comparison purposes, the information included in this measure would be more helpful to parents or the public, if all school districts report the same type of information.

OAAE also opposes repealing Section 3302.034. This section requires the Ohio Department of Education to report annually on the report card the availability of courses in the fine arts (Section 3302.034 (A)(6)). This measure provides different information than the new enrichment and support measure, which focuses on the number of arts teachers. Current Section 3302.034 identifies the range and depth of arts education opportunities offered to students, and allows parents and the public to compare course offerings in the arts among school buildings in a district.

There is also concern that the bill maintains the current letter grades and ratings for implementing other provisions of law. These include determining eligibility for students to participate in the Educational Choice voucher program; opening and closing community schools; providing state academic interventions; and establishing an academic distress commission.

Many education organizations and stakeholders believe that the current report card is flawed, and its grades and ratings should not be used as a basis to impose sanctions on school districts or schools. OAAE joins them in recommending that safe harbor provisions enacted for the previous three school years be extended until the state can transition to the new report card and a new accountability system is developed.

Proponent testimony on HB540 (Gavarone, Manning) TEACHER EVALUATIONS

Bill sponsor, Rep. Theresa Gavarone amended the bill (AM1918) with two changes that she said served to mirror Senate companion legislation (SB216). The scheduled vote was delayed to give the committee time to review the amendment further.

Sponsor testimony on HB544 (Rogers, Perales) SCHOOL SAFETY STANDARDS To require the State Board of Education to adopt rules prescribing standards for safety enhancements to new public and nonpublic school facilities and to require the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to revise its construction and design standards to comply with the State Board’s standards.

Sponsor testimony was given by Reps. Rogers and Perales. Rogers said, “This bill would take advantage of the critical junction that presents itself when a district designs and constructs a new school building. Quite simply, by requiring that safety features be incorporated into the design of a building before construction begins, these features would be much more affordable as opposed to the expense of remodeling and or retrofitting.” 

 

Passed out of Committee HB517 (Schaffer, Leland) MONTH DESIGNATION To designate the month of October as “Ohio Principals Month.”

 

 

Senate Education Committee 

The committee heard testimony on the following last week:

Sponsor testimony on HB360 (Greenspan) BULLYING  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.

Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) said in sponsor testimony the bill “is ultimately a ‘second strike bill,’ once the first offense is deemed as bullying the district can act on the matter as they see fit.”

HB360 lays out a framework schools may adopt to strengthen communication with families and enact more consistency in handling bullying after the second offense. But the plan does require rather than permit a school to notify the families of both the bully and the victim of an investigation into a reported incident and states that a suspended bully cannot participate in extracurricular activities during the suspension.

 

All testimony on HB438 (Hambley, Kick) ESC BOARDS  To permit the addition of appointed members to educational service center boards and to permit a local school district to sever its territory from one educational service center and annex that territory to an adjacent service center under specified conditions.

Sen. Lehner’s amendment to utilize $3.8 million left in a fund established by the General Assembly for construction or renovation efforts at high-performing charter schools won approval. This money would be awarded through a third round of grants from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

“That money will be lost if it’s not spent before the end of this budget cycle,” Sen. Lehner said. “We don’t want to see that happen.”

 

Proponent testimony on HB87 (Roegner) COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school.

Testimony was given in favor of the bill from State Auditor David Yost, the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and Twinsburg City Schools Board of Education.

 

Passed by the Senate:

SB246 STUDENT REMOVAL To enact the Supporting Alternatives for Education Act “SAFE Act” to revise the procedures for emergency removal of a student, to prohibit certain suspensions and expulsions of students in grades pre- kindergarten through three.

 

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Senate approves bill limiting suspensions of young students

“Ohio schools could no longer impose out-of-school suspensions for young students who commit minor offenses under a bill that unanimously passed the Senate on Wednesday. Ohio elementary schools have handed out an average of 35,000 out-of-school suspensions over each of the past two years. Almost half were for disruptive or disobedient behavior, nearly two-thirds were black children, and 90 percent were from low-income households.”

 

 

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Tuesday, May 22

4:00 p.m. House Education and Career Readiness Committee (Chair: Brenner)

Ohio Statehouse Room 121

  • HB628 EDUCATOR LICENSES (Stein, Retherford) With regard to qualifications for obtaining a resident educator license. 1st Hearing-Sponsor
  • HB540 TEACHER EVALUATIONS (Gavarone, Manning) With regard to teacher evaluations. 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
  • HB108 FINANCIAL LITERACY (Hagan, McColley) To require one-half unit of financial literacy in the high school curriculum, to require the Chancellor of Higher Education to prepare an informed student document for each institution of higher education, to require the State Board of Education to include information on the informed student document in the standards and model curricula it creates for financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to entitle the act the “Informed Student Document Act.” 6th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
  • HB428 STUDENT EXPRESSION (Ginter,LaTourette) Regarding student religious expression and to entitle the act the “Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2018.” 4th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
  • HB549 SCHOOL YEAR (Arndt) To generally require public and chartered nonpublic schools to open for instruction after Labor Day. 2nd Hearing-Proponent
  • HB200 SCHOOL CHOICE (Koehler) To eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program and Pilot Project Scholarship Program and to create the Opportunity Scholarship Program. 9th Hearing-All testimony-Possible vote
  • HB591 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS (Duffey) To revise the state report card rating system for school districts and public schools. 2nd Hearing-All testimony
  • SB216 SCHOOL REGULATIONS (Huffman) To enact the “Ohio Public School Deregulation Act” regarding the administration of preschool and primary and secondary education programs. 2nd Hearing-Proponent & interested party-Possible amendments

 

Wednesday, May 23

3:15 p.m. Senate Education Committee  (Chair: Lehner)

Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room 

  • SB289 STUDENT EXPULSIONS (Kunze) With respect to the expulsion of a student from a school district, community school, or STEM school for communicating a threat of violence to occur on school grounds. 1st Hearing-Sponsor
  • HB21 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Hambley) Regarding verification of community school enrollments. 6th Hearing-All testimony-Possible amendments & vote
  • HB87 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS (Roegner) Regarding public moneys returned to the state as a result of a finding for recovery issued pursuant to an audit of a community school. 3rd Hearing-All testimony
  • SB241 NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS (Terhar, Thomas) To establish a category of nonpublic schools called “accredited nonpublic schools” and to prescribe requirements and exemptions for such schools. 3rd Hearing-Opponent

 

FYI ARTS

2018 AEP Annual Convening
stwebsite_1The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to submit a proposal. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

okcc_1_orig.pngDestination Integration: ARTS Education 
Teacher Workshop, Grades 3-12 June 6 – 7, 2018 

Join teachers from around the state for fun, new and engaging instructional ideas taught by national John F. Kennedy Center teaching artists! The Ohio Kennedy Center Collaborative invites you to Wooster, Ohio for a 1 & 1/2 day conference on June 6-7.  Teachers will deepen their understanding and practice of arts integrated teaching to improve instruction and increase student learning through visual art and creative writing strategies. Enjoy the exploration of the creative process and the experience of the arts!

Dates: June 6-7, 2018
Cost: $65
Location: Wooster, OH
Graduate Credit is available through Ashland University

Download the printable flyer here.

 

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
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

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.

 

 

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Portrait of an Arts Advocate: Mike Huffman

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Mike Huffman
Artist; Visual Arts Educator and former Director of Arts & Magnet Programs,
Lima City Schools (retired)

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

A: “Sometimes the best teachers are the ones you react against.”  This quote is what Jackson Pollock said when asked about his time with Thomas Hart Benton. In elementary school, I filled my wide-lined, goldenrod tablets with drawings, not English sentences or math problems. All attempts to “color outside of the lines” or play the “funky notes” were met with varying degrees of admonishment from classroom, and yes, even the seldom seen art and music consultants. I know that sounds bad, but the upside of it all was that much of my endeavor as an arts educator went to changing that close-minded paradigm for my students. I embraced all opportunities to put the arts on par with the rest of the curriculum as well as make them accessible to all children in my district. In short, I spent thirty some years “reacting against.”

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

A: “The best teacher is not the one with all the answers. The best teacher is the one who asks the best questions.” During my time in public school arts education, I was fortunate to ride the wave of change from teaching, to supervision, to Director of Arts and Magnet Programs. After that “thirty year professional development stint,” I began teaching middle school art again. I recount this only to illustrate how long it took me to get to a real “Aha moment.” Maybe that first month in I read the above quote, really thought about it, and then seriously put it into practice.  The student/teacher dynamic in my classroom went to a whole new level. Maybe as arts advocates we should stop making statements like, “we need more arts education.” Maybe we should ask questions like, “How can a comprehensive education be close to excellent without the Arts?”

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

A:  “I am a painting junkie.”  On the way to Art Education, I went through an M.F.A. program at Bowling Green State University.  I enjoyed it but it left me hopelessly addicted to making art.  I must say, this addiction has served me well in a number of ways:

  1. I never fell into the, “I teach art but don’t have time to make art,” quagmire.
  2. It buoyed me up and connected me to the broader community as an artist.
  3. It gave me an outside-the-walls, platform for advocacy.
  4. It informed my teaching process.

As for inspiration, I am more driven by content than technique. What I read in the news or pick up from the “great media slipstream” usually drives subject and form.

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

A: I was fortunate to drop into art education at Ohio State University when I did. It was the end of the 1970s. I had a ton of fine arts and art history in my head and the face of art education was shifting from a singular “making work and move on” to the more comprehensive discipline based art education. By its very nature, DBAE was easier to plant solidly in the larger curriculum. It was, however, a major change and demanded that art educators become arts advocates.

I have had any number of people who have pushed and inspired me. Some were instructors, some are long time colleagues. The one person who set the never ending course for me as an arts advocate was Dr. Nancy MacGregor. In her teaching, she was a realist who, as she presented the theory and mechanics of the “New Art Education,” hammered home the very pragmatic need for every art teacher to be an advocate.

She constantly practiced her own philosophy as she developed, guided and evolved the Getty Foundation sponsored, Ohio Partnership for the Visual Arts.

From 1989-1994, my teaching colleagues and I constantly benefited from this endeavor and Dr. MacGregor’s leadership.

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

A: What does advocacy look like?

  • Exhibitions of student Art within and beyond the walls of the building. Including projects of scale and collaboration.
  • Formal and frequent presentations at school board meetings by Arts faculty.
  • Formal presentations to community groups, such as service organizations, Chamber of Commerce, etc.
  • Using every performance as a platform for advocacy. Open the concert with your message.  Use the evening’s printed program for the same.
  • Become involved with community Arts providers. Open the door whenever possible for student interaction with these groups.

As arts educators, I think we must face the fact that in many quarters, our work and what we push into the curriculum, no matter how powerful, how game, changing is expendable. Every art, dance, music and theatre teacher needs to embrace advocacy and make it “part of the job.”


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 akruse@oaae.net.

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Arts On Line Education Update May 14, 2018

OHIO ELECTION NEWS

Columbus Dispatch: Ohioans approved 68% of school levies in Tuesday’s election

“Statewide, voters approved 68 percent of the school levies on the primary ballot, passing 63 of 92 tax requests, according to unofficial results compiled by the Ohio School Boards Association.  The passage rate was on par with the average in primary elections over the past decade, but fewer issues were on ballots. Last year, there were 97. The number has been dropping since 2010, when 174 school levies were on ballots.”

OSBA’s database of school levy results is available here.

 

Associated Press: Ohio voters set governor matchup, OK map-making changes

“Ohio voters set up a matchup Tuesday between Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray in the fall governor’s race, picked a President Trump-backed U.S. Senate candidate and approved a ballot issue creating new rules for drawing congressional districts. The new rules, which will take effect with 2021 maps, were modeled after new map-making rules for Ohio legislative districts that Ohio voters strongly supported in 2016. Issue 1 won 75 percent of the statewide vote.”

 

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray turn the focus on each other in Ohio governor’s race

“The race to succeed term-limited Gov. John Kasich is the one most political observers predicted for months as Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democratic former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray will face off in a rematch of the 2010 attorney general’s race.  Republicans are trying to maintain dominance in state government while Democrats are hungry to win a seat they’ve controlled for only four years since 1991. The race pits one of the longest-serving politicians in Ohio against a President Barack Obama appointee who many Democrats felt was their only hope at recapturing the governor’s office.”

 

 

OHIO LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

OAAE’s current Legislative Update includes a review of federal FY18 appropriations and updates regarding  SB216 (the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act) and HB512 (Consolidate Career-Education Governance), which are both currently before the General Assembly.

OAAE has also produced a review of HB591 (Revise Report Card Rating System for Schools), proposes to change Ohio’s annual report card for school districts, school buildings, community schools, and STEM schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

 

Newly Introduced Legislation

HB630 (Galonski) GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To extend the alternative graduation requirements established for the class of 2018 for two additional years

 

 

ON THE CALENDAR

Monday, May 14

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

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

 

Tuesday, May 15

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

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

4:00 p.m. House Education and Career Readiness Committee Chair: Brenner

Ohio Statehouse Room 121

  • HB544 (Rogers, Perales) SCHOOL SAFETY STANDARDS 1st Hearing, Sponsor
  • SB216 (Huffman) SCHOOL REGULATIONS 1st Hearing, Sponsor 
  • HB517 (Schaffer, Leland) MONTH DESIGNATION 2nd Hearing, All testimony-Possible amendments & vote 
  • HB540 (Gavarone, Manning) TEACHER EVALUATIONS 3rd Hearing, All testimony-Possible amendments & vote 
  • HB591 (Duffey) SCHOOL REPORT CARDS 1st Hearing, Sponsor & proponent-Possible substitute-Pending referral

 

Wednesday, May 16

3:15 p.m. Senate Education Committee (Chair: Lehner)

Ohio Statehouse South Hearing Room

  • HB360 (Greenspan) BULLYING 1st Hearing, Sponsor
  • HB87 (Roegner) COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 2nd Hearing, Proponent
  • HB438 (Hambley, Kick) ESC BOARDS 2nd Hearing, All testimony-Possible amendments & vote
  • HB21 (Hambley) COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 5th Hearing, All testimony-Possible amendments & vote

 

 

OHIO NEWS

Bucyrus Telegraph: More mosaics: As Bucyrus students learn, their schools become more beautiful

“It all fits together. With help from Ohio Arts Council, a mosaic artist from Westerville is working with Bucyrus City Schools educators and students to create large-scale artworks to adorn walls at the district’s secondary and elementary buildings. Viki Murphy, who runs Vicki Murphy Mosaics, was hired to work at Bucyrus through the council’s Teach Arts Ohio program. She goes into Bucyrus schools every week to help teach students. “It’s been a great experience,” she said of working with the students.”

 

The Atlantic: One Ohio School’s Quest to Rethink Bad Behavior

“Many of Ohio Avenue’s children have brushed against violence and other traumatic experiences in their short lives—abuse and neglect, a household member addicted to drugs, homelessness, to name a few. At schools like this, a small dispute can easily turn into a scuffle that leads to an administrator or school-safety officer corralling the kids involved, if not suspending them. But Ohio Avenue is trying to find another way: Every adult in the building has received training on how children respond to trauma.”

 

US News & World Report: Best High Schools Rankings: Ohio High Schools

“Of the numerous Ohio schools ranked in 2018 among the U.S. News Best High Schools, 19 were awarded gold medals, 111 earned silver medals and 183 received bronze medals.”

The rankings are determined in part by consideration of the following:

  • Students exceeded expectations in their states.
  • Underserved students performed better than the state average.
  • Student graduation rates met a threshold.
  • Students were prepared for college-level coursework.

 

FYI ARTS

2018 AEP Annual Convening
stwebsite_1The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to submit a proposal. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

okcc_1_orig.pngDestination Integration: ARTS Education 
Teacher Workshop, Grades 3-12 June 6 – 7, 2018 

Join teachers from around the state for fun, new and engaging instructional ideas taught by national John F. Kennedy Center teaching artists! The Ohio Kennedy Center Collaborative invites you to Wooster, Ohio for a 1 & 1/2 day conference on June 6-7.  Teachers will deepen their understanding and practice of arts integrated teaching to improve instruction and increase student learning through visual art and creative writing strategies. Enjoy the exploration of the creative process and the experience of the arts!

Dates: June 6-7, 2018
Cost: $65
Location: Wooster, OH
Graduate Credit is available through Ashland University

Download the printable flyer here.

 

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
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

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.

 

 

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Arts On Line Education Update May 7, 2018

IT’S TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) invites all Ohioans to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and thank Ohio’s remarkable educators by sharing a story of a teacher or teacher team using  #OhioLovesTeachers on Twitter and Instagram.

Here is a rundown of the week’s daily themes from ODE:

  • Monday — Celebration Selfies: To kick-off the week of celebrating Ohio’s educators, let’s share some selfies! Using the shout-out banner, take a photo with an inspiring teacher and tell us what makes them great.
  • Tuesday — Wise Words: A lesson saved is a lesson learned! Recall a quote, saying or lesson from a favorite teacher. It may be witty, humorous, inspiring or all three. Share this wisdom on the shout-out banner, and then share with us!
  • Wednesday — Inspiration Flow Chart: Of course, teachers inspire us all. But, who inspires our teachers? Interview your favorite teacher and ask them to share their personal inspiration.
  • Thursday — Kindness Boomerang: Each day teachers inspire, create, motivate and heal. In the spirit of teachers’ never-ending kindness, perform a kind act for a teacher. Snap a photo of the moment, tag the teacher/school/district and share with us!
  • Friday — Lifelong Learning Journey: Teachers give us the maps on our lifelong learning journey. Tell us about a teacher from your K-12 years who gave you the directions to find success.

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

OAAE’s quarterly Legislative Update includes a review of federal FY18 appropriations and updates regarding SB216 (the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act) and HB512 (Consolidate Career-Education Governance), which are both currently before the General Assembly.

OAAE has also produced a review of HB591 (Revise Report Card Rating System for Schools), proposes to change Ohio’s annual report card for school districts, school buildings, community schools, and STEM schools beginning in the 2018-19 school year.

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

USDOE Seeking Literacy Grant Applications

The U.S. Department of Education expects to award more than $26 million in new literacy grants in September 2018. School districts interested in developing or improving library programs, offering early literacy services and providing quality books to low-income students to boost their reading performance can apply to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for a grant through the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program.

The agency started taking applications in April and will accept them through Friday, May 18. The Ohio Department of Education  is encouraging applicants to align their proposals with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement.

 

 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Summer Food Service Program Sponsors and Sites Still Needed

“This year, the Ohio Department of Education wants to increase participation in summer meal programs. The Department is looking for local nonprofit agencies to serve as sponsors or sites to serve free meals to children. Summer food service sponsors and sites are especially needed in southern Ohio counties where families struggle with food insecurity, as well as in rural communities and areas where migrant families live. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements to cover the costs of nutritious meals and snacks to children in eligible areas.”

 

Opioids and Ohio Children: Tools for School Nurses

The Ohio Department of Health will host a conference on July 25 to give school nurses information and resources to support students with prenatal opioid exposure and trauma caused by family opioid abuse. Registration information is available here.

 

 

OHIO NEWS

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: Standard behavior for Ohio

“The Akron Public Schools mobilized successfully to boost its high school graduation rate. District educators saw they had a problem at the start of the school year, just 54 percent of seniors on track to graduate. So they seized alternative pathways to a diploma defined by the state. On Monday, the district announced that it projects reaching a 93 percent graduation rate for the current school year.”

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The 74: Analysis: Will Colorado Become the First State to Pass a School Transportation Law for Foster Kids Under ESSA

“A $2.9 million bill aimed at improving the educational success of foster youth could clear the Colorado House of Representatives as early as Tuesday and pass the state Senate later this week. If the bill is approved and signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado will be the first state to legislate the implementation of a federal law that compels school systems to ensure that, among other things, foster kids have a ride to school. The Colorado Department of Human Services confirmed that the bill has the governor’s support.”

 

Brookings: Charter School Growth Puts Fiscal Pressure on Traditional Public Schools

“Policy debates about the net effects of charter schools on students and on the delivery of K-12 education are ongoing and remain highly contentious. In a recent paper, we contribute to the policy discussion by drawing attention to the fiscal externalities of charter schools, a finance topic that deserves more attention in the overall discussion. Fiscal externalities are the additional burden that charter schools place on the budgets of traditional school districts, and we find evidence that they are consequential in North Carolina.”

 

 

FYI ARTS

2018 AEP Annual Convening
stwebsite_1The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to submit a proposal. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

okcc_1_orig.pngDestination Integration: ARTS Education 
Teacher Workshop, Grades 3-12 June 6 – 7, 2018 

Join teachers from around the state for fun, new and engaging instructional ideas taught by national John F. Kennedy Center teaching artists! The Ohio Kennedy Center Collaborative invites you to Wooster, Ohio for a 1 & 1/2 day conference on June 6-7.  Teachers will deepen their understanding and practice of arts integrated teaching to improve instruction and increase student learning through visual art and creative writing strategies. Enjoy the exploration of the creative process and the experience of the arts!

Dates: June 6-7, 2018
Cost: $65
Location: Wooster, OH
Graduate Credit is available through Ashland University

Download the printable flyer here.

 

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
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

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.

 

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Arts On Line Education Update April 30, 2018

2018 OHIO GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION

Candidates Share their Education Plans
The May 8 primaries are quickly approaching, and the Columbus Dispatch recently published the education policy positions of the Ohio gubernatorial candidates.  

Columbus Dispatch: Two GOP Candidates for Governor Take on Education Issues
“Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor agree that Ohio schools must be held accountable for preparing children to succeed in a rapidly changing economy, and the state must provide the necessary resources for a quality education.”

Columbus Dispatch: Democratic Candidates for Governor Have Big Plans for Education
“Four Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination for governor, and all have ambitious plans for improving Ohio’s education system and preparing students for jobs of the future.”

 

 

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) STEM Committee recently approved the addition of 10 new STEM schools. The committee voted to approve the designation for the following schools for the next academic year:

  • Bishop Flaget School (Ross Country)
  • Boulevard Elementary School (Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools, Cuyahoga County)
  • Gesu Catholic School (Cuyahoga County)
  • Graham Elementary School (Graham Local Schools, Champaign County)
  • Graham Middle School (Graham Local Schools, Champaign County)
  • Lander Elementary School (Mayfield Local Schools, Cuyahoga County)
  • Orchard STEM School (Cleveland Metro Schools, Cuyahoga County)
  • Joseph School (Lorain County)
  • Southdale Elementary School (Kettering City Schools, Montgomery County)
  • STEAMM Academy @ Hartford Middle School (Canton City Schools, Stark County)
  • Tentative approval: I Promise School (Akron City Schools, Summit County)

Schools interested in the STEM designation for the 2018-2019 school year were required to submit proposals earlier in the school year that for included:

  • Evidence of a working partnership with both public and private entities, including higher education entities and business organizations; (If the proposal was for a STEAM school, this partnership must include arts organizations.)
  • Evidence that the school submitting the proposal will offer a rigorous, diverse, integrated and project-based curriculum to students that emphasizes the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (If the proposal was for a STEAM school, schools must also specifically demonstrate how the curriculum will integrate arts and design.)

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

Federal Government Releases Civil Rights Data
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). This data, which is self-reported by 17,300 public school districts and 96,400 public schools and educational programs, is collected and published biennially by OCR. The CRDC collects a variety of information including student enrollment and educational programs and services. For the first time, the 2015-16 CRDC report includes comprehensive data regarding incidents of criminal offenses in our nation’s public schools. It also includes several new categories of data on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) course taking.

 

 

 OHIO NEWS

Cleveland Plain Dealer: How much are teachers paid in Ohio? Search here for your district
“Ohio’s pay for teachers is in the middle of the pack nationally, ranking 21st out of the 50 states two years ago in a respected national roundup of school data. Statewide, the average teacher pay for the 2016-17 school year was $58,849 and the median was $56,117, according to the Ohio Department of Education. But teachers have very different pay in different districts.”

Columbus Dispatch: Special signing ceremonies enhance Olentangy district’s reputation as military-friendly
“Tuesday afternoon was Orange High School’s first military-signing ceremony, similar to the signing ceremonies that high schools hold for student-athletes to sign letters of intent for their chosen colleges. Olentangy Superintendent Mark Raiff got choked up at points as he read the U.S. Army Soldier’s Creed in the auditorium at Orange High School. ″… I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade …” Raiff told the 13 Orange students sitting at a table next to him that he was honored to share the stage with them and that incredible opportunities await them.” 

Washington Post: Opioid deaths prompt Ohio to reimagine classroom lessons, starting with kindergarten
“Ohio, a state where 4,329 people died of drug overdoses in 2016, a death rate second only to neighboring West Virginia, is taking the fight against the opioid epidemic into the classroom with a new style of drug-abuse-prevention education. Ohio’s plan, controversial in a state that prizes local control over schools, features lessons that begin in kindergarten.”

 

 

FYI ARTS

2018 AEP Annual Convening
stwebsite_1The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) invites partner organizations and leaders in the field to share their exemplary work supporting the role and contribution of the arts to prepare all students for success in school, work and life. Click here to learn more about this opportunity and to submit a proposal. AEP will accept concurrent session proposals until 5 p.m. PST Friday, June 1.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

okcc_1_orig.pngDestination Integration: ARTS Education 
Teacher Workshop, Grades 3-12 June 6 – 7, 2018 

Join teachers from around the state for fun, new and engaging instructional ideas taught by national John F. Kennedy Center teaching artists! The Ohio Kennedy Center Collaborative invites you to Wooster, Ohio for a 1 & 1/2 day conference on June 6-7.  Teachers will deepen their understanding and practice of arts integrated teaching to improve instruction and increase student learning through visual art and creative writing strategies. Enjoy the exploration of the creative process and the experience of the arts!

Dates: June 6-7, 2018
Cost: $65
Location: Wooster, OH
Graduate Credit is available through Ashland University

Download the printable flyer here.

 

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
info@oaae.net
614.224.1060
www.oaae.net

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.

 

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Congratulations to our grantees!

2017 Weinland Park Sewing Circle (4)The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education’s Franklin County Neighborhood Arts program awards grants three times a year. Awards of up to $2,000 support community organizations in providing accessible arts experiences to county residents.

The following groups received grants in the most recent round of funding:

Canal Winchester Art Guild – $500
Give a Bird a Home at Walnut Creek
Final phase of a school-based study of ornithology, culminating in a public art installation.

Community Development for All People – $500
Community Mural for Fresh Market
Community mural for the CD4AP’s new Fresh Market on Parson’s Avenue.

Ohio Designer Craftsmen – $700
Crafting for Community
Hands-on community artmaking events creating functional items to benefit central Ohioans in need.

Second Sight Project Inc. – $900
Summer Video Screenings and Workshops
Creation of a short documentary reflecting on Second Sight’s “As Seen In Franklinton” project. In conjunction with this documentary, Second Sight will offer community workshops on video editing. All resulting videos will be screed at informal community events, paired with other children’s shorts.

 

The next deadline for the Franklin County Neighborhood Arts grant is May 31. Application materials are available online.

 

Photo credit: 2017 FCNA grantee Weinland Park Sewing Circle

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