Creative Challenge Index
Passed and Signed!
Massachusetts has passed the
landmark Creative Challenge Index legislation and
it was recently signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. As many
readers know, most schools have been evaluated solely using standardized tests
in ELA, math, and science. This legislation will also now evaluate
schools on the opportunities they give students for developing creativity and
innovation through the arts or any appropriate subject.
In the coming year, the Creative Challenge
Index provision will create a commission of legislators, educators, business
leaders, and community leaders to establish an index to measure the extent to
which schools provide opportunities for students to engage in creative work. The index will examine
and rate every public school in the Commonwealth on the teaching, encouraging,
and fostering of creativity in students through arts education, debate clubs,
science fairs, theater performances, concerts, film-making, and independent
research. From their findings, the commission will develop the Creative
Challenge Index which in turn will be used to encourage greater creativity in
our public schools.
Arts|Learning executive director, Jonathan Rappaport, testified a
year ago during hearings conducted by the education committee of the MA
legislature as the arts expert. Arts|Learning is thrilled that this work
has reached this conclusion. First kudos to MA Representative Daniel Bosley and Senator Stan
Rosenberg for their co-author sponsorship of the initial petition for this
legislation, Governor Deval Patrick for his support
and leadership on the critical issue of developing creativity in our students,
Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo for their leadership in recognizing the
importance of creative work in our schools, and 59 co-sponsors in the MA
2010 Kids In Need Teacher Grants Applications
LOFT Loves Teachers and the
Kids In Need Foundation
deadline is September 30, 2010.
Purpose of Grants: to fund projects that make creative use
of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie
nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities.
Innovation and merit account for 40% of the evaluation. Grant Amounts:
$100 to $500.
Eligibility: K-12 certified teachers teaching in the subject of the project at
public, private, charter, or parochial schools within the U.S. Kids In Need
currently DOES NOT
nor HOME SCHOOL projects.
2010-2011 NAMM Foundation Program Grants
The NAMM Foundation
National Association of Music
innovative community-based music l earning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music making.
Beginning on June 15, through September 30, 2010, organizations may submit a "Letter of Inquiry" that summarizes a request for project support. Letters of Inquiry will
be reviewed by Foundation staff; selected organizations will be invited
to submit comprehensive proposals for funding consideration.
Organizations that are selected to submit complete applications will
have the opportunity to do so starting on October 15, 2010, and ending
on December 1, 2010. After staff and board committee review, grant
awards are announced on or about May 15, 2011. Awards range from $5K to $80K.