Arts|Learning is thrilled to receive a $15,000 grant from Hunt Alternatives Fund for developing arts education assessments in Massachusetts public schools. A|L is happy to partner with the CT Department of Education and Dr. Scott Shuler, who has developed model performance-based assessments in music and visual art in grades 2, 5, and 8. Dr. Shuler has graciously agreed to allow Massachusetts to begin using these assessment units in our public schools, and will help provide Massachusetts teachers with the necessary professional development to implement and score the assessments.
Arts Assessment Grant
from Hunt Alternatives
The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Cultural Council will partner with Arts|Learning in this exciting project. The DESE will arrange sites at the six Readiness Centers across the state for PD training for this project.
The implementation of these assessments will be optional in Massachusetts schools; however, new teacher evaluation regulations require that teachers of any subject be able to show student learning and skills gains. As there are currently no valid arts assessments in use statewide, this project will give teachers and their administrators a useful tool to accomplish this task.
Connecticut reports that the implementation of the Common Arts Assessments in that state has had a strong impact on improving program quality and resources. Several teachers have stated that administering these arts assessments has enabled them to leverage additional funds or programs for their schools, including increased instructional time at the middle school level, additional computers/software for school arts labs, clay/kilns for elementary art programs, and new iMac computers, Korg Synthesizers and Logic Express software for music programs. Once principals realize their programs are being assessed, they have put in additional resources to enable their students to achieve well. Arts|Learning also believes these assessments will apply pressure to districts that currently have limited arts instruction to improve in this area.
Arts|Learning is currently seeking school districts that are interested in implementing assessments, and helping CT pilot some newly developed tasks in MA. Please contact Jonathan Rappaport at Arts|Learning if you are interested in participating, 508-650-5044.
National Recognition for Art Educators
Do you know an outstanding visual art educator, student, or supporter who deserves special recognition? The National Art Educators Association offers over 100 awards to honor outstanding achievement. Awards are at the state, regional, and national levels, and information may be accessed by clicking here.
Target K-12 Field Trip Grants
Over five thousand grants of up to $700 are available to education professionals employed by K-12 schools in the United States to bring students to museums, historical sites, and cultural organizations.
Since launching the program in 2007, Target has awarded $9.76 million in grants -- providing 1.2 million students in all fifty states with the opportunity to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science, and social studies. Grants are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums; community service or civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility.
The deadline for applications is October 3, 2011.