February 12, 2013
Vol. 5, No. 3

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New from AEP
New from Our Partners
New from the Field
Job Opportunities

AEP Website Spotlight

Common Core and the Arts. Click here for resources.

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New From AEP

Happy Trails, Andrea!

At the end of January, Team AEP bid farewell to Andrea Kreuzer who relocated to the Midwest for a new opportunity at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. As the Program Associate for Research and Policy, Andrea was key to the development of, the re-design of the AEP website and State Policy Database, as well as various other projects. She was also a wealth of knowledge on all things trendy and crafty including the latest DC restaurants, contemporary quilt patterns, and delicious, time-saving slow cooker recipes. Please join us in wishing Andrea the best of luck in Wisconsin!

“Welcome” to Our New Partners!

AEP recently welcomed the following organizations to the Partnership: We are glad to have these organizations on board as we work toward our shared goal of helping every student experience a high quality education that includes the arts.

Be A Part of the Conversation at the 2013 National Forum

Doing more of what’s working and what’s undeniably right for every young person must be the order of the day.

The America of the future should be one in which all students have equal access and opportunity to high quality public education that includes the arts as an essential component. With so many changes in education, AEP National Forum attendees will be challenged to re-envision how they address students’ diverse and individual needs, to be innovative in their approach to new academic standards and practices, and to cultivate deeper connections with the communities they serve. Join us for the 2013 National Forum Arts, Education, and the Next America.

Forum highlights include:

  • Keynote address on Friday, April 5: Redesigning Leadership by John Maeda, Ph.D, President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)—What does leadership look like for the next America? Maeda uses perspectives from his various and diverse backgrounds—as an artist and designer, a technologist, and a professor—to discuss new leadership lessons he's learned since taking the helm of RISD months before the Great Recession.
  • Opening plenary session on Thursday, April 4: Educating the Next America—Panelists will explore the extent of the nation’s demographic changes and the imperative to rethink the use of time, people, and resources to ensure equitable access to high quality education for all students.
  • Morning plenary session on Friday, April 5: The Common Core State Standards and Critical Connections to the Arts—Since their release in 2010, 46 states and DC have adopted the Common Core State Standards. This critical conversation takes a deeper dive into how the arts are being used to inform implementation of the Common Core (Moderator: Erik Robelen, assistant editor and reporter at Education Week).
  • Special guest appearance by representatives of the Grammy-nominated band, Foster The People, co-creaters of the new children’s book Quiet Art.
  • Opening night reception at the Arts Club of Washington, a National Historic Landmark and the executive residence of the nation’s fifth President, James Monroe

Register Early and Save!

Be sure you get a seat at the Forum: register right away!
Registration information:

  • General Registration: $250; Now-March 16 (midnight EST)
  • Late Registration: $280; March 17-April 4 (midnight EST)

Registration includes access to both days of the Forum, continental breakfast, and admission to the opening and closing receptions. Click here to register and to read the National Forum Registration Policies.
Reserve your room today at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel. The special National Forum rate of $239 per night is guaranteed until Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
Make your voice a part of this important national conversation about the arts, education, and the future of American education. Click here for more information about the AEP National Forum.

AEP and IMLS Call for Existing Research on Arts Programs

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) have joined forces to expand the body of knowledge on how museums and libraries support youth development through their arts programs. As part of a new cooperative effort, IMLS and AEP are encouraging submissions of existing studies for review and possible inclusion in AEP’s—the nation’s first online clearinghouse of research and policy information focused entirely on the educational outcomes associated with arts learning.

The project seeks formal research or evaluation of arts education programming provided by museums or libraries that investigates a question or hypothesis, rather than journalistic or descriptive accounts. Read the full press release and details for submission here.

AEP is Hiring!

AEP is seeking applicants for a full-time Program Associate for Research and Policy. The Program Associate reports to the Director of the Arts Education Partnership and is a member of a small staff that relies on active and effective teamwork. The position is located in Washington, DC and requires some travel on a limited basis.

Click here for the full position description.

Student participation in the performing arts positively relates to social development in early childhood. For example, self-directed and guided dramatic play were found to contribute to the development of students’ social skills, social problem-solving abilities, and intellectual and emotional development related to social roles (Williamson & Silvern, 1992; Fink, 1976). Also, dance was found to facilitate the development and improvement of social skills, particularly for at-risk students (Lobo & Winsler, 2006).

New from Our Partners

CCSSO Releases New Common Core Tools and Resources
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has released an updated edition of its Common Core Implementation Tools and Resources Guide.  CCSSO developed this list of free tools and resources to point states, districts, and educators to promising ideas and tools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. This guide is free and users may distribute it widely and post it directly to their websites.

These resources were developed by CCSSO, the lead writers of the standards, and its partner organizations. It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all resources available. Please contact CCSSO to suggest additional tools to add to the guide.

NEA Now Accepting Nominations for 2013 National Medal of Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is now accepting nominations for the 2013 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the United States. The American public may nominate artists and arts patrons for this award through the NEA’s website. The deadline is April 5, 2013. These awards are given annually by the President with the NEA managing the nomination process.
Nominees must be U.S. citizens with a distinguished professional career; all nominations must be made online. To learn more about past National Medal of Arts recipients, visit the NEA website.

USDoE Hosts Webinar on I3 and Promise Neighborhoods
On Thursday, February 14 at 3pm (EST), the U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education Program will host a webinar entitled “Strengthening Arts Education through I3 and Promise Neighborhood Programs.” In this webinar, DoE staff will discuss general eligibility requirements and priorities under these programs and how current grantees are effectively using funds to integrate quality arts education. Presenters include Elson Nash of the Promise Neighborhoods program and Kelly Terpak of the Investing in Innovation (I3) program. This webinar is free to the public and registration is not required. You can access the webinar here. For questions or more information, contact Shavonney White at

P21 Announces New Leadership

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the leading organization advocating for 21st century readiness for every student, is proud to announce the selection of Dr. Steven Paine as its incoming President and Dr. Helen Soulé as its Executive Director.
Dr. Paine served as West Virginia's state superintendent of schools from 2005 to 2011. Under his leadership, West Virginia was recognized for its 21st Century Learning Skills initiative. Dr. Soulé has served as Executive Director for Cable in the Classroom, and in her new role, she will manage ongoing operations and state support work for P21. You can read the full press release here on

USDoE Blog Post Recognizes Celebrated Theatre Instructors
-Submitted by U.S. Department of Education-
A recent post on Homeroom—the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education—highlights two theatre teachers who were celebrated at the Sundance Film Festival’s “Teachers Making A Difference” award luncheon in January. Actor Bill Pullman honored his community theatre acting mentor and actress Joey Lauren Adams honored her high school theatre instructor at the event hosted by The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment industry. You can read and comment on the full blog post here on the DoE website.

Wolf Trap Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Summer Internships
-Submitted by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts-

The Wolf Trap Foundation's Internship Program provides project-based training and is consistently ranked among the best in the nation. Wolf Trap interns become an integral member of a team working with staff and other interns on meaningful projects. They interact with Wolf Trap board members, patrons, and business leaders who can add to the experience.

Summer Internship positions are paid, full time, and typically 12 weeks long, with flexible start and end dates. Available positions include Communications & Marketing, Development, Technical Theater, and more. Follow the link above to learn about available positions, application instructions, and diversity initiatives. The application deadline is Friday, March 1.

Summer Training in Folk Arts and Oral History
-Submitted by Local Learning-

The 2013 Local Learning roster of summer institutes and workshops is now available at Several opportunities are available nationwide for artists and educators to receive professional development in folk arts, folklife, and oral history. Follow the link above to download a document listing these opportunities from the home page of the Local Learning website.

NAEA 2013 National Convention—March 7-10, Fort Worth, Texas
-Submitted by the National Art Education Association-

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) invites you to join colleagues representing all teaching levels and backgrounds for the 2013 NAEA National Convention—a dynamic professional gathering exploring the arts and how they bolster human development. Register, book accommodations, and find program details here

Join colleagues for a special pre-conference workshop: Powering Student Learning Through Arts Infused Education - Interactive Workshop for School Teams, Principals, Art Specialists, and Classroom Teachers on March 6.  Learn from expert arts integration practitioners, discover the impact of arts-infused education, and more. Visit the convention schedule-at-a-glance for more information or call 800-299-8321.

Submit a Nomination for the 2013 College Board Award for Excellence
-Submitted by The College Board-
The College Board is now accepting applications for the 2013 Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award recognizes College Board member institutions that have implemented arts programming that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Grants of $3,500 to $5,000 will be awarded to six schools serving grades 6–12. Applications are due April 5, 2013. Visit for information or to apply.

New From the Field

Upcoming EdWeek Webinar: Art and the Common Core
On Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 2pm, Education Week will host a webinar on the arts and the Common Core. As educators work to help students meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics, many arts education advocates are making the case that the arts can be a valuable partner. This Education Week webinar will feature two experts to discuss the potential of arts integration with the Common Core and to provide practical examples of how to put the concept into practice. Register here for this free webinar.

Check out the recent Education Week article on the Arts and the Common Core by Erik Robelen here.

The Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes

Be inspired this summer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum during the Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes. Join colleagues from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. The institutes will be held on July 8–12 and July 29–August 2 in Washington, DC.

Core subject teachers for grades 6-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies, history, and English/language arts teachers. Applications are due Monday, April 1, 2013. For more information and the application please visit:

Job Opportunities

Executive Director for Visual Thinking Strategies (Brooklyn, NY)
-Submitted by Visual Thinking Strategies-
The board of directors of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is seeking an Executive Director who will lead this successful nonprofit organization into the future. The mission of VTS is to transform the ways in which teachers teach and students learn. VTS utilizes a unique approach based on theory and research that uses the discussion of visual art to significantly increase student engagement and success. VTS has trained hundreds of educators in schools and museums in over 20 states reaching tens of thousands of students. Primary regional activities are found in New York, Massachusetts, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit

To submit your announcement to the ArtsEd Digest, email AEP at with the subject line “ArtsEd Digest Submission.” Submissions must be 100 words or less. The deadline for the February 26 issue is Friday, February 22.
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