July 10, 2012
Vol. 4, No. 12

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New From AEP

AEP Welcomes New Partner Organizations

Please join us in welcoming the following new Partner Organizations:
  • Florida Alliance for Arts Education (Orlando, FL)
  • South Arts (Atlanta, GA)
  • YoungArts (Miami, FL)
We look forward to working with these organizations on our shared national agenda of ensuring a complete education that includes the arts for every child. A full list of AEP Partner Organizations can be found on the AEP website.

Fall 2012 National Forum: General Registration is Now Open

Register today for the AEP Fall 2012 National Forum Arts Learning Without Borders on Thursday and Friday, September 13-14, 2012 in Chattanooga, TN. Be a part of this national conversation about how joining forces across the various sectors of arts, education, business, culture, government, and philanthropy to find arts-centered solutions can help students achieve and communities thrive.
About the theme:
Technological advances. New models for teaching and learning.  Common Core State Standards and new student assessments. Economic and demographic shifts. These and other realities of today’s educational landscape carve out an increasingly critical role for the arts to unleash new ways of thinking, working, and learning in America’s classrooms and society. This year’s Fall National Forum explores what happens when we break down the educational silos that disconnect arts learning from learning in other subject areas. When we blur the boundaries that separate arts learning in school from learning out of school. And when we engage the arts to help ensure all students leave high school ready for college and careers.

Registration Information
•   General Registration-$250.00: NOW – August 17, 2012 (midnight EST)
•   Late Registration-$280.00: August 18, 2012 – September 13, 2012
Additional information, including National Forum registration policies, can be found on the AEP website.

Our host hotel is The Chattanoogan hotel and conference center, conveniently located in downtown Chattanooga on Broad Street.

Come early to the National Forum and enjoy The Chattanoogan’s three outstanding dining establishments, relaxing day spa, fitness center, and indoor pool. Stay the weekend after the Forum to experience the city’s museums, art galleries, retail establishments, restaurants and the Tennessee Aquarium, all of which are within walking distance of The Chattanoogan.

Take advantage of the special National Forum rate of $129 per night available now through Friday, August 24.

Accolades for Chattanooga:
New York Times– Named Chattanooga 1 of 45 cities worldwide to visit in 2012 (only 4 U.S. cities were chosen for the travel feature)
Travel + Leisure Magazine– Named Chattanooga as one of the five “Next Great Escapes” and calls Chattanooga a “Cultural Find”
Southern Living Magazine– “Few cities have reinvented themselves over the past few decades as successfully as Chattanooga which now shines as one of the most family-friendly, outdoorsy spots in the South.”

The deadline for Small Group Session RFPs and the Young Artist Award applications has passed; stay tuned to the ArtsEd Digest and the AEP website for breakout session announcements!

Have you joined the search?

AEP has designed—the nation’s one-stop shop for research, policy, and advocacy information on arts learning—to be a dynamic resource that will capture the growing body of research evidence about the benefits of arts learning both in and out of school. As such, we encourage you to submit research for inclusion to the site, adding to the 200+ high quality studies it already contains.

Have you been involved in work that gathered evidence on the personal, academic, cognitive, and social and civic outcomes of arts learning for students and/or educators? Would you like to recommend a study for inclusion?  Review AEP’s Criteria for Inclusion and submit your study at

Out-of-school arts education is associated with a decrease in behavioral and emotional problems for elementary students. For example, students participating in a community-based drama and visual arts program had fewer behavioral and emotional problems over time than a matched control group (Wright et al., 2006).

Toolkit for Snapshot on Arts Access in U.S. Schools Available Online

In Spring 2012, the U.S. Department of Education and its Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released the report Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10, a “snapshot” of the status of arts education in the nation’s public schools. AEP and a coalition of partners have developed a toolkit for understanding, communicating, and utilizing the Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools report. The toolkit includes:
  • “Fact Sheet” summarizing the findings for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts
  • PowerPoint overview of the survey that informed the snapshot, survey findings, and a call to action
  •  “FAQs” about survey administration and data collection
  • “What You Can Do” to get informed about your school, get connected to resources, and get active in your community
Visit the Arts Access in U.S. Schools page on the AEP website to learn more about the report and survey, findings, and the partners that participated in developing in the toolkit.

Join us August 9th for a Twitter Chat on Defining Arts Integration

We're embracing the practice of succinct communication through a Twitter Chat. Join us for a Twitter chat on Thursday, August 9th at 1:00 pm as we try to define arts integration in 25 words or less.
Moderators: @creativityassoc, @aep_arts, and @eliza_peterson

Stay tuned for more details!

New from Our Partners

NEA Announces $1 Million in Grants for the Big Read
Between September 2012 and June 2013, 78 communities across the country will be immersed in great works of literature as part of the seventh year of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Seventy-eight not-for-profit organizations will receive grants totaling $1 million to host a Big Read project this year. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest.
The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature, including In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez and the poetry of Emily Dickinson.
Among the organizations receiving a Big Read grant are arts councils, Boys and Girls Clubs, libraries, public broadcasting stations, theater companies, and universities. The selected organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based programs. Please see the complete listing of grants.
Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, which are also available for download on Each community’s Big Read includes a kick-off event to launch the program. For more information about The Big Read please visit

Enrollment Open for NDEO Online Professional Development Courses

The National Dance Education Organization’s Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) is offering two online courses this fall for the dance educator who needs continuing education units (CEUs) for professional development or simply has a desire for life-long learning. The following courses will be offered in fall 2012:

OPDI 101: Introduction to the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts
  • This three-unit course offers an introduction to the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA). It will deepen the student's understanding of standards and provide tools to apply them in their daily teaching environments.
OPDI 103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance
  • This three-unit course helps teachers understand their students by using formative, summative, and authentic assessments.
For full course descriptions and more information on NDEO's OPDI and the Online Admission Application please go to Courses fill quickly; submit an application by July 18 to secure your spot.

New from the Field

Alliance for Excellent Education Federal Policy Update Webinar

Please join the Alliance on Thursday, July 19 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (ET) for a webinar featuring members of its federal advocacy team who will present updates on developments in federal policy and their implications for states. Among the topics to be addressed are:
  • The approval of 19 states for greater flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act
  • The Administration’s plan to improve career and technical education
  • Race to the Top District competition
  • House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ federal education spending bills.
The webinar will provide a high school perspective as it relates to the aforementioned polices; however, panelists have a variety of expertise and will answer questions from the audience related to other secondary school practices.

Register and submit questions for the webinar online at Please direct questions concerning the webinar to The webinar will be archived and be available at usually one or two days after the event airs.

Education Grants for Teachers of Children Who Learn Differently

Applications are being accepted for the P. Buckley Moss Foundation’s Education Grants for projects that integrate the arts into educational programming. The mission of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education is to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. The foundation’s Education Grants aid and support teachers who wish to establish an effective learning tool using the arts in teaching children with learning disabilities and other special needs.

Educators may apply for a grant up to $1,000 to support a new or evolving project. Visit the grant webpage ( to learn about last year’s grant recipients and funded projects and for information on applying for 2012 grants. The application deadline is September 30, 2012.

Arts and Universal Design for Learning Book Chapter

Guilford Press will soon publish a new print and e-book titled Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications that features a chapter on the arts. This book shows how to apply the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) across all subject areas and grade levels and presents specific teaching ideas for reading, writing, science, mathematics, history, and the arts.

Using multiple arts integration case studies, Don Glass, Kati Blair, and Patti Ganley explain the role of the arts in providing flexible options for teaching and learning for a variety of learners. The case examples are clearly presented using the UDL Guidelines to explain how various arts options can support expert learning across the recognition, strategic, and affective neural networks.

This book is edited by Tracey E. Hall, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose of CAST, and is part of the Guilford Press What Works for Special-Needs Learners series edited by Karen R. Harris and Steve Graham.

To submit your announcement to the ArtsEd Digest, email AEP at with the subject line “ArtsEd Digest Submission.” The deadline for the July 24 issue is Friday, July 20.
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