June 26, 2012
Vol. 4, No. 11

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New From AEP

Employment Opportunity: AEP Senior Associate for Research and Policy (Washington, DC)

AEP is currently seeking a Senior Associate for Research and Policy. The ideal candidate is an experienced and visionary leader in education and the arts, and is a strategic thinker, exceptional project manager, skilled researcher and policy analyst, and a strong communicator.  He or she also should enjoy working as part of a dynamic and highly collaborative team.  The position will be open until filled and is based in Washington, DC.  For the full job description, including requirements, qualifications, and application instructions, please visit

Fall 2012 National Forum: General Registration is Now Open

Registration is now open to the public for AEP’s Fall 2012 National Forum: Arts Learning Without Borders. The Forum will be held Thursday and Friday, September 13-14, 2012 in Chattanooga, TN. Register today!
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.
We will explore how the various sectors of arts, education, business, culture, government, and philanthropy are joining forces to find arts-centered solutions that are helping students achieve and communities thrive.

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

There’s More Time to Get Involved in the Forum!

Got an idea? Submit a Small Group Session proposal. The deadline has been extended to Monday, July 9, 2012 (5:00 pm, EST). Are you engaged in blended learning? A flipped classroom?  Experiential learning? Arts integration? Unique cross-sector partnerships in arts education?  We want to hear from you and welcome your proposals to add to this rich, national conversation on arts education in America’s schools.

Students ages 12-18 from school- and community-based arts programs in the Southeast region are invited to submit their original artwork for the Young Artist Award, AEP’s national spotlight of talented visual artists.  The winning submission is featured as the cover of the National Forum program booklet and the student receives an honorarium, along with special recognition at the opening session of the Forum. The deadline for entries has been extended to Monday, July 9, 2012 (midnight, EST).

Graduate student volunteers are needed to help staff and operate the National Forum. The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, July 9, 2012 (midnight, EST).

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

A significant body of research demonstrates a positive relationship between arts education and young children’s literacy and language development. For example, dramatic play provides pre-readers and writers an active context for learning about literacy, using literacy skills, and exploring new and abstract concepts. Other research demonstrates a positive relationship between arts integration programs and standard measures of emergent literacy, cognitive, and language functions.

New from Our Partners

CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit Announces Retirement
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced last week that executive director Gene Wilhoit will retire. The CCSSO board of directors has begun a national search for a successor. Wilhoit will remain at CCSSO until a new executive director assumes the post.
Under Wilhoit’s leadership, states have increasingly worked together to address critical issues including higher standards for students, richer assessments of their learning, better tools for teachers, and more accountability for schools to produce results.
Wilhoit has led CCSSO for six years after serving as the education commissioner in both Kentucky and Arkansas. He also serves on the Governing Council for the Arts Education Partnership.
“Gene Wilhoit is an educational hero,” said David Coleman, the incoming president of The College Board. “He understood the need for this country to better prepare all students for life beyond high school and he had the distinctive intelligence, persistence and political skill to bring an amazing set of academic standards to life.”
Click here to read the full press release on the CCSSO website.
Click here to read Gene Wilhoit’s commentary in Education Week on the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards released two years ago this month. 

National PTA to Award Arts Enhancement Grants

The National PTA is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grants. The grants will award local PTAs up to $1,000 in matching funds to student-centered programs geared toward sustaining and enhancing creativity and artistic values for large groups of at-risk students. With research showing students receive the most benefit from programs that include consistent involvement in the arts, the National PTA proudly supports these invaluable opportunities.

Local PTAs are invited to apply for funding to establish or enhance arts programs in one or more arts areas: visual arts, photography, music, dance, literature, and theater. Priority is being placed on projects that represent research-based best practices in arts education. Specifically, PTA will fund arts programs that:
  • Are of a sustained nature (rather than a one time event) and
  • Reach large numbers of at-risk students
Applications are due by Friday, July 13, 2012 at 4 pm and can be submitted here on the PTA’s website.

League of American Orchestras receives $1.5M Grant from Getty Foundation

The League of American Orchestras announced the receipt of a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation to administer a re-granting program that supports orchestras in deepening their involvement with their communities.
The Getty Education and Community Investment Grants Program will fund orchestras’ educational and community engagement work, helping to fuel new practices or support longstanding model programs. The grants prioritize programs that are highly innovative, relevant, and responsive to community needs. A pre-requisite for qualifying orchestras is the existence of partnerships with cultural and/or community organizations, such as schools or social service providers. A portion of the grant funds will also support the League’s program administration.
Applicants to the grant program must include at least one partnership with a cultural and/or community organization, such as schools or social service providers. Initial applications are due on August 15, 2012.
To view the full press release, click here.

Local Learning’s Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide Now Available
Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education and Documentary Arts announces the online publication of Masters of Traditional Arts, an education guide (Paddy Bowman, Betty Carter, and Alan Govenar; Documentary Arts, 2011) that calls upon the artistry and mastery of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellows to integrate folk arts across disciplines.

In addition to introducing vital music, crafts, stories, and people from all over the U.S. and the world, Masters of Traditional Arts asks, “What do you know about your sense of place? Who are masters of tradition in your community? How can you discover more about your traditions as well as those of other cultural groups in your community?”
This resource is adaptable for 4th-12th grades across academic subjects. A multimedia version of the 80-page guide is available at and includes media clips of 26 Heritage Fellows illustrating how educators and students may integrate the study of NEA Heritage Fellows into their classrooms.
A free PDF of the guide can be downloaded here from the NEA website. You can order a free copy of the National Heritage Fellowships 30th Anniversary DVD here on the NEA website.

VSA Accepting Applications for its 2012 Visual Art Program, Susatining/Creating

Sustaining/Creating is a national juried exhibition that asks emerging artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, to showcase work that illuminates innovative viewpoints on sustainability and contemporary creativity. Beyond its scientific definition, sustainability references notions of responsibility and stewardship of our natural world in all facets of human interaction – from the environmental to the cultural. Sustainability indicates the capacity to endure. Fifteen artists will be selected for an exhibition at the Smithsonian and will share $60,000 in cash awards. Entry deadline is July 8. Enter today!

New from the Field

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Arts Education Policy Review

The Arts Education Policy Review is accepting manuscripts for a special issue addressing teacher evaluation and arts education. Articles should address or relate to any of the following topics:
  • State-level teacher evaluation policies and their effects on P-16 arts education
  • Local and district-level teacher evaluation policies and their effects on P-12 arts education
  • Teacher evaluation policies in higher education and their effects on pre-service arts teacher education
  • Descriptions of innovative approaches to P-16 teacher evaluation in the arts
  • Reports of initiatives taken by P-16 schools and/or arts organizations to advocate for arts-specific teacher evaluation processes
The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2012. Submissions and questions can be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Colleen M. Conway, at:

For more information about Arts Education Policy Review including complete submission guidelines, please visit the journal's webpage:

Call for Papers: International Conference on Accountability and Evaluation
The Istituto Nazionale per la Valutazione del Sistema Educativo di Istruzione e Formazione (INVALSI); the University of Maryland School of Public Policy (UMD); the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM); the Ministero dell’ Istruzione dell’ Università e Ricerca; and the European Commission Directorate-General of Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion will hold a conference in Rome, Italy, October 3-5, 2012 titled Improving Education through Accountability and Evaluation: Lessons from Around the World.  The conference is designed to attract a worldwide audience, including academics and professionals from universities, think tanks, school systems, government agencies, and the private sector.
Around the world, school teachers and administrators, scholars and researchers, government officials, and the general public are seeking to improve the quality of education according to the themes of using performance measures to hold school systems, administrators, and teachers accountable for results, and conducting different kinds of evaluations to identify and test promising approaches and programs able to improve student outcomes. This conference will share lessons learned from these efforts.
For a list of confirmed speakers, registration information, and guidelines for submitting a paper, visit the conference website at Abstracts must be submitted by July 9, 2012.

The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Summer Institute

The Silk Road Project and the Harvard Graduate School of Education are collaborating to present their first summer institute for artists and educators: The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning. This weekend institute will be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA on July 27-29, 2012.

Join educators and artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to deepen your understanding of how learning takes place in and through the arts.

Who should attend: Artists (all disciplines) and educators (all subjects, special emphasis on middle grades), including school and arts organization administrators

Institute participants will attend workshops, panel discussions, and plenary talks led by artists and educators affiliated with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Silk Road Project, and Silk Road Connect partner schools. Topics include increasing student engagement, connection-making, building and strengthening collaborations, and addressing community through the arts.

For more information, visit the Harvard Programs in Professional Education website or the Silk Road Project calendar.

To submit your announcement to the ArtsEd Digest, email AEP at with the subject line “ArtsEd Digest Submission.” The deadline for the July 10 issue is Friday, July 6.
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