Published: Published: May 21st, 2018

Register NOW for AzDEO “Dance Educator Retreat”!

Before the end of the school year, don’t forget to register for the Dance Educator Retreat and Annual meeting.

 AzDEO’s 2nd Annual


 AzDEO is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Dance Educator Retreat, offering one day of movement and discussion classes specifically designed for teachers in any setting. Followed by our Annual Meeting where you will:

  • Learn about our successes & future plans!
  • Meet your current board & fellow members!
  • Cast your vote for new board members!
  • Get involved and add your voice to Dance Education in Arizona!

You do not want to miss this incredible day of dance and sharing. Lunch included.


Date: August 11th from 8 am.-2:30 pm.

Location: Westwood HS. 945 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, AZ 85201

Cost: $50 for members, $75 for non-members, $50 for students.

Check in and networking: 8-8:30 am. Classes from 8:30 am.-12 pm.  Lunch and Annual Meeting to follow.


Deadline to register and payment postmarked- July 31st Go to www.azdeo.org, Dance Educators Retreat Registration. Email registration to [email protected]. Make check to AzDEO. Mail to AzDEO, PO Box 60152, Phoenix AZ. 85082

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Published: Published: April 17th, 2018

What does “Evidence- Based” REALLY Mean??


As you begin working through your CNA and IAPs and identifying possible solutions to your school/LEA’s specific needs, how do you then select the BEST strategy to solve the challenge before you? This quick read is designed to help education leaders work through the paradigm shift of “research-based” to “evidence-based” and is a GREAT tool for our Arts Advocates and Community Partners to familiarize themselves with.

“The more you know, the more effective you will be.”



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Published: Published: April 2nd, 2018

Update from AzCA- City of Phoenix Budget Hearing Impacts the Arts!

The city of Phoenix has scheduled 15 public hearings in April where citizens may comment on the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 19 budget. Included in the proposed budget is funding to increase grant funding in the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC) to pre-recession levels and to support continued planning for a proposed Latino Arts and Culture Center.

It is important that city staff, the Mayor and members of the City Council hear from arts and culture supporters that these efforts to restore funding are appreciated, and to remind them that there is more work to be done.

The new funding level for the grants POAC provides to Phoenix-based arts and culture organizations would rise by $30,000 to $790,000 – equal to the dollar-amount last allocated in the Fiscal Year 2001 budget – before any adjustment for inflation (which would increase the budget to nearly $1.5 million.)

Also – the budget does NOT include support to maintain the city’s public art installations, many of which of tied to improvements in streets, transit and other necessary city services. So, it is important that city leaders know this is a priority.

However, the proposed budget increases do reflect strong efforts by the Phoenix arts advocates and support from the Mayor and City Council to support a critical sector of the Phoenix economy.  POAC investments help support a nonprofit arts and culture sector in Phoenix that generates $420 million annually in economic impact, and for every city dollar invested, $26 is delivered back in taxes.

You can add your voice of support by attending a public hearing in your neighborhood.


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Published: Published: March 29th, 2018

Interested in learning how to better partner with our schools? Leadership Training!!

Subject: Leadership Training: Pyramid of Change for Family & Community Engagement

Calling all community Arts organizations, Teaching artists, and Arts Educators!


The2018 AZ Kids Can’t Wait! plan captured the importance of supporting meaningful Family, School, and Community Engagement. This past year, local education agencies (LEAs) took the time to evaluate their own efforts in Family & Community Engagement by addressing Principle 6 on the Comprehensive Needs Assessment. Title I and Title II recognize the need to provide LEA support and have developed the Pyramid of Change for Family & Community Engagement.


The first phase of implementation will begin in May 2018 with a leadership training opportunity for those committed to strengthening Family & Community Engagement. This informative and interactive professional development workshop is intended for superintendents, principals, and LEA leaders. Registration information can be found for either the May 3rd or May 10th   Leadership Training: Pyramid of Change for Family & Community Engagement, through the Events Management System on the ADE website (https://ems.azed.gov//home/SearchResults?SearchString=Leadership Training: Pyramid of Change for Family & Community Engagement). If you have any questions regarding this upcoming PD, please contact Raquel Alvara at [email protected] or Angela Conner at [email protected].


May 3rd or May 10th, 2018

Arizona Department of Education

1535 W. Jefferson St.

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE



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Published: Published: March 3rd, 2018

Nominate your Favorite Arts Education Leader!

There are several award opportunities that are available through Americans for the Arts. Award nominations are due March 12, 2018 at midnight EST.

 Three awards which may be applicable to the arts education field are:

  • The Arts Education Leadership Award
  • The Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award
  • The Robert E. Gard Award

 You can find tons of information on the Awards webpages, but I have included summaries of these three awards below:

Presented each year in conjunction with Americans for the Arts’ Annual Convention, the Arts Education Leadership Award is given annually to honor transformational leadership in arts education. The award brings visibility and national recognition to our field’s highest caliber leaders and the organizations and communities they serve.

 Presented each year in conjunction with Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award honors an individual at the state level whose arts advocacy efforts have dramatically affected the political landscape.

 The Gard Award aims to raise up projects completed in the last year led by individuals or organizations working to cross the arts into other aspects of community life in meaningful, measurable ways. In previous years, after a public voting process, Americans for the Arts awarded the ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellowship, an innovative program connecting the arts and civic activation in Memphis, TN, and the Red Can Graffiti Jam, an annual celebration of traditional Lakota arts and culture melded with a hip hop festival and graffiti jam in Eagle Butte, SD.

 The nominations are open for two more weeks (closing March 12, 2018 at midnight Eastern time).

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