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

Arizona Dance Education Organization (AzDEO) Honors Teacher

Alyssa McMichael, dance teacher at Apollo High School in Glendale, was awarded the 2018 Katherine Lindholm Lane Arizona Dance Educator of the Year Award at the annual Arizona High School Dance Festival at Raymond S. Kellis  High School, March 24th.  This award honors a teacher for demonstrating support for and contributing to the larger dance education community, inspiring students and colleagues through example, enthusiasm and encouragement, and advocating for quality dance education and the arts.  Alyssa exemplifies these characteristics in her teaching and by her involvement in the dance community.


Congratulations from ADE’s Office of Arts Education!

Alyssa McMichael AzDEO Awardee

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Published: Published: January 30th, 2018

Arts Education Course Requirements Changed

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The Arizona State Board of Education has changed the Minimum Course of Study Requirements for Arts Education.

As of Monday, January 29th, the new State Board requirements are as follows:

R7-2-301. Minimum Course of Study and Competency Goals for Students in the Common Schools

A. Students shall demonstrate competency as defined by the State Board-adopted academic standards, at the grade levels specified, in the following required subject areas. District and charter school instructional programs shall include an ongoing assessment of student progress toward meeting the competency requirements. These shall include the successful completion of the academic standards in at least reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, as determined by district and/or statewide assessments.

The Arts, which may consist of one or more of the following: visual arts, dance, theatre, music or media arts.

The previous requirements included Music and Visual Arts as separate requirements, with the Performing and Practical Arts listed as additional subjects that districts may elect to offer.

The Arts Education Office of the Arizona Department of Education felt it important you be made aware of these changes. For additional guidance and dialogue, please consider participating in the A3C initiative.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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Published: Published: January 23rd, 2018

Introducing our NEW ArtsEd Blog!!

Announcing the roll out of our NEW Arts Education Blog! This feature will replace the monthly e-News which has been traditionally sent out the second week of each month! NOW, subscribers have the opportunity to sign up for their category of interest OR they may elect to receive ALL of our communications! Blog posts will be sent out once or twice a week!

For the most up-to-date information from our Professional Arts Education Service Organizations sign-up to receive our “Arts Associations Updates” mailings.

For all the various resources for your schools, classrooms, students and professional growth, sign up to receive our “Opportunities” mailings.

To share in the success of our schools and community partners, be sure to sign up for our “Spotlight” mailings.

And for all things related to arts education policies, calls to action, and local/federal updates, be sure to sign up for our “State of the Arts” mailing.

On behalf of the Office of Arts Education with the Arizona Department of Education, I am SO very excited to offer communication that is timely and relevant to your needs and interests.

Yours in creation,

Dustin Loehr

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