On December 20th, 13 Arizona students were recognized at ASU’s “Arizona Biosecurity Workshop”! Challenged to illustrate their understanding of germ prevention and biosafety, the students competed in a Visual Arts competition designed to highlight student learning while capitalizing on youth and community outreach. Putting the “A” in STEM is a central focus at ADE’s Office of Arts Education, and there to lend her support of the effort and conversation was ADE’s Arts Education Specialist Haley Honeman:
“As the world increases in complexity, it’s important that we prepare our children to be imaginative thinkers to confront today’s challenges and tomorrow’s unimaginable situations with creativity and grace.”
Read more about this and the important intersections of the Arts and Sciences by accessing the compete article.
Arts Education and Title IV-A Director Dustin Loehr was recently interviewed by YabYum Music + Arts. Loehr shares about the importance of measuring and valuing Arizona Arts Education and his focus and efforts as a leader within the Arts Education field.
“For so long, the argument for arts programs has been art for art’s sake–and there is an argument there–that being said, the arts can improve test scores, the arts can improve social and emotional literacy, the arts can curb high school dropout rates.”
You can access the complete article here.
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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.
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