New Federal Administration Transition Update - What Visual Arts Educators Should Know Moving Forward
With the inauguration of President Donald S. Trump and the appointment of U.S. Secretary of Education Elizabeth P. ‘Betsy’ DeVos on February 7, there are many questions about the impact of new leadership and their priorities for both education and the arts at the federal, state, and local levels. NAEA recognizes that as educators and leaders it is important that we remain vigilant in knowing as much as possible about what changes might occur, when changes might go into effect, and how to best share our ideas and concerns so that our voices are represented and heard throughout the process.
NAEA’s collective Vision is for students of all ages to benefit from comprehensive, balanced, and sequential learning in the visual arts, led and taught by qualified teachers who are certified in art education. This Vision can only be realized if there is access to the arts in their schools, communities, and throughout their lives in keeping with NAEA’s Mission of advancing visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.
Three primary areas of knowledge and Information -
1. ESSA Implementation – Policy
ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act, will be implemented beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The U.S. Department of Education, State Departments of Education, school districts and schools continue to make plans for implementing ESSA.There are no immediate changes to that timetable as ESSA implementation is the law.
On Friday, February 10, Secretary DeVos issued a letter to State Commissioners of Education regarding the development of ESSA state plan (To see DeVos’ letter to the Chiefs, go here. Politico By Caitlin Emma 02/10/2017 04:01 PM EDT
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said today in a letter to states that she's sticking with the April and September deadlines for states to hand in their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
"I am writing today to assure you that I fully intend to implement and enforce the statutory requirements of the ESSA," DeVos said in the letter, which was obtained by POLITICO. "One of my main priorities as secretary is to ensure that states and local school districts have clarity during the early implementation of the law."
President Donald Trump delayed the Obama administration's accountability regulations under the law for 60 days and Republicans in Congress are working to overturn the rules. Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, recently told DeVos that if Congress overturns the regulations then states will need clarity quickly.
With the regulatory delay and review, DeVos said the Education Department is reviewing a template that was issued by the Obama administration to help states develop their plans. DeVos said the department will issue a new template by March 13 that tells states what's "absolutely necessary" for them to consider in developing those plans.
DeVos said that in the near future, the Education Department "will provide more information on its review of existing regulations, as well as additional guidance and technical assistance."
To see the timeline your state is working under (April or September) based on their letter of intent to the Department, go here.
How the arts are included in your state’s ESSA plan and/or your school district’s plans moving forward will be determined by local education policy makers. ESSA emphasizes that these decisions will not be Federally mandated, and so there is no federal requirement to include or not include individual subject areas in these plans.
There is no one set of "next steps" for supporting the arts within ESSA which applies to NAEA members in every state. Some states are convening more open forums for determining their state plans, while others are handling their ESSA "next steps" more discretely.
If you are interested in getting involved with the plans for ESSA, and supporting ways that the arts can be included in your state plan, NAEA encourages you to contact your state department of education and the person responsible for arts education, and/or ESSA contact identified by your state department of education. Ask -
if and how your state is involving community stakeholders in the planning process and needs assessment required by the legislation;
how the arts and arts and STEM initiatives are part of the state ESSA plan;
if your state department of education ESSA team is aware of the many ways in which other communities have used Title I funds to support arts learning
Be prepared to Tell Your Story– if you are having success in engaging the arts in your school or district’s ESSA Plan – share your story with NAEA and your colleagues by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be three sessions relating to ESSA at NAEA National Convention in New York City:
1.Featured Session with Laura H. Chapman and Diane Ravitch on Thursday, March 2 at 12:00 – 12;50 p.m. Grand Ballroom/Hilton
2. Navigating the Education Policy Landscape Under ESSA and the New Administration with Kathi R. Levin, NAEA Policy/Legislative Liaison and Jeff Poulin from Americans for the Arts, on Thursday, March 2, 4:00 – 4:50 p.m., Hilton/Sutton North/2nd Floor
3. ESSA, Well-Rounded Education, and The Arts with Jane Best, Director, Arts Education Partnership, on Friday, March 3, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m., Hilton/Sutton Center/2nd Floor
As NAEA has previously reported, there are extensive opportunities for furthering arts education within ESSA. NAEA continues its leadership role through service on the ESSA Working Group of the Arts Education Partnership that brings together leaders across the arts education associations to develop collective resources. In addition, the Education Commission of the States (the parent organization of the Arts Education Partnership) has issued the following ESSA Issues Briefs, also available at www.ecs.org:
Please refer to both the ESSA area of the NAEA website (see Advocacy), as well as the Art Education Partnership area of the Education Commission of the States’ website and for a markup of ESSA, additional information and briefing papers about ESSA and arts education. In particular, Title I and Title IV support the importance of the arts as part of a well-rounded education. ESSA also encourages community-based partnerships with schools including those with higher education and nonprofit organizations (such as museums).
ESSA's Well-Rounded Education: This report reviews the components of ESSA's prevalent "well-rounded education" concept and potential ways that states can support educational access for every student under this new law.
ESSA: Quick Guides on Top Issues: This report provides insight into 10 key areas of ESSA that have prompted questions and concerns from education leaders and policymakers as they prepare to implement this new law.
Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement: This report offers a framework for going beyond simply engaging stakeholders for input when creating a state plan for ESSA to collaborating with them to create shared goals and improved results.
The Federal Budget appropriations process for funding FY2018 will soon be underway. Federal support for arts education and full funding of the well-rounded education provisions within ESSA is a focus of National Arts Advocacy Day on March 20-21, 2017 efforts again this year. These are the appropriations amounts requested:
● Appropriate $30 million for the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) programs in the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. The Assistance for Arts Education programs are authorized under Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
● Fully implement the Well-Rounded Education provisions the Every Student SucceedsAct (ESSA) by including the arts and strengthen equitable access to arts learning by:
Fully funding the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants under Title IV, Part A.
Making explicit the opportunity for the arts to help achieve Title I objectives.
Thoroughly implementing the professional development opportunities for arts educators and school leaders in Title II and the expanded STEM program eligibility for the arts in Title IV.
Fully funding the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
NAEA is a national partner for Arts Advocacy Day and NAEA Advocacy Liaison Kathi R. Levin is co-presenting the arts education training for new leaders attending these events. NAEA President Patricia Franklin, President-elect Kim Huyler Defibaugh, and Deborah B. Reeve, Executive Director, will be representing NAEA. The Issues Briefs which provide information about funding requests will be posted on the NAEA website in approximately two weeks.
3. Federal Agency Support for the Arts and Humanities
Many individuals and organizations are expressing concerns about possible cuts in Federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The best way to express your support for the Federal Investment in arts and culture is by contacting your Congressional Offices both at home and in Washington, DC. Join with other grassroots advocates through the state affiliates of the State Arts Action Network (SAAN) making the case for the arts in your state.
There are several efforts beginning to gather momentum including petitions, a possible March for the Arts Event, and other forums. There is no one central organizing entity for these efforts. As an individual, join or consider organizing grassroots efforts that align with the message that you want to share about the value of the arts in learning and in your life. One helpful resource that has gained great momentum for identifying and forming groups is Indivisible; Indivisible also provides a practical guide for grassroots involvement.
Note that as individuals, everyone can make their voice heard. NAEA encourages state affiliates and interest groups to mobilize and to advocate on behalf of visual arts education, as individual action is proving to be the most effective approach toward communicating with elected officials at this time.
NAEA continues to work vigorously and collaboratively with all of the arts education professional associations and national arts associations engaged with monitoring arts and education policy and federal appropriations for arts education.
Look for continued communications from NAEA as the Association addresses the many challenges and changes moving forward.
2016 Arts At A Glance
This year those in the arts and culture sector in the state were
able to show their impact. Thank you to all of the hard work done
by the HB 279 Commission that studied the impact in the state.
Our board members provided many useful insights to the
committee and helped support and megaphone the great work
that the State Council on the Arts does on a daily basis.
The fantastic staff at the Arts Council does more with less
than most of their counterparts at other state agencies. Ranking
44th in direct state aid to the arts, we all must make a pledge
to improve and advance the arts, culture, and creativity in our
state. Some great statistics released in the report:
Nationally, the arts and culture sector represents 4.3%
of the US GDP (and a $47B trade surplus)
3,500 arts-related businesses in NH employing 10,340
Nonprofit arts in NH: $115M annually in economic activity
and $11.6M in State and Local Revenue
In Concord alone: $17.7M economic activity from
nonprofit arts agencies
In Portsmouth alone: $41.4M in economic activity from
nonprofit arts agencies
For every 100 jobs created from new demand for the
arts- 62 additional jobs are created outside the industry
The arts are also prominent in the new education law, Every
Student Succeeds Act, located under well-rounded education. The
skills that the arts reinforce, that make the arts unique, are also
featured in the Work Study practices and featured in the 21st
Century skills. Also the successes in NH around the STEAM ahead
movement are promising.
We are making several changes in our organization and your
support has been crucial! We look forward to being the champions
for the arts, culture and creativity in NH. We are organizing
several events this upcoming year including our summit and look to
you, our members and community, to suggest ideas and participate
in these events.
We thank you for a year filled with successes, understanding and
kindness. You help us truly epitomize what it means to be a community.
Your voice, your strength and your collective wisdom keep NH going strong.
Organizational memberships help to provide you with the service and
support for the arts that NH deserves and needs.
YOUR NH LEADERSHIP
National Leadership Conference July 26-30 Washington DC The purpose of the National Leadership Conference is to support and enhance the effectiveness of experienced, new and aspiring art education leaders. The 2016 program was been designed in direct response to the timely interests and needs expressed by NAEA state leaders and includes time and space for hosting regional meetings and meeting in small groups with other leaders whose organizations are similar in size and share many of the same challenges
New Hampshire attendees: Diane Varney-Parker, Debi Rapson (our talented photographer), Lisa Rancourt, Lori Sweeney
Eastern REGION Leaders in Chicago MARCH 2016
The WINDY CITY
NH Scholars Adopts
New Achievement Levels !
September 11, 2015
As we enter another academic year, we are very excited to announce a new opportunity for students. For those schools that appear on both of my distribution lists, I apologize for the duplication.
Since 2007, we have graduated 19,624 high school seniors with the distinction of NH Scholar. There are 75 high schools actively participating. More than 400 business leaders are mentoring students in our schools. And we take pride in providing a consistent, rigorous, prescribed set of core courses in which schools recognize students for completing a personalized education plan.
Over the past few years our NH Scholars Board has discussed the opportunity to further challenge today’s students. We have received feedback and guidance from business leaders, college and high school administrators and policy makers. Colleges and universities encouraged us to set the bar even higher. Businesses continue to seek highly qualified workers skilled in STEM fields with the ability to think critically, analyze problems, work in teams and lead. Governor Hassan has declared this “A Year of STEM” upon hearing recommendations from the Governor’s STEM Taskforce.
All of this prompted NH Scholars to adopt new achievement levels. Students still have the same opportunity to graduate as a NH Scholar. But we are also offering a NH Scholars STEM Emphasis and a NH Scholars Art Emphasis for those students interested in those fields. These new pathways are available immediately. High schools are encouraged to adopt these pathways as early as this year’s graduating class. As always, we encourage guidance offices to place this indication on students’ transcripts this fall, providing them the benefit of the doubt, that they will complete all requirements for graduation.
We have received terrific media coverage on this already. The AP Story is below and WMUR News 9 and WGIR radio also ran stories this month. I have attached the press release and also a flyer describing the new opportunities.
And please remember, as of 2013, Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs are eligible to count for NH Scholars. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses are a great example of programs that are NH Scholars eligible for both NH Scholars and NH Scholars STEM Emphasis. If you have not yet implemented CTE and/or PLTW coursework into NH Scholars, please contact me to discuss strategies to do so.
We are working to update our website with this new information.
Save the date:
Breakfast of Champions Business/Education – December 11, 2015, 8-11am @ SNHU
NH Scholars Day – May 5, 2016, 9am-2pm @ Northeast Delta Dental Stadium
Director, NH Scholars NH College & University Council
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A program that encourages New Hampshire high school students to take more rigorous courses is offering new options this fall.
The NH Scholars program brings together schools and businesses to offer incentives and recognition to students who commit to completing four years of English and math, three years of laboratory science, three and a half years of social science ...