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Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math – and it’s working

Washington Post article 2/22/16

By Moriah Balingit

Mariah Balingit’s article in the Washington Post shines a examines outcomes of arts integration. In this piece, the writer examines how teachers are using theatre, dance, and visual arts as a teaching tool for math and other subjects.

According to the article, a study by the American Institutes for Research found that students in classes headed by teachers trained by The Wolf Trap Institute through a program that pairs art teachers with early-childhood educators performed better on math assessments than did their peers being taught by teachers who were not in the program.

Researchers found that pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students in classes taught by Wolf Trap-trained teachers gained about 1.3 months of math learning in the first year over their peers. By the second year, they were 1.7 months ahead.

Researcher Mengli Song said the students in the program did not necessarily learn additional math content but they did demonstrate a better grasp of the material. And the effect was comparable to other early-childhood interventions.

Researchers followed students in 18 schools. In 10 of the schools, Wolf Trap Institute art teachers helped classroom teachers generate math lessons. In the other eight, teachers taught students as they normally would. Researchers administered math assessments to about eight students per class.

Teachers who were trained by the master artists and participated in professional development with Wolf Trap continued to use what they learned in their classrooms, even when they were no longer working with teaching artists, the study found. It demonstrated that a year or two of training could have a lasting impact.

Read the full article here.

Excerpted from an article in The Washington Post, February 22, 2016

2016 Excellence in Theatre Education Award – Applications Now Available

Did a theatre teacher change your life? Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education

Announcing the 2016 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre Education Award.

Presented by The Tony Awards® and Carnegie Mellon University, this award honors arts educators who make a difference in students’ lives.

We are emailing you because you began or completed an application for the Award in 2015. We invite you to once again submit a candidate for this year’s award. If you choose to resubmit the same candidate as in 2015 and he or she is still eligible, you can continue to use elements from your last year’s application.

This year we are asking you to focus on the story of your teacher and the program(s), classes, and educational value that he or she has created within your community. To help share your teacher’s story, we are asking that you submit a video that showcases the teacher’s work, tells a powerful story, and demonstrates the impact of the teacher on students.

In addition, we require a short essay (250 words or less) describing the program at the school or theatre company under which the teacher operates, as well as information on the school’s demographics (see the application form for details on how to supply this info).

As last year, we will require three letters of recommendation. New in 2016: You may choose to collect and submit the letters yourself; or, if you prefer, the system can send an email to your choice of recommenders.

Please note that we no longer accept self-submissions. If you self-submitted last year, we will not reconsider your application. Other members of your community, including colleagues, students, and former students, are more than welcome to submit an application on your behalf.

The application form contains a lot of information, so please read it carefully and double check everything before you submit. For more information, please visit the FAQ page on our website (www.TonyAwards.com/educationaward) and the application portal.

The deadline for all completed application materials is February 29, 2016, including the three letters of recommendation. We recommend that you get started as soon as possible!

To get started, visit www.TonyAwards.com/educationaward

 

Reprinted from Tony Awards announcement.

Arts and early childhood development focus of new NEA research

A new NEA report provides a review and gap-analysis of recent research about the arts’ relationship to social-emotional benefits in early childhood.

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts looks at research on how the arts affect young children from birth to age eight. The news is good, but several research questions remain, according to this literature review.

The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation: A Literature Review and Gap-Analysis (2000-2015) synthesized findings from 18 recent reports in psychology and education research journals. These studies focused on the social and emotional outcomes of young children who participated in art forms such as music, dance, theater, drawing, and painting. These quantitative studies looked at typically developing populations, as well as children with autism spectrum disorder. Among the findings:

  • Social skills and the arts – several studies revealed positive associations between arts activities and developing social skills, such as helping, sharing, caring, and empathizing with others.
  • Parents who reported singing to their child at least three times a week were more likely to report that their child had strong and sophisticated social skills. Children assigned to an eight-week dance group demonstrated improvements in social skill development and reductions in anxiety and aggression compared to a control group.
  • Emotional regulation and the arts – studies showed that the arts help children regulate their emotions, a critical skill for well-adjusted children and adults.
  • Infants who participated in a six-month active music group with singing and dancing had better emotional regulation behaviors than did infants in a passive music group, where music was played in the background while infants did other activities.
  • In another study, children were asked to think of a past negative event. Some of those children then were instructed to draw a house to distract themselves; the other children were instructed either to draw the negative event or to copy another drawing. The children who drew to distract were better able to improve their mood compared to the other children.
  • The role of demographics and development disorders – how do age, gender, income, and development disorders such as autism affect arts learning outcomes?
  • Gender is an important attribute in child development; however, this review did not find gender differences in the link between the arts and social-emotional outcomes.
  • Toddlers from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds who were in schools that included an arts integration program had more positive emotional expression and improved emotional regulation over the course of the school year when compared to a control group of low SES toddlers.
  • Autism, which is usually diagnosed by age three, is a neurological development disorder that impairs social skills, language, and communications. In one study, autistic children ages three to five had more positive outcomes (such as making and maintaining eye contact) when they participated in music sessions than when they took part in play sessions.

The Next Generation of Arts Research

What remains to be done? The report identifies gaps in our understanding of the effects of arts learning on early childhood and social-emotional outcomes. These research gaps also apply to arts research on other age groups and other domains of human development, such as physiological and cognitive growth, which were not examined in this report. The review challenges the research community to address methodological challenges, and to pursue more experimental studies, more reliable and standardized measurement tools, more detailed measurement of the complex nature of social-emotional development, and more large-scale studies.

Download full report here.

Excerpted from news article on the National Endowment for the Arts website.

The Roundtable Announces Face to Face Registration Subsidies for Unaffiliated NYC-based Teaching Artists

The New York State Council on the Arts is supporting registration subsidies for unaffiliated NYC-based teaching artists for Face to Face 2016.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 25, 6:00 PM

The only event of its kind in NYC and the largest in the state, Face to Face is a professional development conference for arts administrators, teaching artists, and others interested in the field of arts in education. The conference strives to demonstrate effective teaching and learning strategies for practitioners in the field of arts in education, as well as to provide forums for discussion of other critical issues such as policy and advocacy, assessment, fundraising, and organizational management. The conference encompasses approximately 35 break-out sessions, keynotes, a plenary session, and two networking events.

Face to Face is held over two days in April at The City College of New York, Shepard Hall. Each year, the conference committee selects a theme which informs choices on keynote speakers and the focal point for the conversation. For example, for the April 2015 conference, the keynote address and the plenary explored arts education in the context of community development.

NYC Teaching Artist Subsidy Project

With the support of the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is offering 10 subsidies to qualified NYC-based Teaching Artists. Eligible applicants will not otherwise be registered by an organization with which they work. Each subsidy includes the following:

• $75 registration subsidy (registration rates range from $120 to $160 depending on member status and date registered. Registration opens in mid-February 2016).

Recipients must commit to attending the entire two-day conference, from 8:30 AM on Wednesday, April 27 to 4:15 PM on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Application Process

Eligible applicants must submit the application form, resume, and proof of NYC residency by January 25, 6:00 PM

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts education professionals based in NYC. Click here  for NYC RFP.

A parallel program is providing registration & travel subsidies to twenty seven Upstate Arts Educators (including Long Island) for Face to Face 2016. Click here for Upstate project information and RFP.

This program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature.

 

The Roundtable Announces Face to Face Subsidies for Upstate New York Arts Educators

The New York State Council on the Arts is supporting a new initiative to provide subsidies to 27 Upstate Arts Education Professionals for Face to Face 2016. Parallel program for NYC-based unaffiliated teaching artists also offered.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 25, 2016, 6:00 PM

The only event of its kind in NYC and the largest in the state, Face to Face is a professional development conference for arts administrators, teaching artists, and others interested in the field of arts in education. The conference strives to demonstrate effective teaching and learning strategies for practitioners in the field of arts in education, as well as to provide forums for discussion of other critical issues such as policy and advocacy, assessment, fundraising, and organizational management. The conference encompasses approximately 35 break-out sessions, keynotes, a plenary session, and two networking events.

Face to Face is held over two days in April at The City College of New York, Shepard Hall. Each year, the conference committee selects a theme which informs choices on keynote speakers and the focal point for the conversation. For example, for the April 2015 conference, the keynote address and the plenary explored arts education in the context of community development.

Upstate Outreach Project (including Long Island)

With the support of the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable is offering 27 subsidies to qualified upstate arts educators to attend Face to Face 2016. Each subsidy includes the following:

• $150 travel subsidy from an upstate New York State location to NYC
• $150 accommodation subsidy
• $75 registration subsidy. (Registration rates range from $120 to $160 depending on member status and date or registration. Registration opens in mid-February 2016).

Recipients  must commit to attending the entire two-day conference, from 8:30 AM on Wednesday, April 27 to 4:15 PM on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

Application Process

Eligible applicants must submit the application form and resumé by January 25, 6:00 PM, 2016. Click here to access the RFP.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts education professionals based in upstate New York.

A parallel program is providing registration subsidies to ten unafiliated NYC teaching artists for Face to Face 2016. Click here for information and RFP.

 

This program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature.

 

Huge Arts Education Win in Congress

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) successfully added an amendment to the rewrite of the nation’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation that will integrate the arts into STEM education.

  For arts education proponents, Thanksgiving came early this year.

In the midst of the biggest shakeup of federal education law in over a decade, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) successfully added an amendment to the rewrite of the nation’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation that will integrate the arts into STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math).

This is of particular significance because her amendment was unanimously adopted by voice vote by the joint House-Senate Conference Committee during today’s mark-up of the final ESEA bill. The bill next goes to the House and Senate for final (and likely) passage in early December before landing on the President’s desk. The amendment specifically citing the arts states: “integrating other academic subjects, including the arts, into STEM programs to increase participation in STEM, improve attainment of STEM-related skills, and promote well-rounded education;”

After many years of anticipation, this bipartisan legislation will set new K-12 education policies impacting the nation’s 100,000 schools across the country. See more here.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) at markup hearing

Report says art education in New York City public schools paying off

A report by the state controller’s office shows the city’s efforts to boost art instruction in the public schools are paying off

The study, completed earlier this month by New York State Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office, examined city Education Department data showing 95% of surveyed 2014 city high school grads completed mandatory arts lessons, up from roughly half of students who completed the lessons in a similar 2011 audit.

The report also found the city is doing a better job keeping track of whether kids meet the state’s rules for arts education, which include minimum instructions levels and requirements for certified arts teachers.

“The DOE should be commended for making progress in ensuring students get required arts education,” said DiNapoli.

City Education officials said the huge increase in kids who met state art standards was partially due to better tracking. But an extra $23 million for arts instruction in the education department’s 2015 budget has paid for new art teachers, programs and facilities in the public schools this year, said Paul King, executive director of the department’s Office of Arts and Special Projects.

A new training program for teachers, called Arts Mondays, provides monthly sessions in dance, music, theater and visual arts.

“The new Arts Mondays program is a critical piece of our work to give support to teachers in providing all students with rich and rigorous arts learning,” King said. “This brand-new program brings our art teachers together to share best practices, reflect on their own work with colleagues, and learn from each other.”

Mayor de Blasio vowed on the campaign trail to give every city kid an arts education that meets state standards. He hasn’t quite reached that goal yet, but arts advocates believe the city’s expanded support could signal a new era in the public schools.

“Arts education took a pretty big hit over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Doug Israel, director of research and policy at the non-profit Center for Arts Education.”There’s no longer a dedicated funding line and the increased focus on testing and test prep made it really hard for principals to invest in arts education in city schools.”

He said the city’s recent investment in arts education is a “game changer” for students.

“All the data shows students are more engaged when they have arts as part of the school day curriculum,” Israel said.

Reprinted for NY Daily News Article November 16, 2015.

The Roundtable mourns the loss of esteemed Arts Ed colleague Jessica Wilt

The Roundtable community is saddened to learn that Program Committee member and a former Roundtable board member Jessica Wilt recently lost her 18-month battle with bone cancer.

Jessica believed strongly in the Roundtable’s mission. Her professional expertise and boundless energy truly helped to advance our organization over the many years of her involvement. When Jessica got sick, she chronicled her treatment on social media with characteristic good humor. Even after Jessica left New York for treatment in her home state of Ohio, she remained active in Roundtable affairs. She collaborated with us on #ArtsEdTech events at Apple SoHo and advised us on all manner of social media and tech-y topics. Jessica was vibrant and tenacious, opinionated and funny. She will be missed.

Department of Education Announces 2015-16 Arts Partnership Grants!

Priorities and deadlines for the 2015-16 Arts Partnership Programs are announced.

The NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects has announced the 2015-16 application cycle of the Arts Partnership grants! Brief blurbs and links to their respective RFPs are below (this content is also available on the DOE’s website).

Note that schools are the ones who are eligible to apply, and not cultural partners. Partners should work with schools in developing a proposal, but school leaders must drive the application process, from partner selection, project definition, proposal writing, and ultimately, to proposal submission.

  • Arts for ELLs (English Language Learners) and SWD (Students with Disabilities). Click here to view RFP—Proposal Deadline: 10/13/15

This program helps schools build arts partnerships that enhance arts opportunities for diverse groups of students, with a focus on ELLs and SWD. Grantees receive up to $15,000 to work with experienced local arts organizations to implement school-based arts residencies that boost student achievement in and through the arts, while developing and documenting best practices in arts education.

  • Arts Continuum. Click here to view RFP—Proposal Deadline: 10/27/15

In this program, middle schools and their feeder elementary schools work together, in partnership with NYC arts organizations to bridge and advance students’ arts learning as they transition from elementary to middle school. Each pair of ES/MS grantees shares a grant of up to $24,000 to support the development of residency and curriculum plans to achieve these goals, along with the arts residencies that will help bring schools’ curriculum plans to life.

  • Arts+Family Engagement. Click here to view RFP—Proposal Deadline: 11/10/15

These grants aim to expand parent, family, and community engagement around all aspects of our students’ arts education. Leveraging schools’ existing arts partnerships, this program provides up to $5,000 to support arts partner-coordinated workshops and other events that showcase students’ school-based arts experiences, engage students and family in art-making or learning activities, and demonstrate the power of the arts in the school setting.

If you have any questions, contact Ben Espinosa, Arts Partnership Manager, New York City Department of Education, Office of Arts and Special Projects: bespinosa@schools.nyc.gov

NYSCA Musical Instrument Revolving Loan Fund Now Accepting Applications

The New York State Council on the Arts’ loan program allows eligible non-profits to apply for a low interest loan for the purchase of musical instruments for the presentation/teaching of music. Oct 6 deadline.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) accepts applications on an annual basis for loans from the Musical Instrument Revolving Loan Fund (MIRLF). The loan program is competitive and allows eligible non-profit symphonies, ensembles and other types of cultural organizations to apply for a low interest loan for the purchase of musical instruments and certain equipment related to the presentation and/or teaching of music. The purpose of the funds is “to stimulate the professional growth of musicians and symphony orchestras which provide a vital educational and cultural service to the citizens of the state.”

Application Deadline:  5:00 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2015

To download the MIRLF Guidelines & Application, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/MIRLF16

(The file will open in Dropbox. If prompted to sign in, simply close the pop up window. A download button will appear in the upper right hand corner of the screen)

ABOUT

MIRLF was created by legislation in 1983 and was designed to stimulate artistic growth and productivity for professional musicians in symphonies/ensembles, students of music instruction, and cultural organizations by making loans available for eligible nonprofit organizations to purchase musical instruments and certain equipment directly related to the presentation or teaching of music.  To apply for a MIRLF loan, an organization must have received funding from NYSCA in FY13, 14 and 15 and have submitted all required Final Reports.
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete and submit a MIRLF application by the deadline, and submit to rita.putnam@arts.ny.gov.

To download the MIRLF Guidelines & Application,
please visit: http://tinyurl.com/MIRLF16
(The file will open in Dropbox. If prompted to sign in, simply close the pop up window. A download button will appear in the upper right hand corner of the screen)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Application Available: August 27, 2015
Application Deadline:  5:00 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Loan Term:  Up to 8 Years at 3% interest
Location:  New York State

For Further Information, Contact:

Rita Putnam
Phone: (212) 459-8830
rita.putnam@arts.ny.gov
New York State Council on the Arts
300 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Submit loan applications to Rita Putnam at rita.putnam@arts.ny.gov
New York State Council on the Arts │300 Park Ave South, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010
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