The Iowa Alliance for Arts Education supports and advances quality arts education programs.
Our mission is to increase awareness, recognition and support of policies, practices, and partnerships that ensure quality sequential arts education programs for all Iowa stud
Just an update on the Fine Arts consultant position at the DE. I called Rosanne's office yesterday and her answering machine stated that she is the consultant for Fine Arts, Talented and Gifed and Title I. This is the position she had held previously. We will know more about how the Department of Education will be filling the full-time Talented and Gifted position and .5 Fine Arts position after our meeting with Dr. Wise on September 28. I will keep you posted.
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2015-16 High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project Launches
The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has issued a call for high school arts educators to pilot the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts during the 2015-2016 school year. MCAs are curriculum-embedded performance-based assessment examples that are designed to model standards-based arts assessment and student achievement. The pilot follows a similar project that was conducted during 2014-15, in which 75 arts educators piloted the MCAs at grades 2, 5, and 8. The 2015-16 pilot teachers, working with the MCAs at the high school benchmark levels of Proficient, Accomplished, and Advanced, will put the example tasks “on their feet,” focusing on students’ application of their knowledge and skills in in authentic and relevant contexts.
Applications will be accepted through Wednesday October 21st, 2015. Applicants must complete an online application form submitted through Survey Monkey and forward a résumé or CV, along with a signed letter of permission from your principal or school administrator to the Project Manager email@example.com. NCCAS will contact chosen applicants and announce selected pilot sites by November 5, 2015.
The Model Cornerstone Assessment pilot project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Questions should be addressed to NCCAS leadership representative Lynn Tuttle at LynnT@nafme.org.
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
In Iowa there are 5,834 arts related business employing 22,834 people. More than all the postal workers and police personnel combined.
Recent Accomplishments of the Iowa Alliance for Art Education
Planned and executed the second annual Fine Arts Advocacy Day on January 28, 2015 at State Capitol to advocate for legislative support to add Fine Arts to Iowa Core and add the Fine Arts Consultant position at the Department of Education to Iowa Code
Secured passage of SF 510 which amends the Iowa Code to direct the Iowa Department of Education to employ at least a .5 Fine Arts Consultant Secured passage of legislation to add Fine Arts to the Iowa Core in the Iowa Senate and Iowa House Education Subcommittee
Continued implementation of the "Iowa Model of Excellence Mentoring Program”. Over 220 observation mentor visits were completed in 85 different Iowa Schools during the 2014-15 school year.
Presented clinics about the mentoring program at National ASBDA convention in July/2014 and the Missouri Bandmasters Association in June/2015
Developed and sponsored the Iowa Arts Advocacy Caucus on August 14, 2015. This is a one-day statewide advocacy training event to learn how to advance common sense arts policies at the local, state and national level. All the announced presidential candidates are invited to speak on the topic of arts and arts education. This is collaborative effort of IAAE, the Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Americans for the Arts, National Association of Music Merchants, Bravo Greater Des Moines and the United States Council of Mayors.
Sponsored the Fine Arts Educator Leadership Conference, June 16-17, 2014 in Des Moines. The conference provided leadership training for members of AEI, IBA, ICDA, ISTA, IMEA, Theater & Drama teachers at no cost to participants/organizations. This was a collaborative effort of IAAE, the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa Department of Education. IAAE wrote and received a matching grant from the IAC for the event.
Participated in the Arts Advocacy Day/March 2015 in Washington D.C.
Partnered with Iowa Department of Education to provide professional development activities for fine arts teachers across the state AAE participated in K-16 Music Curriculum Task Force Participated in the State Arts Action Network Meetings in March & June of 2015 Participated in the Arts & Culture Working Group with the Iowa STEM Council which presented clinics at the STEM conference in April/2014 and the STEM Executive Board meeting in June/2015
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