Help Shape Washington State’s New Education Plan!

If you support maintaining and strengthening arts education in Washington State’s K-12 schools, your voice is needed now!

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in December 2015. It’s the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Washington State’s ESSA Consolidated Plan Draft is the document that outlines how Washington intends to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act in school year 2017-18. The plan provides details on how the state will ensure student and educator success. The plan will also provide a policy framework for how federal funds are used to support K-12 education in Washington State.

ArtsEd Washington would like to make sure that the opportunities for the arts supported through ESSA at the federal level are also supported in the state plan. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is asking for public input and comments on the Plan Draft using an online survey. You can provide feedback on each of the Six Overarching Componentsof Washington State’s ESSA Consolidated Plan Draft, as well as general feedback. As an arts education supporter, this is your chance to make an impact on the future of the arts as part of basic education in Washington’s schools.

Please read the summary document, read our talking points, and develop your survey responses regarding arts education in Washington State for one or more of the six sections.

When you’re ready to submit your feedback, take the survey here.

The deadline for giving OSPI your feedback is February 15, 2017.

Thank you for helping us ensure that every school has high-quality, sustainable arts learning at every grade level for every student!

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      The Vital Connection Between Equitable Arts Provision & Student Success

      A peer forum for principals, assistant principals, and district administrators/elected leaders

      Presented by

      ArtsEd Washington (Principals Arts Leadership Program) &

      the Association of Washington School Principals

      Date: Tuesday, April 21     Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Location: Cornish Playhouse (Seattle Center) | 201 Mercer Street | Seattle, WA 98109 Contact: Laurie Utterback | (206) 441-4501

      REGISTER HERE.

      Principals and educational leaders won’t want to miss this compelling opportunity in two back-to-back events to explore an engaging (and effective) path to student and school success through the arts. (Continuing Education Clock Hours available for both events.) In the context of an increasingly complex K-12 landscape, where new testing and assessment models mean high demands and high stakes for educators, it can be tempting to push the arts to the sidelines. And yet, the arts–which are a core subject and part of the state definition of basic education–are a powerful tool to help both your students and your school achieve success. The arts teach students vital 21st-century skills such as: how to think critically and solve problems; how to observe and synthesize different pieces of information, ideas, and abstract concepts; and how to apply them in new, real-world ways. And effective arts integration can deepen students’ learning and understanding of concepts across every other academic subject as well. As our state adopts new learning standards and the new Smarter Balanced assessments, there has been a shift to a greater emphasis on this kind of deeper learning and understanding. Indeed, the arts can be one of your most valuable tools in meeting many of the goals you have for your students and school, including student engagement and increased attendance. Join us for a dynamic exploration of how closing the opportunity gap can help close the achievement gap. This event is a “leadership only” pre-workshop to the evening public lecture, CounterpARTS in Education: The Andrea Allen Memorial Lecture Series featuring Dr. Linda Nathan.

      REGISTER HERE.

      During the afternoon workshop, participants will:
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      • Explore the Creative Advantage, a unique model to reinvest in student success through the arts, with Seattle Public Schools' Carri Campbell and Gail Selhorst.
      • Discover real-world examples of effective arts integration to teach cross-curricular concepts in two workshops: a theatre and language arts lesson from Village Theatre's KIDSTAGE, and a visual art lesson aligned with Common Core math standards, led by art educator Carl Clausen.
      • Walk away with concrete ideas about how to close the achievement gap by closing the provision gap, and ready-to-use ideas to bring engaging, arts-integrated learning experiences into the classroom.

      REGISTER HERE.

      Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the area’s many delicious restaurants or at the Seattle Center's Armory. Then join us for ArtsEd Washington’s annual CounterpARTS in Education event featuring a premier thought leader in educational reform with over 3 decades of experience leading urban, bilingual schools to success through the arts.

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      Dr. Nathan will then join a panel with local Washington educators Gil Mendoza, Deputy Superintendent, OSPI, and Keisha Scarlett, Principals Leadership Coach and Former PAL Principal, Seattle Public Schools

      7:30 PM | Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle Center)

      Read more about CounterpARTS in Education and Dr. Linda Nathan here. Continuing Education Clock Hours available when you register for both the Principals Forum and CounterpARTS. Standard registration for the Principals Forum includes discounted admission to CounterpARTS in Education evening lecture.

      Standard Registration: $70 for afternoon workshop and evening lecture

      Afternoon Workshop Only (no lecture admission): $60

      Discounts available for principals and staff of ArtsEd Washington Member Schools, subject to verification. Please email programs@artsedwashington.org to verify pricing and eligibility. Both the afternoon and the evening events take place on the Seattle Center campus with abundant parking and dining options available.

      REGISTER HERE.