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We are thrilled about the passage and signing of the new Creativity Index in Massachusetts--read on!

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Creative Challenge Index
Passed and Signed!

Massachusetts has passed the landmark Creative Challenge Index legislation and it was recently signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. As many readers know, most schools have been evaluated solely using standardized tests in ELA, math, and science. This legislation will also now evaluate schools on the opportunities they give students for developing creativity and innovation through the arts or any appropriate subject.

In the coming year, the Creative Challenge Index provision will create a commission of legislators, educators, business leaders, and community leaders to establish an index to measure the extent to which schools provide opportunities for students to engage in creative work. The index will examine and rate every public school in the Commonwealth on the teaching, encouraging, and fostering of creativity in students through arts education, debate clubs, science fairs, theater performances, concerts, film-making, and independent research. From their findings, the commission will develop the Creative Challenge Index which in turn will be used to encourage greater creativity in our public schools.

Arts|Learning executive director, Jonathan Rappaport, testified a year ago during hearings conducted by the education committee of the MA legislature as the arts expert. Arts|Learning is thrilled that this work has reached this conclusion. First kudos to MA Representative Daniel Bosley and Senator Stan Rosenberg for their co-author sponsorship of the initial petition for this legislation, Governor Deval Patrick for his support and leadership on the critical issue of developing creativity in our students, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo for their leadership in recognizing the importance of creative work in our schools, and 59 co-sponsors in the MA legislature.

2010 Kids In Need Teacher Grants Applications
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Sponsored by

LOFT Loves Teachers and the

Kids In Need Foundation
deadline is September 30, 2010.

Purpose of Grants: to fund projects that make creative use of common teaching aids, approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Innovation and merit account for 40% of the evaluation. Grant Amounts: $100 to $500.

Eligibility: K-12 certified teachers teaching in the subject of the project at public, private, charter, or parochial schools within the U.S. Kids In Need currently DOES NOT FUND PRE-SCHOOL nor HOME SCHOOL projects.
2010-2011 NAMM Foundation Program Grants
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The NAMM Foundation (the
National Association of Music
) supports
innovative community-based music l earning programs that allow more people the opportunity to experience the proven benefits of active music making.

Beginning on June 15, through September 30, 2010, organizations may submit a "Letter of Inquiry" that summarizes a request for project support. Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed by Foundation staff; selected organizations will be invited to submit comprehensive proposals for funding consideration. Organizations that are selected to submit complete applications will have the opportunity to do so starting on October 15, 2010, and ending on December 1, 2010. After staff and board committee review, grant awards are announced on or about May 15, 2011. Awards range from $5K to $80K.