The AEI Note: November 20, 2013

Arts and Education News from the Education Policy and Leadership Center  

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In This Issue
Highlights from Symposium
Network Staff Changes
Governor's School Alumni Network
Advocacy Message from Student
"American Music Month"
PHC Wins Schwartz Prize
School wins Arts Ed Grant
Jump Street Hosts Taylor Mali
Advocate for the Arts
Music Education Community
Museum Recruiting Ed Director
KU Art Ed Conference
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Highlights from the 2013 Arts and Education Symposium 

The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network extends a huge "Thank You" to all of the partners and participants who made our third annual Arts and Education Symposium on October 30 a big success!


If you would like to view again some of your favorite sessions, catch up on any you missed, or share what you learned with a friend, please visit the Symposium page to watch footage of the following plenary sessions: 
  • Welcome by Ron Cowell, President of The Education Policy and Leadership Center and the Student Performance of "Pieces" by M-Uth Theatre of Millersville University 
    Introduction and Student Performance | Arts and Education Symposium, October 30, 2013
    Introduction and Student Performance | Arts and Education Symposium, October 30, 2013
  • Keynote Speech by Ian David Moss, Founder, Createquity; Research Director, Fractured Atlas  
    Ian David Moss Keynote | Arts and Education Symposium, October 30, 2013
    Ian David Moss Keynote | Arts and Education Symposium, October 30, 2013
  • Presentation of Awards to South Fayette Township School Board, Senator Jay Costa, and our featured student artist 
    Arts Education Policy Leader Awards | Arts and Education Symposium, October 30, 2013
    Arts Education Policy Leader Awards | Arts and Education Symposium, October 30, 2013
  • Policy Leader Panel  
    Policy Leader Panel | Arts and Education Symposium, October 30, 2013
    Policy Leader Panel | Arts and Education Symposium, October 30, 2013
Audio recordings of the following concurrent sessions are also available on the Symposium page for listening and sharing:
  • Student Learning Objectives and Teacher Evaluations
  • Gather, Analyze, and Share Information about Student Learning in the Arts
  • What the New National Core Arts Standards Mean for Pennsylvania's Educators
Pictures of the Symposium are also available on our facebook page.


Pennsylvania Arts Education Network and AEI Staff Changes

Pennsylvania Arts Education Network Coordinator and Manager of the Arts and Education Initiative (AEI), Erin Gough, will be leaving The Education Policy and Leadership Center on November 22.  She is headed to warmer weather on the West Coast and would like to thank all of our partners for such a rewarding experience here in Pennsylvania.  If you would like to be in contact with Erin after she leaves, you can email her at this address.

Governor's School Alumni Network 

It is always important that Governor Corbett and legislators hear from Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts (PGSA) alumni urging that state officials provide support to re-establish the Governor's School for the Arts in 2014.  There is nothing as effective as every graduate of PGSA contacting their own legislators to tell them how important the PGSA experience was for them personally, and why other students should have a similar opportunity.  


The Pennsylvania Arts Education Network continues to search for Alumni of the PGSA.  If you, or someone you know, taught at or attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, please complete this form and share with others.  We have been contacted by nearly 700 alumni already, and appreciate all of the help from former students and faculty in spreading this message.

Arts and Education News
Arts Education Advocacy Message from High School Student

Earlier this month, Austin Channell spoke at TEDxColumbus about how his involvement in choir and other extracurricular activities kept him from becoming valedictorian.  His message focuses on the way our education system currently values statistics and quantity rather than quality.  His speech is a moving and important message for all those who care about preparing our students to be career, college and life-ready. 

Why taking choir kept me from being a Valedictorian: Austin Channell at TEDxColumbus
Why taking choir kept me from being a Valedictorian: Austin Channell at TEDxColumbus
November Declared "American Music Month" in State House

On November 13, State Representative Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe, Pike) introduced House Resolution 561 designating November 2013 as "American Music Month" in Pennsylvania.  The resolution passed unanimously with a vote of 201-0.  To read the resolution in full, visit here

Pennsylvania Humanities Council Honored with Schwartz Prize
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) has been recognized with the 2013 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for its work with the Teen Reading Lounge.  The Schwartz Prize is awarded annually by the National Federation of State Humanities Councils to councils for innovative programs that have had a significant impact on citizens, organizations, or communities in their states.  PHC's Teen Reading Lounge is an informal learning program developed for public libraries as an educational and recreational resource for young adults in their community.  It is designed to engage teens (ages 11-18) in the peer-to-peer exploration of popular young adult literature through reading and discussion and hands on or other experiential activities that complement the readings.  For more information about Teen Reading Lounge, please visit here
Whitehall Elementary School Wins Arts Education Grant

In early November, Whitehall Elementary School in Norristown received a $7,000 arts education scholarship through Target and Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.  Whitehall Elementary was one of eight schools chosen to receive the grant out of 52 schools that applied throughout the region.  The school plans to work in conjunction with Young Audiences to provide these programs.


Young Audiences is an arts education organization that provides arts resources to schools in areas ranging from dance and theater to music, language and visual arts.  The organization aims to help all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural and geographic communities. The organization was founded in 1973 and received the National Medal of Arts by then-President Bill Clinton.  For more information about Whitehall Elementary and Young Audience's programs, visit here.

Opportunities for
Arts Education Professionals
Jump Street Hosts Taylor Mali and Big Read Poetry Slam

Harrisburg-based Jump Street is welcoming author and award-winning poet, Taylor Mali, to the Capital Region for an afternoon of spoken word at the Grace Milliman Pollock Performing Arts Center in Camp Hill on December 7 from 2-4 p.m.  As part of this year's Big Read, a project of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jump Street will host its first ever poetry slam followed by an hour-long performance by Taylor Mali.  This event is free, but you must have a ticket.  Contact Jump Street today to reserve a spot.

The Artistic Rebuttal: "Should You Advocate for the Arts?"

At the October 24 debate and discussion for those invested in the arts, "Conundrums in Arts Advocacy," which was hosted by the Artistic Rebuttal Project and Emerging Arts Leaders of Philadelphia, arts advocates came together and created a handy guide for anyone who is on the fence about being an arts advocate.  To see the entire guide and more information, visit the Artistic Rebuttal Project's website, here.




Is Your Community one of the Best for Music Education?

The National Alliance for Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation is looking to identify the best communities for music education in 2013.


The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) program helps communities recognize the value and importance of their music education programs.  It is part of the many advocacy efforts provided by the NAMM Foundation that work to keep music education strong.


There are two distinctions available: 

* The Best Communities for Music Education designation acknowledges schools and districts across the United States for their commitment to and support of music education in schools.  If you are applying on behalf of a district-multiple schools, complete the Best Communities for Music Education Survey.

* A SupportMusic Merit Award is an opportunity for an individual school to be acknowledged for its commitment to music education.  It is a 'school-only' distinction awarded as part of the BCME program. If you are an individual school, complete the SupportMusic Merit Award Survey.


For more information and to nominate your school and community, please visit here.

Susquehanna Art Museum Recruiting Director of Education and e-Learning
The Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg is looking to hire a new Director of Education and e-Learning.  The Director of Education and e-Learning is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of all educational programming, including all visitor-related experiences and all outreach activities in the communities the Museum serves, utilizing the most advanced technologies available today.  For more information and to apply, visit here.
Image, Text & Tales Art Education Conference

Kutztown University's Department of Art Education & Crafts is hosting its annual Art Education Conference on Friday, November 22.  This year's conference focuses on "The Book: Image, Text & Tales."  For more information and to register, visit here