ESSA - Moving Into A New Era

As states move into the era of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) the focus for State Education Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) is to gain knowledge and strategies for leveraging opportunities to support arts education as an essential part of a well-rounded education within their state’s plan. The Arts in Education (AIE – US Department of Education) is proud to offer a compendium of the quarterly newsletter issues between April 2016 and April 2017, which individually explored the dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts disciplines. Each issue contained a feature article by a noted expert in the specific arts discipline that brought important research-based understandings to the discipline’s instruction and integration with other core academic subjects. The features also provided insight to the goals, outcomes, and products of Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination and Professional Development for Arts Educators projects “spotlighted” in each issue. Additionally, interviews with key contributors to the 2014 National Core Arts Standards provided insights as to the motivations behind the first revision of the voluntary national arts standards since 1995, essential differences in the two sets of standards, and suggestions for use of the new standards in P-12 classrooms. Finally, for three of the arts disciplines — dance, music, and media arts — resources available from the Arts in Education National Program grantee, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, offered helpful arts integration “how-to’s” and ideas for lessons and activities available from ArtsEdge.
The AIE team specially acknowledges the feature article authors:
Dance: Shannon Dooling, Special Projects Coordinator, National Dance Education Organization
Media arts: Kylie Peppler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Learning Sciences, Indiana University
Music: Dee Hansen, Ph.D., Professor of Music Education, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford
Theatre: Lenore Blank Kelner, Author, Educator and Arts Integration Specialist
Visual arts: Julia Marshall, Ed.D., Professor of Art Education, San Francisco State University
It is encouraged that you utilize this compendium to gain insights about the arts education and arts-integration efforts. This resource is available at:
After reviewing these or any one of these resources, please provide feedback through this blog.
Joyce Huser
Fine Arts Education Consultant
Kansas Department of Education
Career, Standards and Assessment Services
SEADAE President
900 SW Jackson Ave  Suite 653
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone 785-296-4932
Fax 785-296-3791
Posted: 12/15/2017
Blog Tag(s): Arts Integration, ESEA, ESSA