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A few years back, LPS used the national standards to create a set of Core Abilities. They come directly from the national standards with the creative process pulled out in a separate Core Ability. I am not sure there is a need for state art standards. How would having them benefit us? Bob, LPS
The ESU 9 is creating a set of "guidelines" that weare using to ensure continuity throughout our programs and throughoutgrade levels. So many of us in this area teach K 12. Also, ifstudents move to another school district (at least within the ESU 9 area)we know what art backgrounds they have had. We are working more withconcepts then with the student will do this specific project. Ourgoal was to ensure creativity instead of being locked into a certainproject. We are finishing up our guidelines in April and would be more thenwilling to answer any questions that someone would have or share ourwork. Christine Brown
Elkhorn's new curriculum (we are close to finalization) is based first and foremost on National Standards, not on media or processes, although those areas are outlined in our K-12 vertical skills.How these concepts are taught (lessons and artists) is up to the individual teacher.) The National Standards are pretty broad, but do provide a great basis for the wide scope of understanding art and helps to ensure coverage. As part of the learning community, I do agree with the problem of students moving to different schools and keeping them on a similar level. BUT, this is going to take much conversation. I have no idea of what most of the standards and curriculum look like in most of the learning community schools. There is even more to consider:Do we need to re-invent the wheel for standards? Can we adopt the National ones? Nebraska is unique amongst many states in our own local control...and assessments... this allows for creativity in instruction. How much do we homongenize our student learning? The arts are the MAJOR area of freedom in education. We need to discuss deliberately, slowly, and with much research. Sure would help to have someone heading the Fine and Performing Arts in the State Dept. of Ed. (Come on Heineman! Fill this position with someone well qualified in art education!)Final thought: Perhaps NATA could post school district art curriculums (voluntary, and with permission from the school districts) that we could access and download easily. Going from district to district to find this in seperate web sites takes forever.
About 12 years ago or so there were standards for art music, theater and maybe even dance, at the state level, but they were never adopted. The state decided it might require districts to provide art curricula. They were similar to the national standards, and related to the Nebraska Frameworks project FIne and Performing Arts Curriculum Guidelines. Not a bad wheel as wheels go. Besides, can we offer anything but the essentials before we engage in cultural education? (you know, no work no grade and the primes)Ben Darling
I am really appreciating this conversation. After reading the comments, I feel that if state standards can give us more than what Rule 10 states (each elementary child will receive a weekly art experience), then I think standards should be developed and in place. Ben, will you elaborate on your final comment, "Besides, can we offer anything but the essentials before we engage in cultural education? (you know, no work no grade and the primes). Thanks! Bob, LPS
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