Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action. “For the future of our children, we demand: Equitable funding for all public school communities/ End high stakes testing used for the purpose of student, teacher, and school evaluation/ Teacher, family and community leadership in forming public education policies/ Curriculum developed for and by local school communities”: http://www.saveourschoolsmarch.org/about/guiding-principles/

The Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Culturally Responsive Teaching recognizes educators whose knowledge and skill makes them particularly successful at meeting the needs of students from racially, ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The program plans to recognize five outstanding teachers at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in December 2011. Each will be presented with an award of $1,000. Prior to the ceremony, during Fall 2011, the selected teachers will be videotaped in their classrooms as models of effective practice. This footage will be used to enhance teacher preparation and professional development nationally: http://www.tolerance.org/award

This conversation will introduce the growing Latino and other immigrant populations’ cultures and perspectives toward education in the United States and the students’ lingering achievement gap in diverse, urban schools. García will explain the immigrant work that diverse communities are conducting and how PK-12 and higher institutions can connect with these efforts and better prepare students for post-secondary education success. This event is free and open to the public: http://education.umkc.edu/ueforum/

For Arts Organization Staff, Teaching Artists, Teachers, Principals, and School District Administrators

The Kennedy Center’s 2009 and 2010 conferences, Arts Integration Schools, examined ways to develop an arts integration school. Based on overwhelming requests, this new 2011 conference explores the “how” of arts integration, rooted in the Kennedy Center’s 30 years of experience in professional learning for teachers, and provides many strategies that can make arts integration a part of every teacher’s approach to teaching: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/ceta/conference.html

The Summer 2011 K-12 Teacher Retreat at Otis College of Art and Design will be held Aug. 1-5, and focuses on media arts and the integration of learning technologies into arts, math, science and humanities curricula. This five-day intensive retreat reinvigorates educators’ teaching and art and design practices by providing opportunities to share best teaching practices through presentations, workshops, field trips and access to the studios and media arts facilities at Otis. The K-12 Teacher Retreat is open to teaching artists and K-12 credentialed teachers of all subjects. Salary point credits are also available to local school district teachers. Tuition, meals and housing are provided at no cost to participants through a competitive application process: http://www.otis.edu/continuing_education/teacher_retreat.html

Grant Makers in the Arts: NEA Announces Upcoming Education Leaders Institute

Posted 2-22-2011. This spring, the sixth NEA Education Leaders Institute will convene decision makers from state education departments, state arts agencies, along with educators, artists, public policy, business, and philanthropic leaders to put arts education at the center of discussion on education policy. The upcoming NEA Education Leaders Institute will take place May 11-13, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. Five state teams will attend: these teams are led by the California Arts Council; the Idaho Department of Education; the Kansas Arts Commission; the Missouri Arts Council; and the South Dakota Arts Council. Since 2007, the NEA has gathered arts education policy teams from 28 states and the District of Columbia…

The NEA Education Leaders Institutes convene state teams to discuss a shared arts education challenge, and create strategies to strengthen their state’s arts education policies. State teams may include state department of education officials, governor’s cabinet members, superintendents, district-level school leaders, artists, arts advocates, philanthropists and business leaders. Each team has a lead organization that has convened the other partners to address shared challenges. These teams will discuss solutions for intractable issues, such as improving networks of educators and arts professionals, fostering innovative approaches to curriculum design and implementation, and sustaining and increasing public arts education at the district, state, and national levels: http://www.giarts.org/blog/gia-news/nea-announces-upcoming-education-leaders-institute

Arts Alive in Mission Viejo: Community Arts Education and Street Painting Festival April 29 – May 1: http://cityofmissionviejo.org/artsalivefestival/

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