The Arts Standards reflect the innate creativity and rigorous cognition, required to produce a work of art, all students deserve to experience. The standards challenge the elitist perception sometimes associated with the arts, asking all students to stretch their thinking and participate in the creative process inherent in each arts discipline (Know/Comprehend, Create, Perform/Present, and Refine/Critique).
Now Available in Spanish! Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards
To help families and communities better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards, kindergarten through high school guides are available for all content areas.
March brings state and national events placing the arts in the spotlight! This edition has multiple student opportunities and events with dates that are quickly approaching. In the words of Georgia O'Keefe To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.
Use this PLC Byte to take a virtual tour of 4th grade district sample units in Social Studies and all the arts disciplines (Dance, Drama Theatre Arts, Music and Visual Arts) as well as a few other great resources that could be used to create dynamic and engaging Colorado History learning opportunities for students. (8 minutes 45 seconds)
As a result of requests from school leaders last Spring, the Colorado Creative Industries has reopened the survey to allow schools who were unable to respond during the Spring to share their information this Fall. If you are a school leader or can contact your school’s leader to encourage them to return this quick survey, it will ensure your information is included. This iteration of the study offers an additional benefit; a customized free report for each school that responds!
Reproducible Artwork for Colorado Classrooms: Colorado Map
An artistic rendering of the Colorado Map by Colorado teacher and artist Debbit Brooks is on display at CDE. A downloadable digital image is available for use in Colorado classrooms to connect Visual Arts, History, and Geography standards.
Instructional Unit Samples - NOW AVAILABLE!
Colorado teacher-authored instructional units are on our website. Hundreds of teachers from 116 school districts participated in workshops for the creation of Colorado Academic Standards-based curriculum overviews and instructional units.
If you are new to Colorado or are just interested in learning about the overarching headlines regarding arts education, this one page reference sheet is a good place to begin! Use the navigation links on the right side to read even more about the exciting world of arts education in Colorado!
Colorado Department of Education's Response to the National Core Arts Standards - The final version of the National Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) was released on June 4, 2014.
PLC Bytes are 7-10 minute presentations or longer segmented presentations designed to be used in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) or faculty meetings. They provide brief-yet-to-the-point overviews of both general and content-specific components of the Colorado Academic Standards. New content-specific PLC Bytes will be highlighted on each content area home page. Find archived PLC Bytes here.
NEW Music Unit PLC Byte-“Year-Long Large Music Ensemble Unit Launch”. This topic was chosen based upon feedback from music directors that wanted resources for authentic planning for marching band/choir etc. The Band and Choir Directors from Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado developed a unit to meet these unique needs. Watch this video for an overview of the unit. (8 minutes 40 seconds)
Using Art to Teach Colorado History Use this PLC Byte to take a virtual tour of 4th grade district sample units in Social Studies and all the arts disciplines (Dance, Drama Theatre Arts, Music and Visual Arts) as well as a few other great resources that could be used to create dynamic and engaging Colorado History learning opportunities for students. (8 minutes 45 seconds)
- Arts Integration Possibilities - recorded webinar training is just over 22 minutes in length. There are several elements within the training and it is advised that viewers plan to show segments of the webinar as predetermined by team needs. One recommendation is to divide your training based upon the following segments:
- Overview and Context - Video Timestamp: 00:00 Duration: 9 minutes, 12 seconds
- Outline of Integration Design Steps - Video Timestamp: 09:12 Duration: 3 minutes, 57 seconds
- Design Steps Illustrated (More detail and examples) - Video Timestamp: 13:09 Duration: 8 minutes, 39 seconds
- Readiness - Video Timestamp: 13:09 Duration: 2 minutes, 1 second
- Design - Video Timestamp: 15:10 Duration: 6 minutes, 4 seconds
- Final Thoughts - Video Timestamp: 21:14 Duration: 1 minute, 34 seconds
The e-Updates are intended to be a monthly announcement sent directly to your inbox regarding arts education initiatives and opportunities.
Arts Education in Colorado: Guidebook and Resources
A comprehensive guide for high quality arts education programming to meet the demands of the Colorado Creative Economy is now available.
This statute encourages all public schools to provide courses in performing and visual arts. Courses may include traditional arts classes, on-line study, internships, externships, mentor experiences, or independent study. Schools are encouraged to use innovative ways to deliver arts education, such as technology, software, and forming partnerships with other school districts, or community colleges. The statute also provides definitions for visual and performing arts in Colorado.
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