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Arts Education eUpdate - Back to School 2014-15

This latest eUpdate shares important new resources for the District Sample Curriculum Project, updates on the dance licensure process and  student and professional learning opportunities. There is also a “bonus” link if you read all the way to the end (hint- Josh Groban).

Arts Education Survey Reopened

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. 

Fast Facts: Arts Education

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 (NCAS) was released on June 4, 2014. 


PLC Bytes

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.

  •  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  


Arts e-Updates

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. 


Relevant Legislation

Arts Education for Workforce Development Act

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.


For website assistance in the arts, please contact Karol Gates.

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