MN Visual/Media Arts Education News

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Arts Camp for Educators & Teaching Artists

Monday, June 16th 2014 at 9am to Wednesday, June 18th 2014 at 9pm

Paramount Visual Arts Center, St. Cloud, MN & Elk River High School

We have a great collaboration between the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Elk River ISD 728 Regional Arts Partner, Central Minnesota Arts Board and the Paramount Arts Center. Choose between three full days of workshops for FREE with a one-time registration fee of $15. These arts education curriculum and professional development opportunities will occur at the sites of Elk River High School, Paramount Visual Arts Center and Mahowald Insurance in St. Cloud.

I will be presenting a session for artists and teachers that fuses arts learning and emerging technologies. In this session, participants will learn how to build interactive learning opportunities utilizing a variety of apps and software that exercise multiple learning modalities. A range of promising technologies will be discussed. Additionally, selected technologies will provide participants with a deeper hands-on exploration that allows students to respond to works of art as well as create them.

Click here to access the incredible number of high quality offerings.

Free Statewide License for SketchUp Pro is Available for ALL Educators!

An often unrealized opportunity awaits arts educators (and all non-arts teachers) who would like to include 3D modeling in their curriculum. We have a statewide license for SketchUp Pro, a CAD software program that works incredibly for any design, architectural, or 3D modeling needs. Any school or district can request as many licenses as needed for school owned computers. This is a $695 per license value! Unfortunately, we cannot provide it for personal computers of students or staff. To receive the information for the software, your district or school IT manager would need to fill out this form. Hope many of you can take up this opportunity provided to you via funding from the Minnesota Department of Education and STEM/STEAM initiatives.

Teacher Impact Grants (TIG) Available through the US Department of Education

TO: Educator Development & Evaluation and Q Comp Subscribers
FROM: School Support Division
DATE: May 9, 2016
SUBJECT: Grant Opportunity for Teacher Professional Development and Leadership


This listserv provides announcements and updates related to teacher development and evaluation and Q Comp. Since teacher leadership is a critical driver in both initiatives, we thought we would share the following opportunity.

Don’t forget to visit our Professional Development page to review our summer workshop opportunities.

Grant Opportunity for Teacher Leadership Announced

The U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), has announced a grant opportunity to provide direct resources and support to teachers to strengthen professional development and improve student outcomes. Through the new Teacher Impact Grants (TIG) program from ASCD, teachers will be able to develop, expand and evaluate promising practices and programs that can transform the academic trajectory of students. These teacher-led projects and programs can impact the quality of teaching in the classroom, in schools, and throughout school districts nationwide.

Grants ranging in amounts $5,000 - $15,000 will fund diverse teacher projects across the country that will be implemented during the 2016˗2017 school year. For further information about this opportunity, the application timing and process, and to submit a proposal, please see the U.S. Department of Education press release.

WIDA Webinar for Minnesota Educators and Administrators: Dynamic Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students

Please share this opportunity with educators and administrators.

WIDA Webinar for Minnesota Educators and Administrators:

Dynamic Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students

May 11, 2016

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


English language learners need instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs of learners who are developing a second language while learning grade appropriate content. Participants will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community.

Audience: Minnesota educators and administrators

The purpose of this webinar is to stimulate professional conversations between language and content educators about:

· Structuring learning environments that engage the cultural and linguistic assets of students

· Identifying the academic language demands of the learning tasks

· Responding to student language and learning needs with instructional supports and scaffolding

WIDA resources that will support the webinar include a Resource Packet. The webinar will be archived to support sharing with colleagues at a later time, which will allow for longer pause points to work through tasks collaboratively. The archived webinar will be available at the WIDA Download Library on the right side, near the bottom of the page, under the heading State/District Webinars – Minnesota Webinars:


Joining the Meeting: To join the meeting, click on the following link (or copy/paste it into your web browser address bar) prior to the meeting start time:




Meeting Audio: Audio for the webinar is available through your phone or your computer.

Clock Hours: Teacher clock hours will be available during the live webinar on May 11.

Registration: No advance registration is needed – use the above link to join the meeting and please plan to test your connection 10-15 minutes ahead of the webinar start time if at all possible.

Connection Problems? Please contact Kim Ross with any connection questions:




Michael Bowlus

English Learner, Refugee Education and Federal Programs Specialist

Division of Student Support

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Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators (NSSWE)

Monday, June 16th 2014 at 12am to Friday, June 20th 2014 at 12am

2101 14th St

Cloquet, MN

Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators (NSSWE)

June 16 -20, 2014

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Cloquet, MN

This workshop can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

CEUs are also available.

Registration & information available online:

Sponsored by

SCSU Multicultural Resource Center * SCSU Ethnic Studies Department * SCSU History Department

The Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators is designed to increase the knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of Minnesota educators on the histories, cultures and languages of the federally recognized tribes and bands in Minnesota in order to increase their effectiveness in working with American Indian students and teaching American Indian content to all students.

Native Studies Summer Workshop for Educators

Basic Registration Cost: $495

Liz Lerman Tools for Creative Research

Workshop Led by:

Liz Lerman

Wednesday June 18, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Perpich Center for Arts Education
Fee: $50.000
5.5 Professional Development Clock Hours

Liz Lerman returns to Minneapolis to share new takes on tools such as naming and categorizing, translation, deconstruction, thinking grids, and creative problem solving. The Tools for Creative Research are applicable to a wide range of endeavors including artmakers, teachers, administrators, teaching artists, scientists and designers.

More information and registration materials will be in the May 2014 Dance Educator eNewsletter.

Liz Lerman: Described by the Washington Post as "the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art," Liz Lerman's dance/theater works have been seen throughout the United States and abroad. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship. Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process has been embraced by artmakers, educators, scientists, and administrators for over twenty years. Liz Lerman web site

For more information, contact Diane Aldis, Perpich Center for Arts Education:
Email Diane

Beneath the Surface Summer Institute

Tuesday, June 24th 2014 at 12am to Friday, June 27th 2014 at 2am

101 Fort Snelling State Trail

West St Paul, MN

A hands-on, standards-based professional development opportunity integrating the disciplines of visual art, poetry, Dakota language and environmental science. We offer this to all of you who participated in the Beneath the Surface residencies this year, as well as others who are interested in this unique approach to multidisciplinary learning. You get to be the student this time, participating in fieldwork, art making, creative writing, assessment strategies, lesson development and evaluation experiences. CEUs are available for the summer institute through the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

June 24 – 27, 2014 • Fort Snelling State Park 9 am – 3:30 pm

Institute offerings

• Gain an increased appreciation of the connections between the arts and environmental science

• Learn more about the history and cultural significance of the area where the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers converge

• Continue to explore the natural setting of Fort Snelling State Park with naturalists, artists and Dakota scholars

• Participate in daily creative writing and visual arts experiences led by teaching artists that model the integration of art, poetry and environmental science

• Learn approaches to integrate subject matter across disciplines utilizing the standards in the arts and sciences by working with facilitators from the Perpich Center for Arts Education and ArtStart

• Develop 2-3 standards-based lesson plans that integrate creative writing with the visual arts and environmental science

• Work with artist and poet team to reflect upon the residency activities, applying approaches learned in staff development experience, including how to apply reflective practices and protocols in the arts

Registration deadline is June 13, 2014

Visit for registation forms.

For more information or questions, please contact ArtStart Executive Director, Carol Sirrine at 651-698-2787.

Collaborating Organizations:

-Perpich Center for Arts Education: Arts and Cultural Context Pilot Program

-Fort Snelling State Park

Visual Artists:

Susan Armington

Julie Kastigar-Boada


Lawrence Wade

Kao Thao


Gwen Westerman

Marie Olofsdotter

Dakota Language Scholar:

Glenn Wasicuna

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Artists Leaders Teachers

A summer Leadership & Artmaking event at the grand marais art colony

Leadership Event:

Wednesday PM/Thursday AM

June 25 – Wednesday

6:00 PM

Dinner & Shop Talk – What Are The Critical Issues In Our Field Today? What Kind Of Support/Networks Do We Need In Place For Our Students & Ourselves?

June 26 - Thursday

9:00 AM

Breakfast & Leadership – Beyond Planning – Action For Now,

Change For Later

Leadership into Artmaking: Lunch

June 26 – Thursday

12:30 PM

Lunch & Linking : Leadership into Artmaking, Complementary Processes (Leadership Event Ends / Artmaking Event Begins)


Thursday pm / Friday AM

June 26 – Thursday

2:00 – 6:00 PM

Artmaking / Studio: Art Space Revival – Grand Marais Art Colony

Artist Kelly Dupre

7:00 PM

Dinner (On Your Own), Unwinding With Colleagues

June 27 – Friday

9:00 – 11:00 Artmaking / Studio: Art Space Revival – Grand Marais Art Colony

Artist Kelly Dupre

Noon – Happy Trails, Rejuvenated Art Teachers and Leaders!

Leadership Event: Wed/Thurs: Includes workshops, dinner (W), breakfast & lunch (Th): $65

Artmaking Event: Thurs/Fri: Includes artist/workshops, lunch (Th), brunch (F): $115

Both Events: With all above: $165

Both events take place at the Grand Marais Art Colony, 120 3rd Ave W, Grand Marais, MN 55604 (218) 387-2737.

A very discounted rate for attending arts teachers is provided by Aspen Lodge, 310 E. Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

$129/two queen beds (great for that time of year)

Reserve By: June 16 for that rate and room.


With Deb Hannu, Professional Development Chair, and other AEM Leaders

Art teachers are frantic much of the time – research this lesson, oops; here’s a kid in before school!, clean up that mess, hey-gotta go to that meeting, wait you have to grade these, and why don’t I just live at school since I spend so much time here?? When do we stop spinning, stand back, and reflect? What are the issues in our field today? What resources and supports do we need to feed ourselves and our programs, so that we can better be PROactive rather than REactive? Brainstorm and plan strategies with colleagues not only for your classroom and district, but for the bigger picture, and find out how AEM, NAEA, and others can help.

Art Educators of Minnesota is the state’s only non-profit professional organization for Visual and Media Arts teachers. Their mission is to promote and advocate quality art education for all learners by providing professional growth opportunities for all Minnesota Visual and Media Arts Educators to collaborate, advocate, and acknowledge excellence in the profession.


Art Space Revival with Kelly Dupre

Art teachers are so busy putting together art lessons, gathering materials, teaching and then cleaning, cleaning, cleaning, that their own creativity and art time often gets pushed aside. This special time and space is designed just for you to rejuvinate, recycle, reuse, renew, and especially revive your creative spirit. If you have a favorite media or project that you have been craving time to jump into, bring it along. if you want to do some other projects just for fun, try your hand at one, two, three or as many as you want! Art materials and a variety of mini lessons will be taught, from printmaking to using recycled materials for all kinds of art. You pick what you want to do as well as invent and/or combine your own projects. This is your time to play, experiment, and enjoy!

Kelly Dupre is a Grand Marais artist and author. Primarily a printmaker, her art can be seen at Sivertson Gallery and throughout the North Shore. Kelly has written and/or illustrated several children's books including The Raven's Gift, The Lion's Share, Becoming a Boundary Waters Family, and The Best Part of a Sauna. The natural environment and the art of indigenous cultures are her greatest influences. She loves teaching a variety of media and age levels. She strives for joy, symbolism, and a dash of humor in her art.

Register online at

Questions? Call Debra, or 218-349-1140

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Art Education in a Web World

Monday, July 7th 2014 at 12am to Friday, July 25th 2014 at 12am

This is an online event.

Artist and HS English teacher, Allison Bolah and Lynda Monick-Isenberg will be co-teaching an on-line line asynchronous three week course, Art Education in a Web World July 7 - July 25.

The three week course combines traditional studio activities with easy to access and use web tools that encourage ideation, interaction and collaboration in the making and teaching of art and design. They'd love to have YOU in class—it is an exciting and useful course for BOTH personal and professional practice. This course can reach out from your community and connects you with educators from all over the globe. Please feel free to spread the word.

Contact Lynda if you would like to know more.


Lynda Monick-Isenberg
Visiting Professor
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-3700 MCAD
(612) 799-1179 Cell

Mark Your Calendars Now for the AEM Fall Conference in Rochester, MN!

Friday, Nov. 7th 2014 at 7am to Saturday, Nov. 8th 2014 at 4:30pm

150 S Broadway

Rochester, MN

The theme for the 2014 AEM Fall Conference is Art is the Core of the Common Core. We are pleased to have Jason Ohler keynoting on Friday, November 11th and Jeremy Holien, keynoting on Saturday, November 12th. Jason and Jeremy are working collaboratively to bring relevant focus on how the arts are implicated and can be leveraged to build the higher order thinking skills espoused by the Common Core State Standards.


Jason Ohler

November 7, 2014

Art Edge - Where emerging technologies, storytelling and education intersect

Join Jason as he explores his work in digital storytelling, the Augmented Reality art gallery and other kinds of evolving art adventures. His focus is on story, and how he helps students create stories that work that are supported, rather than overwhelmed by, the media students use to tell them. Explore how art can be used as a language to express content across the curriculum. The foundational belief behind this keynote is simply this: in an age in which the multimedia, digital storytelling and emerging art forms are becoming part everyone’s everyday life , art is the 4th R.

November 8, 2014

Jeremy Holien
Arts Education: The Catalyst for Creative Engagement and Change at the Core of Education

Join Jeremy as he explores the limitations and opportunities found within the Common Core. Learn how Common Core, 21st Century Skills, and new National Core Arts Standards can work in concert to address the learning needs of our students. Discover how all of these initiatives can interface to support student learning, identify essential instructional and assessment strategies for using them to help all learners succeed, and build effective learning environments that champion the arts.

It is our hope that this conference will prove invaluable in supporting the big ideas, critical thinking, and creativity you authentically teach within your classroom every day. For details, please check back here.

Join Jason Ohler in His MOOC for Digital Citizenship!

Monday, March 24th 2014 at 9pm

This is an online event.

When does the course occur?
Spring semester, 2014 (January 12 to May 4).

Taught by?
Jason Ohler, President’s Professor and Professor Emeritus, Educational Technology, University of Alaska; Professor, Fielding Graduate University, Media Psychology PhD program.

The Educational Technology Master’s Program
Director, Dr. Lee Graham

The University of Alaska Southeast, School of Education
Dean, Dr. Deborah Lo

How to register?

Required materials
Two books are required for those taking this course for credit:

    Use discounts offered by Corwin
    Press and ISTE to get 10% off.

  1. Digital Community, Digital Citizen, by Jason Ohler. To get Corwin Press’s 10% discount on the book, provide the following discount code: N141F0
  2. Digital Citizenship in Schools, by Mike Ribble. Use ISTE discount code Ribble10%.

All other materials can be found on the web. These will be identified as you move through the course.

All details can be found here:

New National Core Arts Standards Making Their Way to Finalization

We recently completed the last review of the National Core Arts Standards and are in our final revisions of those documents. We are hoping for an official and final release date of these standards in June, 2014. Visual and media arts have been represented by Deb Hannu on the visual arts writing team and myself on the media arts writing team and our work is far from done once the standards are completed. We will continue to build standards glossaries and develop model cornerstone assessments over the course of the next year which will assist teachers in the creation of curriculum embedded instruction and assessment practices. I see great implications for this work to assist you in developing authentic assessments as well as a tool to utilize within emerging teacher evaluation processes at the local school district level.

Some of the most valuable attributes of the new standards include:

-Understanding by Design Framework: A backwards planning framework that allows for flexibility and unification all arts areas to consistently focus on "big ideas" that prepare students for the 21st century. UbD is a commonly used curriculum/assessment process that focuses on a flexible framework that anchors the work in big ideas, and then backwards planning toward the instructional and assessment level incremental steps.

-21st Century Skills: Connections which prioritize the arts and their inherent innovation and learning skills seen in their "4Cs'" of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

-Common Core Connections: Which value and prioritize deep analysis of subject matter, often times specifically including and naming the visual and media arts. I believe there are especially strong opportunities to expand the definitions of "literacies" in this work as there are specific values placed on visual and media literacies. Literacy will no longer be relegated to simply textual literacy.

-Arts areas to include: dance, media arts (first time ever), music, visual arts, & theater

-Cornerstone Assessments: National models of arts education assessment tools

-Current Educational Paradigm: Focus on Philosophical Foundations, Lifelong Goals, Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions, and Model Cornerstone Assessments.

-Grade Level Standards: PK-12th grade instead of grade bands for increased specificity for state and local adoption. High School will have three levels of proficient, accomplished, and advanced.

-Anchor Standards: for various components - centered in the artistic processes of creating, presenting, responding and connecting (new across all art forms).

For all of the nationally released Core Arts Standards documents, please see this link.

For additional detail, please see my Prezi below and view the supportive material within it.

New PCAE Website is Launched!

After many years of waiting, the new website is launched and available to the public. Check out the main site here or go directly to the statewide professional development and outreach page here.

CTE National Standards Are Something We All Should Be Watching Carefully

Just this past week, I had a briefing come across my inbox regarding the development of new Career & Technical Education (CTE) national standards and their current national review. As one of the authors of the new and emerging National Arts Education Standards (not to be confused with the CTE standards), this caught my attention.

In the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) writing, we have spent 2.5 years articulating the big ideas, essential understandings and questions, and grade leveled benchmarks in creating, responding, presenting, and connecting. We have additionally been working diligently at producing instructional tools, glossaries, and national assessment frameworks in the Model Cornerstone Assessments. All of this work is meant to foster a better understanding of what art education is really about at the national, state and local level. I believe the emerging NCCAS standards also create significant strides in articulating the sophisticated work of a licensed art educator. At the same time, we find the CTE standards that are emerging almost simultaneously, to lack the level of content, specificity, and 21st century paradigm seen within the NCCAS National Arts Standards. It is excellent timing that we have produced these new NCCAS standards, but districts will be confused when they see simultaneously emerging CTE standards and they are likely to produce conflict within arts education. To add convolution, the CTE standards read as though they are "licensed" to teach the arts in CTE.

I believe every art teacher should read thoroughly and respond to the CTE national standards as there are large claims made by these standards that seek to expand the "territory" of teaching responsibility of CTE teachers to teach across broad content areas of visual and media arts education. To be fair, these standards essentially seek to increase territory over almost all academic areas. Please be vigilant and respond to these standards if you feel they threaten the future of "who can teach the arts." My position has been and always will be that in-depth learning in the arts should be taught by licensed arts educators. I believe strongly that all educators (arts and non-arts) can and should teach in and through the arts, but when it comes to meeting standards fully within a course of study, then we should leave that level of work to the licensed professional arts educators.

To learn more about the CTE National Standards please see this link. To take part in responding in support of authentic arts education, please take part in the national review here.

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Jeremy's Professional Facebook Page

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State Visual & Media Arts Education Google Site

Follow updates, developments, and curriculum/professional development frameworks that are used in many of the collaborating schools with whom I am working. Great resources and models are available under "School Collaborations".

Jeremy Holien - State Visual & Media Arts Education Coordinator

Jeremy Holien serves as the Visual and Media Arts Education Coordinator for Minnesota’s Perpich Center for Arts Education, whose mission is to improve K–12 arts education for all Minnesota students and educators through innovative programs and partnerships centered in the arts. Mr. Holien works in professional and curriculum development, state standards implementation and assessment practices. He is responsible for statewide initiatives in visual and media arts education.
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