Art Education Resources

Shakopee Art Curriculum Resources - Meeting on 2/16/15

It was great to work with you all in February! My apologies for any technical issues in getting this content to you. I traveled to Brainerd following our meeting and thought I had organized and emailed this content out to you back in February from my hotel on the same day that we originally met, only to find that you all never received the content! Sometimes emails from within the email lists of this application can be problematic with firewalls and district email filters. So I will send the direct link to everyone from my main email account, in addition to emailing this content from the email list within this application. Hopefully you get it!

Below you will see a variety of links to content that we discussed. Anything that appears to be a title in darker/larger font is a direct link to the content we discussed. Any text that is light blue and underlined is a hyperlink to additional content that I felt would be helpful as well.

If I missed anything, feel free to let me know and I can update or add content to this microsite at any time as it updates in real time with no need to resend the link.

If your district is interested in additional curriculum/standards/assessment/arts program development, please let me know and I will gladly add you to my schedule! Have a great spring!


Click the link above to take you directly to the Burnsville School Districts scope and sequence work that we discussed. They built from a the model in originally developed in Northfield, then Orono built on top of the work done in Burnsville, so it is truly an ongoing continuous improvement scenario. You can see other curriculum work from some districts here.
Several of you asked what software I was using to organize my content. The specific software that I use is available only to Apple devices and computers and it is called MindNode. I use and prefer MindNode to any other mind mapping software that I have used, but if you need to use PC mind mapping software, here are some suggestions. I think mind mapping software is a great way to organize your thoughts, but it is an excellent way to organize your curriculum or instructional content as well. It works for us visual arts teachers because it is so... well... visual.
Click the link above to take you directly to curriculum and standards-base grading examples from the Rochester elementary schools.
Click the link above to go directly to selected Arts and Cultural Context resources. These resources we discussed in our meeting time, but there are great deal of other resources available for you here and many specific visual arts resources here.
Click the link above to go directly to VoiceThread and promising new technology resources.
We talked briefly about some of the big ideas behind STEAM. I have started a collection of STEAM resources at the link above, but I will continue to add to it over time as we continue to do more work in this area.
Several of you were wondering where to find a downloadable, reproducible, and usable copy of the National Model Cornerstone Assessment. You can download the one above by clicking the link above. You can also see some completed model examples here. You can find a variety of model curriculum frameworks here.

New National Core Arts Standards

National Core Arts Standards were finalized and approved in the summer of 2014. Minnesota will soon start their revisions in their own State Academic Standards in the Arts hopefully this coming fall of 2015. 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.

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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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