Thursday, November 12, 2009

Arts Update!

New Standards Documents

It has certainly been a busy time the past 2 weeks! We have finalized the drafts for the state board review. Please look over the additions and changes at the following link:
If you have any needs for clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I am happy to help in any way.

The press release from yesterday’s state board meeting regarding the new standards can be found at the following link:

Content Specialist Online Office Hours
The content specialist team has begun a needs assessment on what priorities you have for implementation of the new state standards after adoption in December. We hope to get input from all stakeholders in what supports you will need as we begin implementation planning. Please see the information below about our next online office hours and we hope you can “tune in” so we can hear from you!
Please join the content specialist team on Monday, Nov. 16 for district leaders, teacher leaders and other stakeholders to give their input on CDE's effort to provide service to districts toward implementing the new Colorado Academic Standards. Please join us online at 3:15pm by signing in at the following link:Click Here for Additional Information
Online CDE Art Gallery
As a result for the state-wide art call out, we now have student art in our fourth floor hallway art gallery as well as on our online art gallery. Please visit the content specialist collaborative site (see below) and click on the Arts page in the left side navigation pane. Please know the collaboration site is “under construction” and only has a few entries. If you have suggestions for what you would like to see on any of the arts pages, please let me know. It is a collaborative site so its purpose is to collaborate with all of you! Enjoy our talented student artists’ work. Our next art-call out will be in April, 2010. I would like to thank all of you who contributed to this first endeavor!
Collaborative Site
• You will need a g-mail account to access the site
• The site has:
– PD Calendar
– Resources
– Blog
– Office Hours

That is the latest “breaking news” for now! I look forward to hearing from you if you have any needs or suggestions as we continue to build electronic tools to stay connected!

Take care!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Last chance to weigh in on Colorado’s new academic standards
It’s the final stretch! The Colorado Department of Education has crisscrossed the state since May to get input on draft Colorado Academic Standards. The standards spell out what public school students should know and be able to do in preschool through grade 12 in thirteen content areas.

Parents, educators and community members can weigh in by Webinar this month only on the final round of drafts. Each one-hour Webinar focuses on select topics:
• 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12: World languages
• 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16: Theater, dance and visual arts
• 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19: English language development - for students learning English as a second language
• 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20: Comprehensive health and physical education

Colorado’s outdated standards have been revised to better prepare students for success after high school graduation - whether they pursue college, the workforce or other options. For example, there’s a greater focus on 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and reasoning, managing new information, creativity, and self direction.

Time is short! The window to share feedback closes Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Colorado State Board of Education will adopt new standards in December.

All you need to join a Webinar is an Internet-connected computer and a phone. Click here to join the Webinar. Log in as a guest and view the instructions. The call-in number to connect to the audio is 1-866-645-5820. Can’t attend a Webinar? Attend one of our public meetings, or visit our online listening log. Click here for details.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Colorado is in the final weeks of revising all 13 content area standards. This has been a year-long process in three phases involving hundreds of educators, business, and community members. As we finalize this work, we are planning ahead to the next step: disseminating and implementing these revised standards.

In terms of timeline, the standards are scheduled to be presented to the State Board in November and approved in December. The first year of the new Colorado assessment system based on these revised standards is anticipated to be 2012. It seems logical to assume that the first full school year that these new standards would be implemented would be 2011-12.

Given this general timeline, what are your needs to be ready for this first year of implementation? What do you see as short term needs (support in the next 6 months)? Medium term needs (support within the 12 months)? Long term needs (support in 18 months and beyond)?

Your input will directly inform our thinking and planning for disseminating and implementing standards. Please give your ideas, build on one another's thoughts, and help CDE help you.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


It is a very exciting time in Colorado for arts education! After over 10 years, the Colorado Department of Education has added a content specialist for the arts! I am honored to serve such an important role in education. I am not only an educator myself but I am also a mother and I believe that the arts are critical to building highly engaged, skillful, creative, innovative and motivated students!

This blog has been developed as one of several modes of communication for arts learning in the state. The best way to promote and develop successful students is by working in partnership for each and every child. I hope you will find this site, as well as other electronic meeting rooms and updates helpful as we begin to craft the very best arts education collaborative for Colorado students.

I will plan to have weekly topics posted here and hope you will find them useful. I hope you will plan to use this blog to contact me for any needs you have. I will often have updates from monthly online meetings and links to meeting rooms and useful resources as a way to interact with all arts supporters in the state.

Please stay tuned and plan to visit often...together we will build incredible opportunities for students!