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Sarah Swank

Join us at the AEMS Alliance Breakfast as we co-host with the Greater Maryland PNC to discuss the importance of arts education in Maryland schools. The Task Force on Arts Education aims to identify gaps, review research, and make recommendations for policy, professional development, curriculum, and resource allocation in fine arts education.

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  1. Sarah Swank Principal Ober|Kaler Trustee Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance

  2. Breakfast Co-Hosts Laura Gamble President Greater Maryland PNC Mary Ann Mears AEMS Trustee Co-Chair Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools

  3. Jacques Thompson Roland Park Elementary/Middle School Baltimore City Public Schools The Youth Resiliency Institute NavashaDaya Co-Founder/ Deputy Director The Youth Resiliency Institute

  4. Governor Martin O’Malley’s P20 Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools

  5. “The arts give our children the skills and diverse knowledge to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.” • Governor Martin O’Malley

  6. Charge to the Task Force The task force will: • Examine Maryland policies and regulations on arts curriculum and instruction in the context of the new standards in arts education so as to identify gaps and alignment needs; • Determine the current status of arts education in Maryland schools; • Review pertinent research on the impact of fine arts instruction on student success in school; and

  7. Charge to the Task Force cont. The task force will: • Make recommendations regarding fine arts education in Maryland public schools to include: • policy and regulations • professional development • curriculum and instruction • resource allocation

  8. Task Force Members Co-Chairs of the Task Force: • Mary Ann Mears,Founder and Current Trustee, AEMS Alliance • Dr. Jack Smith,Chief Academic Officer, Maryland State Department of Education Superintendents: • Nancy Highsmith, Interim Superintendent, Calvert County Public Schools • Dr. Kevin Maxwell, Superintendent, Prince George's County Public Schools • Dr. Khalid Mumin, Superintendent, Caroline County Public Schools

  9. Task Force Members Principals: • Dr. Sean Abel, Principal, Patterson Mill Middle/High School, Harford County • John Baugher, Principal, Francis Scott Key High School, Carroll County • Christopher Nunzio, Principal, Prince Street Elementary School, Wicomico County Pk-12 Arts Educators: • Mark Coates, Coordinator, Fine Arts, Howard County Public Schools • Eleni Dykstra, Acting Coordinator of Visual Arts, Anne Arundel County Public Schools • Anita Lambert, Coordinating Supervisor, Creative Arts Programs, Prince George's County Public Schools • Rick Penix, Coordinator, Fine Arts, Montgomery County Public Schools • Sonia Synkowski, Dance Resource Teacher, Baltimore County Public Schools

  10. Task Force Members Maryland State Department of Education: • Judy Jenkins, Director of Curriculum, Maryland State Department of Education • Jay Tucker, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Maryland State Department of Education State Board Member: • James DeGraffenreidt, Member/Past President, Maryland State Board of Education Local Board Members: • Peter Kannam, Managing Partner, America Achieves • Wayne Ridenour, Member/Past President, Washington County Board of Education

  11. Task Force Members Statewide Arts Organizations: • Theresa Colvin, Executive Director, Maryland State Arts Council • Dr. Stephen Miles, President, Maryland Music Educators Association; Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts, Washington County Public Schools • Lisa Stuart, President, Maryland Art Education Association; Content Specialist, Art, Theatre, Dance, Montgomery County Public Schools Maryland Leaders in the Arts: • KwameKwei-Armah, Artistic Director, Center Stage • Liz Lerman, Founding Artistic Director, Dance Exchange

  12. Task Force Members Institutes of Higher Education: • Dr. William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland • Dr. MaraveneLoeschke, President, Towson University • Dr. Patricia Welch, Dean of Education, Morgan State University Business Community: • Martin Knott, Chair, Governor’s Workforce Investment Board and President, Knott Mechanical • Carol Trawick, President, The Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation

  13. Information Gathering/Public Engagement • School System Arts Surveys • Central Office Data • Data from Every School • 6 Regional Public Forums • Online Public Comment Surveys • Research Review

  14. Aggressive Timeline • October - May – Deliberations • May – Agreement on recommendations and action plan • September– Present report to Governor O’Malley and his P20 Leadership Council

  15. Richard J. Deasy Founder and former Director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) A national coalition of over 100 education, arts, business, philanthropic, and government organizations that demonstrates and promotes the essential role of arts education in enabling all students to succeed in school, life, and work. Under his leadership AEP published seminal research studies and reports that are credited with major advances in arts education in the United States.

  16. Arts Education PartnershipResearch Publications Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education (1999) Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections (1998) Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Student Learning (2000) Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development (2002)

  17. Benefitsof Arts for Low Income Students James Catterall, 1999 and 2009 • First study followed 25,000 students through high school and found significant advantages for arts engaged low SES students in academic achievement. • Follow-up with 12,000 students found gains in college attendance, employment in jobs with a future, and volunteerism/civic participation.

  18. Third Space: When Learning Matters • How do the arts contribute to improvement of schools that serve economically disadvantaged communities? • Comparative analysis of 10 “high poverty” schools

  19. Purpose and Capacities of Arts Learning • Purpose: Develop the abilities to create, perform, and respond to works of art • Capacities: Cognitive, personal and social skills, values and attitudes engaged and developed in learning the arts.

  20. The Fundamentals • Symbolic Understanding: Understanding and using multiple modes to communicate ideas and feelings

  21. The Fundamentals • Imagination: Visualizing new possibilities for human thought, action and the use of materials.

  22. The Fundamentals • Creativity: Engaging the imagination to conceive, express, or produce something highly original

  23. The Fundamentals • Innovation: Engaging imagination and creativity to produce an advance in a field of activity

  24. What it demands • Persistence: Sustaining concentrated attention to a task • Resilience: Managing challenges; overcoming frustration and failure

  25. What it demands • Conditional reasoning: Theorizing about actions, outcomes, and their consequences: “what if. . .” Generating optional approaches and solutions to problems and conditions

  26. What it demands • Critical thinking and judgment: Developing and applying the criteria for evaluating evidence and making informed decisions

  27. What it demands • Collaborative Learning and Action: Participating as a contributing member in a group process of acquiring and manifesting knowledge Supporting the conditions for openness and risk taking

  28. What it demands • Risk Taking: Willingness to change patterns of behavior and learn from failures Having tolerance for ambiguity

  29. What it nurtures • Engaged learning: Absorption in the content, processes and pleasures of learning

  30. What it nurtures • Achievement motivation: The desire to succeed in fulfilling goals and expectations

  31. What it nurtures • Self identity/ Self efficacy: Internalizing personally meaningful standards Realistically valuing oneself and the impact of one’s actions

  32. What it nurtures • Empathy: Understanding and appreciating another’s feelings and point of view

  33. What it nurtures • Social Tolerance: Respecting multiple values and perspectives

  34. 21st Century Skills • Creativity and Innovation • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving • Collaboration, Teamwork, and Leadership • Cross-cultural Understanding • Communication and Media Fluency • Career Flexibility and Self-reliance • Computing and ICT Fluency

  35. Cognitive Science on the Arts and LearningDr. Jerome Kagan, Harvard Psychologist • “The arts contribute amazingly well to learning because they regularly combine the three major tools that the mind uses to acquire, store, and communicate knowledge: motor skills, perceptual representation, and language.” • “Art and music require the use of both schematic and procedural knowledge and, therefore, amplify a child’s understanding of self and the world.” John Hopkins Learning, Arts, and the Brain Summit in 2009

  36. The Imagine NationNational Polling Data from Lake Research 2008 • Almost nine in ten voters agree that: the imagination is key to innovation and student success • 91% of all voters say the arts are necessary to build imagination. (“An education in and through the arts provides students with the opportunity to develop their imagination.”)

  37. How the Public Values What the Arts DeliverNational Polling Data from Lake Research 2008 • Use multiple ways of learning and communicating 84% • Learn how to set goals and achieve them 80% • Concentrate on a task 79% • Manage challenges and overcome failure 82% • Respect multiple values and perspectives 85% • Participate in a group and be a team player 85%

  38. Marylanders Value Arts EducationMaryland State Arts Council Survey 2013 • Nine out of ten Marylanders want a strong emphasis on art and creativity in the schools. • 92% agree that “Encouraging our children to imagine and be creative will help them in other ways in life.” (79% strongly agree). • 87% believe that the arts should be taught at every grade level of our schools.

  39. From Scientific AmericanAugust 22, 2012 • Nobel laureates in the sciences are seventeen times likelier than the average scientist to be a painter, twelve times as likely to be a poet, and four times as likely to be a musician. • Steve Jobs described himself and his colleagues at Apple as artists.

  40. Randall L. Tobias Chairman of the Board and CEO, Eli Lilly and Company "The arts foster creativity, and creativity is central to our business strategy.Indeed, we believe there is a strong link between the creativity nurtured by the arts and scientific creativity. If our scientists are stimulated through their involvement with the arts, then it's ultimately good for our business -- and our community.”

  41. W. James McNerney, Jr. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company "At Boeing, innovation is our lifeblood. The arts inspire innovation by leading us to open our minds and think in new ways about our lives - including the work we do, the way we work, and the customers we serve."

  42. Imagination/Creativity/Innovation • “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein • 1,500 CEOs surveyed by IBM ranked creativity as the most important leadership quality they are looking for in their workers • "The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.” President Barack Obama

  43. Your input is critical! • 1. How have the arts and imagination/creativity/innovation impacted your work, career, business? • 2.  Recognizing the importance of high quality arts education for all students, what can business and business leaders do to support increased access to arts education (dance, music, theatre and the visual arts)? 

  44. Thank you!!!!! Please fill out the Pledge of Interest card before you leave!!

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