This summer, many teachers and administrators across the country will be attending conferences and professional development sessions that focus on the Common Core State Standards in preparation for the upcoming school year. Before many of their toes even touch a sandy beach, these dedicated educators will cross hundreds of miles and spend many hours getting ready for a whole new way of instruction.
But where are the Arts?
What happens to our arts teachers, museum curators, performers, teaching artists and arts administrators? Are they afforded the same opportunity as their peers for rigorous, relevant professional development in unpacking the Common Core Standards for their subject areas? As has happened so often in the past, for many the answer is a resounding “no.” Read the rest of this entry »