Arts in Education Other Programs and Resources
~ Schools and Artists as Learning Teams (SALT) Guidelines, FAQ's and Program Overview
~ Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud (POL) is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. By encouraging high school students to memorize and perform great poems, POL invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theatre into the English class. This exciting new program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
2012 Poetry Out Loud Winner, Stephen Gasser of Minot tells Prairie Public about the event and recites a poem from his winning performance, view his video at http://www.prairiepublic.org/television/prairie-public-on-demand/poetry-out-loud-stephen-gasser
~ Arts in Education Monthly Newsletters
~ Online Folk Artist Documentaries and Lesson Plans
The following documentaries were produced by the North Dakota Council on the Arts in partnership with Prairie Public Broadcasting, the Bush Foundation, and the Spirit Room Gallery. Four lesson plans (one pre, two while viewing, and one post viewing) for teachers and students are associated with each documentary. The lesson plans are based on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Standards and Benchmarks. Schools and teachers are encouraged also to utilize these documentaries, lesson plans, and featured artists themselves with the NDCA’s Artist-in-Residence and/or Teacher Incentive grant programs. For more information visit http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/AIRguidelines.html; or http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/TIguidelines.html.
- A Lyrical Life: The Struggle and Hope of South Sudan (approximately 26 minutes): This documentary introduces people to the culture, history, music, and dance of the Ma’di people of southern Sudan and northern Uganda. Through three traditional songs, the issues associated with the struggle of South Sudan are revealed; centuries-old conflicts over religion, slavery, race, genocide, displacement, war, and refugee status. “Hope” refers to the reconciliation process taking place in Africa and in America in places like North Dakota where the featured musicians now live. www.ndstudies.org/media/a_lyrical_life_the_struggle_and_hope_of_south_sudan
- Lesson plans with Benchmarks and Standards for Grades 9-12: English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Music, www.nd.gov/arts/arts_ed/images-pdfs/LyricalLife.pdf
- Kalendo is a track and music video from the enhanced CD Achikadidi: Traditional Ma’di Music of Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda produced by the North Dakota Council on the Arts in 2003. The song was a favorite of Ma’di militiamen who fought in the 1980s in Sudan’s civil war. It describes the weariness of war and the desire to return to a life of farming. Watch the YouTube video via this link.
- Turtle and Pretty Crane (approximately 9 minutes): This documentary features renowned Mandan and Hidatsa storyteller and flute player Keith Bear from Drags Wolf Village on the Forth Berthold Indian Reservation of north-western North Dakota. The traditional story told is included also in greater detail on the NDCA produced CD Morning Star Whispered. The narrative is described by Keith as an American Indian “Romeo and Juliet.” www.ndstudies.org/media/prairie_artists_keith_bear_turtle_and_pretty_crane
- Lesson plans with Benchmarks and Standards for Grades 9-12: Music, English Language Arts, and Social Studies, www.nd.gov/arts/arts_ed/images-pdfs/TurtleAndPrettyCrane.pdf
- God Given: Cultural Treasures of Armenia (approximately 10 minutes): The exquisite metal repoussé artistry and life experiences of Norik Astvatsaturov, formerly of Baku, Azerbaijan, now an American citizen in Wahpeton, North Dakota, reflect in microcosm the history and culture of Armenia. Armenia is an ancient country in Eurasia’s mountainous Transcaucasian region within an area often referred to as the ‘Cradle of Civilization.’ Because of its position as a crossroads between East and West, Christian and Muslim, Armenia’s existence is marked throughout by turbulent occupation and persecution stemming, in part, from cultural and religious intolerance.
- Lesson plans with Benchmarks and Standards for Grades 9-12: Visual Arts, English Language Arts, and Social Studies, www.nd.gov/arts/arts_ed/images-pdfs/GodGiven.pdf
- Online lesson plans for The Blue Heron Who Stayed for the Winter from the enhanced CD My Relatives Say: Traditional Dakotah Stories as Told by Mary Louise Defender Wilson: This teacher’s guide will introduce your students to the stories, legends, culture and language of renowned storyteller Mary Louise Defender Wilson and the Dakotah tribe. The narrative describes what happens to a blue heron who struggles with the dangerous winter conditions of the Northern Great Plains while other species of birds rally their own unique skills to help the blue heron survive. Four lesson plans (one pre, two while listening, and one post listening) for teachers and students are associated with the story. The lesson plans are based on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s Standards and Benchmarks. Schools and teachers are encouraged also to utilize this enhanced CD, lesson plans, and featured artist with the NDCA’s Artist-in-Residence and/or Teacher Incentive grant programs. For information on Artist-in-Residence and Teacher Incentive visit www.nd.gov/arts/grants/AIRguidelines.html; or www.nd.gov/arts/grants/TIguidelines.html.
- Lesson plans with Benchmarks and Standards for Grades K-6: English Language Arts and Social Studies, www.nd.gov/arts/arts_ed/images-pdfs/BlueHeronWhoStayedForTheWinter.pdf
- For more information on the CD and to hear a sample of the story visit www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/publications_recordings.html.
~ Lewis and Clark Fine Arts Poster Series - The North Dakota Council on the Arts and the State Historical Society of North Dakota are pleased to announce the new Lewis and Clark Poster Series. This project was initiated by the Council on the Arts and the Historical Society, and made possible through Lewis and Clark funding from the North Dakota State Legislature.
~ Prairie Public Broadcasting's Prairie School Television offers videos that help teach several subjects, including foreign language and the arts. Visit their website, www.prairiepublic.org/education/pstv, to see a complete broadcast schedule and list of available videos.
~ Relevant Downloads from the National Art Education Association (NAEA). Reprinted with permission from the NAEA (Reston, VA), www.naea-reston.org.
~ Tips for Parent Advocacy - 14-page flyer of tips that parents can use to promote and advocate art education programs in their children's schools.
~ Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries Report
~ 15 “Where’s the Art” campaign fliers. Bring attention to the art education policy deficiencies that affects the nation's young citizenry; encourage the press/media, legislators, and parents to generate public understanding the importance of improving art education policies that lead to student art learning.
- Teacher Prep
- Why Teach?
~ Visual Arts Education: Setting an Agenda for Improving Student Learning - A new report from the NAEA President
~ The Arts and Academic Improvement: What the Evidence Shows - Executive Summary. Harvard Project Zero. From Translations, Winter 2001
~ 10 page flyer on Interdisciplinary Instruction - Developed in collaboration with the Consortium of Professional Arts Education Associations
~ A+ Schools Network
The A+ Schools Program located at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a comprehensive, whole school "re-form: model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning. A+ Schools are based in the belief that the arts (dance, drama, music, visual arts) can play a central role in how teachers teach and how students learn in all subjects. This comprehensive school reform model implements the requirements of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation by using the arts, multiple intelligences, thematic unit instruction, curriculum mapping and authentic assessment to achieve student proficiency. The North Dakota Council on the Arts partners with the North Carolina A+ Schools Program to coordinate A+ Pre-Institutes that provide an introduction to school teams about the A+ Schools Program.
What is the long-range goal of the Dakota A+ Schools Network? A voluntary school reform program to be known as the Dakota A+ Schools Program. Achievement of this goal will involve a multi-step process of development the following areas:
- Arts events and programs
- Website links and email
- Brochures and mailings
- State-wide conferences and meetings
- Higher education
- Department of Public Instruction
2. Resources and Partnerships
- Local/state arts organizations
- School districts
- State and local corporations and foundations
- Community partnershipsParent groups
- Higher education
- State agencies
- Growth and Sustainability
- Establish model schools that include urban, rural and tribal school districts
- Expand the network on an ongoing basis
- Schools commit to 2-3 master teachers
- Leadership network for principals and master teachers
- Professional development training
If you are interested in learning about A+ Schools contact:
A+ Schools Program
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
5900 Summit Avenue
Browns Summit, NC 27214
Phone: (336) 217-5116
Fax: (336) 217-5119
~ Summer Teacher/Artist Institue
This Institute is a four-day professional development experience that provides participants the tools and resources that will expand their curriculum through the integration of the arts. Each year the Institute provides artists, teachers, and arts specialists who attend the freedom to create, explore, share and reflect on practices in the arts. This Institute is the place to learn about interdisciplinary models that position the arts at the center of the curriculum. Participants are provided many opportunities to engage with the arts and learn strategies that infuse the arts across the curriculum. Participating educators and their school/school district will receive the following benefits:
- Attend a 4-day institute designed to give the classroom teacher, arts educator, and artist the tools they need to create an integrated, arts rich learning environment based on North Dakota State Content Standards.
- Take curriculum ideas back to the classroom and school district.
- Receive quality resource materials.
- Learn about funding opportunities available to schools for arts resources.
- Institute time will be eligible for 2 graduate credits for an additional fee.
For institute details and registration information, contact Craig Hanson at National Park Service; Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site at call (701) 745-3300, or via email to Craig.Hansen@nps.gov.