SDE: Arts Curricular Content Areas

Arts Curricular Content Areas

The Connecticut State Department of Education supports arts learning through education focused on the whole child to promote artistically literate citizens well equipped with the creativity , communication, and critical thinking skills needed to live rich, meaningful lives.
What's happening in the arts?

Join Arts Education Consultant Jackie Coleman as she takes you through the new NCAS Standards in the first in our series of webinars.

Join Music Teachers Caroline Golschneider and Margaret Fitzgerald as they take a closer look at the shifts in practice that NCAS will bring to the music classroom.

NCAS in the Visual Arts Classroom

Join art educators Jill Goldberg and Julie Sawyer as they examine NCAS through instruction and assessment in the visual arts classroom.



Professional Development Opportunities

Register NOW for the following upcoming professional development opportunities!


* Summer Arts Conference: Register for the CSDE Arts Standards Conference! This exciting four-day conference will occur at Central Connecticut State University from Monday, June 26, 2017 - Thursday, June 29, 2017. Session topics include cornerstone assessments, cultural responsiveness, curricula writing, media arts, and an institute track for deeper curricula work. Register here.


* Webinars: There are a series of webinars occurring for CT arts teachers, curriculum leaders, and arts administrators. These webinars will be “run live” on May 8, 15, 22, 2017 and June 5, 2017; they will also be archived for those individuals who are unable to watch them live. If you wish to register for the following webinars, contact Olivia Traina, CSDE intern, at

  • Design Thinking for Digital Arts (Middle and High School): Monday, May 22, 2017, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Weaving Knowledge and Skills through the Music Standards (All Levels): Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Visual Art Old to New: Realigning Assessments to meet the New Arts Standards (Middle and High School): Monday, June 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Professional Resources 

     Grant Opportunities

Parents, Students & Community

Advocacy for Arts Education



Melissa k. Wlodarczyk Hickey, Ed. D
Connecticut State Department of Education
Academic Office
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 610
Hartford, CT 06103-1841
Phone: 860-713-6680


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