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?
This webinar series was created during the 2016-17 school year in partnership with Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) to support districts and arts providers in better understanding and utilizing the newly adopted Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) National Core Arts Standards (Arts Standards).

Webinar 1: NCAS Standards in All 5 Arts: Understanding the Whats and Whys (All Grade Levels)

  • Scott Shuler, co-chair of the National Music Standards Writing Team and retired CSDE Arts Consultant, offers information about the new arts standards and their impact on curricula and instruction.

Webinar 2: STEAM – Creative Art Maker Stations (Grades 6-12)

  • Laurel Archambault, Henry James Memorial (Middle) School Teacher, Simsbury Public Schools, presents an overview of planning and implementing stations in the art room that connect to the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). See photos and videos of middle school students engaged in STEAM activities and the visual arts standards.

Webinar 3: Responding in the General and Ensemble Classroom (Elementary)

  • Kim Yannon, General Music Teacher, Cheshire Public Schools, uses the new music standards to demonstrate how to engage elementary music students in the artistic process of responding.

Webinar 4: Design Thinking for Digital Arts (Grades 7-12)

  • Matthew Worwood, University of Connecticut Digital Media and Design, offers a general overview to Design Thinking and ways educators can engage students in a design thinking process.

Webinar 5: Weaving Knowledge and Skills through the Music Standards (All Levels)

  • Rich Wells, Co-chair of the National Music Standards Writing Team and retired Music and Performing Director, Simsbury Public Schools, provides an overview of the music standards, strategies for applying the new standards to new or existing curricula, and effective instructional approaches to assist students in retaining and transferring knowledge and skills within and across processes.
  • Eileen McVicar-Schnyder, Art Program Coordinator, Rocky Hill High School, assists educators in realigning their assessments and showcases an introductory digital design unit for students in grades 9-12. This unit, “The Music of My Life,” asks students to choose their favorite type of music, identify how it makes them feel, and translate into a self-portrait.

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.



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