Connect & Learn
It is important for A+ teachers and administrators to stay current with DPI resources and A+ Network happenings. This section offers relevent links that will help A+ educators to make and maintain these connections.
A+ Wikispace hosted by DPI – On this useful Wikispaces designed for A+ administrators, teachers and Fellows by our A+ Specialist at DPI, Brenda Wheat Whiteman, you will be able to find A+ Network webinars, DPI Connections and DPI Links, and resources that support A+ schools.
NC Department of Cultural Resources – This website hosts a wealth of cultural and historic information from around the state. Note especially the “education” page where you can find lesson plans, events and field trip information from the state’s museums and historic sites.
NC Culture Event Site – This informative site, hosted by the Department of Cultural Resources, provides event information for arts, culture and historic events across the state. Again, there is a wealth of information available on this site!
DPI’s Common Core and Essential Standards – Take yourself straight to the ACRE site where you can find all of the new NC standards and resources.
DPI’s Arts Education Information – Find DPI’s arts education resources from our DPI partners, Christie Lynch Ebert, DPI Arts Education Specialist and A+ Liaison, and Brenda Wheat Whiteman, DPI A+ Integration Specialist, on their Arts Education Wikispace.
The Arts Education Commission Report has just been released. While no legislative action has taken place yet, there is an affirming paragraph about the A+ Schools Program: “The Commission recognizes that the nationally recognized, research-based A+ Schools Program serves as a model for whole school reform with arts instruction central to students learning and integrated throughout the curriculum, and that A+ teachers should be used as resources and consultants within schools and across local school administrative units (LEAs).” (Page 5, Arts Education Commission Final Report)
Report from NGA Includes Arts Education - A new report from the National Governors Association, New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design, outlines the role arts education can play in developing a better-prepared workforce.
A+ Network Happenings
Every day, students in A+ schools experience learning in creative, arts-infused ways. In this section, we will highlight videos from A+ schools that capture A+ philosophy in action. If you have a video you would like to submit, please contact Michelle Mazan Burrows, A+ Schools Program Director.
Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary – Ball Handlers Competition: A great example of dance and PE integration. Check out the choreography, synchronicity and talent of these elementary school students!
Avery Middle School – Faculty Dance (submitted by Justin Carver, Avery Middle School Assistant Principal): At Avery Middle School, we spend the last month of school doing EOG review…in a hands-on way. During TAG (homeroom), students complete certain tasks each day. On Mondays, students complete math EOG review; on Tuesdays students review reading; on Wednesdays students work on endurance challenges; Thursdays and Fridays they work on their door theme (visual arts) and then work on their TAG Dances (similar to our dance). Our theme this year is “Survivor – The Seven Wonders.” Our 6th graders focused on ancient wonders; the 7th graders’ focus was on modern wonders; and 8th graders focused on wonders of the world. We are very excited!
A+ Schools continually advocate for the role of the arts in education. While the best and most obvious way to do this is by example demonstrating its value in the daily life of schools, A+ administrators, teachers and fellows are also encouraged to educate others, advocating for this approach to teaching and learning with their legislators, parents and colleagues.
State and National Advocacy Resources
Arts North Carolina - This is the home of our state Arts Advocacy Site. Here you will find up-to-date information on the state of the arts in North Carolina, as well as advocacy tips and resources.
Arts Education Partnership – The Arts Education Partnership serves as a national hub for critical information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.
Arts Ed Search - ArtsEdSearch is a first-of-its-kind clearinghouse of arts education research. Here you can locate research to support just about every aspect of arts education. The useful “using ArtsEdSearch” feature will help you quickly locate the resource you are seeking.
Americans for the Arts – Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Their mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network or organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America.
President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities - The President’s Committee believes that the arts and humanities should be part of the education of every child in America. The PCAH honors organizations and supports initiatives that give young people the opportunity to experience the mastery, discipline and accomplishment that is part of being an artist and scholar. At this site, you can locate the newly-released report “Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools” in which the A+ Schools Program was mentioned prominently.
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