NASAA Notes: December 2012


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December 2, 2012

Alaska: New Visions for Arts Education

In 2009, the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) adopted a special arts learning initiative: the New Visions project. This initiative was catalyzed by sobering results from a statewide assessment revealing that 73% of Alaskan districts had no arts curriculum, only six included the arts as a graduation requirement and less than 2% of the state’s teaching force was highly qualified in the arts. To address these shortfalls, ASCA launched the New Visions project to demonstrate high-quality arts education programs in three Alaskan school districts. New Visions: New Hope, a newly released progress report, documents the success of these programs. Key findings include:

  • 4,433 students received arts instruction that they had not been receiving before;
  • 300 educators received formal training in how to integrate the arts across the curriculum;
  • Two out of three school districts adopted formal visual arts curricula;
  • 4,540 parents and community members were engaged in school-based arts programs.

For more information, contact ASCA Arts Education Program Director Laura Forbes.

In this Issue

State to State

Legislative Update

More Notes from NASAA

Executive Director's Column

Research on Demand




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