These are unprecedented times. They call for unprecedented measures. To protect arts education and KEEP ARTS PROGRAMS IN PLACE we need to mobilize arts education champions across the state to get ready for 2021 and beyond. To help arts educators, we need everyone to get involved NOW!
1. Attend ALL School Board Meetings!
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2. For 2021/2022 you should pay attention to see if the budget being devised is based on the 2020/2021 school year (COVID) or the 2019/2020 school year (budget before COVID).
This is important since the 2020/2021 school year is nothing like a “normal” year and you can ensure that program adjustments because of COVID do not become permanent. Short term enrollment declines in arts programs because of COVID should not be used as justification to reduce staffing or cut programs!
3. Use the Arts Ed Now Action Hub to connect with each other & report what’s going on.
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DRAFT IN PROGRESS as of 12/8/20
The impact of COVID-19 on our school arts programs has been profound. In many schools the arts are taught fully remotely, even if the school uses a hybrid model. In other schools, arts educators have been told it is not safe, or the facilities have been repurposed and arts instruction is disrupted. Even in schools doing their best to follow proper mitigation strategies, student enrollment is lower and opportunities have been significantly reduced or eliminated.
With the promise of wide availability of a vaccine by the Spring of 2021 now is the time to begin to plan for what our arts education programs will look like for the start of the 2021/2022 school year.
And planning starts with the School Budget.
Making changes at your school may relate to policy. And that means you’ll need to work directly with school and district board officials and administrators. Here is a planning tool to help you connect to those who can influence change.
Relationships are the lifeblood of any successful campaign. “Power Mapping” helps you identify the people who need to hear your story, can connect to what you are doing, and take action to help you achieve goals.
During these times of COVID-19, education in all forms has been disrupted. Whether students are back in school, hybrid learning, or all online, the educational & emotional toll this moment is taking on all students is of critical importance. Our students need to heal, create, and connect and arts education is necessary to the solution.
According to state law, arts education is core curriculum and is a requirement for all students. Arts education is integral to both the academic and social and emotional development of our students. To educate the whole child schools must include the arts.
Multiple studies show arts education not only decreases feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation, but also positively impacts all-around academic performance. Schools cannot prioritize social and emotional learning while at the same time de-emphasizing the arts education.
YOU CAN HELP. Take the pledge to be an “Arts Ed Advocate” in New Jersey. Add your name and pledge to take three actions today. Your actions will help keep arts education strong for students in our state.
I PLEDGE TO BE AN ARTS ED ADVOCATE!
- I will amplify the message that “Arts Are Essential” in all of my communication that advocates for arts education.
- I will share information about what’s happening at my local level.
- I will engage others to sign the pledge and be arts ed advocates too!
1. Meet with your Administrator
2. Volunteer to be on Any Re-entry Committee
3. Review your Teaching Environment
4. Network with Your Peers/Facebook Groups
5. Arm Yourself with Information. Learn About, Use and Embed Social Emotional Learning & The New Standards
6. Make a Plan – Bring SOLUTIONS
7. Organize to Build Community of Support
8. Engage Student Voices
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