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Task Force Updates - June 2017:

    Recommendation A: COMAR Revision - Complete! On On June 27th, the Maryland State Board of Education voted unanimously granting Permission to Publish the revised Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) in the Maryland Register for public comment. The COMAR revisions include the new Maryland Fine Arts Standards and align with the National Core Arts Standards. This step is an enormous accomplishment because the detailed work, done by so many stakeholders across the state, was reviewed and moved forward by the Board. Once published, in August or September, there is a 30-day period for public comment after which the document, along with a collection of the public comments, returns to the board for formal adoption!

    Recommendation B: Fine Arts Data Collection - Complete! And the effort continues to refine data point requests from the MSDE State Data Office. AEMS currently working with MSDE to create a statewide arts data map that will serve as an interactive tool which allows users to search for arts education data from public schools throughout Maryland.

    Recommendation C: Establish Minimum Per Pupil Funding - Ongoing: The development of the Maryland Fine Arts School Portfolio will serve as a system of analyzing school-by-school commitment to arts education with a clear rubric for elevating funding.

    Recommendation D: Revise MSDE Fine Arts Standards - Complete! MSDE fine arts standards have been revised to align with the National Core Arts Standards in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.

    Recommendation E: Develop and Align Curriculum with Revised Standards - Ongoing: Curriculum revisions are occurring or are scheduled in most of the districts across the state.

    Recommendation F: Central Office Leadership - Ongoing: There is an elevated presence, support and information sharing through district leadership visible at the state level briefings, in electronic communications and in the vastly expanded professional development.

    Recommendation G: Staffing - Ongoing: The development of the Maryland Fine Arts School Portfolio will serve as a system of analyzing school-by-school commitment to arts education with a clear rubric for staffing.

    Recommendation H: Instructional Time - Ongoing: The development of the Maryland Fine Arts School Portfolio will serve as a system of analyzing school-by-school commitment to arts education with a clear rubric for instructional time.

    Recommendation I: Professional Development - Ongoing: The Maryland Centers for creative Classrooms (formerly MATI) offer intense professional development opportunities for arts educators, for arts integration teachers (arts and non-art) and for school, organization and district leadership. A new academic year, fully funded professional development model is currently in the design phase.

    Recommendation J: Teacher Preparation Programs - Ongoing: The Higher Education Arts Task Force meets regularly for communication concerning state and national arts education issues and trends. The recently revised Maryland Fine Arts Standards will be shared with all higher education teacher preparation programs. Dance and Theatre HEAT Force members met to consider the inclusion of an entrepreneurial approach so that new teachers may act as ambassadors to build new programs where none currently exist. Dance and Theatre HEAT Force members met to discuss the possibility of a P-5 Creative Movement/Theatre endorsement for certified elementary school teachers with an interest in theatre and dance. UMBC has reignited its theatre education certification program; the only program in the state.

     

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