A DAY OF FINE ARTS ADVOCACY - Iowa Alliance for Arts Education

IAAE Webinar Training
January 10 & 17, 2015
Purpose of Advocacy Day
Presenters: Leon Kuehner, Larry Murphy, Robin Walenta
 Advocate for Fine Arts Education
 Ask for legislative support for addition of Fine Arts to Iowa Core
 Ask for full time Fine Arts position at Department of Education
Schedule for Advocacy Day
Literature for legislative visit
 AEP handout
 Bulleted handout: Why Legislate the Iowa Core?
 Iowa Core: Myth vs. Fact
 Iowa Core/Fine Arts Timeline
 Testimonial booklet on importance of Fine Arts education
How to schedule visits with assigned legislators
How to speak to legislators
Questions from participants
Schedule of Advocacy Day
8:00 a.m.: Meeting begins at State Capitol (room #19, bottom floor)
Pick up legislative packets, receive final information
8:30 a.m.: Iowa House session begins/Simon Estes sings
9:00 a.m.: Iowa Senate session begins/Simon Estes sings
9:15 a.m.
Advocates start meetings with legislators/meetings with House & Senate
11:45 a.m.: Lunch for advocates in Room # 116 in State Capitol
12:30 p.m. Dessert Reception in room #116 with members of House and
Senate Education Committees. Comments by Simon Estes, Joe
Giunta, student testimonials. Music provided by Grant Ganzer
1:00 p.m.
Continue visits with legislators, Education Committee meetings
3:00 p.m.
Reception for all Advocates
Why Legislate Fine Arts Into The
Iowa Core?
“Developed by Iowa Teachers for Iowa Teachers”
*The Fine Arts Skills alignment with Iowa Core have been written and vetted
by practicing Iowa teachers under the guidance of the Iowa Department of
Education at NO COST to the Iowa taxpayer.
*This alignment with Iowa Core was a collaborative effort of the Fine Arts
professional organizations in Iowa. Chairs of the writing teams were:
Art Educators of Iowa: Maggie Parks-Marshalltown
Iowa Bandmasters/Iowa String Teachers : Elizabeth Fritz-Decorah
Iowa Choral Directors Association: Roger Henderson-Grinnell
Iowa Music Educators: Linda Murphy-Oelwein
Theater/Drama: Gretta Berghammer-Cedar Falls
“This is About the Students of
The Fine Arts are inherently part of a complete and comprehensive education
that all Iowa students deserve.
Research supports that an education in Fine Arts prepares students for
success in school, success in the workplace, and success in life. Adding
Fine Arts to the current Iowa Core content areas provides a link to
interdisciplinary learning opportunities.
The Fine Arts skills align with the Universal Constructs of Creativity,
Collaboration, Effective Communication, Flexibility & Adaptability, and
Productivity. These are the overarching skills of all subject areas that are
necessary for student success in the 21st century.
When the Fine Arts are legislated as a “core” subject, professional
development opportunities for “core subject” areas can be made available to
Fine Arts teachers to improve their quality of teaching. The students of Iowa
will be the beneficiaries.
“This Is Nothing New”
The Fine Arts are currently listed as a core
subject in the Elementary & Secondary
Education Act
The Fine Arts are currently listed as “core” or
“academic” subject in 27 states.
The Fine Arts were listed as an expansion
subject area to Iowa Core in Governor
Branstad’s “Blueprint for Education”
Iowa Core/Fine Arts Timeline
May 2007
Initial meeting with Department of Education
July 2008
Writing of sample units of instruction
October 2009
Writing begins of Fine Arts Skills & Concepts
April 2010
Initial draft presented to DE
October 2011
Fine Arts included in “Blueprint for Education”
November 2012 Meeting at DE with writing chairs
June 2013
Iowa Core/Fine Arts presentations at 10 AEAs
January 2014
Iowa Core/Fine Arts legislation introduced
April 2014
“Fine Arts Companion” on DE website
“Fine arts education has remained a central part of my life since my
first music education classes in elementary school. Now as an adult
and a working professional in the arts, I proudly celebrate the
opportunity to study and practice the fine arts with the hope that
they continue to flourish in my own life and community”
- Ben Otis, photographer
“The fine arts enriched my children's lives and helped
them to be creative thinkers and good problem solvers.
It helped to instill discipline and patience. They use
what has been instilled through the arts in their jobs. Kate Holt, LPN
Will there be a cost to develop and align the
Fine Arts to the Iowa Core?
The Fine Arts Skills were written by practicing Iowa teachers under the
guidance of the Department of Education at no cost to the Iowa taxpayer.
This was collaborative effort of Iowa educators representing the following
professional organizations: Art Educators of Iowa, Iowa Bandmasters
Association, Iowa Choral Directors Association, Iowa Communications
Association, Iowa Music Educators Association, Iowa String Teachers
Association, Iowa Thespians Association, Kodaly Educators of Iowa and the
Orff Shulwerk Association. Chairs of the writing teams are: Visual ArtMaggie Parks (Marshalltown), General Music-Linda Murphy (Oelwein),
Instrumental Music-Elizabeth Fritz (Decorah), Vocal Music-Roger Henderson
(Grinnell), and Theater/Drama-Gretta Berghammer (Cedar Falls).
Will the Fine Arts have to “catch up”?
 The short answer is “no”. The Fine Arts have been involved with the Iowa Core
process since 2007. Fine Arts teachers participated in the sample unit and
professional development unit writing coordinated by the Department of
 Professional development sessions on incorporating the Fine Arts into the Iowa
Core, utilizing the current Essential Skill and Concepts documents, were held in
June of 2012 in Des Moines and May/June of 2013 at ten Area Education Agency
sites across Iowa. Approximately 700 teachers/administrators attended these
sessions that were sponsored and funded by the Iowa Department of Education.
This information is provided by the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education. If you have
any questions, please contact IAAE Executive Director, Leon Kuehner, at:
[email protected]
Myth vs. Fact
Myth: The federal government developed the Common Core State Standards.
FACT: The federal government did not play a role in developing the Common Core. For years,
states independently developed their own standards. Over time, state leaders recognized that
many students were graduating from high school unprepared for the demands of college and
In 2007, state education leaders began discussing the idea of working together to develop a set
of rigorous academic expectations for English/language arts and math to ensure all students
finish high school prepared for the next step. In 2009, governors and state education chiefs from
48 states engaged in a bipartisan collaboration toward this goal. The states worked with
teachers, parents, content experts and others to develop and release the Common Core. Fortyfive states, the District of Columbia and four territories have adopted the Common Core State
Myth: The Iowa State Board of Education did not have the authority to adopt the Common
Core as part of the Iowa Core.
FACT: Iowa, through authority vested in the State Board of Education by the Iowa Legislature,
adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010 and blended them with our state standards.
State board authority is provided by Iowa Code Chapter 256.7(26).
Myth: Iowa is receiving federal funding to implement the Common Core.
FACT: Iowa receives no federal money to implement the Common Core as part of the Iowa
Core. The Iowa Department of Education has a $2 million state appropriation for fiscal year 2014
to support the work of Iowa Core implementation.
Myth vs. Fact
Myth: Iowa has adopted a federal curriculum.
FACT: The Common Core State Standards set common, rigorous expectations for what
students should know and be able to do, but leave decisions about teaching and lesson plans
up to local schools and teachers.
Myth: Implementing the standards requires states to collect and share vast amounts of
personally identifiable student information.
FACT: Implementing the standards does not require data collection. The Iowa Department of
Education collects student data and information to learn how schools in Iowa are changing, to
follow the academic progress of students from preschool to high school, and to guide efforts to
improve our education system. Data help teachers and parents gauge whether students are on
track from year to year and whether they graduate ready for success in college and careers.
This information is used to detect and report shifts in student populations and demographics
and student achievement results, such as high school graduation rates, attendance rates, and
state assessment scores. Under No Child Left Behind and other federal laws, data, such as test
scores, are provided to the federal government. Students are never identified by name.
Myth: The Common Core prevents teachers from teaching literature.
FACT: The standards do not limit reading to non-fiction, but strike a balance between literature
and non-fiction so students build knowledge and broaden their perspectives.
Fine Arts Position at Department of Education:
Past position was .5 Fine Arts/.5 Talented & Gifted
In June of 2014, position was rearranged to: 23.75%
Fine Arts
23.75% Talented & Gifted
47.5% Title I
5% Other
Funding stream not available to fund .5 position
One of the reasons given not to fund Fine Arts
position was that is was not a “core subject”
Currently there are 3,125 Fine Arts teachers in the
state being offered assistance by the Department of
Education by a 23.75% position
Draft of language revision 11/13/13
The State Board of Education shall establish a core curriculum, that
through the rules process, shall address the core content standards in
subsection 28 and the skills and knowledge students need to be
successful in the twenty-first century, including music, visual art,
drama/theatre and other fine and applied arts, and shall address the
curricular needs of students in kindergarten through grade twelve in
those areas. The department shall continue to provide a consultant to
oversee the writing and compliance of the fine arts core content
standards and provide guidance for professional development based
under the rules of the State Board of Education
How to Schedule Visits: Each individual or team will
be assigned 4-5 legislators to talk to
How to Speak with Legislators

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