We know teachers need to talk together to build a professional community that supports and inspires. One way Luna cultivates this kind of community is by hosting Practitioner Exchanges, monthly topic-based conversations facilitated by artist educators like you. They begin this week with a discussion on Creating Space for Child-centered Work (see below for details). It’s sliding scale or pay $25 to become a PL User and register for as many as you like!
Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.
- Celebrate. Host a celebration in your community, whether big or small, an existing event, or a new one. Download and use the shared logo and be sure to register your event on ArtsMeet, a national arts event calendar. Be sure to download the 5 Ways to Partner Packet for other ideas of how to celebrate in your community!
- Advocate. Work with your elected officials and decision-makers to share the value of the arts in education. Whether a mayor, principal, or U.S. Congressman, check out sample resolutions and videos, send an op-ed to your local newspaper, and use the Arts Education Navigator—an online tool with six action steps to crafting a personal advocacy plan.
- Participate. Share your story in the social media campaign, #BecauseOfArtsEd, to bring national visibility to the issue of arts education. See below for more information and download the Social Media How To Guide.
The 2019 celebration of National Arts in Education Week is dedicated to the memory of Ms. Carol Channing, whose advocacy efforts led to the creation of the national celebration in 2010. Read the statement here.
Are you interested in a half-time position working in a dynamic dance education organization? Luna seeks to hire the right person to support our infrastructure during this exciting time of growth & development. This position is a perfect career-step for someone who eventually wishes to be an executive director or start their own nonprofit organization. See the full job notice here.
Join us with the whole family for dancing, activities, and connecting with the community at our Studio Lab Open House.
Meet Luna’s teaching faculty and learn about our fall classes. See the schedule of the morning here.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
10 am – 12 pm
Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St. Berkeley, CA 94710
It can be challenging to talk about race. One way in is by listening to others – their perspectives, the questions they ask. Created by journalists of color, Code Switch is a weekly podcast that shares the voices of real people and the stories of how racial and inequity issues affect their lives. Several episodes explore race & equity in education, and this episode includes a conversation about our role as dance educators – check it out & keep the conversations going!
Don’t miss this preview of the first big moment for year two of the Create CA Public Will Campaign! Starting on September 9, during Arts Education week, Create CA will release the 5th year of data in the Arts Ed Data Project and they’ll share all the messaging, graphics, tools you need to bring attention to this issue in your community. This interactive webinar will preview a new set of tools for partners, including:
- Big picture plan for 3 big moments this year
- An advance peek at the 5 year data trend
- New Toolkit
- New social graphics
- “How to” video
Can’t join on August 28th at 11:00 AM? Register here anyway and Create CA will send you a recording.
California Alliance for Arts Education just launched Building the Pipeline for Dance & Theater Credentials in California, a new series of webpages with the latest news about the dance teaching credential. Check it out here, and check it out often as news and resources will be updated regularly. See how the credential will affect you, and get your questions answered. Explore the menu at the bottom of the page for links to even more info.
Now you can have the new CA Dance Standards in the palm of your hand! The CA Department of Ed has launched a new mobile app that allows teachers to search, filter, and sort standards to isolate specific content, identify standards common across disciplines, and inform decisions around instruction and assessment. Currently available for handy access to the Arts (including Dance), Computer Science, Health Education, History–Social Science, and Mathematics content standards. Forthcoming updates will add standards from additional content areas, such as English Language Development and English Language Arts, and will provide additional features to enhance the usefulness of the application to California educators.
More information about this free mobile download here.