Teacher Professional Development
National Core Arts Standards to Get Online PD
The State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) has partnered with Public Consulting Group (PCG) to provide educators with online professional development courses focused on the National Core Arts Standards.
National Core Arts Standards were published in 2014 by the National
Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), a partnership of 10
national arts and education service organizations. The standards
address the artistic processes of creating; performing, producing or presenting; responding; and connecting through dance, media arts, music,
theater and visual arts in K–12 education. Since their publication,
numerous states have adopted versions of these voluntary national arts
The SEADAE and PCG will provide online professional development courses through PCG's Pepper
platform, an online learning community offering interactive
professional development content and collaboration with coaches and
peers. In addition to taking courses, teachers, administrators and
postsecondary faculty members can use the platform "to form communities
of learning to promote online collaboration, share instructional
practices and exchange resources around topics in arts education," SEADAE.
Professional development courses will include:
- An introduction to the National Core Arts Standards;
- A course on standards-based curriculum design; and
- A course on arts assessment literacy.
The first course will be released next week for the "official kick-off" at the SEADAE Arts Assessment Symposium
being held November 11 and 12 in Texas. SEADAE and PCG will begin
rolling out the visual, media and performing arts content collection
shortly afterwards. According to a spokesperson from PCG, "professional
learning created by SEADAE will be released on a regular basis for
members of the Pepper community interested in expanding their
understanding and confidence in the new arts standards."
Further information about the partnership can be found on the Public Consulting Group's site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].