Saturday, December 3, 2011

Action Steps for Implementing the Arts Skills Map

Suggested Action Steps

 State PolicymakersIf you are a state policymaker, consider using the 21st Century Skills Map in the Arts in some of the following ways:
  • Ensure that professional development professionals at the state level are familiar with the map and how it can be used in schools and districts
  • Use the map as a resource in reviewing standards in the Arts
  • Distribute the map broadly to educators throughout the state
  • Engage with arts advocacy organizations about how the map can support arts and 21st century skills development  If you are a K-12 practitioner, consider the following action steps:
K-12 Practitioners
  • Use the map to help design lessons that focus on arts and 21st century skills
  • Share the map with educators in your department and your school
  • Share the map with your students and engage them in a conversation about 21st century skills in the arts
  • Use the map to start a professional learning community in your school focused on 21st century skills and the arts; include educators from diverse disciplines, such as the sciences, mathematics, history, etc.
  • Engage with arts advocacy leaders with the map as a focal point for the conversation –explore opportunities to partner with these community organizations to support use of the map with students
Arts Advocates
If you are an arts advocate, we suggest you take the following steps:
  • Convene a community meeting with fellow advocates, local education leaders and other partners (such as the business community, higher education leaders, museum and library professionals); use the map to help kick-start community driven partnerships around learning, 21st century skills and the arts.
  • Engage with local educators to offer support for arts and 21st century skills learning opportunities—for teachers, students and parents.

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