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Leon Kuehner
977 Glendale Park Dr.
Hampton, Iowa 50441


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David Law
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Marion, Iowa 52302

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Hello Everyone,
Just an update on the Fine Arts consultant position at the DE.  I called Rosanne's office yesterday and her answering machine stated that she is the consultant for Fine Arts, Talented and Gifed and Title I.  This is the position she had held previously.  We will know more about how the Department of Education will be filling the full-time Talented and Gifted position and .5 Fine Arts position after our meeting with Dr. Wise on September 28.  I will keep you posted.

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“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011

2015-16 High School Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project Launches

The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has issued a call for high school arts educators to pilot the National Core Arts Standards Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) in dance, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts during the 2015-2016 school year. MCAs are curriculum-embedded performance-based assessment examples that are designed to model standards-based arts assessment and student achievement. The pilot follows a similar project that was conducted during 2014-15, in which 75 arts educators piloted the MCAs at grades 2, 5, and 8. The 2015-16 pilot teachers, working with the MCAs at the high school benchmark levels of Proficient, Accomplished, and Advanced, will put the example tasks “on their feet,” focusing on students’ application of their knowledge and skills in in authentic and relevant contexts.

Twelve to fifteen pilot educators from each of the five arts disciplines will be selected, with an effort to achieve a balance of rural, suburban, and urban classroom settings across the country. Prior to the launch of the full project in January, 2016, chosen teachers will be asked to pre-pilot the assessment in their discipline with a small test population of 1-2 students in November. Those selected will be asked to participate in online training; secure administrator approval of participation and permissions to share student work; pilot the assessment with their students; select student work; and upload appropriate images, audio, or video files that documents student work.

Applications will be accepted through Wednesday October 21st, 2015. Applicants must complete an online application form submitted through Survey Monkey and forward a résumé or CV, along with a signed letter of permission from your principal or school administrator to the Project Manager NCCAS will contact chosen applicants and announce selected pilot sites by November 5, 2015.

The Model Cornerstone Assessment pilot project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Questions should be addressed to NCCAS leadership representative Lynn Tuttle at

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On Tuesday, August 18, Southeast Polk Community School District Curriculum Coordinator Jo Ellen Latham announced to a meeting of secondary staff that the SEPCSD will recognize the Fine Arts as part of Core instruction alongside Math, English, Science, and Social Studies. Other disciplines also recognized by the district as Core will include Physical Education, World Languages, Career and Technology, and Counseling. Southeast Polk's action comes as frustration mounts over the Iowa State Legislature's repeated failure to accept into the Iowa Core disciplines such as Fine Arts and others vital to the success of all Iowa students.

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
John Ruskin

In Iowa there are 5,834 arts related business employing 22,834 people. More than all the postal workers and police personnel combined.

Fine Arts Proclamation 2015

Recent Accomplishments of the Iowa Alliance for Art Education

Planned and executed the second annual Fine Arts Advocacy Day on January 28, 2015 at State Capitol to advocate for legislative support to add Fine Arts to Iowa Core and add the Fine Arts Consultant position at the Department of Education to Iowa Code

Secured passage of SF 510 which amends the Iowa Code to direct the Iowa Department of Education to employ at least a .5 Fine Arts Consultant Secured passage of legislation to add Fine Arts to the Iowa Core in the Iowa Senate and Iowa House Education Subcommittee

Continued implementation of the "Iowa Model of Excellence Mentoring Program”. Over 220 observation mentor visits were completed in 85 different Iowa Schools during the 2014-15 school year.

Presented clinics about the mentoring program at National ASBDA convention in July/2014 and the Missouri Bandmasters Association in June/2015

Developed and sponsored the Iowa Arts Advocacy Caucus on August 14, 2015. This is a one-day statewide advocacy training event to learn how to advance common sense arts policies at the local, state and national level. All the announced presidential candidates are invited to speak on the topic of arts and arts education. This is collaborative effort of IAAE, the Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Americans for the Arts, National Association of Music Merchants, Bravo Greater Des Moines and the United States Council of Mayors.

Sponsored the Fine Arts Educator Leadership Conference, June 16-17, 2014 in Des Moines. The conference provided leadership training for members of AEI, IBA, ICDA, ISTA, IMEA, Theater & Drama teachers at no cost to participants/organizations. This was a collaborative effort of IAAE, the Iowa Arts Council and Iowa Department of Education. IAAE wrote and received a matching grant from the IAC for the event.

Participated in the Arts Advocacy Day/March 2015 in Washington D.C.

Partnered with Iowa Department of Education to provide professional development activities for fine arts teachers across the state AAE participated in K-16 Music Curriculum Task Force Participated in the State Arts Action Network Meetings in March & June of 2015 Participated in the Arts & Culture Working Group with the Iowa STEM Council which presented clinics at the STEM conference in April/2014 and the STEM Executive Board meeting in June/2015

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