Maryland Artist/Teacher Instute (MATI) 2014 Application Now Available
Working in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) administers the Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute (MATI). Celebrating its 20th year in 2014, MATI is an intensive professional development summer program for elementary and middle school teachers and administrators that is conducted by master teachers, artists, and artist-educators in a residential university setting, with follow-up throughout the academic year. Through lectures, seminars, and workshops, teachers are provided with opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the relationships among content areas and of ways that the arts can be used to integrate curriculum, content, processes, and skills. Cross-disciplinary teams examine various models for integrating the arts into the school curriculum. The teams participate in hands-on workshops to become more familiar with creative processes and to develop an understanding of the continuous interaction that occurs among the arts and other content areas. Participants begin the planning process for integrating the arts into instruction at their sites and sharing their work with colleagues.
For application materials, please click here.
CANCELLED Regional Forum
The forum in Caroline County at North Caroline High School has been CANCELLED for March 4, 5-7pm. Check @ArtsEdTaskForce on Twitter for any updates on rescheduling. Click here for more information about the forums.
FINAL Public Review of the New Fine Arts Standards from the National Coalition of Core Arts Standards
Open February 14th to March 1st. To access the drafts and submit feedback, please click here.
Governor's Leadership Council Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland Schools Announces Regional Forums for Public Comments
Governor Martin O'Malley's Leadership Council established a statewide task force to study and make recommendations on students' access to dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The final report of the task force will be presented to the Governor and his Council in September 2014.
To ensure that all stakeholders in students' education in Maryland have an opportunity to provide the task force with their comments, there will be regional forums held around the state.
To see the schedule, please click here.
Governor Martin O'Malley's P-20 Leadership Council Creates a Task Force on Arts Education in Maryland
On Monday, September 16, 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley’s P-20 Leadership Council voted unanimously to have a statewide task force on arts education in Maryland schools. Dr. William E. (Brit) Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, made the initial motion to endorse and commented on the power of the arts in his life and the importance of the arts for all students. Co chairing the task force will be nationally known sculptor and founder of Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS) Alliance, Mary Ann Mears, and Dr. Jack Smith, Deputy Superintendent at the Maryland State Department of Education. Governor O’Malley’s commitment to arts education is longstanding, and he has been recognized nationally with the prestigious Public Leadership in Arts Award. To continue Maryland’s standing as a national leader in education, the Governor wants to ensure that all students have access to a quality education which includes the arts. Council members commented on the critical importance of creativity and innovation in the workforce and the need for students to have a creative edge in order to be globally competitive. The P-20 Task Force on Arts Education will present the final report to the Governor and the Council in September 2014.
ArtsEdSearch – new resource from Arts Education Partnership (AEP)
"ArtsEdSearch is the nation's first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school. Featuring user-friendly summaries of high-quality research, and overviews of current research examined through different lenses, ArtsEdSearch provides reliable and objective information about the academic, cognitive, personal, social and professional outcomes of an arts education. ArtsEdSearch also identifies gaps in research and serves as a valuable roadmap for researchers and funders looking to tackle the most pressing education issues of our time." – from Arts Education Partnership website
AEMS Alliance Announces New Executive Director
Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of an inspiring new Executive Director, Mary Cary, with an official start date of January 15, 2013. Nationally recognized in the education field, Mary has most recently worked at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) where she has served for thirteen and a half years as an educational leader for our state, most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She has played a critical part in securing and implementing Maryland’s Race to the Top grant from the US Department of Education. Mary is a nationally recognized leader in arts education as well as in education overall. She was the founder and creator of the Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore County, one of the premiere public arts high Schools in the United States.
Bates Middle School featured on Edutopia's "Schools that Work"
Edutopia's Schools That Work series profiles K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are dramatically improving the way students learn. Wiley H. Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, MD, was chosen as a School that Works because of their strong arts integrated classrooms.