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The Dandelion

A bi-monthly newsletter of Arts Education resources, policy updates, advocacy, spotlights, professional development opportunities, and fun.

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Welcome to the May edition of the NHALN Member E-News.  That’s right, our E-news is going monthly -- and  we are accepting news, opportunities, resources, links to great projects or anything NHALN members want to share! We have a page dedicated to archiving the monthly newsletters where you can find more information on submitting your events. There is still no fee to join this statewide network of arts educators and arts education supporters.

Spring may signal the end of the school year but it certainly doesn’t signal the end of Arts Learning news, opportunities and events. We have had many great

in-person Meet Ups this spring and are looking for members to host informal gatherings throughout the summer. We will soon be launching a page on the website that archives past Meet Ups with photos, notes and resources shared. Contact us if you would like to host a Meet Up in your region, write a guest blog or get involved with the Network.  

Workshops and Professional Development Opportunities:

The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and VSA New Hampshire are offering a series of free or low-cost workshops as part of their Arts in Inclusive Learning program, provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. All workshops are open to educators, artists, librarians and family members.  For details and additional information, go to, call 323-7302 or email Upcoming workshops include:

Linking Books & Music for Literacy - An Arts in Early Learning Program: Thursday, May 23, from 6 to 7 pm at Lancaster Play & Learn, 3 Cemetery St., Lancaster. Free.

Arts & Inclusion in After-School and Out-of-School Programming -A Workshop for After-School and Out-of-School Administrators and Staff ($15):

Tuesday, May 28, 9 am to noon

Kimball Jenkins School of Art & Estate, 266 N. Main St., Concord NH

Wednesday, May 29, 9 am to noon

Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth NH

Successful Inclusion of All Students in Art & Music Classes - A Workshop for Paraprofessionals, One-on-One Aides and Arts and SPED educators ($10)

Tuesday, May 28, 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Kimball Jenkins School of Art & Estate, 266 N. Main St., Concord NH

Wednesday, May 29, 4 to 6 pm

Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St., Plymouth NH

“Dance, Play & Learn” – Creative Movement Activities for the Young Child (free, child care available)

Thursday, May 30, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Little Leopards Learning Center, Gallen Career and Technical Center,

Littleton High School, Littleton NH

Successful Inclusion - A Workshop for Teaching Artists ($10)

Wednesday, June 12, 10 am - 3 pm

AVA Gallery & Art Center, 11 Bank St., Lebanon NH

Monday, June 17, 10 am - 3 pm

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover NH

Thursday, June 20, 1- 5 pm

Lesley University, University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA

Wednesday, June 26, 10 am - 3 pm

Kimball Jenkins School of Art & Estate, 266 N. Main St., Concord NH

Arts in Healthcare Conference, June 7 & 8 Concord, NH

Register now for this two-day conference, sponsored by NH State Council on the Arts and Concord Hospital, which aims to advance the use of the arts in New Hampshire healthcare settings. The conference includes a Symposium for healthcare leaders and a Workshop for Artists and Arts Organizations. With tools and information, healthcare organizations and caregivers can maximize limited resources and make the most of the arts to enhance healing and quality of life. Participants in the professional development workshop will learn how the arts help people heal, strengthen and enjoy improved quality of life. The workshop will help prepare artists to be part of a healing environment where they provide hands-on work to improve people’s quality of life.

New Hampshire Department of Education Summer Summit

July 24 & 25, 2013. Keene State College and the New Hampshire Department of Education are hosting the Summer Educator Conference as part of the state's new Networked Support Strategy. The main theme of the conference is Transforming Instruction, with an emphasis on three core levers—NH Standards, Instructional Practices and Evidence of Learning. For more information go to or contact Beverly Straneva at or (603) 358-2290. Cost is $399/person.

The Inspired Classroom: Teacher Art Retreat 

August 5-7, 2013; 8-3 pm.  Join other preK-12 educators for three days of discovery and inspiration for yourself and your teaching.  Experience the creative process and learn new ways to integrate the various arts into the work you do with your students every day.  This is PD for Creative Teachers!  You can earn PDPs or apply for graduate credit.  Workshops this year feature songwriting, screenwriting, poetry, visual art, book making, movement and, as always, great collegiality with like-minded educators.  Amesbury Cultural Center, Amesbury, MA.  For more email Elizabeth at

New Hampshire Institute of Art: Art Educators Summer Institute

June 23 – 28, 2013. Enjoy a stimulating and creative atmosphere while developing new concepts for use in your art classroom. Choose from a variety of media in 2D and 3D disciplines, including traditional, digital, applied arts and writing. This program allows each participant to complete 30 hours of professional development. Space is limited, so register early! For further information, please call 866-241-4918 x589 or email

Public Hearing:

Ed 306, Minimum Standards for Public School Approval

Over the past several months the Department has been reviewing Ed 306, Minimum Standards for Public School Approval.  Minimum standards define high school graduation requirements as well as other functional aspects of “being a school.”  a Public Hearing is scheduled for August 29, 2013.

This public hearing is the time to make your voice heard and gives the public a chance to express their likes and dislikes about policy changes. If you are unable to make it in person, you may submit your written response to the Dept. of Education. Please visit the link above to stay abreast of current recommendations and activities associated with this important policy work.

New Resources and Publications:

Competency Education Series Brief: Mastery versus time in seats

A new report from Knowledgeworks helps policymakers redefine federal assessment and accountability systems to support competency education in the nation's public schools. Competency education replaces rigid, time-based assessment and accountability structures with flexible systems that enable students to receive customized supports and extra time to demonstrate mastery of content and transferable skills. The report also outlines key barriers in current federal accountability and assessment systems that can undermine development of competency education, and indicates areas where the approach is currently implemented.

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is on Facebook

In preparation for the June public review of the National Core Arts Standards PreK-8, NCCAS has created a Facebook page to reach a broader audience. We would like to get a huge swell of activity going on the Facebook page so that we can easily push the word out about the upcoming review. If you have a Facebook account yourself, log on and like us and help us get the word out!

Title I Publication from the California Alliance for Arts Education

A new policy paper from the California Alliance for Arts Education and Arts for LA offers a road map for schools and districts across the country to use arts education strategies to improve literacy and math skills within the Title 1 program.  “A Policy Pathway: Embracing Arts Education to Achieve Title I Goals” documents efforts to create a shared understanding across school, district, state and federal levels of leadership on this issue.

Employment Opportunities:

Holderness School seeks a dynamic and experienced artist and educator to serve as fine arts faculty for the 2013-2014 academic year. For a complete description of the position please contact Monique Devine, Art Department Chair.

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