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Dandelion News – October 2015


by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes' sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes' sake along the wall.

Photo from the NH Kids4Peace Camp which took place this August at the Barbara Harris Camp in Greenfield NH. Kids4Peace is an interfaith youth movement dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope, in Jerusalem and divided societies around the world.
Franklin High School art students gather with artist Laurence Gartel at the unveiling of the NH Art Car at the school Sept.15. in conjunction with National Arts in Education Week. This is the first-in-the- nation state art car, “New Hampshire Art Car, Made in Franklin, NH.” (photo by Ed Pierce/Citizen)
TIGER, (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) at Plymouth State University.

Greetings from the NH Arts Learning Network

It’s Fall, time for apple picking, leaf peeping, pumpkin carving, and Conferences! October is a great time to satisfy your cravings for both apple crisp and professional development. Check out the long list of upcoming conferences and seminars running this fall. We also have a large harvest of opportunities for students. It’s a bountiful list, so please take a peep!


Sanborn Regional won the Nellie Mae Foundation Award! - Congratulations to the Sanborn Regional School District on winning the Foundation's 4th Annual Lawrence W. O'Toole Award! This award is given out each year to an educator, school, district, or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in New England. More

Two NH Schools chosen as National 2015 Blue Ribbon Schools! – Canaan Elementary School and Gilmanton School are being recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as among the top 335 schools in the country, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement. More

NH Governor’s Arts Education Award Winners - Anna Nuttall, Art Educator and AIR Coordinator at Portsmouth Middle School, and Calvin Herst of the Concord Community Music School will receive the 2015 NH Governor’s Awards for leadership in Arts Education on Oct. 21st at NHIA. More

Ashley Preston is the 2016 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year! - a preschool teacher at Parker Varney Elementary School in Manchester, Ms. Preston becomes New Hampshire’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.


Americans for the Arts Action Fund - Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate each approved legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. As many of you read and shared this news in July, we want to update you on the next steps in the education reform process and what you can do to support arts education in this historic federal education overhaul. They've developed a national petition to the members of Congress serving on the conference committee to voice support for retaining arts-friendly provisions within the education reform bill. Help keep the momentum and sign the petition. More

Calls for Entry & Proposals

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. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday October 21st, 2015. More

Call for Proposals - 2016 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference will take place August 1-2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA. Submit your proposal between now and December 3, 2015 for a chance to present. More

Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project (MAEIA) - The Michigan Assessment Consortium in partnership with the Michigan Department of Education and Data Recognition Corporation have developed the Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project (MAEIA). When complete, a catalogue of over 300 performance assessments K-12, across 4 arts disciplines, (dance, theatre, music and visual arts) will be made available to MI educators for voluntary use. The assessments will become available to the general public after online publication in 2016-17. They are currently holding field test briefings across Michigan and want to now open up the process to arts teachers in other states so that all items in each of the four arts disciplines might receive a healthy field test. They are especially in need of more dance and theater teachers K-12 to field test these performance assessments during the 2015-2016 school year. K-8 Field Test Registration and Briefing Materials and High School Field Test Registration and Briefing Materials For more information contact Ana Luisa Cardona,

Grants, Awards, Artist & Job Opportunities

Wanted: Mentors for FIRST Jr. STEAM Ahead - Volunteers help to grow a tech-savvy NH workforce. More

$250 Grants for Public School Glass Art Programs - To encourage the teaching of glass art in public schools and colleges, the non-profit KBW Foundation is offering grants to Public School Art Instructors teaching glass art at a public school or college. These $250 Grant Certificates can be used for the regular school semester program or a summer session and can be redeemed at art glass retail stores for glass supplies. More

The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards - soliciting nominations from the general public and notable public figures, providing the opportunity to submit stories about teachers and professors who made a significant difference in their lives. Deadline December 13, 2015. More

Professional Development: Conferences, Workshops, Meetings & Webinars

The Art & Spirit of Leadership, NH Arts Education Partnership Conference - Friday, November 6, 8:15 am – 6:00 pm, 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, NH. The NH Arts Learning Network joins with the NH State Council on the Arts and other partners to offer the annual statewide conference. This year's conference looks at leadership in arts learning, offers multiple approaches to developing advocacy and leadership skills, and provides opportunities to share ideas with colleagues from around the state. More

New Hampshire Music Educators Association October Music Fest and Fall All-Member Meeting - Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the University of New Hampshire. More

2015 NHAEA Conference - New Hampshire Art Educators' Association Fall Conference, Saturday, October 17th, 2015, New Hampshire Institute of Art, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH. More workshops than ever before! More

Write Meditation Retreat - October 16–18, 2015, Wonderwell Mountain Refuge, Springfield, NH. Explore various writing craft techniques, enhance the creative process and identify the themes and images that call to the writer’s imagination. More

Arts In Early Learning Conference November 7: “Me, My Friends and Family” is the theme of the annual Arts in Early Learning conference presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern NH and VSA NH. This day-long professional development opportunity will explore a rich range of arts-based activities focused on young children and their relationships, with a variety of creative ways to help preschoolers express and explore their own experiences, similarities and differences. At the Goddard School in Derry. Register

Educational Theatre Collaborative 21st Annual Integrated Arts Conference - I’m A Believer: Engaging All Learners Through the Power of the Arts. Presented by Plymouth State University and the NH Department of Education. This one-day event offers professional development and continuing education workshops. Arts educators and artists learn how to integrate visual art, music, drama and writing into their curriculum, based on the theme of this year’s production, ”Shrek The Musical!” The day concludes with optional admission to the evening performance of Shrek, Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Friday, January 22, 2016. Learn how to submit student work for exhibition at the conference and performances of “Shrek: the Musical,” during a session on Thursday Oct. 22, 2015, from 3:00-6:00 PM. Contact Robb Dimmick to sign up and for more information. More

“The Art of Writing” workshop Wednesday, December 2, Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord - Presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire & VSA NH as part of their Arts in Inclusive Learning collaboration, this workshop introduces ways to motivate young writers on any academic level so that they can gain skills in the process of writing through appealing exercises in poetry, imaginative expression and journaling. Attention will be given to differentiating and adapting the lessons to fully include students with learning differences and disabilities. $35 plus $10 materials fee. More

OPEN New Hampshire, Arts Integration in the Elementary Classroom - an online arts integration course this fall facilitated by Kim Smith, elementary art educator at Valley View Community School, Farmington, NH. Kim and Valley View have had a long-standing arts integration curriculum. Take advantage of this statewide resource for online learning. Dates: October 7 – November 24. Cost: $130.00. Credit hours: 35. Register

NASCD Conference - Teaching, Learning, & Leading the New Literacies: Media, Digital, Global with Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Friday, October 16, 2015 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Grappone Conference Center 70 Constitution Ave., Concord, New Hampshire 03301 More

Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum 2015: Connecting Conversations - The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, Portland, Maine, November 5-7, 2015. Includes many sessions with a STEAM focus. More

Travel the World, Get Credit - Travel the world, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom! Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that runs professional development travel programs designed and discounted for teachers. For Winter 2015 programs and spring and summer 2016 programs, GEEO will be offering professional development credit through the University of the Pacific. Each teacher will receive a professional development certificate upon completion of the program. As the requirements for professional development varies state to state and district to district, each participant makes determinations about this option in the program. More

78th Annual Conference for Community Arts Education – sponsored by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Nov 11-14, 2015, Philadelphia, PA. More

Fulford Foundation Education Fall Seminars - "The Evaluation of Math Teachers" with Prof. Mahesh Sharma - Oct. 12, 2015. "Mindfulness in the Classroom" with John Jay Bonstingl - Oct. 29, 2015 "UDL" with Dr. Bill Preble, Nov. 5, 2015. More

How to Build a Logic ModelFree online course by the Regional Educational Laboratory.

Creative Ground Webinars - helping New England cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, and artists of all disciplines promote their activities and services to a broad audience. To learn how to better utilize CreativeGround, sign up for their online workshops: Oct. 13, 2015: How to Use CreativeGround to Find Collaborators and Explore Your Creative Economy. Nov. 11, 2015: How to Use CreativeGround as a Cultural Organization or Creative Business. Dec. 8, 2015: How to Make Your Profile Stand Out with Images and Video. More

Regional Educational Laboratory Program Fall Webinars - Bridge Event Webinar: What Are “High-Flying” Districts for English Learner Students? October 13, 2015: 3:00–4:00 p.m. Coherent and Comprehensive Assessment Systems for College and Career Readiness, October 15, 2015: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Leveraging Educator Evaluation to Transform Teaching and Learning, November 12, 2015: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. More

Opportunities, Activities and Scholarships for Students

NH Scholars — NH Scholars just raised the bar. The nearly decade-old program, which has helped to send thousands of high school graduates off to college, is offering brand new pathways and options for those willing to take more challenging and rewarding course loads. Starting this fall, students can choose one of three options to pursue a NH Scholars diploma: the traditional NH Scholars path, a newly created STEM emphasis, and a brand new ARTS emphasis. These new pathways are available immediately. High schools are encouraged to adopt these pathways as early as this year’s graduating class. As always, we encourage guidance offices to place this indication on students’ transcripts this fall, providing them the benefit of the doubt that they will complete all requirements for graduation. New Hampshire Scholars is federally funded through the New Hampshire Department of Education. More

New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild Fall Workshop - hosted by PSU. For High school students, teachers, directors, and chaperones. (This is not a middle school activity.) An opportunity to develop skills and explore the world of performing arts: Each student will have the opportunity to participate in five workshops. To encourage active participation, adults are invited to observe at no charge. Friday, October 16, 2015—Workshop Day 8:45 am – 5:00 pm. PSU performance of The Wedding Singer at 7:00 pm. More Information: Contact Scott Giessler

The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire offers a series of artist residencies this fall, with schools invited to bring in artists for assemblies or classroom workshops and to host educator workshops or evening programs for families: Theater artist Michael Zerphy is available throughout the fall, offering K-8 assemblies on making positive choices as well as theater workshops for all ages. More

Patino Vazquez, leader of the Latin Band Los Sugar Kings, is available for school programs October 19-22, with an exciting performance by the band October 23 at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem. Email or click here for more information. Performance / Info

In November, consider hosting Mouli Pal’s "Discover India through Dance" program. Mouli is an Odissi dancer whose presentations teach students about Indian culture. More

Barnes and Noble Maker Faires,- Mini Maker Faires in all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide from November 6 through 8, 2015. More

The Seacoast Artists Association offers a scholarship fund - for Seacoast area high school seniors interested in pursuing art careers. Students submit portfolios in April of each year. A percentage of fees from art classes offered at 225 Water Street year-round by professional artists goes into their scholarship fund. More

TIGER, (Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility) - Plymouth State University’s Emmy® award-winning professional educational theatre troupe, offers original performances based on the writing of youth, along with workshops for students, teachers and parents. Three productions focus on specific social issues facing students in K-8. Their newest production, Alex’s Story, produced in collaboration with CADY, Inc. and the Partnership for Drug Free NH, is geared toward eighth grade through high school audiences, and focuses on the true story of NH teenager Alex Berry and his battle with heroin addiction, a rampant and tragic occurrence happening all too often in our state. Special incentives for schools booking this year include two free student workshops. Contact or 603-535-2647 to reserve your spot soon.

Currier Museum of Art Tours - There are many wonderful opportunities for you and your students at the museum this school year! Now is a great time to schedule your Currier Museum experience. 2015-2016 exhibitions include: Maxfield Parrish: The Power of the Print. October 9, 2015- January 10, 2016. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. February 6, 2016- May 15, 2016. First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. April 9, 2016- May 1, 2016. To book your tour, contact Megan McIntyre, Tour & Volunteer Manager at or 603.669.6144 x113

Young Writers Project offers programs for NH/VT students - an independent nonprofit that engages NH and VT students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on websites. They also publish a monthly digital magazine, The Voice. More

Margaritas Education Outreach and Community Programs 2015-2016 - Visiting Artist Program-Fall 2015: Wood Carvers from San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca. Visiting Artist Program-Spring 2016: Weaver from Teotitlan Del Valle, Oaxaca. Also Noche Mexicana Fundraisers and Student Field Trips. More

Grammy in the Schools, Where Music Sparks Amazing - fall and spring deadlines: October 22, 2015 and March 31, 2016 deadlines for Grammy Camps. Fall deadline is for high school students interested in the Grammy Camp--Jazz Session (Grammy Band, Choir, and Combo). Spring deadline for high school students Grammy Camp—Music Industry. For teachers, October 22nd deadline for Grammy Signature Schools and March 31st deadline for Music Educator Award. More

Carnegie Hall: Nominate a Student for NYO2 – In the summer of 2016, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute will launch the first season of NYO2, a two-week, intensive summer training program for outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14–17 from communities that are underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. NYO2 is free for all participants, including room and board and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities. There is no fee to apply. A formal nomination is required as part of the application. More

Arts Fundraisers

Support Arts in Reach! Auction - Nov. 13 – 20. Arts in Reach is having its first ever-online auction with proceeds to support their "Air"mazing programming! Items up for bid will include: Great Bay Discovery Center Kayak Trip for Two, coffee with Governor Maggie Hassan, tickets to the Portsmouth Music Hall and Seacoast Repertory Theatre, a gemstone and sterling silver necklace by Calli b., four club seats to a Boston Bruins game, and more! More

A Cappella Concert Fundraiser for the NH Citizens of the Arts - “Voices of the (603)” on Friday, October 09 at 7PM at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Performers include: NH high school singing groups, On Air (district winning barbershop quartet), Rhythm of New Hampshire Show Chorus, and Ball in the House (Professional A cappella Group). More

Resources and Articles for Students, Teachers and Parents

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching – excerpt from his latest book, Creative Schools by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica, published April 21, 2015, by Viking. More

Great Scientist-Artists 2-Part Cards – free downloadable materials for STEAM, including drawings by: Copernicus, Galileo, da Vinci, Darwin, Newton, Franklin, Watt, Golgi, Ramón y Cajal, Haeckel, Hooke, and Agassiz. More

Up Periscope! Reimagining Arts Integration Professional Development – an app that you can download for free that allows anyone to produce a live broadcast which can immediately be sent out to their followers. People can join in right away and ask questions, share comments and even tap on the screen to share some hearts if they like something. More

PBS Shares RISD STEAM Lesson Plans - RISD’s new lesson plans on PBS LearningMedia draw from collections at the Nature Lab and RISD Museum. More

What Counts as Research? – by Robert E. Slavin. Evidence-based reform in education is popular among educational researchers who like quantitative, randomized research, but that's a small slice of the profession. A much larger portion of the educational research community ranges from skeptical to downright hostile. They don't see a place for themselves in the brave new world of evidence-informed policy. More

Teachers College Record – a website devoted to scholarship in education, a journal of research, analysis, and commentary in the field of education. It has been published continuously since 1900 by Teachers College, Columbia University. More

How Music Builds Better Student Brains - Music, when talking in terms of education, should be recognized as the enriching and noble pursuit that it is, as opposed to being a supplemental activity for keeping an idle brain active. More

How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Educators at a California school are learning how to incorporate "making" into core academic classes, thanks to support from the school's Creativity Lab. More

Beats, Rhymes and Life - Hero/Social Worker Helps Youth with Hip Hop Therapy. More

In Memoriam:

We recently lost beloved NH teaching artist Richard (Rick) Hall Davis, 64, who died September 7 at his home in Temple, after a year-long battle with glioblastoma (brain cancer). Teaching circus arts to youth was Rick’s cause and passion. His work in schools touched thousands of young people throughout New England. He helped found the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) and he was passionate about his work with Circus Smirkus, Vermont’s award-winning youth circus company. For 12 years Rick was a Smirkus Artist-in-Residence who spent the academic year traveling to elementary schools throughout New England. Rick attended the Ringling Brothers Clown College and began a career as a circus clown with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.He worked with Circus Odyssey in Puerto Rico, and with Project Troubador, supported by the Peace Corps, in 15 countries. As a teaching artist, Rick was also known as the Professor of Useless Skills and Totally Useless Office Skills. A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, November 14, at 3:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Milford, 20 Elm St., Milford, followed by a community potluck dinner and an evening of music and dancing. Donations may be sent to the American Youth Circus Organization, PO Box 482, Ithaca, NY 14851. Obituary

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