National news – teaching the arts

Today’s issue of Education Week has two articles that are of interest to those of us who teach the arts.

FOCUS ON: THE ARTS
Schools Integrate Dance Into Core Academics
The Infusion of the Arts Appears to be Gaining a Stronger Foothold at a Time When Advocates Are Struggling to Ensure Time and Support for Their Disciplines
To read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/11/17/12dance_ep.h30.html

Momentum Builds to Restructure Teacher Education
Now, a report commissioned by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, released yesterday, adds the voices of a diverse array of stakeholders, including representatives from the traditional university-based programs that prepare the majority of the nation’s teachers.

The report’s main recommendation: Supervised, structured work of teacher-candidates in diverse classroom settings must be the foremost component of preservice teacher training, with other aspects like coursework embedded in that training. It draws heavily on the teacher-residency model and a handful of university-based education programs that take such an approach to training new teachers. To read more: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/11/17/13teacherprep.h30.html

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