On Thursday, March 17, the Delaware Board of Education voted to adopt new arts standards for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. These statements of learning, developed by teachers for teachers, will replace standards that have been used to guide instruction in arts classrooms for the last 20 years. Utilizing a framework which includes Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Learning, the new standards focus on the creative process and highlight learning that includes Creating, Performing, Responding and Connecting across arts disciplines.
Arts educators in public schools and community and cultural institutions will begin professional learning this summer to align their teaching strategies and student learning outcomes with the new standards.
The approval of the standards coincides with March for the Arts, a statewide celebration of Arts Education. Delaware Governor Jack Markell has signed a proclamation designating the month of March as “March for the Arts” in the state of Delaware. The importance of arts education is cited in the proclamation, as it “contributes to increased attendance and graduation rates; elevates academic achievement; and prepares students for college, career, and citizenship readiness.”
March for the Arts was founded in 2003 when Delaware Senator Connor authored Senate Bill 116, designating the month of March as “March for Arts in Education Month.” Senator Conner envisioned a month devoted to celebrating arts education throughout the state–recognizing the criticalrole that the arts play in providing a well-rounded education for Delaware’s youth. Thirteen years later, the month of March continues to recognize excellence in education in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Art.
"I will remember being pushed out of my comfort zone, and by doing that I discovered new things about the French culture, as well as other parts of the world, like Brazil." William Penn High School student, after participating in a DIAE music residency