Arts Education & COVID19

September Ready: Taskforce for Arts Ed

Following the June 29 release of the New Jersey Department of Education’s The Road Back, Restart and Recover Plan for Education guidance to reopen schools, Arts Ed NJ has just unveiled September Ready Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education, a comprehensive, 126-page document offering practical guidance for K-12 school administrators and arts educators seeking to provide meaningful arts instruction for their students.

More than 130 arts administrators, educators, practitioners, and associations leaders have joined together to develop the strategies, plans, and solutions needed for arts instruction to be delivered to students in a way that addresses, first and foremost, the necessary health, safety, and well-being considerations for students, faculty and staff.

September Ready Taskforce for Arts Education was comprised of representatives from the New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, New Jersey PTA, New Jersey School Boards Association, New Jersey Art Administrators Association, New Jersey Music Administrators Association, Arts Ed NJ, Art Educators of New Jersey, Dance New Jersey, New Jersey Music Educators Association, New Jersey Thespians, Speech and Theatre Association of New Jersey, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Grunin Foundation, Montclair State University and Rowan University.

Unprecedented International Coalition led by Performing Arts Organizations to Commission 

COVID-19 Study

For information about the NFHS/CBDNA COVID-19 Aerosol Dispersement Study
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Letters to All New Jersey Music Educators, Administrators, Principals, Superintendents, and School Board Members


Letter to New Jersey Superintendents 

To accommodate the high demand for the September Ready: Seven Principles for Planning and Preparation, the webinar is available to view on-demand

WEBINAR: September Ready: Seven Principles for Planning and Preparation 7.13.20 

Featuring Dr. James Weaver from the National Federation of State High School Associations and the New Jersey September Ready Taskforce for Arts Education.

As school districts in New Jersey prepare to reopen this September, planning and preparation for the year ahead will demand new measures. Join Arts Ed NJ to learn more about the recommendations and seven key principles offered in September Ready Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education, to guide visual and performing arts programs throughout the state. Dr. James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations will share preliminary results from COVID-19 Aerosol Study at the University of Colorado, as well as forthcoming research to support the performing arts. Members of the Arts Ed NJ September Ready Taskforce will be on hand to answer your questions about the report guidance and the next steps in preparing for September and the school year ahead.

Arts Ed Distance Learning Resources

With the announcement of the closing of all public schools for the foreseeable future – and the shift to alternative means of delivering instruction – the Arts Ed NJ staff have been working for overtime to compile a list of resources, technologies and instructional tools to support our arts educators and teaching artist who are now impacted by these rapidly changing events.

Newly Revised Arts Integration Think and Do Workbook Released!

The New Jersey Arts Integration Think and Do Workbook was created by New Jersey arts integration practitioners to guide teacher practitioners and teaching artists with tools and strategies to support the development of a robust arts integration practice. We harvested best practices from thought-leaders championing the arts integration movement across the state and nationally. The Workbook is a user- friendly companion piece to the New Jersey Arts Integration User Guide, a checklist that you may also want to use to advance your arts integration work. 



Social Emotional Learning
& Arts Ed

SEL & Arts Ed Webinar - April

SEL and Arts Education: Navigating Uncertain Times, Preparing for the Future: this free, one-hour webinar is available to view on-demand. The webinar explores the importance of social-emotional learning during this time, as well as strategies for embedding SEL into instruction. 

Social Emotional Learning and the Arts

Social-Emotional Learning and the Arts: Exploring Connections and Implications: this virtual workshop will explore the natural alignment between arts education and the five social-emotional competencies. 

SEL Arts Education Framework

Developed by the SEL Arts Education Taskforce, the SEL Arts Education Framework outlines the intersections between the artistic process as represented by the visual and performing arts standards and the SEL competencies to enable arts educators to embed SEL into their instructional practice.

NJ Student Learning Standards in the Arts

The 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standard for Visual and Performing Arts (NJSLS-VPA), adopted by The New Jersey State Board of Education on June 3, outlines what students must be taught in the arts and sets the foundation upon which school districts craft instruction. They also capitalize on the unique ability of the arts to cultivate creative and critical thinking, social-emotional competencies, and intellectual and expressive abilities within students that enables them to become active, contributing members of a global society.

Student Voices:
Arts Education Roundtable

 Our next event will be on January 7th. 

 September Event: 
November Event: 
This bi monthly series  is run by Arts Ed NJ’s interns, Jocelyn and Tuchau. It is an open forum for discussion about the NEED and impact of Arts Education NOW more than ever! Featuring students from all arts disciplines  in High School and College.

Call For Student Performances and Artwork

Call for NJ Student Virtual / Social Distanced (wearing masks) performances  
Call for NJ Student Artwork completed during the 2020-2021 school year 

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