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I received information that may be of interest to you. There will be a Town Meeting that focuses on art topics. I am including some information from another listserv that I hope you can use.
The Town Meetings are free, satellite linkups, but you must register to participate. It is my understanding that you receive a toll free number to use to call in questions or comments.
Here is the info:
ARTS LITERACY TELECONFERENCE
---------------------------- How can the study of music, dance, theater, or the visual arts motivate children to learn, boost achievement in other disciplines, or enhance creativity? These are among the questions to be discussed in "Arts Literacy for a Changing America," a live teleconference from the Newseum in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday, December 1, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (ET). Secretary Riley & CNN's Bill Press will lead a discussion with educators, community leaders, business people, & others on...
* ways to examine schools' arts programs to determine if they are enabling students to achieve high standards
* strategies for integrating arts assessments into overall school improvement efforts
* the results of the recent NAEP arts assessment of 8th-grade students in visual art, music, & theater.
This is an opportunity for you & other community leaders to meet & discuss ways to strengthen arts education in your schools. Register your participation (to ensure you will be notified of any changes) by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN, by emailing Satellite_Town_Meeting, or by visiting:
This sounds so cool to me. It will be a great venue to bring up related threads that we have discussed. The ArtsEdNet group has been so inspiring. I know others will appreciate your input.
In the large urban areas, you can probably get the satellite feed easily, but the rural people should check with your area schools, regional ed service centers, state departments of ed, or your USDA offices. Many times the USDA offices have distance learning centers that can download the satellite feeds.
Sheryl A. McCoy
--- "Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry." -Richard Feynman
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