Arts Education Trends: Universal Design for Learning and the Arts

Posted by John Abodeely, Sep 10, 2008 0 comments

By guest blogger Don Glass, Ph.D., Director of Outcomes and Evaluation, VSA arts, Washington, D.C.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is getting a lot of airplay in Washington this Fall. In addition to several conferences and a virtual forum, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) just released a Tool Kit on Universal Design for Learning on the web.

The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) defines Universal Design for Learning as, “…a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all."

Why is UDL important for arts educators to get to know better?

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Mindfulness in Mapping Career Development

Posted by Amy Kweskin, Aug 05, 2008 0 comments

There is something wonderful about checking in with your mentor and getting a gem of advice that starts you thinking. My former arts administration professor Anne W. Smith always does this for me. No matter how many years it is between our visits, she always drops one of these pearls of wisdom into my thoughts.

Last week, while feasting on a tamale dinner in the San Francisco Mission, and sharing lessons learned from our latest career adventures, Anne asked me, “So, Amy, what board are you on?” Well, actually, none at all. “I’m taking a break from boards,” I said while tucking into my rice and beans.

Anne would not let me off that easy. “The smartest thing you can do for your development is to get on a board that takes you to the next stage of your career. Think about what it is you want to be doing in two or three years and find a board that takes you in that direction.”

Once again Anne gave me food for thought. If I am serious about playing a leading role in the arts I need to start playing the part. I have been thinking about Anne’s advice and mulling it over with friends. We all agree that it is a strategic move. It also means I need to start thinking about my career next steps.

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On the Top Shelf of My Bookcase

Posted by Americans for the Arts, Jul 16, 2008 1 comment

Summer is all about finding that delicious summer book to read. The other night, I was at Kramerbooks, one of the best bookstores in DC. Their selection makes you feel erudite and ignorant at the same time. I thought I would send along some of my favorite books. I confess I am a divergent reader as this list demonstrates. And it is in no particular order. So if you are looking to pick up something new and interesting, noodle around in some of these ditties.

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