The visual and performing arts provide avenues for students to investigate and develop a positive sense of self, place, and purpose. Approved for adoption by the Vermont State Board of Education in 2016, the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) address essential questions and skills to support students in this investigation through five arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, and Media Arts. NCAS outline critical components of the creative process under the umbrella of four domains (Create, Perform/Present/Product, Respond, and Connect) to guide students through rigorous exploration of skills in artistic literacy. These standards (and arts education in general) emphasize transferable skills through growth-oriented and participant-driven creative outlets to prepare students for college, career, and life.
Spotlights on Equity Resources
Educational equity means that every student has access to the resources, opportunities, and educational rigor they need at the right moment in their education, whatever their race, gender/identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, language, ability, family background, or family income may be. (Adapted from CCSSO, Leading for Equity.) The Spotlight on Equity Resource below provides a list of considerations and resources for the purpose of supporting equity and access while emphasizing high-quality and culturally sustaining learning opportunities for all students.