The Shifts in Instruction outline the six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards in Math & ELA and can be found on EngageNy.org at http://engageny.org/resource/common-core-shifts/. The definition of text will vary from discipline to discipline and we know the Arts community is looking at interpreting it to include the artwork itself as well as artist’s statements, narratives, reflections, biographies, analysis of cultural and historical context, and of course art criticism or critiques. Use the attached worksheets to develop each Shift’s correlations in your classroom. We will be posting examples of what the Shifts mean in the art classroom in the near future.
Another reference to help with alignment to the Common Core is the Guiding Principles for the Arts at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/docs/guidingprinciples-arts.pdf. This document has been developed to help responders to the Arts curriculum RFP develop curriculum and can be used by the art teacher right now.
The attached outline was developed by the College Board’s office of Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, and highlights portions of the current Common Core State Standards documents that may provide natural connections to arts-based standards and practices.
Common Core Resources at The Partnership for 21st Century Skills can be found at http://www.p21.org/images/p21_toolkit_final.pdf.
The National Parent-Teacher Association has created a series of documents that spell out the Common Core expectations for each grade level. The Parent’s Guide to Student Success describes what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. This document can be used as a tool for parent-teacher discussions as well as a resource for arts curriculum mapping. To view the document, go to http://www.pta.org/4446.htm .