Susan Riley | September 2015

The Every Child Achieves Act: What it Means for the Arts

Last week was Arts in Education week and we had an amazing time participating in some of the events being featured around the country.  In fact, I was honored to contribute an article in Americans for the Arts’ blog salon all about the new revamping of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act currently going on in congress.  As a way to go a little more in depth, I hosted a live Periscope all about the new bill, known as The Every Child Achieves Act and what it means for the arts.

Just in case you missed the live feed, you can watch the whole thing below (it’s only about 10 minutes).  We do try to keep our PD Periscopes short and to the point!  A couple of important pieces to remember about this new legislation:

  1. It’s still in the works as of this writing!  There are plans to debate and revise this throughout the fall of 2015, so stay tuned.
  2. Actually, there are TWO separate bills – one from the House and one from the Senate – which are being reviewed.
  3. There are some MAJOR revisions happening to the law, for the first time in nearly 15 years.

One of the biggest pieces being discussed?  Testing, accountability measures (aka: teacher evaluations), and who’s in charge of implementation.  I break all of this down for you in today’s PD Periscope episode, so be sure to watch below.

Now, if you’re not on Periscope yet, it’s time to download the app now!  It’s free and you’ll be able to watch all of these in real-time, as well as ask questions that I can answer live. I broadcast strategies, resources, and information like this every Tuesday at 9PM ET.  I’d love to see you there!

Your turn: what are your thoughts on this Child Achieves Act as new education legislation?  Are you excited or nervous based on what’s out there right now?

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan