NCDPI Arts Education Newsletter - January 15, 2021

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January 15, 2021

NC Arts Education


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In this Newsletter:

  • Integrating SEL into Specific Arts Education Content Areas Webinars
  • NC SEL Newsletter
  • NCASA Updates
  • Africentric Music & Sankofa Songs Sneak Peek Jan 2021 Webinars

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On October 21, 2020, the Arts Ed team presented a webinar on how to Integrate Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into Arts Education disciplines (You can watch the recording HERE) covering the new Guidance Documents for Arts Education and SEL. The overwhelming feedback was that teachers wanted time to digest the information and to have a conversation with the writers of the documents from each discipline. We heard you! 


Throughout January, we will host sessions where you can come interact with the amazing Fellows from the A+ Schools of NC who wrote the suggested activities for each of the Arts Ed content areas: Visual Art, Theatre Art, Music, and Dance. 


If you'd like to learn more about what NCDPI is doing to support SEL in Arts Education, visit our ARTS + SEL Webpage.


Webinar Registration Codes


You can register for as many sessions as you'd like! All sessions will be recorded and archived in our Webinar Archives for anyone who is unable to attend the sessions live. CEUs are available for attending.

Register by clicking on the link below: 

Theatre Art - January 19, 4-5pm

Music - January 21, 4-5pm

Dance - January 26, 4-5pm

View the Recordings Below:

Visual Art : Webinar Recording Recording Password: Zy7vPXRW Slide Deck


If you have any issues with registering (which can only be done on a desktop computer) please reach out to Brandon Roeder or Sayward Grindley.

NC Social Emotional Learning Newsletter

CASEL SEL competencies

The NC SEL Newsletter is provided by the NC SEL Implementation Team which is comprised of cross-agency (NCDPI & NCDHHS) and cross-division members.  This team is working to scale up systemic SEL across all North Carolina public schools. Please see the most recent edition here where you will find:

  •  Key NC SEL Resources
  • NC SEL Implementation update to State Board of Education
  • Winter 2020-2021 Released Resources 
  • NC SEL Implementation Update
  • SEL and Equity
  • Important Dates


Updates to NCASA Performing Arts

The combined Performing Arts committee met recently to review the possibility of transitioning the NCASA performing arts events to virtual. After discussion, the committee recommended we move all events to virtual this year. This has been approved by the NCASA Executive Committee. Please note the details below:


- All three (dance, show choir, a cappella) events would be presented virtually this year by submitting videos of their performances. Video guidelines were created last summer and can be found in this document describing updates to all NCASA activities for this year. 

- All activities will be non-competitive. No awards will be presented. This decision was made because it is very difficult to fairly adjudicate video submissions and schools may be operating under vastly different circumstances regarding masks, social distancing, permission to gather, etc.

- Videos will be adjudicated and schools will receive audio comments and written scores.

- Videos may begin with an introduction sharing special circumstances (masks required, social distancing required, etc.)

- Scores will not be shared with anyone. Schools may choose to have their rating (superior, excellent, etc) made public.

- The following were established as video submission deadlines:

--- Dance Ensemble: March 26

--- A Cappella: April 9

--- Show Choir: April 16

- If we are able to present the Metrographics Printing North Carolina Showcase, the top score in each activity will be invited to perform.

- Cup Points will be awarded for participation only (and not for first place, second place, etc). No additional recommendations were made by the committee at this time concerning Cup Points. We expect to provide specifics on the awarding of Cup Points by February.

Two Ensembles - The committee voted to allow schools to enter up to two ensembles in each event. See details below.SHOW CHOIR - two ensemblesA CAPPELLA - two ensemblesDANCE - two ensembles in each event, or up to 10 total ensembles for high school and 4 total ensembles for middle school


- We plan to publicize the event and make the videos public (for those who wish to do so) but did not review additional details about this at this time.


Please understand this was a difficult decision to make but we felt it was in the best interest of everyone involved. Your questions are welcome and we will publish additional information as it is developed.

NCASA is home of the 

  • Joe Childers Scholastic Cup
  • NCASA Challenge Cup
  • Metrographics Printing North Carolina Showcase

Leon Pfeiffer

Executive Director

North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities

(919) 771-9272

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Not in the Raleigh Area? Not a problem! Visit the Regional Arts Partners Google sheet to search for arts education organizations which serve students in your region, city, and educational district! If you have more organizations to add to the list, please contact Brandon Roeder.




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North Carolina's Vision for Comprehensive Arts Education

In today's globally competitive world, innovative thinking and creativity are essential for all school children. High quality, standards-based instruction in the arts develops these skills and effectively engages, retains, and prepares future-ready students for graduation and success in an entrepreneurial economy. Dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts, taught by licensed arts educators and integrated throughout the curriculum, are critical to North Carolina's 21st century education. (Senate Bill 66: Comprehensive Arts Education Task Force, 2010)




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