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National Coalition for Core Arts Standards


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The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) is a partnership of organizations and states leading the development of new core arts standards for the United States. NCCAS plans to complete its work and release new, national voluntary arts education standards in June 2014. The standards will describe what students should know and be able to do as a result of a quality curricular arts education program. 

Dance Writing Team

Chair: Rima Faber, President, Capitol Region Educators of Dance Organization
and Founding President, National Dance Education Organization

Barbara Bashaw, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Karen Kohn Bradley, University of Maryland-College Park and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Washington, D.C.
Joan Finkelstein, New York City Department of Education, New York, New York
Shana Habel, Los Angeles Unified School District, Bellflower, California
Mary Harding, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Susan McGreevy-Nichols, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica, California
Dale Schmid, New Jersey State Department of Education, Trenton, New Jersey
Marty Sprague, Juanita Sanchez High School, Providence, Rhode Island
Lynnette Young Overby, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware


  NCCAS is committed to developing a next generation of voluntary arts education standards that will build on the foundations created by the 1994 and 2005 documents, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, help ensure that all students are college and career ready, and affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum.
Membership is the coalition was formalized and a strategy framework developed following a February meeting at the New York City headquarters of the College Board. NCCAS governing organizations are:
American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
Arts Education Partnership (AEP)
Educational Theatre Association (EdTA)
The College Board
National Association for Music Education (NAfME) -- formerly MENC
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
State Education Agency for Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE)