Reopening Our Schools & Dance Education


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Please use this form to provide your recommendations, thoughts, & experiences as they relate to the general guidelines & the Dance Education section (p. 6-7) of the AELC Recommendations for Reopening Schools document.

NCDEO Information Letter to Membership

Friday, June, 26, 2020


Right now every local school district is making plans on how to reopen schools. Those plans are due to the NC State School Board of Education on July 20th. We need them to know that it is imperative to sustain the availability of Arts Education during this unprecedented time and Arts Education can continue safely in our schools. The best way to do that is to make sure that decision-makers have access to Recommendations for Arts Education as North Carolina Reopens Schools.

Take a few minutes today to send emails to:

  • Your local School Superintendent
  • Every member of your District School Board
  • Principals at your local elementary, middle and high schools

You should be able to find contact information through the website of your local school district. Your message should be clear and to the point. Here is an example you can use:

Superintendent/School Board Member/Principal,

Arts Education is part of a well-rounded education that supports social and emotional well-being and promotes a welcoming school environment. It is imperative to sustain the availability of Arts Education taught by certified arts educators, during this unprecedented time.

The North Carolina Arts Education Leadership Coalition has created Recommendations for Arts Education as North Carolina Reopens Schools that will be helpful to you as you make plans for the 2020-2021 school year. These recommendations can guide Arts Education to continue safely in our schools. You can access the most updated recommendations here:

Please make sure that arts education continues safely in our schools.

Thank you for your commitment, leadership, and service.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

AELC Webinar

If you missed the AELC Webinar a recording along with other resources can be found on the Arts NC Covid-19 Resource Page.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Reopening Our Schools & Dance Education

NCDEO is actively working as part of the NC Arts Education Leadership Coalition (AELC) to advocate for the importance of Arts Education and offer recommendations for arts education programs to safely operate in the reopening of our schools. Learn more about their Recommendations for Arts Education as NC School Open document that was sent to DPI and Task Forces last week here.

AELC Webinar

On Wednesday, June 17th at 10:00am, join Arts NC Executive Director Nate McGaha, NC Dance Education Organization Vice President Laura Stauderman, NC Music Educators Association President Carol Earnhardt, NC Theatre Arts Educators President Chuck Stowe, and NC Art Education Association Past President Rebecca Dow as they review the recommendations and take your questions about arts education safely returning to our schools.

This webinar will be featured in our summer learning exchange.