Did you know that Nebraska Commons Open Educational Resources  includes a wealth of arts education lessons? Select the arts and humanities subject area to get started.
The Omaha Conservatory of Music invites area teachers to register for Mark O’Connor Method Teacher Training January 19-20 (MLK Day).
All-State Musical offers an exciting and intense musical theater experience for students from across the state. Auditions open on February 24 for high school students from all over Nebraska. Participants will engage in a three-day rehearsal experience to produce a fully staged musical during June of 2020 at Midland University. 
The Lied Center for Performing Arts has two school day performances this spring - George Orwell's 1984 (grades 8-12) on February 19, and Air Play (grades Kindergarten/ pre-Kindergarten) on April 15. Information on student matinees and performance guides.
The Nebraska Speech Communication and Theatre Association has posted notes from presentations and sessions from their recent "I AM NSCTA" conference as a resource for speech communications and theatre teachers. Find this resource at their website HERE.
Nebraska Art Teachers Association is gearing up to celebrate students from across the state of Nebraska in their student art exhibit at the Nebraska Association of School Board's annual conference November 20-22 in Omaha at the CHI Center. School board members and superintendents will be able to see the creativity and impact of visual arts from across the state. For more information, go to www.nebraskaarteducators.org.
The Nebraska Music Education Association will be hosting its annual Professional Development Conference for music educators November 21-23 in Lincoln.  The All-State Clinics and performance concerts will be held at the same time.  Coming up in 2020, NMEA will celebrate "Music In Our Schools Month(R)" with Capitol Concerts and Music Education Week February 24-27, 2020.   Find more information on their website at www.nmeanebraska.org.
Hire an artist to visit your school! Check out the Nebraska Arts Council's Artists in Schools/Communities grant program.


Arts integration research shows correlation with improved outcomes in science instruction. Johns Hopkins University professor Mariale Hardiman published a 2019 paper in Trends in Neuroscience and Education describing the results of a randomized, controlled trial
Blog Post: "Improving Outsomes for Students through STEAM Education Partnerships
In this AEP guest post, Engaging Creative Minds, shares how it implemented an arts-integrated program to improve outcomes for a low-performing South Carolina School. 

This newsletter's mission is to keep you up-to-date on news, events, and opportunities to improve the quality of arts education in Nebraska. The Dispatch is a collaborative project of the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Art Teachers Association, Nebraska Music Educators Association, Nebraska Speech Communications and Theatre Association, and Nebraskans for the Arts.

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