The Advocacy Committee is a great place to get involved with NCTAE. As a team we work to develop tools that enable our members (and others) to have our voices heard. We help each other make a difference with those who make decisions that affect our jobs, our schools, and the quality of our lives.
https://www.artsareeducation.org/toolbox (Arts ARE Education)
You will find a multitude of useful items and ideas through these resources including (but not limited to) letter to an elected official templates, social media resources, and various handouts.
Arts Education Graduation Requirement
There have been some questions about the new Arts Education Graduation Requirement. Attached is a PDF of a FAQ article put together by Brandon Roeder, our K-12 Theatre Consultant with NCDPI. This article should help answer your questions. Feel free to reach out to Brandon if you need more clarification. firstname.lastname@example.org
NCTAE's Statement on Racial Justice
Injustice is intolerable.
June 4, 2020
North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators stands with communities of color as they fight for equality, equity, justice, and healing. We will work with theatre arts educators to train, support, and empower change. Theatre has long been both an art form and a tool for positive change, and we stand ready to take part.
NCTAE will work to encourage inclusion, diverse materials and perspectives, and the impact of artists of color.
We have created a living document with a collection of resources for educators to use while making positive change. NCTAE is committed to encouraging ongoing education and growth for our members.
ARTS NC Resources
From the Advocacy team, we humbly encourage you to check out the election portal that is from our friends at ARTS NC. Included in this link are the following:
1) Outlines on what nonprofits can and can't do with elections,
2) A link to find your local board of elections for your county,
3) Results from a survey that was sent by ARTS NC to each NC candidate for US House, NC House, and NC Senate regarding their opinions of the arts in our state, and
4) Any frequently asked questions you might have about the upcoming election.
Position Statement on Recent Class Size Allotment Issues
Allotment Sizing Bill - Cuts to Arts Teacher Positions
Please read the attached file for NCTAE's position on recent class size allotment issues. This statement was approved at our meeting on Friday, February 17.
Why is it important for us to take a stand?
The 2016 budget put into law specific mandates that reduced class sizes in K-3 classrooms effective in fall 2017. Without additional state funding, districts will need to increase the number of teachers (and classrooms) for those grades. This will require eliminating arts teachers, health and PE teachers, world languages teachers, and other positions such as counselors and nurses. For example, in Guilford County Schools, implementation of this budget provision would eliminate every Theatre Arts position--elementary, middle and high school--AND 5/8 of their music teachers.
We need to take a stand and we need a unified voice.
If you are ready to get involved, here are some simple steps to follow:
Over the weekend we learned that the House has voted unanimously to approve HB-13, which gives a bit of relief to this allotment crunch. We need to focus our advocacy efforts on reaching our senators now.
Please send a letter (or email) to your senator. There is a link at the bottom of the position paper that will help you find their contact information.
Be positive in your comments. Include that you are a constituent, that you are a teacher, and that you are connected to others who also vote.
Include your concerns that this allotment requirement will negatively impact all children's education. Where possible, make your connections personal.
Ask specific questions that will hopefully generate a response.
Include a copy of our position paper so they know they are hearing from you, but also hearing from our entire organization.
You may also make a quick phone call, but please send them our position statement. This connects you and your contact to our organization. A unified vocie will have a much bigger overall impact!
Thanks for all you do to make North Carolina a better place to be a Theatre Arts Educator!