Hello to arts educators and special educators!
It is a pleasure to invite you to explore our Division of Visual and
Performing Arts Education (DARTS) website. It is designed to bring
arts and special educators together. While that statement may not
sound radical, it is, and here is the reason. Our DARTS webpage
brings national, international, and community arts/special education
organizations together and accessible for the first time. Before this
DARTS website, finding information about arts organizations and
arts for students with disabilities was difficult. You needed to know
which organizations to contact and to be familiar with their
professional language and key search words. For example, the
seemingly simple word “creativity” can call up information about
DARTS is the first Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) division to
focus on arts education for students with disabilities. DARTS is also
the first division to focus on collaboration between art, music, drama,
and dance/movement educators and special educators. A goal of
DARTS is to bring together professionals who recognize that arts
education reaches and teaches to our students’ strengths.
Arts educators have long adapted their teaching to meet our students’
needs, often with little or no special education training. They have
been the Ginger Rogers partner of the famous dance team of Fred
Astaire and Ginger Rogers (she danced in high heels and backwards). DARTS welcomes arts educators to CEC and to
CEC’s professional training information and opportunities. Now, though DARTS,
we can share our stories and teaching approaches.
Look for our DARTS newsletters. Our newsletters will highlight arts/special
education programs, events, and people, and share teaching successes and
behavioral breakthroughs that come through the arts. We plan future DARTS
teaching and research journals to highlight exemplary arts/special education
programs and research. Look, too, for our DARTS presentations listed under
CEC's annual professional convention. They will bring together colleagues who
teach the visual and/or performing arts to students with disabilities and offer face
to face networking time. Let’s work together to strengthen the arts education of
students with disabilities and change STEM to STEAM!
You may already be a member of CEC. To find out more about joining DARTS,
call 703-264-9400. Please share this information with arts educators. and help us
spread the word about DARTS and CEC.
Beverly Levett Gerber