Arts Ed NJ, an arts education resource, policy and advocacy organization has released a comprehensive report, September Ready: Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education, which offers practical guidance for K-12 school administrators and arts educators seeking to provide meaningful arts instruction for their students.  

The document follows the June 29 release of the New Jersey Department of Education’s “The Road Back, Restart and Recover Plan for Education” guidance to reopen schools.  

“I have read the report from cover to cover,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. “It provides ideas, suggestions and guidance that is dedicated to the reintroduction of the arts within our schools when we begin the ‘road back’ in September. This is a must-read for all board members and educators.”  

More than 130 arts administrators, educators, practitioners and association leader joined together to develop the strategies needed for arts instruction to be delivered in a way that addresses the necessary health and safety of students, faculty and staff. 

“The “September Ready: Fall 2020 Guidance for Arts Education illustrates that regardless of how arts education is taught, arts curricula can be delivered effectively and successfully,” said Robert Morrison, director of Arts Ed NJ, chair of the September Ready Taskforce for Arts Education, and a member of the Wachung Hills Board of Education, and delegate for Somerset County on the NJSBA Board of Directors.  “Arts education is important now more than ever, to address the social and emotional needs of our students.”