Posted on 10/22/2019 at 03:00 PM by Blog Experts

As the school year is in full swing and fall is officially upon us, I wanted to take the time to remind all fine arts educators and teacher leaders to take a look at our Iowa Fine Arts Standards course and modules available on AEA Learning Online.  They were released last fall, and since then, we've had over 600 educators enroll in our modules.  We are excited so many educators have utilized this professional development opportunity and resource, but we know it's important to continue to spread the word.  These modules, or self-paced online courses, were built by Iowa's Statewide Fine Arts Leadership Team, a group of fine arts education leaders from schools and districts, AEAs, Art Educators of Iowa, Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Iowa Choral Directors Association, Iowa Communications Association, Iowa Music Educators Association, Iowa String Teachers Association, Iowa Thespians, and the Kodaly Educators of Iowa. 

The modules provide various entry points into learning about and applying Iowa's Fine Arts Standards to your context and practice:

  1. Introducing Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards
  2. Understanding Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards
  3. Applying and Connecting Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards
  4. Assessing Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards
  5. Iowa’s Fine Arts Standards: Resources for Implementation

The modules can be studied individually or bundled together with additional coursework for a license renewal credit. The modules are free for Iowa educators if no credit is desired. To go through the modules or to register for credit, go to: Once logged in, click on “Catalog” in the top left hand corner and search for "fine arts".  You can select modules individually, or if wishing to take the course for credit, select the course.

In particular, I would like to draw special attention to Module 5, our Resources Module, which is essentially a clearinghouse for resources to support Iowa's Fine Arts Standards.  We are updating these resources throughout the year, and include links to Google folders with tools, templates, and Iowa Model Cornerstone Assessments, or curriculum-embedded assessments for each of our fine arts disciplines - dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts - at varying grade levels, written by Iowa fine arts educators.  Looking through these Model Cornerstone Assessments, one can see how Iowa's Fine Arts Standards are currently being implemented in classrooms across our state.

I've spoken with a number of districts across our state whose fine arts PLCs have decided to use our modules or course as the focus of their work and conversations across the span of an academic year.  I think that's a wonderful idea!  If you would like to do so, please contact me or AEA Learning Online, and we can extend the course completion deadline for as long as you need.  

If you have questions about the modules or the standards, contact me at

Thank you and wishing all of you a great school year.


Angela Matsuoka

Fine Arts Consultant

Iowa Department of Education

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