Day Conference – April 5th is the Day! Mark your calendars and find a carpool buddy today!
Introducing Jessy – Learn more about your new Nor Cal President Jessy Kronenberg!
Repeatability – Cabrillo College faculty take a stand with CFT.
With Spring break right around the corner and increased membership involvement in CDEA, we are bursting forth onto the stage of California dance education. This spring we have rich and rewarding dance conference planned on April 5th for CDEA members in San Diego and the Bay Area. This is an important opportunity for us to come together as a community and create a plan for improving dance education across the state. Please do what you can to attend this event in your area and if possible bring a fellow dance educator who isn’t yet a part of CDEA to join in the activities and discussion.
This issue of CDEA News includes an introduction to our new Co President, Jessy Kronenberg as well as articles about a Community College repeatability resolution from Cabrillo College and a celebratory dance event in Santa Moncia. Enjoy hearing from your colleagues and friends!
Together we dance, Beth Megill
Introducing CDEA’s Nor Cal President
Jessy Kronenberg is the Dance Director at El Cerrito High School in Northern California bringing strong Secondary representation to the CDEA Board.
by Jessy Kronenberg
Two years ago I returned to my hometown, El Cerrito, to replace my retiring dance teacher at El Cerrito High School. I have been a member of CDEA and NDEO ever since starting this position. I was drawn to the statewide association because of its work over the decades to support the reinstatement the CA Single Subject Dance Credential. Since becoming a public high school dance teacher and building relationships with others in this field, I have realized the many obstacles faced by those in our positions. From distinguishing Fine Art, VAPA and PE credit for our administrators and districts, to enrollment battles with our Physical Education counterparts, to the lack of a proper assessment tools and credentialing for our professional capacity… dance teachers in California sure have a lot to overcome on their way to success! And yet, no matter these obstacles, I have seen amazing dance educators do just that.
I am inspired by my colleagues who help young dancers grow into artists, even as they are pushed to a corner of a cafeteria, or have 800 students each week. I feel compelled to take on this role of leadership within CDEA to represent these teachers and I am honored to have the opportunity to do so.
Dance Education at Crossroads School
Dance ’n Dialogue Shakes Up Dance Education in Santa Monica
On Feb. 1, about 100 dance students from middle schools across Los Angeles gathered at the 21st Street Campus for Dance’n Dialogue, a workshop designed by Middle School dance teacher Ricka Glucksman. The purpose of the workshop was to connect students’ feelings to their dancing, empowering them to share their art in a meaningful way and bring joy to others.
Fifteen of the dancers were Crossroads students. The other dancers came from Berendo Middle School, Pacoima Middle School, Bancroft Middle School and New West Charter School. Ricka designed the event to involve multiple schools because she wanted students to make cultural connections with the broader Los Angeles community. The dancers spent the day divided into diverse groups, and they rotated through classes on Life Skills, contemporary dance, hiphop and step. At the end of the day, each school performed a piece from their original repertoire, showcasing the variety of talent among the different schools.
After the event was over, all of the attending students took a survey, providing feedback on the day’s events. The consensus from the students was that they had gained a new awareness of those around them and were more interested in dance and helping others. The students from other schools particularly loved the Life Skills class because it allowed them to share their feelings in such a meaningful way.
Ricka has applied to share her model of dance education at the National Dance Educators Organization conference in Chicago later this year.
Repeatability: Cabrillo College Takes a Stand
by Sharon Took-Zozaya MFA, MS, Dip. Counseling Dance and DMCP Professor CCFT Council Rep. Cabrillo College
The new statewide “student success” repeatability regulations were expressly intended to ration education, particularly in the arts. They state that, in most cases, once a student has received a passing grade (at least a ”C” or a ”Pass”) in a class, he/she may not take it again. These rules were NOT legislated, but instead came from the Board of Governors and the Chancellors Office. Rather than enhancing student success, they’re actually creating roadblocks to student success in many disciplines across campus.
These rules directly target students in the arts (dance, music, theatre, visual art and creative writing) and physical education/kinesiology. Many of these students begin community college underprepared and need additional time to achieve academic progress and readiness for transfer into programs that require auditions, resumes and/or portfolios in their chosen field.
As dance educators, we know that dancers need to practice, practice and practice some more in order to accomplish their goals. We therefore need to educate Sacramento decision makers about how the unexpected consequences of the new rules limit our students’ access to education.
Since Prop 30 passed, not only have college budgets improved, but also the Chancellor and some members of the Board of Governors have changed. It therefore makes sense to revisit this policy.
The Academic Senate of California Community Colleges (ASCCC) will need to agree in order for the repeatability rules to change. Cabrillo College faculty are currently leading a grassroots statewide movement to repeal the repeatability rule. Our union, Cabrillo College Federation of Teachers (CCFT), and our faculty senate have unanimously approved a resolution to that effect. We are seeking and gaining allies daily from colleges up and down California. Please join us! Go to http://ccftcabrillo.org and click on CCFT Currents for information and samples of our resolutions. The final version formatted especially for the ASCCC will be posted soon.
If you have contacts in other CFT locals, faculty senates and/or other faculty unions, please inform them about this effort and email Maya Bendotoff, our CCFT Director with their email addresses, so she can add them to our information listserve.