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Advocacy Tools

Effective advocates have a broad understanding of the issues they seek to address and are able to identify and relay pertinent information in a clear and concise manner. NDEO has identified resources on this page that will help in your efforts to become a more effective advocate for dance education.

COVID RELIEF - ESSER Funding Toolkit

On March 12, 2021 President Biden signed the American Rescue Act into law. This legislation includes a substantial round of Elementary and Secondary Education Relief funding (ESSER). This third round of ESSER funding, ESSER III, totals $126,000,000,000 for K-12 education. Learn how ESSER funds can be used to support dance education while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Click here to read the ESSER Funding Toolkit for K12 - 2021.

Advocacy Forum

Come to the Advocacy Forum to discuss pressing arts education issues and to learn from other NDEO members how to best use the information and resources NDEO provides to empower you as a dance educator and advocate for quality dance education in the arts. Click here to join the discussion.

Advocacy in a Minute Video Series

Watch one-minute videos from NDEO's Advocacy Committee with helpful tips on how to become a more effective advocate. Click here to view the videos.

Art and Arts Education Advocacy Publications

NDEO's advocacy efforts are influenced by past and present research and policy initiatives that shape the fields of dance, arts education, and arts and culture. The articles and publications that have been influential in helping shape advocacy efforts at a national level are also useful for individuals working on the local and state level. Click here to view or download some of these resources.

Arts Education Organizations

NDEO is passionate about helping educators, artists, administrators, and others find the information and services they need to meet their goals. Here you'll find information on organizations involved in the field of arts education that can be a further source of resources and tools for success. Click here to see the listing.

Dance Education Information

Advocates need to be able to clearly and concisely communicate information regarding the state of dance education and the potential impact of their proposed policies and programs.  One of the most efficient ways to communicate this information to administrators, policymakers, and lawmakers is through the use of relevant data. Click here to view information that may be useful in your own advocacy efforts.

Stand Up for Dance in America's K-12 Schools

This easy-to-read brochure highlights important findings from NDEO's 2013 paper, Evidence: A Report on the Impact of Dance in the K-12 School Setting. Share with your school board, school, studio, and community! To order bulk quantities for a nominal shipping and handling fee, please contact us at info@ndeo.org. Click here to view an electronic version of the brochure. Click here to read the full Evidence Report.

Video: Advocate for Dance in Your School

Hear Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools speak to the importance of dance and the arts. This is a concise, motivating video that is perfect to share with administrators, parents, students, and fellow advocates! Click here to view video.