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Art teacher part of statewide team developing standards in fine arts


Maggie Parks

Marshalltown Community School District elementary art teacher Maggie Parks has been selected to be part of a new team that will develop recommended statewide standards in fine arts.

The team’s mission is to create a series of concepts and skills designed to foster creativity and critical thinking in fine arts, which include visual art, general music, instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance and media arts.

“I am very excited that the Iowa Department of Education has solidified their commitment to quality fine arts instruction by reviewing and hopefully adopting rigorous standards for Iowa students,” Parks said. “I’m honored to be chosen for the team, and I’m looking forward to the review process. I plan to bring all that I learn from the experience back to the Marshalltown art department to benefit our students.”

The team had its first meeting on February 21.The team will seek public feedback and eventually will offer recommended standards to the State Board of Education for consideration. Parks teaches art at Fisher and Woodbury elementary schools.