Glossary of terms used on this site

Wondering what those acronyms mean? Here's a list of the terms used on this site.

AAHPERD - American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; AAHPERD is the parent organization of the National Dance Association (NDA)

AATE - American Alliance for Theatre and Education

AEC - Arts Education Collaborative; a non-profit arts education organization in Pittsburgh that lives under the umbrella of the Carnegie Museums

AEP - Arts Education Partnership; the national arts education organization that is part of CCSSO (see below)

ASCD - Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

CCSSO - Council of Chief State School Officers; the national organization for state superintendents or secretaries of education

EdTA - Educational Theatre Association

ESEA - Elementary and Secondary Education Act: The federal law that authorizes federal education programs. In 2001, ESEA was amended (the original ESEA was written in 1956) and became known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Currently, Congress is looking at reauthorizing and amending ESEA.

ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education; also used to designate this organization's national conference, formerly known as NECC (National Education and Computing Conference)

MENC - The National Association for Music Education, formerly known as Music Educators National Conference

NAEA - National Art Education Association

NCLB - No Child Left Behind; see ESEA above

NDEO - National Dance Education Organization

NEA - used for both the National Education Association (teachers' professional organization) or the National Endowment for the Arts (the arts granting agency of the federal government)

NEH - National Endowment for the Humanities

P21 - Partnership for 21st Century Skills

PAEA - Pennsylvania Art Education Association

PASCD - Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

PCA - Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

PETE&C - Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference

PHC - Pennsylvania Humanities Council

PMEA - Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

PSAHPERD - Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; PSAHPERD includes a dance division in its organizational structure