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The following tools are intended to support your efforts to show up and speak out.

Building Your Arts Education Toolbox and Constructing Your Outreach Plan

An arts education toolbox and outreach plan are two essential elements to effective advocacy efforts. While it is important to regularly connect with elected officials and school board directors, election years are a particularly excellent time to engage your current leaders and candidates and ask them where they stand on arts education. It is easy […]
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Obama Administration Provides Blueprint for Education Reform

The Obama administration released its blueprint to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, which will help ensure that all students graduate prepared for college and a career.  This blueprint builds on the significant reforms around four areas, including: Improvement of  teacher/principal effectiveness Providing tools and information to families that will help them evaluate their […]
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First Look: National Center for Education Statistics Examines Arts Education in Schools

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics released a snapshot report on the national status and condition of arts education in schools during the 2009-2010 school year.  Some of the First Look findings include: Most of the elementary school’s offered instruction that was designated for music (94%) and visual arts (83%) Of […]
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National Endowment for the Arts Releases New Study: the Value of the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts recently released a new report that measures the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities, organizational revenue and expenses, and direct consumer spending.  Key findings of Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities include: The U.S. performing […]
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Open Letter to Washington’s School Directors

Every Student.  Every School. May 17, 2011 Dear School Board President, This month, schools and districts across the state celebrate Arts Education Month.  On behalf of ArtsEd Washington, I would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you for your leadership and commitment to education. We appreciate the hard work and dedication […]
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President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Releases Landmark Arts Education Report

Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools is the culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country. The report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education and includes: An update of the current research base about arts education outcomes An […]
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Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable: the Role of Arts Education

In their annual National Arts Policy Roundtable forum, Americans for the Arts bring together top-level leaders from both private and public sectors to discuss critical issues that advance American culture and society.  The conclusions of year’s theme, The Role of the Arts in Educating America for Great Leadership and Economic Strength, are detailed in this […]
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Highline School District: Ensuring Equitable Access to Arts Learning

Highline School District continues making progress on their thoughtful and systemic work to ensure equitable provision of arts learning to all students. In recognition of the need to attend to arts education, and in response to concerns raised by parents, Highline Superintendent John Welch established a Superintendent’s Council on the Arts in the fall of […]
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Act now to save the arts in your school district

Over the next few months, school districts across Washington state will be faced with hard decisions on budgets.  While we all hope for positive outcomes, the reality is that cuts are going to happen across a majority of districts.  This is why it is important to ACT NOW to get the message out to your […]
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AEM 2011: Sample Decision-Maker Invitation

Use this letter to invite decision-makers to watch “arts learning in action.”
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    • ArtsEd Washington Presents PAL Success at National Title I Conference

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      2014: At the National Title I Conference in San Diego in early February, ArtsEd Washington presented on using the arts to improve student and school success with a panel of principals who used ArtsEd Washington’s Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program to transform their own Title I schools. The Title I program aims to bridge the achievement gap between low-income students and other students by providing supplemental federal funding to underachieving schools to meet the needs of at-risk students.

      Three principals shared their experiences working with the PAL program in Title I schools including Tracye Ferguson (formerly of Franklin Elementary and now Director of Title I/Early Learning for Tacoma Public Schools), Alan Matsumoto (Garfield Elementary in Yakima), and Farah Thaxton (formerly of Madrona K-8 in Seattle). ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden moderated the panel as they offered their leadership perspective and insights on how arts learning and specifically the PAL program has helped them improve their schools and can impact students and schools statewide. The session was introduced with pride by Gayle Pauley, Title I Director of Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

      “Integrating arts education strategies in reading, mathematics, and the sciences is having a positive impact on the achievement of students who are struggling academically. Title I, Part A programs are demonstrating how this integration has a positive impact on student achievement,” said Pauley. “I am a musician myself and know first-hand the impact arts education has on student success.”

      Like many other schools across Washington State, Garfield, Madrona, and Franklin have used the PAL program to grow their arts capacities, impacting overall academic success, school culture, and student/family engagement. The panel shared their experiences in building effective arts plans, visions, and real world tactics to turn their schools into vibrant, successful places for their students to engage and learn. The session also covered tangible strategies to advance this instructional change and demonstrated a simple infrastructure for team-building, vision development, and planning for student success.

      “Including the arts in the school day improves student engagement, academic achievement, attendance, graduation rates, and overall success,” commented McAlinden. “The fact that our session was chosen for this national conference demonstrates the growing understanding among education leaders that the arts are a path to both student and school success.”

      The goal of the PAL program is to empower schools to create the fundamental systemic change that will ensure that the arts play a vital role in a complete education for all students, now and for years to come. PAL trains principals, as instructional leaders in all areas of curriculum, to expand their own capacities in arts leadership, to develop arts teams, visions, and plans, and to implement concrete strategies to integrate and sustain arts instruction for every student in every school.

      Thaxton’s experience at Madrona K-8, where more than three quarters of the students fall below the poverty line, demonstrated the remarkable impact of arts learning.  Citing more confident, engaged, and perseverant students at Madrona (which had limited arts offerings before she began work with the PAL program), Thaxton observes that the climate and culture of the school were transformed by the arts. She also sings the praises of the professional development she received through the program.

      Notes Thaxton, “It was one of the most focused professional development experiences I’ve had as a principal. PAL brought everybody’s voice together and was a key strategy in our success.”

      ArtsEd Washington is currently in the process of revamping the PAL program to be implemented at a district-wide level instead of the slower school-by-school approach. As part of the Creative Advantage, Seattle Public Schools has just begun implementation of PAL in its Central Pathway and will continue rollout to the whole district over the next few years.

      For more information, call 206-441-4501 or email office@artsedwashington.org