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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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    • Mike Sellers

      “Every time I observe an integrated arts lesson in a classroom, I find our highest levels of student engagement.  Whether it is readers’ theater or a visual art component to math, reading, or social studies, many of our students who struggle with behavior or engagement issues rise to the top and then this carries over to the rest of their work.”

      Mike Sellers, Armin Jahr
      Bremerton School District