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Arts Education: Making the Case with Legislators

Presented by The Kennedy Center, this article by Janelle Hallett features valuable information for educators on how to approach elected officials through voter and data-driven advocacy strategies. Arts Education: Making the Case with Legislators
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Connecting with your School Board

Now is a great time to develop a personal connection to your school district leadership. Your local School Board is responsible for creating policies and setting budget priorities for superintendents and school district staff to implement. They are also elected officials and need and want to hear from their voters about the issues that are […]
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ArtsEd WA’s 2011 Legislative Priorities

ArtsEd Washington 2011 Issue Brief January, 2011 Two current issues substantially impact arts education in K-12 public schools: The WA State Board of Education (SBE) newly adopted graduation requirements. With the current budget deficit, the SBE will not now seek legislation to authorize and fund the newly adopted Washington Career and College-Ready Graduation Requirements that […]
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Arts Education Talking Points

Arts Education Quick Facts Arts education is the law in Washington state. Arts education, as defined by Washington state law, includes five disciplines: dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual art. Arts education is not an optional enrichment activity. In accordance with the Basic Education Act, arts education is a mandated core subject and required to […]
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Celebrating Arts Education in the Holidays

The holidays offer ideal opportunities for arts education advocacy efforts as schools present their concerts, performances, and more. This is your chance to spread some holiday cheer and raise awareness of the importance of arts programs for every student in your school. Below are some ideas to help get you started in your efforts. Have […]
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DoSomething.org has Arts in Education

The Arts are usually the first thing to go when a school faces budget cuts. Are these programs too important to lose? Visit the Arts in Education page on DoSomething.org to learn more.
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Advocacy Tip: Write a Letter

This ArtsEd Washington Advocacy Tip is based on material from the Advocacy Committee of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, of which ArtsEd Washington is a member. It’s time to get started on a new year of advocating for arts education. Our state’s Legislative Session is just around the corner, which means right […]
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Action Alert: US Senate Vote on Nov. 29th

Dear WA Arts and Arts Education Advocates, While we know your are busily preparing for your Thanksgiving holiday, we felt it was important to communicate this important update on the elimination of funding that will impact arts programs. The Senate is set to vote on an amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Monday, November […]
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Arts Advocacy Toolkit

Decades of research show that learning in the arts is at the core of a high quality education. Now the Arts Advocacy Toolkit has been designed to help teachers, parents, and education advocates understand how the era of No Child Left Behind affects access to arts education. The toolkit features “five things you can do […]
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Resources & Support for the Arts – Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts

A one page list of resources available to help support arts education.
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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