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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 all four disciplines: dance, 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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    • Welcome to Our Newest PAL Schools 2010-2011

      ArtsEd Washington is excited to introduce our new group of principals participating in the Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program this year. Through this program, the principals will be positioned as the instruction leaders in the arts, empowering them in a role to effectively guide the expectations for teachers and providing them with tools to help them increase their schools’ capacity for bringing the arts to every student.

      Please join us in welcoming the following principals and their schools:

      If one of these schools is in your community, we encourage you to stop by to congratulate the principal and offer your support.

      Since their acceptance into the PAL program, principals have been busy creating their Arts Teams – the leadership group comprised of teachers from their school, and the community (parents, artists, business and civic leaders). The team brings together multiple talents that will work with the principal in developing a School Arts Vision and Arts Plan. We look forward to meeting these teams at their first PAL Schools Workshop in late January.

      We would like to extend a thank you to our PAL program funders including the Clowes Fund, 4Culture, The Robert B. McMillen Foundation, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. We would also like to thank the Seattle Asian Art Museum for hosting our January workshop training.

      About Principals Arts Leadership

      The central role of the principal as instructional leader in the arts is a core tenet of the PAL program and is based on national research findings. The Arts Education Partnership’s 1999 study, Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education, highlights the role of the principal as the primary instructional leader at the school level. The findings showed that principals create the expectations and climate within the school building and their support for arts education is essential, if it is to flourish. Through the PAL program, ArtsEd Washington uniquely positions the principal as the central figure in advancement of arts learning. Learn more about our PAL program.