Archives: Advocacy Tools

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

Ten Lessons the Arts Teach

A short handout explaining the benefits of Arts Education. Writen by Elliot Eisner, professor of education and art at Stanford University.
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Strengthen Arts Education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Background on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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Parent to Parent Letter 2010

A letter from ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden explaining the need for parents and community members to advocate for arts education.
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Letter from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Secretary Arne Duncan’s letter to school and education community leaders, August 2009.
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Is it Good for Kids?

ASCD’s approach to the Whole Child. Click here to read more.
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Learning Through the Arts

Learning Through the Arts is a one-minute audio-visual presentation demonstrates the integration of the Arts within a “sophisticated curriculum” and is available in flash. Link: http://www.ltta.ca/flash/English/index.htm
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SupportMusic.com

You can find a host of information, including a local advocacy toolkit, support letters from high-ranking federal officials, and other information at www.supportmusic.org. Link: http://www.nammfoundation.org/support-music
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Make Your Case Database

This “Make Your Case” database, powered by SupportMusic.com, will help you build a case for your music program when it’s threatened. Music education advocates can use the facts, statistics, research, and anecdotes on specific topics for presentations, speeches, and other communications with school board members, administrators, and legislators. Link: http://www.menc.org/supportmusic_cases
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No Subject Left Behind

No Subject Left Behind is an older, but still valuable review of how the federal government can fund the arts and offers information on other federal legislation issues and arts education. Link to PDF: http://www.artsusa.org/pdf/no_subject_left_behind.pdf
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Why Schools With Arts Programs Do Better At Narrowing Achievement Gaps

View research and talking points on the ways in which the arts close the Achievement Gap. Link to PDF: http://www.keepartsinschools.org/School_board/EducationWeek_Commentary_TheArtsEducationEffect.pdf
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    • In the News: PAL School Excels Through the Arts

      As they complete their second year of the Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program, Black Diamond Elementary has already noticed significant positive change amongst their students: attendance has improved, students are more highly engaged in school activities, there’s been a marked decrease in disciplinary issues and academic achievement is on the rise.

      When asked what she attributes these changes to, Principal Gerrie Garton has one answer: the arts.

      Principal Garton shared these improvements with the Enumclaw School Board, as well as the school’s involvement with the PAL program, which has helped prepare her to lead the staff towards building art-focused curriculum in all subjects.

      Learn more about Black Diamond Elementary’s success through the arts in the Enumclaw Patch, and read ArtsEd Washington’s interview with Principal Garton about how PAL has transformed the school.

      Want to enroll your school in PAL?  Apply for Fall 2012!