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Call for Visual Art Teachers: Become a Professional Development Trainer for Regional Teacher Trainings

Call for Visual Art Teachers: Become a Professional Development Trainer for Regional Teacher Trainings  Free Master Training Workshop: August 11-14, 2014 in South Seattle* Deadline to Apply: July 8, 2014 Participants may be selected before July 8 deadline as applications are received and reviewed. ArtsEd Washington is seeking highly qualified visual art teachers and teaching […]
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Crayola’s Champion Creatively Alive Children Grants

Crayola, in collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), seeks to support educators as they nurture creativity in the classroom.  With up to 20 grants available, educators who encourage children’s self expression and imagination are invited to apply.  Must be a member of NAESP.  Find more details and apply. Application deadline:  July […]
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MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Award

The MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program provides financial support for arts learning in K-12 public schools that prioritize student achievement while addressing state arts education standards.  Read the details and application guidelines. Application deadline:  May 20, 2011
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Golden Apple Awards: Recognizing Our Educators

Know a teacher who is making a difference in education through the arts? Nominations are now being accepted for the Golden Apple Awards.  The recipients are to represent the best in preK-12 education across Washington state.  Previous recipients include art teachers, arts organizations, arts education coordinators, and non-art teachers who utilize arts-teaching methods.  Learn more […]
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Target’s Art and Culture in Schools Grant

With the belief that the arts are part of a well-rounded education that every child deserves, Target offers their Art and Culture in Schools Grant, helping keep arts and culture in the classroom year after year.  Find more details including guidelines and the application process. Application deadline:  April 30
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VSA Seeks Visual and Performing Teaching Artists With Disabilities for Fellowship Program

VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, is seeking outstanding visual and performing teaching artists with disabilities for the 2011-12 Teaching Artist Fellowship program. The program recognizes the value teaching artists in integrating the arts into education, and seeks to enable artists with disabilities to serve as role models of diversity, expression, and inclusive […]
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11th Annual Music Student Scholarships

Finish this essay: “How my music teacher has influenced me and my goals in school…” You could win your share of $20,000 including music products for your school music program! For more information, please click here.
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NAMM Foundation WannaPlay Fund

The WannaPlay Fund provides musical instruments to students with a demonstrated need and the school and organizations that serve them. For more information please click here.
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All Kids Can CREATE

The All Kids Can CREATE visual arts program showcases how students with and without disabilities learn through the arts in their schools and communities. The program is presented annually by VSA and CVS Caremark All Kids Can. All submitted artwork will be featured in an online gallery and considered for display in a national touring […]
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The Foundation Center Launches GrantSpace

GrantSpaceSM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers. GrantSpaceSM is the place for grantseekers to: EXPLORE in-depth content ENGAGE with a community of peers and experts ENERGIZE your fundraising efforts For more information, or to access GrantSpace, please visit http://grantspace.org/.
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  • It’s a win for every student and every school!

    State Board of Education Approves Increased Arts Requirements for High School Graduation The Board’s decision helped culminate a week-long national celebration of the arts, as schools, students, and communities [...]

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  • Check out Art Lessons in the Classroom

    ArtsEd Washington developed Art Lessons in the Classroom to provide visual art curriculum for elementary schools that is aligned with Washington state standards.This comprehensive and sequential visual arts curriculum provides an excellent foundation in visual arts concepts.

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  • Title I panel

    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 contact Una McAlinden at una@artsedwashington. 

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