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The Skills Connection Between the Arts and 21st-Century Learning

In this Education Week article, Bruce Taylor – director of education for the Washington National Opera, discusses how education is still being taught within a basic 19th century framework and how the consequences could be dire as  students are increasingly required to function in a complex, conceptual, and globalized 21st century society and economy. Education […]
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Creativity can be an economic engine

If we are entering an age when creativity and innovation are the hallmarks of the most successful companies, why then are we not doing more to find out what makes people creative?  This feature article by John Eger, SignOnSanDiego.com, discusses how Massachusetts is leading the charge in measuring creativity in public schools statewide.
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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 […]
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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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The Value of Arts Education: A video

This short film, developed through a partnership of Arts/Learning and the Kennedy Center, details how arts education impacts children’s development. To view the video, please click here.
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Centrum Youth Programs at risk in 2001 Washington budget

Centrum’s youth programs are at risk in the 2011 Washington state budget. The Governor has recommended all funding be cut for Highly Capable programs, which provide the funds that support Centrum. Contact your legislators before the special session and urge them to fund Highly Capable education. For more information, please click here.
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Jazz program hopes to strike a chord with Seattle kids

Seattle public schools have some of the best jazz programs in the country. Student ensembles dominate at national competitions and perform all over the world. But many kids don’t get to participate because the bands only exist in a few schools. Now a new program aims to give every middle and high school student in the area an […]
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How the Arts Lay a Foundation for Learning

Children need to develop from the inside out. They must learn skills for dealing with the challenges they face at the same time they are gathering information about the world around them. We tell ourselves a lie of convenience when we support the belief that children who can score well on standardized math and reading […]
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Are Arts Programs Too Important To Lose?

The arts are usually the first thing to go when a school faces budget cuts. DoSomething.org presents facts about arts education and reasons why the arts are important. For more information, please click here.
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Principals’ Arts Leadership (PAL) Training Is Big Success

Furthering our goal to expand our Principals’ Arts Leadership (PAL) program to elementary schools throughout Washington state, ArtsEd Washington hosted an engaging and dynamic alumni training for principals who have completed the 3-year program. The alumni are now eligible to serve as coaches and facilitators to the group of principals in the next generation of […]
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    • PAL School Receives Crayola Grant!

      ArtsEd Washington is pleased to announce that our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program participant, Madrona K-8 School, was recently awarded a grant from the Crayola Champion Creatively Alive program!

      Under the leadership of Principal Farah Thaxton, and with guidance of our PAL program, Madrona has enlisted an active group of parents, community partners, and artists to assist in their capacity building to integrate the arts into all aspects of their curriculum. As they head into their second year of PAL, and now with the support of the Champion Creatively Alive grant, Madrona plans to continue developing their arts plan that will:

      • Establish model lessons and implementation tools;
      • Strengthen teachers’ confidence in facilitating arts-integrated lessons; and
      • Set standards around long-term, sequential arts programming, and more.

      When asked how the PAL program was a contributor to their grant application , Principal Thaxton said, “Our work through PAL enabled our Arts Team to clarify our priorities, to be very intentional in what we plan to achieve in the years ahead. Working with an experienced Coach, we created a realistic, practical plan, with benchmarks each trimester. This is critical in achieving the transformation we have envisioned for Madrona. We were able to show Crayola and NAESP that we are taking concrete steps to teach our students critical skills, like resourcefulness and inventiveness, which strong arts education provides.”.

      Congratulations, Madrona!

      A special thank you to Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for providing opportunities for schools to foster creativity through the arts, as part of a basic and complete education. We appreciate all that you do to support arts education for every student at every school!