Archives: Research

The following research presents hard facts and thoughtful reporting around arts education issues.

How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition

Does education in the arts transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers are finding evidence that it does. Michael Posner argues that when children find an art form that sustains their interest, the subsequent strengthening of their brains’ attention networks can improve cognition more broadly. Link: http://www.dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=23206
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Research Projects: Arts

Project Zero’s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as in humanistic and scientific disciplines, at individual and institutional levels. Link: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/Research/ResearchArts.htm
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Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels. Link: http://www.aep-arts.org
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Washington State Schools and Districts Database

Searchable database of facts about Washington Schools and districts. Link: http://www.greatschools.org/washington
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Washington State School Report Cards

Link: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?year=2008-09
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Third Space (2005)

Third Space tells the riveting story of the profound changes in the lives of kids, teachers, and parents in ten economically disadvantaged communities across the country that place their bets on the arts as a way to create great schools. The schools become caring communities where teachers find new joy and satisfaction in teaching and […]
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Partnering Arts Education: A Working Model from ArtsConnection

This free publication details the importance of partnerships between classroom teachers and artists and how they build successful residencies in schools. It provides insight and concrete steps in using the ArtsConnection model. Link: http://www.dana.org/WorkArea/downloadasset.aspx?id=8104
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Lincoln Center Institute Project

From Project Zero , a research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education Lincoln Center Institute Project Curricular Frameworks in Aesthetic Education was an artist-in-residence program designed to expose students to the arts, and to immerse students and teachers in an intensive aesthetic education program Link to PDF: http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/2005/RAND_RB9106.pdf
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Learning Partnerships: Improving Learning in Schools with Arts Partners in the Community (1999)

This report examines what makes an effective and sustainable Arts and Education Partnership. It describes these relationships as a key ingredient in school improvement strategies and includes the important questions to address at each stage of development for successful arts education partnerships. Link to PDF: http://www.aep-arts.org/files/partnership/LearningPartnerships.pdf
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Anchoring Arts Education: Principals’ Arts Leadership Full Report

An evaluation of ArtsEd Washington’s Principal’s Arts Leadership Program for elementary schools, May 2009. Anchoring Arts Education: Principals Arts Leadership Full Report
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