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PAL Spotlight On: Madrona K-8 School

“It was one of the most focused professional development experiences I’ve had as a principal,” Farah exclaims. “PAL brought everybody’s voice together and was a key strategy in our success.” The Arts are Alive Thanks to Strong Leadership and PAL Throngs of students fill the halls with busy footsteps and the buzz of chatter as […]
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PAL Spotlight On: Black Diamond Elementary

ArtsEd Washington is thrilled to shine the spotlight on Black Diamond Elementary , a Year 2 school of our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program.  We recently sat down with Principal Gerrie Garton to learn about what changes she’s seen in the school, the staff, and the students since participating in the program. Q & A […]
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PAL Spotlight On: Parkwood Elementary

ArtsEd Washington is thrilled to shine the spotlight on Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program alum Parkwood Elementary!  We recently sat down with Principal Laura Ploudré to learn about what changes she’s seen in the school, the staff, and the students since completing the program. Q & A with PAL Principal Laura Ploudré How did the […]
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Secretary Arne Duncan’s Speech, April 2010

Secretary Arne Duncan’s Remarks at the Arts Education Partnership National Forum Link: http://www2.ed.gov/news/speeches/2010/04/04092010.html
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Barbara Shepherd

“The Kennedy Center supports this work because it engages the primary school leader and decision maker in planning arts programs… The [PAL] program design includes networking opportunities for principals so they can share best practices across school sites. Few initiatives provide such a high level of sustained support for principals.” Barbara Shepherd, Director of National […]
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Gary Kipp

“As they develop into arts leaders, PAL participants are emerging as stronger, more dedicated, more effective principals. And, because the PAL model emphasizes shared leadership, these principals are building programs of success that can be sustained for years to come.” Gary Kipp AWSP
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Charlie Rathbun

“ArtsEd Washington has stepped up to fill a critical void at the intersection of school leadership, parental and community participation, professional teaching organizations, corporate involvement and the political process.” Charlie Rathbun 4Culture
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Jeff Newport

“Parents are increasingly able to articulate the benefits of the arts for their children. They see ways that the arts enhance their learning of academic subjects. They see the development of skills such as persistence, preparation and presentation. And, importantly, they see them developing a love of the arts!” Jeff Newport, Rosa Parks Lake Washington […]
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Leita Earl

“The arts can open pathways of learning and encourage confidence in children. One of our fourth grade students has been visibly touched by the arts. She started the year hesitant to make new friends – uncomfortable to share orally with her class. Through her exposure to the arts, she smiles during dance activities and is […]
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Mike Sellers

“Every time I observe an integrated arts lesson in a classroom, I find our highest levels of student engagement. Whether it is readers’ theater or a visual art component to math, reading, or social studies, many of our students who struggle with behavior or engagement issues rise to the top and then this carries over […]
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    • Amy Wright

      “Our teachers have taken a leadership role in advancing the integration of arts in our school community. This has had a significant impact on student engagement in their classrooms, in the climate of the school in general, and, in their personal feeling of efficacy as teachers to meet the needs of all students.”

      Amy Wright, Stillwater
      Riverview School District