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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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    • ArtsEd WA Part of Arts Vision for Seattle Public Schools

      2013: ArtsEd Washington was at the heart of the action as Executive Director Una McAlinden facilitated the creation of a concrete and specific arts vision for the Seattle Public Schools Central Pathway (the K-12 schools in the Washington Middle School service area). Principals from all the schools within this pathway came together with parents and teachers under the leadership of their Executive Director of Schools, Nancy Coogan, committed to improving the provision of arts learning for the students they serve. The team used a racial equity lens to examine arts access data for their pathway as a whole, considered the key components of a high quality arts program, and participated in arts learninSup. Banda SPSg. Given the recent shift from school choice to neighborhood schools in Seattle, this was the first time that the leaders from a K-12 pathway have planned the provision of a continuum of learning together, and it also marked the launch of the SPS districtwide K-12 Arts Plan.

      Superintendent Banda (pictured) joined the group to celebrate the vision and spoke passionately in support of the social justice which requires that this work continues. Congratulations to these leaders for all their work!