Principals Arts Leadership

The Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program is a powerful extension of our mission. By promoting leadership, partnership, and communication, PAL mobilizes stakeholders and advances arts education in Washington state schools.

PAL increases the provision of high quality arts education.

The goal is to build and support systemic change in public elementary schools so that all students can benefit from the vital role of arts learning in a complete education.

We work directly with each school’s leadership.

We recognize the school principal as the instructional leader in the arts and offer the support needed to sustain powerful arts programming. Working with each school’s leadership, PAL helps develop an ongoing annual plan for arts education and provides the tools to get there.

PAL catalyses sustainable change

  • PAL guides principals, teachers, schools, and districts as they grow and sustain arts instruction as an integral component of elementary school education—now and into the future.
  • PAL serves principals by supporting, inspiring, and focusing their interest and commitment to student learning through the arts.
  • PAL serves teachers by connecting them with quality professional development and peer learning around arts instruction.
  • PAL serves students by expanding their knowledge of the world and their learning potential as their schools incorporate more high quality arts into their educational experience.
  • PAL serves school districts by providing resources to assist them in improving school instruction with the arts and connecting them to quality arts programs.
  • PAL serves state-wide arts education goals by building and linking a coalition of school leaders who value arts education and who, through PAL, can develop the knowledge and ability to support and advance systemic change.

Read and share our PAL brochure!

Applications are now being accepted for the new district-level implementation model of PAL. Use PAL to support every school in your district in planning for and providing high quality, sustainable arts education. For more information, email programs@artsedwashington.org.


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    • ArtsEd Washington/ AWSP Principals Forum 2015

      Closing the Gap:

      The Vital Connection Between Equitable Arts Provision & Student Success

      A peer forum for principals, assistant principals, and district administrators/elected leaders

      Presented by

      ArtsEd Washington (Principals Arts Leadership Program) &

      the Association of Washington School Principals

      Date: Tuesday, April 21     Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

      Location: Cornish Playhouse (Seattle Center) | 201 Mercer Street | Seattle, WA 98109

      Contact: Laurie Utterback | (206) 441-4501

      REGISTER HERE.

      Principals and educational leaders won’t want to miss this compelling opportunity in two back-to-back events to explore an engaging (and effective) path to student and school success through the arts. (Continuing Education Clock Hours available for both events.)

      In the context of an increasingly complex K-12 landscape, where new testing and assessment models mean high demands and high stakes for educators, it can be tempting to push the arts to the sidelines. And yet, the arts–which are a core subject and part of the state definition of basic education–are a powerful tool to help both your students and your school achieve success.

      The arts teach students vital 21st-century skills such as: how to think critically and solve problems; how to observe and synthesize different pieces of information, ideas, and abstract concepts; and how to apply them in new, real-world ways. And effective arts integration can deepen students’ learning and understanding of concepts across every other academic subject as well. As our state adopts new learning standards and the new Smarter Balanced assessments, there has been a shift to a greater emphasis on this kind of deeper learning and understanding. Indeed, the arts can be one of your most valuable tools in meeting many of the goals you have for your students and school, including student engagement and increased attendance.

      Join us for a dynamic exploration of how closing the opportunity gap can help close the achievement gap. This event is a “leadership only” pre-workshop to the evening public lecture, CounterpARTS in Education: The Andrea Allen Memorial Lecture Series featuring Dr. Linda Nathan.

      REGISTER HERE.

      During the afternoon workshop, participants will:

      • Develop a deeper understanding of how inequities in provision of arts learning correlate to a growing achievement gap.
      • Explore the Creative Advantage, a unique model to reinvest in student success through the arts, with Seattle Public Schools’ Carri Campbell and Gail Selhorst.
      • Discover real-world examples of effective arts integration to teach cross-curricular concepts in two workshops: a theatre and language arts lesson from Village Theatre’s KIDSTAGE, and a visual art lesson aligned with Common Core math standards, led by art educator Carl Clausen.
      • Walk away with concrete ideas about how to close the achievement gap by closing the provision gap, and ready-to-use ideas to bring engaging, arts-integrated learning experiences into the classroom.

      REGISTER HERE.

      Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the area’s many delicious restaurants or at the Seattle Center’s Armory. Then join us for ArtsEd Washington’s annual CounterpARTS in Education event featuring a premier thought leader in educational reform with over 3 decades of experience leading urban, bilingual schools to success through the arts.

      Why Arts?
      Confronting Issues of Race, Access, and Equity

      featuring

      Dr. Linda Nathan

      Dr. Nathan will then join a panel with local Washington educators Gil Mendoza, Deputy Superintendent, OSPI, and Keisha Scarlett, Principals Leadership Coach and Former PAL Principal, Seattle Public Schools

      7:30 PM | Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle Center)

      Read more about CounterpARTS in Education and Dr. Linda Nathan here.

      Continuing Education Clock Hours available when you register for both the Principals Forum and CounterpARTS. Standard registration for the Principals Forum includes discounted admission to CounterpARTS in Education evening lecture.

      Standard Registration: $70 for afternoon workshop and evening lecture

      Afternoon Workshop Only (no lecture admission): $60

      Discounts available for principals and staff of ArtsEd Washington Member Schools, subject to verification. Please email programs@artsedwashington.org to verify pricing and eligibility. Both the afternoon and the evening events take place on the Seattle Center campus with abundant parking and dining options available.

      REGISTER HERE.