PAL Testimonials

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.

Read these testimonies to the power of this program.

  • ArtsEd Washington Presents PAL Success at National Title I Conference

    2014: At the National Title I Conference in San Diego in early February, ArtsEd Washington presented on using the arts to improve student and school success with a panel of principals who used ArtsEd Washington’s Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program to transform their own Title I schools. The Title I program aims to bridge the ...
  • 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 part of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • ArtsEd WA Releases Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) Program Brochure

    ArtsEd Washington is pleased to present this inaugural published brochure for the Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program.  Featuring quotes from PAL alum and supporters, this brochure also includes PAL’s: Innovative strategies, best practices, and anticipated outcomes, Approaches to providing critical support, and tools for success, and How to ignite renewed enthusiasm for teaching and learning at your ...
  • In the News: PAL School Excels Through the Arts

    As they complete their second year of the Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program, Black Diamond Elementary has already noticed significant positive change amongst their students: attendance has improved, students are more highly engaged in school activities, there’s been a marked decrease in disciplinary issues and academic achievement is on the rise. When asked what she attributes ...
  • Principals Arts Leadership Program Featured in National Teleconference

    In Spring 2012, Executive Director Una McAlinden, along with Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) Program Alumni Laura Ploudré and Doug Poage, were featured in a panel during a national teleconference hosted by the Support Music Coalition – led by the  National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Their discussion, “Principals Take the Lead with Arts Education Planning”, took ...
  • ArtsEd Washington & Carnation Elementary Featured on KING 5

    Kicking off Arts Education Month, KING 5 reporter Christie Johnson highlights the important role of the arts in schools and the positive impacts on students participating in arts programs in a special education segment “What’s Cool in School.” ArtsEd Washington is featured with Carnation Elementary School, who is noted – along with Tacoma School of ...
  • 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 ...
  • Key Features of the PAL program

    The purpose of ArtsEd Washington’s Principals’ Arts Leadership (PAL) program is to increase the provision of high quality arts instruction in Washington State’s educational system. PAL’s goal is to build and support systemic change in public elementary schools so that all students can benefit from the proven and powerful role of arts learning in a ...