smARTS For Students: An Arts Education Guide for Families

Welcome to smARTS for Students, a partnership of ArtsEd Washington and the Washington State PTA.

smARTS for Students provides information, tools and resources to support parents, families and caregivers in their efforts to improve their child’s education.

In addition to understanding why the arts are a vital component of a complete education, parents and families will learn how to:

  • Open doors and engage in conversation around arts education,
  • Work with parents, teachers, and educational leaders within their districts, and
  • Fuel the next generation of innovators with support from the community at large.

If you haven’t already had the opportunity to read smARTS for Students, we encourage you to take a preview today and share your feedback with us.

Join us in sharing this resource with communities across Washington state.

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The smARTS for Students guide is a partnership between ArtsEd Washington and the Washington State PTA. Supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission (now also known as “ArtsWA”) and the National Endowment for the Arts, it is endorsed by the Washington State Thespians (WST), the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA), and the Dance Educators Association of Washington (DEAW).
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    • 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 assist in their capacity building to integrate the arts into all aspects of their curriculum. As they head into their second year of PAL, and now with the support of the Champion Creatively Alive grant, Madrona plans to continue developing their arts plan that will:

      • Establish model lessons and implementation tools;
      • Strengthen teachers’ confidence in facilitating arts-integrated lessons; and
      • Set standards around long-term, sequential arts programming, and more.

      When asked how the PAL program was a contributor to their grant application , Principal Thaxton said, “Our work through PAL enabled our Arts Team to clarify our priorities, to be very intentional in what we plan to achieve in the years ahead. Working with an experienced Coach, we created a realistic, practical plan, with benchmarks each trimester. This is critical in achieving the transformation we have envisioned for Madrona. We were able to show Crayola and NAESP that we are taking concrete steps to teach our students critical skills, like resourcefulness and inventiveness, which strong arts education provides.”.

      Congratulations, Madrona!

      A special thank you to Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for providing opportunities for schools to foster creativity through the arts, as part of a basic and complete education. We appreciate all that you do to support arts education for every student at every school!