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.

Questions?
Contact the smARTS team!
206-441-4501
advocacy@artsedwashington.org

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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  • 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.

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