At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, we welcomed new additions to our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program. ArtsEd Washington introduced this outstanding group of principals who participated in the program that year. They became instructional leaders in the arts who empowered their teachers and staff with the creation of a school-wide arts vision, a School Arts Plan, supported by effective tools which increased their schools’ capacity to bring the arts to every student.
The following principals and schools joined the PAL program:
- Margot Hightower – Enterprise Elementary, Federal Way
- Tracye Ferguson – Franklin Elementary, Tacoma
- Jennifer Cooper – Grant Center for the Expressive Arts, Tacoma
- Farah Thaxton – Madrona K-8, Seattle
- Kevin Hampton – Meeker Elementary, Puyallup
- Lisa Escobar – Viewlands Elementary, Seattle
The principals hit the ground running: they compiled baseline data, created their Arts Teams, met their PAL Peer Coaches, and participated in an all-day workshop facilitated by ArtsEd Washington staff. This workshop gave them the opportunity to set some time aside and engage in deeper learning about quality arts programs and implementation of the PAL program itself. During the day, they participated in valuable sessions regarding available resources from OSPI, program planning support from ArtsEd Washington, peer discussion with PAL alumni, and dance, theater, and visual art segments presented by community partners.
We’d like to thank 4Culture, The Clowes Fund, and The Robert B. McMillen Foundation for their steadfast support of the PAL program. We’d also like to thank the Seattle Asian Art Museum for graciously hosting the January workshop.
About Principals Arts Leadership
The central role of the principal as instructional leader in the arts is a core tenet of the PAL program and is based on national research findings. The Arts Education Partnership’s 1999 study, Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts that Value Arts Education, highlights the role of the principal as the primary instructional leader at the school level. The findings showed that principals create the expectations and climate within the school building and their support for arts education is essential, if it is to flourish. Through the PAL program, ArtsEd Washington uniquely positions the principal as the central figure in advancement of arts learning. Learn more about our PAL program.