ArtsEd Washington is excited to introduce this outstanding group of principals who will be beginning our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program this year. They will be positioned as instructional leaders in the arts who will empower their teachers and staff with the creation of a school-wide arts vision, a School Arts Plan, supported by effective tools which will increase their schools’ capacity to bring the arts to every student.
We are thrilled to welcome the following principals and schools to the PAL program for the 2012-2013 school year:
- Paul Wieneke – Blix Elementary, Tacoma
- Alan Matsumoto – Garfield Elementary, Yakima
- Margot Hightower – Green Gables Elementary, Federal Way
- Claudia Allan – Montlake Elementary, Seattle
- Keisha Scarlett – South Shore K-8, Seattle
- Eric Konishi – Whitman Elementary, Tacoma
These principals have an exciting year ahead of them, which will include principal and Arts Team training workshops, baseline data compilation, planning meetings with their PAL Peer Coaches, grant-writing workshops, and much more. Stay tuned to learn more about the work and leadership development of our new PAL schools!
We’d like to thank 4Culture, The Clowes Fund, and The Robert B. McMillen Foundation for their ongoing support of the PAL program.
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, and share our brochure.