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Educator Workshop: Papel Picado

In conjunction with Dia de los Muertos at Tacoma Art Museum, practice the traditional art of paper cutting with artist Victor Gonzales to make festive banners, and bring back fun ideas for the classroom. Great for teachers, students, families, and art enthusiasts. Educator clock hours available. To register or learn more, visit: www.TacomaArtMuseum.org/Educators
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Washington State Jr. Thespians Festival

The first ever Washington State Jr. Thespians Festival will be a full day packed with theater workshops, guest performances, and Individual Events (IE)—an opportunity for your students to perform for their peers and professional adjudicators. Your students will make new friends, develop their skills, and share the theater experience with their teachers and peers. The […]
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Art Works: 13 Hours of Art

Washington Art Education Association’s annual statewide educator conference is packed with dynamic sessions on firing up the creative connections between visual arts and career/technical education (CTE).  Clock hours are available.  Sessions range from career and technical exploration to “getting down and dirty” art classes.  Pertinence, flexibility and applicability to various K – 12 classroom situations […]
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The Role of the Arts in the 21st Century Student Learning

Presented by Art Goes to School: Building A Community of Thinkers, this summit is a free one-day professional development convening for parents, educators, students, teaching artists, cultural organizations and all other community members concerned with student learning in the 21st century. The summit will raise awareness of the important role the arts can play in […]
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Dance Educators Association of Washington Annual Conference

Our friends and partners at Dance Educators Association of Washington (DEAW) are holding their bi-annual professional development conference for dance educators.  Sessions will be offered for in-school specialists, dance educators in and out of schools, studio owners and teachers, choreographers, and professionals who promote the art of dance to students in Washington state.  Clock hours […]
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Tacoma School of the Arts Receives School of Distinction Award!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) as one of four recipients of its National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award for the 2010-2011 School Year. The award recognizes successful arts programs, and the integration of the arts as an essential aspect of […]
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Arts Integration & Literacy Institute

Puyallup and Tacoma School Districts present the Arts and Literacy Institute, a workshop designed for beginners of arts integration.  Learn strategies in visual arts, drama, spoken word, music, storytelling, movement and visual thinking skills; and how to integrate with reading, writing, social studies, and other subjects to improve learning.  Read the brochure to learn more […]
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DANCE This – Camp at Centrum

Seattle Theatre Group invites dancers, grades 9-12, to enroll in this week-long camp as part of their DANCE This summer program.  Open to dancers of all levels, students will participate in African, Ballet, Choreography, Hip-Hop, and Modern dance workshops while training alongside professional dance educators.  Learn more and register for the Camp at Centrum.
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Youth Theatre Northwest Summer Classes

Our friends and partners at Youth Theatre Northwest are holding summer classes throughout the month of August!  With a flexible schedule and discounts available, Youth Theatre Northwest has an extensive variety of classes for kids ages 3-18.  Learn more and register your young thespian!
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DANCE This – Summer Training Intensive

Seattle Theatre Group invites dancers, ages 13-21, to participate in this young artist training and performance program.  This two week intensive, as part of DANCE This integrates all styles of dance in a supportive, yet challenging atmosphere, in which culture and diversity are celebrated through the art of dance.  Learn more and register for the […]
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    • ArtsEd Washington Presents PAL Success at National Title I Conference

      Title I panel

      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 achievement gap between low-income students and other students by providing supplemental federal funding to underachieving schools to meet the needs of at-risk students.

      Three principals shared their experiences working with the PAL program in Title I schools including Tracye Ferguson (formerly of Franklin Elementary and now Director of Title I/Early Learning for Tacoma Public Schools), Alan Matsumoto (Garfield Elementary in Yakima), and Farah Thaxton (formerly of Madrona K-8 in Seattle). ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden moderated the panel as they offered their leadership perspective and insights on how arts learning and specifically the PAL program has helped them improve their schools and can impact students and schools statewide. The session was introduced with pride by Gayle Pauley, Title I Director of Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

      “Integrating arts education strategies in reading, mathematics, and the sciences is having a positive impact on the achievement of students who are struggling academically. Title I, Part A programs are demonstrating how this integration has a positive impact on student achievement,” said Pauley. “I am a musician myself and know first-hand the impact arts education has on student success.”

      Like many other schools across Washington State, Garfield, Madrona, and Franklin have used the PAL program to grow their arts capacities, impacting overall academic success, school culture, and student/family engagement. The panel shared their experiences in building effective arts plans, visions, and real world tactics to turn their schools into vibrant, successful places for their students to engage and learn. The session also covered tangible strategies to advance this instructional change and demonstrated a simple infrastructure for team-building, vision development, and planning for student success.

      “Including the arts in the school day improves student engagement, academic achievement, attendance, graduation rates, and overall success,” commented McAlinden. “The fact that our session was chosen for this national conference demonstrates the growing understanding among education leaders that the arts are a path to both student and school success.”

      The goal of the PAL program is to empower schools to create the fundamental systemic change that will ensure that the arts play a vital role in a complete education for all students, now and for years to come. PAL trains principals, as instructional leaders in all areas of curriculum, to expand their own capacities in arts leadership, to develop arts teams, visions, and plans, and to implement concrete strategies to integrate and sustain arts instruction for every student in every school.

      Thaxton’s experience at Madrona K-8, where more than three quarters of the students fall below the poverty line, demonstrated the remarkable impact of arts learning.  Citing more confident, engaged, and perseverant students at Madrona (which had limited arts offerings before she began work with the PAL program), Thaxton observes that the climate and culture of the school were transformed by the arts. She also sings the praises of the professional development she received through the program.

      Notes Thaxton, “It was one of the most focused professional development experiences I’ve had as a principal. PAL brought everybody’s voice together and was a key strategy in our success.”

      ArtsEd Washington is currently in the process of revamping the PAL program to be implemented at a district-wide level instead of the slower school-by-school approach. As part of the Creative Advantage, Seattle Public Schools has just begun implementation of PAL in its Central Pathway and will continue rollout to the whole district over the next few years.

      For more information, call 206-441-4501 or email office@artsedwashington.org