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ArtsEd WA’s 2011-2012 Community Report is Available!

We are delighted to share our 2011-2012 Community Report, and would like to thank our members, partners, and funders who make our work possible. We invite you to read about our accomplishments over the past year including the progress of our programs, partnerships developed, and impacts in the public schools. Also included is a powerful […]
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ArtsEd Washington Featured in ParentMap Magazine

ArtsEd Washington Executive Director Una McAlinden was featured in the recent edition of ParentMap magazine.  The article, Who’s Got the Beat?  Music Programs Enrich Schools, discusses how music, as well as dance, theater, and visual art, are essential to fostering creative thinking skills. Yet, amongst budget cuts, these subjects are typically the first to be […]
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ArtsEd Washington’s PAL Program Featured in National Principals Magazine

Following ArtsEd Washington’s participation in the Turnaround Arts Initiative, in which Executive Director Una McAlinden shared best practices from our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program, Una and the PAL program have been featured in a special issue of the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) Principal magazine, sponsored by Crayola. The article From Intuition […]
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ArtsEd WA Enlisted by PCAH to Provide Key Strategies for Turnaround Arts Initiative

Statewide Nonprofit Enlisted by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities to Provide Key Strategies for Successful Delivery of Arts Education in Schools ArtsEd Washington to share its Principals Arts Leadership Program model at the Turnaround Arts Initiative Leadership Conference Seattle-based nonprofit ArtsEd Washington (ArtsEd WA) announced its participation with the national Turnaround Arts Initiative, […]
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In the News: PAL School Excels Through the Arts

As they complete their second year of the Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program, Black Diamond Elementary has already noticed significant positive change amongst their students: attendance has improved, students are more highly engaged in school activities, there’s been a marked decrease in disciplinary issues and academic achievement is on the rise. When asked what she […]
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Principals Arts Leadership Program Featured in National Teleconference

In Spring 2012, Executive Director Una McAlinden, along with Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) Program Alumni Laura Ploudré and Doug Poage, were featured in a panel during a national teleconference hosted by the Support Music Coalition – led by the  National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). Their discussion, “Principals Take the Lead with Arts Education Planning”, […]
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In the News: Arts Education Month 2012

We would like to thank our friends and partners around the state who have joined us in celebrating Arts Education Month!  Read the coverage on this month-long celebration of the arts in schools: 4Culture: Board of Directors Recognizes Arts Education Month ParentMap: Celebrate Arts Education Month Port Angeles School District: School Board Proclaims May as […]
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ArtsEd Washington Joins Statewide Coalitions

ArtsEd Washington recently became a member of The Network for Excellence in Washington Schools (NEWS) and a “Friend” of the Paramount Duty Coalition. In becoming a member of NEWS, we are pleased to join more than 380 organizations across the state – including large and small school districts and a broad base of other civic […]
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ArtsEd Washington Releases Annual Report

We are pleased to announce the availability of our 2010-2011 Annual Report. In follow up to our early-summer Annual Meeting, the report further highlights our organizational achievements over the last fiscal year including our: Policy and arts learning work Principals’ Arts Leadership (PAL) program Art Lessons in the Classroom visual arts curriculum Community participation and […]
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The Movement Felt Around the Community: Arts Education Month

Read more about Arts Education Month awareness and news coverage. Edmonds Beacon HankBlog Henry Art Gallery Maple Elementary National Arts Ed Association San Juan Journal Seattle Mayor’s Office Theater Without Borders Washington State School Directors’ Association
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    • ArtsEd Washington Presents PAL Success at National Title I Conference

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      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