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Kennedy Center Seeks Partners in Education

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is accepting applications for their Partners in Education program, which facilitates educational partnerships between arts organizations and their local school systems.  This program is designed to establish and/or expand professional development programs in the arts for all teachers. Learn more about the program and how to […]
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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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Tacoma School of the Arts Receives Recognition for School of Excellence Award

The Tacoma Weekly highlights the success of Tacoma School of the Arts on their achievement as a School of Excellence in Arts Education, awarded by ArtsEd Washington earlier this spring.  The school joins Elk Plain Elementary and Carnation Elementary as a nominee for the national Schools of Distinction award in arts education, which will be […]
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ArtsEdWA In the News: Woodinville Weekly Highlights ArtsEd Washington and Carnation Elementary for “School of Excellence” Award

The Woodinville Weekly spotlights ArtsEd Washington and the Riverview School Board as they recognize Carnation Elementary for their School of Excellence Award, as part of the Schools of Distinction Award presented by the Kennedy Center.  Read more about Carnation Elementary and the other School of Excellence Award winners.
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Riverview School District Applauds Carnation Elementary for School’s Commitment to Arts Learning

After receiving a state School of Excellence in Arts Education award, Carnation Elementary is recognized by their school district for their outstanding achievement.  As one of three schools to be awarded this title, Carnation Elementary – as well as winning schools Elk Plain Elementary and Tacoma School of the Arts – have been submitted to […]
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Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Washington State Winners Announced!

It is with great delight that we announce the winners of the Washington State Schools of Excellence in Arts Education award; congratulations to Carnation Elementary, Elk Plain School of Choice, and the Tacoma School of the Arts!  These schools represent the best in arts education for Washington state as they compete for the national Schools […]
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Kevin Spacey Advocates for Arts Education Funding

Examiner.com, April 6, 2011 Actor Kevin Spacey has been on the arts advocacy circuit: he spoke at Capitol Hill commemorating Arts Advocacy Day, gave the keynote address at the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center, and made an appearance on Hardball with Chris Matthews – all to advocate for […]
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Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award

Applications now being accepted for the Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award In partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals, ArtsEd Washington is pleased to lead the effort in recognizing Washington state K-12 public schools that excel in arts education.  Principals are encouraged to nominate their school for the Schools of Distinction in […]
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The Value of Arts Education: A video

This short film, developed through a partnership of Arts/Learning and the Kennedy Center, details how arts education impacts children’s development. To view the video, please click here.
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The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards

The Awards publicly recognize the contributions of specific teachers and reward them for their dedication and service. By spotlighting the extraordinary impact teachers have on the lives of their students, the Awards celebrate the teaching profession, the important role of teachers in society and seeks to inspire others to pursue this noble profession. Deadline: December […]
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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