PAL Spotlight On: Madrona K-8 School

“It was one of the most focused professional development experiences I’ve had as a principal," Farah exclaims. “PAL brought everybody’s voice together and was a key strategy in our success.” The Arts are Alive Thanks to Strong Leadership and PAL Throngs of students fill the halls with busy footsteps and the buzz of chatter as

PAL School Receives Crayola Grant!

ArtsEd Washington is pleased to announce that our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program participant, Madrona K-8 School, was recently awarded a grant from the Crayola Champion Creatively Alive program! Under the leadership of Principal Farah Thaxton, and with guidance of our PAL program, Madrona has enlisted an active group of parents, community partners, and artists

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

The Arts Thrive at PAL Alumni Parkwood Elementary

“When Brian is dancing, he communicates.  When he is dancing, I see him totally being a kid.  The arts are helping us reach kids that we simply weren’t reaching before.” Dear friends of ArtsEd Washington, My name is Laura Ploudré. I’m the Principal of Parkwood Elementary School in Shoreline and I’m writing today on behalf

PAL Schools 2011-2012

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