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Grant Writing Webinar

Join us for an online grant writing clinic with Grant Writer and Fund Development Consultant Keri Healey Use effective techniques to find and secure funds for your school’s arts programs. This webinar will be a hands-on working session. Keri will provide some leads and start you on drafting a proposal* during this clinic. Keri will […]
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smARTS For Students: Show Your Support

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newest arts education advocacy tool, smARTS for Students: An Arts Education Guide for Parents & Families. As Washington state’s leading arts education organization, we work tirelessly to bring you the highest quality programs and resources available, so that your advocacy efforts are successful, and your children can engage […]
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Principals’ Professional Development: Race, School Climate, & the Arts

How do we meet state standards for teaching the arts if some cultural norms prevent students from participating? How come the makeup of some parent committees does not match the diversity of our student population? When these topics came up in the Principals’ Arts Leadership Program last year, we invited Arts Corps to join us […]
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Building Your Arts Education Toolbox and Constructing Your Outreach Plan

An arts education toolbox and outreach plan are two essential elements to effective advocacy efforts. While it is important to regularly connect with elected officials and school board directors, election years are a particularly excellent time to engage your current leaders and candidates and ask them where they stand on arts education. It is easy […]
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Highline School District: Ensuring Equitable Access to Arts Learning

Highline School District continues making progress on their thoughtful and systemic work to ensure equitable provision of arts learning to all students. In recognition of the need to attend to arts education, and in response to concerns raised by parents, Highline Superintendent John Welch established a Superintendent’s Council on the Arts in the fall of […]
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ArtsEd Washington Launches New Website

Dynamic and interactive portal focuses on advancing arts education for all students SEATTLE – In continuing to advance arts education for students in grades K-12, ArtsEd Washington has launched a new dynamic and interactive website, www.artsedwashington.org, further raising the awareness of the importance of ensuring that every student at every school has equal access to […]
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Research Projects: Arts

Project Zero’s mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as in humanistic and scientific disciplines, at individual and institutional levels. Link: http://www.pz.harvard.edu/Research/ResearchArts.htm
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Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership provides information and communication about current and emerging arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels. Link: http://www.aep-arts.org
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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