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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 […]
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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 […]
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Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards 2012

The 2012 Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards Presented by ArtsEd Washington in partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals ArtsEd Washington, in partnership with the Association of Washington School Principals, is pleased to present the second annual Schools of Excellence in Arts Education Awards. This prestigious distinction recognizes schools that include the […]
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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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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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Jazz program hopes to strike a chord with Seattle kids

Seattle public schools have some of the best jazz programs in the country. Student ensembles dominate at national competitions and perform all over the world. But many kids don’t get to participate because the bands only exist in a few schools. Now a new program aims to give every middle and high school student in the area an […]
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Principals’ Arts Leadership (PAL) Training Is Big Success

Furthering our goal to expand our Principals’ Arts Leadership (PAL) program to elementary schools throughout Washington state, ArtsEd Washington hosted an engaging and dynamic alumni training for principals who have completed the 3-year program. The alumni are now eligible to serve as coaches and facilitators to the group of principals in the next generation of […]
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Advocacy Tip: Write a Letter

This ArtsEd Washington Advocacy Tip is based on material from the Advocacy Committee of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, of which ArtsEd Washington is a member. It’s time to get started on a new year of advocating for arts education. Our state’s Legislative Session is just around the corner, which means right […]
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Strengthen Arts Education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Background on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
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School Spotlight: Rocky Ridge Elementary

ArtsEd Washington highlights the challenges and achievements of one of its PAL Schools. School Stories: Rocky Ridge
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    • ArtsEd WA Part of Arts Vision for Seattle Public Schools 2013: ArtsEd Washington was at the heart of the action as Executive Director Una McAlinden facilitated the creation of a concrete and specific arts vision for the Seattle Public Schools Central Pathway (the K-12 schools in the Washington Middle School service area). Principals from all the schools within this pathway came together with parents and teachers under the leadership of their Executive Director of Schools, Nancy Coogan, committed to improving the provision of arts learning for the students they serve. The team used a racial equity lens to examine arts access data for their pathway as a whole, considered the key components of a high quality arts program, and participated in arts learninSup. Banda SPSg. Given the recent shift from school choice to neighborhood schools in Seattle, this was the first time that the leaders from a K-12 pathway have planned the provision of a continuum of learning together, and it also marked the launch of the SPS districtwide K-12 Arts Plan. Superintendent Banda (pictured) joined the group to celebrate the vision and spoke passionately in support of the social justice which requires that this work continues. Congratulations to these leaders for all their work!