Stories from the Schools

Arts education is having an impact in schools across the State. Read stories from ArtsEd Washington’s PAL schools as well as other schools where arts learning is being given priority – and is making a difference.

  • 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 part of ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 to ...
  • 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 attributes ...
  • PAL Spotlight On: Black Diamond Elementary

    ArtsEd Washington is thrilled to shine the spotlight on Black Diamond Elementary , a Year 2 school of our Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program.  We recently sat down with Principal Gerrie Garton to learn about what changes she’s seen in the school, the staff, and the students since participating in the program. Q & A with ...
  • PAL Spotlight On: Parkwood Elementary

    ArtsEd Washington is thrilled to shine the spotlight on Principals Arts Leadership (PAL) program alum Parkwood Elementary!  We recently sat down with Principal Laura Ploudré to learn about what changes she’s seen in the school, the staff, and the students since completing the program. Q & A with PAL Principal Laura Ploudré How did the Principals ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • ArtsEd Washington & Carnation Elementary Featured on KING 5

    Kicking off Arts Education Month, KING 5 reporter Christie Johnson highlights the important role of the arts in schools and the positive impacts on students participating in arts programs in a special education segment “What’s Cool in School.” ArtsEd Washington is featured with Carnation Elementary School, who is noted – along with Tacoma School of ...
  • 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 ...