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Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

These days, integration in any area, be it STEM or the arts, seems to be the buzzword to curriculum designers everywhere. There are so many resources floating around out there with the claim of integrating content areas. Yet, true integration is often difficult to find. Indeed, integration is a rare yet seemingly “magical” approach that […]

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Is Creativity THE 21st Century Skill?

YES is the answer to this question judging from the enthusiastic audience response on October 10 to Imagination Stage’s Creative Conversation on the topic. One hundred and forty parents, educators, and other stakeholders attended a panel discussion, moderated by Doug Herbert of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Innovation & Improvement, and then enjoyed […]

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Common Core Standards: Let Arts Educators Lead the Way

Though I’m typically standards-adverse (yet dutiful), I’m looking forward to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), specifically to their potential to de-isolate subject areas, including art. I feel the CCSS reflect the work progressive educators have been doing for years and frame that work elegantly. I believe art educators can be important change agents […]

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How Vincent van Gogh Can Help You Teach to the Common Core Standards

Henry Matisse in Kindergarten? Leonardo da Vinci in fifth grade? These names don’t often come to mind while thinking about instruction in English Language Arts (ELA). But they should. In an age when literacy dominates public discourse on education, we must begin to think more broadly about what students read. Sure—the new Common Core State […]

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Ten Years Later: A Puzzling Picture of Arts Education in America

On April 2, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a study glamorously entitled Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 1999-2000 and 2009-10. The surveys that contributed to this report were conducted through the NCES Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), mailed to about 3,400 elementary and secondary school […]

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The STEAM Camps Are Coming

It’s early in the new year but educators across the country are already making plans for the summer and they are thinking STEAM…with the arts playing a critical role. As demand for a new workforce to meet the challenges of a global knowledge economy is rapidly increasing, few things could be as important in this […]

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Learning by Doing: What We Can Learn from the Arts

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” (Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics). The educational model of learning by doing is nowhere better exemplified than in arts education. Teachers in every discipline increasingly recognize the value of not only what students know, but what they do with […]

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The Intrinsic Benefits of Arts Education

I recently authored a post titled The Top 10 Ways to Support Arts Education, but I’m finding that I get more requests from people asking for reasons why arts education should be supported, not how. So as a companion piece to the how of supporting arts education, here I offer reasons why arts education should […]

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Why Making Creative Schools Requires Radical Change

The ever-brilliant Sir Ken Robinson speaks about infusing creativity into all aspects of education and makes the case for a more personalized education system. He says both would address many of the troublesome issues facing students today – high dropout rates, the narrowing of curriculum, teaching to the standardized tests, etc. (Creativity is not an […]

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Arts Education Provides Another ‘Pathway to Prosperity’

One of the most compelling ideas related to workforce development is the report issued in February 2011 called Pathways to Prosperity by Robert Schwartz and Ron Ferguson of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The report points out that every year, one million students leave school before earning a high school degree. Many of these […]

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