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Unpacking Shared Delivery of Arts Education

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When some brave soul writes an updated history of arts education in the United States (any takers?) I think he or she will describe the early-to-mid-2000s as an ambitious era. The arts education sector, mirroring the broader arts field and the constantly reforming field of education, is having larger and broader conversations about impact, outcomes, […]

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Fighting for a Well-Rounded Education

Pennsylvania is quickly becoming a hotbed for arts education advocacy. Just a little over a week ago, I found this video from York, showing how students protested the loss of art and music in a proposed budget. Today, I became aware of a movement in Upper Darby (just outside of Philadelphia) under the banner Save Upper […]

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Stop Stealing Dreams (Part Five)

All week, we will be sharing (numbered) points from Seth Godin’s new education manifesto, Stop Stealing Dreams (what is school for?). You can download a free copy of the full 100-page manifesto at 109. What great teachers have in common is the ability to transfer emotion Every great teacher I have ever encountered is […]

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Former President Clinton Supports Arkansas Arts Education Program

Over the weekend, former President Bill Clinton made headlines in his home state of Arkansas discussing education. His message was one that many of us already know: the dropout rate is increasing and students are leaving school unprepared for 21st century jobs. However, the uniqueness of the President’s message was in his proposed solution—the arts. […]

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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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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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Partnerships: Envisioning our Interdependence

As Director of Educational Programming at Pentacle in New York City, I am constantly seeking opportunities to partner with organizations that share our mission of educating students on career opportunities in the performing arts through our “Behind the Scenes” program. Last year, we welcomed a new relationship with Exploring the Arts, Tony Bennett and Susan […]

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Are Federal i3 Grants Right for My Arts Education Program?

As I had been preparing some blog posts on the topic of Investing in Innovation (i3), I decided at the very last minute to sit in on an Education Week webinar about i3. It turns out that it was very worthwhile, as one of the featured speakers was John Bridges from Beaverton School District in […]

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