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Parents As Arts Advocates

In my previous post, I wrote about the value of arts education in keeping students on track to graduation—regardless of their career aspirations—and the role of parents in ensuring that principals are aware of the value of arts learning to students and the school community. For those students who are interested in a career in […]

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Career Clusters and the Arts

In Narric Rome’s earlier post, he summarized a very exciting meeting that spoke to the heart of this blog salon—arts and careers. One of his components mentioned career clusters and as a former career and technical education secondary school director, I wanted to describe this work in more detail for those unfamiliar with it, using […]

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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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Innovation: The Key to America’s Leading Edge

Those who insist America’s position in the world is being diminished by global competition bombard us daily in the media. Fear, doubt, and worry are generated by a panic-stricken fear mongers who blame America’s schools for failing to prepare students to rise to the competitive challenge. I take issue with the idea that America’s schools […]

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Uniting the Arts & Career and Technical Education

I recently attended a meeting of national arts education advocates and leaders from the career and technical education (CTE) community. It was a meeting designed to explore the policy efforts of both communities and to see if there was mutual interest in launching an initiative together. It was clear from the 90 minutes we met […]

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Creation vs. Creativity vs. The Creative Habit (from Arts Watch)

I want to add to Mark and Eric’s sentiments that we need to be careful about the claims of arts education teaching the 4 Cs (critical thinking & problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity & innovation). When claiming this monopoly on creativity, I think we need to refine our message. So, here I offer a […]

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All I Really Need to Know, I Learned from a Chopin Nocturne

I grew up in a small conservative town in Pennsylvania. As a budding piano player, my entire focus was on the great hymns of the faith, playing in church every Sunday. The first time I had ever memorized a piece of classical music was in preparation for my college entrance auditions. With this small bit […]

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Cultivating the Next Generation of Teaching Artists

When we consider careers in the arts, I would like to see more attention paid and resources assigned to cultivate the next generation of teaching artists. At the Los Angeles Music Center, teaching artists are central to our work helping schools gain capacity to provide quality arts education. Our teaching artists provide inspiration and support […]

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What Would Business Investment in Arts Education Look Like?

This blog continues my conversation with Harvey White that took place during the “Heating Up STEM to STEAM” session at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention earlier this summer. Read Mr. White’s initial comments here. Sen. Stan Rosenberg: “No, it’s not dumb, but I also want to do a little counterpoint here to see […]

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Investing in Arts Education to Ensure a Strong Future Workforce

During the “Heating Up STEM to STEAM” session at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention this past summer, I engaged Massachusetts Senate President Pro Tem Stan Rosenberg in a tête-à-tête about workforce development. Below is the first half of a conversation we had on the panel (You can access the full session via Convention […]

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