Arts Education Tag

NYC & the Forgotten Art of Teaching the Arts

“Why, in the New York City public school system, are the arts still being relegated to the realm of the extracurricular?” asks Penny Smith, Executive Director of Education Through Music. In this piece, which argues in favor of supporting the arts in education as a...

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Connecting Schools with Art Resources

Linda Jacobson reports in Education Dive about Ingenuity, a Chicago arts education advocacy organization that has created Artlook—an online tool that “connects schools with arts organizations wanting to partner with them.” Ingenuity is collaborating with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to...

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Arts Support for Academics Tricky under ESSA

In Education Week, Stephen Sawchuk asks “Can Schools Use Arts to Support Academics Under ESSA?” The answer is that “It’s Tricky.” Sawchuk says it is in fact “doable” to use the arts to support academics as part of ESSA, but according to a new report...

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New Clarity on How Funds can be Spent on Federal Programs

Education Week covered the Dept. of Education’s release of guidance on Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants – which provides clarity around how funds can be spent on federal programs aimed at health, safety, the arts, and technology. The department’s overall message underscored that a...

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Recommendations to Ensure a Well-Rounded Education for All Students

Education Week examined new guidelines for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program under ESSA. The piece highlighted the Dept. of Education’s recommendations on how funds can be spent for a “well-rounded education.” Part of a student’s educational experience can comprise of music and...

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Lydia Kontos Makes Call for Increased Art Courses in Schools

In an opinion piece, Lydia Kontos, executive director for Kaufman Music Center, argued that under ESSA, schools are now “empowered” to support music programs. She called for schools to increase arts courses that in turn, can help students in other academic areas. With state control...

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Schools that Promote the Arts See Increase in School Attendance

Janice Gouldthorpe, executive director of New York’s Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, praised the implementation of arts education through ESSA. She argued schools that promote the arts see “students attend school more often, parents and families engage, dropout rates decrease, and grades increase.”...

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States Take Steps to Ensure a “Well Rounded Education”

Several states including New Hampshire, Michigan, and Florida are “experimenting with new standardized tests in the arts.” ESSA includes arts as part of a “well rounded education.” The Director of Educational Policy for the Educational Theatre Association Jim Palmarini argues that “assessments in art subjects...

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