Arts in Turnaround Strategies
Every student deserves arts instruction for its own sake, as an essential ingredient to a well-rounded education. Yet arts education adds value for a whole host of other educational purposes: among them, enhanced writing and reading, ability to retain information, problem solving, and critical thinking. Interest in models of whole-school reform that focus on integration of the arts across content areas, now in place in a handful of schools, is being bolstered by evidence that students at lower achievement levels appear to benefit from it the most.
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The Art of Early Childhood EducationBy Eleanor D. Brown
Arts integration shows promise for school readiness, emotion regulation, and stress reduction in the youngest, most vulnerable students.
How Arts Education Supports Social-Emotional Development: A Theory of ActionBy Camille Farrington and Steve Shewfelt
Instructional practices rooted in action and reflection could transform how all disciplines build students' competencies.
Advancing Arts Education in ArizonaBy Catherine "Rusty" Foley
Arizona leverages partnerships, ESSA funding, and a diploma seal to bolster equitable access to arts learning.
Arts in Turnaround StrategiesBy Valerie Norville
A+ Schools and Turnaround Arts schools commit to a model of school improvement.
Using Arts Data to Match Community Organizations to School NeedsBy Valerie Norville
Six communities follow Chicago's lead in developing arts education census data and maps.
Using ESSA to Leverage Arts Education PolicyBy Lynn Tuttle
Several states are using ESSA to increase access and quality in arts instruction.
The ESSA Arts Indicator in Illinois: A Study in the Art of PolicymakingBy Jonathan VanderBrug
Arts educators bring creativity and process expertise to their work on statewide accountability.
The Role of Arts Integration and Education in Improving Student OutcomesBy Andrea Boyle, Jim Lindsay, Meredith Ludwig and Yinmei Wan
If research is to inform state policy, important gaps in research should be filled.
Expanding Access to High-Quality Arts InstructionBy Mary Dell'Erba
Advancing research and innovative policies can move states toward universal access to a quality arts education.