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The NASBE Interview: Gigi Antoni

For 21 years, Gigi Antoni led Big Thought in Dallas, a nonprofit focused on overcoming the opportunity gap for children in poverty. For her work in expanding access to arts learning, in 2011 she was named by President Barack Obama a Champion of Change for Arts Education. Since 2017, she has been director of learning […]


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The Art of Early Childhood Education

Arts integration shows promise for school readiness, emotion regulation, and stress reduction in the youngest, most vulnerable students.


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We the Media: Social Media Policy for State Boards

The World War II-era posters asserting that “Loose Lips Sink Ships” reminded the public that careless talk could undermine the war effort. Fast forward to today, with more people, including public officials, taking to social media to opine on any number of subjects, an apt advertisement might read, “Loose Tweets Sink Fleets.”


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Fostering Arts-Rich Schools

There are many good reasons for state boards to pay attention to the depth and breadth of instruction their schools offer in music, drama, theater, dance, and media arts.