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  • Stop Stealing Dreams (Part Two)
    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 Squidoo.com.  33. Who will teach bravery? The essence of the connection revolution is that it rewards those who connect, stand out, and […]
  • Investing in Successful Partnerships
    I spent the past 10 years touring the state of Arizona working for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Along the way, I saw quality arts education partnerships in action from county attorney’s offices collaborating with urban elementary schools to create murals with an anti-drug message, to rural school districts working in tandem with presenting […]
  • Quality Education Must Include the Arts…and Partnerships
    Arts education is my passion and I believe a solution to most problems in the world. I could stop there, but I won’t. I am fortunate to lead a team of arts educators and administrators that are committed to a vision and definition of arts education that insists on quality, engagement, and partnerships to sustain. […]
  • “Talking About Quality Arts Education is _____.”
    Depending on where you sit, a host of different words may have popped into your head to fill the blank in the title of this post—ranging from “exciting” to “difficult” to plain “weird.” Based on my experience working with school district leaders in Los Angeles County, I fill in the blank with a simple “engaging.” […]
  • Making a Collective Impact
    Over the last several months I’ve been hearing a lot about “collective impact.” This is the idea that social change can be more deeply rooted and successful if there is a coordinated effort to bring together dozens of organizations through a broad cross-sector approach around a shared agenda. Simply stated, by working collectively we can […]
  • How Does One Engage a Class of Seventh Grade Students in a Civics Discussion?
    Okay class, please open your civics book to learn about the United States and its government. Now turn the page and we’ll learn about state and local government. And turn the page to find out about elections, parties, vetoes—Hey! Wake up! This stuff is important. How does one engage a class of 22 seventh-grade students […]
  • Tolerating the Uneasiness of Not Knowing the Outcome
    The composer Morton Feldman wrote in his essay The Anxiety of Art that being creative means living with uncertainty and tolerating the uneasiness of not knowing the outcome. In Feldman’s view, the only way to ensure success is to copy a proven model—thus his observation, “That’s why Ives, Partch and Cage are dismissed as iconoclastic—another […]
  • The Parallels of Quality Dining and Quality Arts Education
    First, let me confess that I’m trapped on a plane and hungry. I’m dreaming of a great dinner and hoping I can get a recommendation when my plane touches down. What does this have to do with quality arts education? Well, I’m hoping for a quality dining experience and here is how I imagine I’ll […]
  • Stop Stealing Dreams (Part 1)
    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 Squidoo.com.  3. Back to (the wrong) school A hundred and fifty years ago, adults were incensed about child labor. Low-wage kids were […]

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