• You Made It to Graduate School…Now What? – Part One (An EALS Post)
    You’ve made a decision, and perhaps a leap of faith, to go to graduate school. You do your research, visit some schools, talk to faculty and current students, apply, and get accepted into your dream program. Voila. You are now a student in an arts management program (in my case, at American University in Washington, […]
  • So…What’s Your Equation for Quality?
    I hope that everyone has enjoyed reading the various thoughts and stories from leaders across the country during our bi-annual Blog Salon (come back in September for our second one). During the Salon, we heard examples of how folks are measuring quality, in terms of the effectiveness of their partnerships and their levels of student […]
  • Stop Stealing Dreams (Part Five)
    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  109. What great teachers have in common is the ability to transfer emotion Every great teacher I have ever encountered is […]
  • Quality, Engagement, & Partnerships: Strategically Compromising on Perfection (Part Two)
    In part one of our two-part post, Alex Sarian and I asked an important question: In trying to keep up with for-profit ‘heavy-hitters’ that arguably boast of greater resources than the average nonprofit, from which of the three areas (quality, engagement, and partnerships), if at all, do you find yourself most cutting corners? In light […]
  • DREAM & TELL!: Arts Integration Models at Work (Part Two)
    TELL! (Theater for English Language Learners) is a National Endowment for the Arts funded project in Arts in Education. The program provides 120 fourth grade students at Maryland Elementary in Vista, CA with theater experiences aimed at increasing language acquisition and reading comprehension. Here are the demographics for the students of Maryland Elementary: 62 percent […]
  • Art-Filled Learning: A Way of Life
    The school is buzzing. Classrooms are alive with children moving, singing, working together, learning. In this room, kindergarteners are creating “movement mountains,” their growing understanding of addition facts becoming clearer with every new, non-locomotor “mountain” they create. In that room, third graders are using iPads to film each other’s first-person perspectives, discussing things such as […]

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