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Arts Heavy Pre-School Helps Students Grow Emotionally.

Newly published research suggests low-income kids are more likely to develop these all-important abilities if they attend a unique preschool program that integrates education and the arts.

California Alliance for Arts Education voted to recommend the Alliance endorse both funding initiatives on this November’s ballot

 

Reimagining the Arts and Education

Juilliard scholar Edward Bilous eloquently presents the case for a comprehensive, longitudinal arts education in this April 2012 lecture.  He beautifully articulates the unique role that arts play in engaging and nurturing our creative intelligence, providing a meta-learning experience, and reinforce the interconnects of the learning process.  His argument that the role of education has shifted from information transfer to information processing because of technology advances is insightful.  He ends by explaining that, "Imagining is more important than accumulating and creating is more important than consuming."  

You can read the full transcript of his lecture or watch the video.  It runs just over 23 minutes.

http://www.juilliard.edu/journal/2011-2012/1205/articles/schuman-lecture.php

Arts Heavy Pre-School Helps Students Grow Emotionally

 

Newly published research suggests low-income kids are more likely to develop these all-important abilities if they attend a unique preschool program that integrates education and the arts.

The arts-rich curriculum produced more “positive emotions such as interest, happiness and pride, and greater growth in emotion regulation across the school year,” reports West Chester University psychologist Eleanor D. Brown.These results are particularly significant, she adds, given “the critical importance of children’s social-emotional readiness to learn.”

A Vote for Arts Education

According to a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trust, a majority of voters say they already know what they need to know about both presidential candidates. Even so, in the next two months inboxes and airwaves will be crowded with advertisements about the presidential candidates, while local election races that may have lasting impact on our schools and the lives of our children proceed with much less fanfare.

Why (and how) to survey candidates for school board

 

 

 

 

 

 




Why (and how) to survey candidates for school board

The first meeting of the new academic year will be on Thursday, September 27th

STANISLAUS COUNTY ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION

A Local Advocacy Network (LAN)

August 22, 2012

Alliance Leadership Group Members:

It is shaping up to be an exciting year for our Stanislaus Alliance for Arts Education.  We are now at the point where we can focus our message and our action.  We need all of you to be a part of our creative, idea-driven advocacy efforts.

From STEM to STEAM: Science and Art Go Hand-in-Hand

In the wake of the recent recession, we have been consistently apprised of the pressing need to revitalize funding and education in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and math. Doing this, we are told, will spur innovation and put our country back on the road to prosperity.

Renewing our focus on STEM is an unobjectionably worthwhile endeavor. Science and technology are the primary drivers of our world economy, and the United States is in the lead.

“Don’t water down your arts plan just because the economy is bad.”

The Challenge: Five years into your district arts plan there’s still no money. How do you maintain momentum when budget woes continue? 
 
The Strategy: “Don’t water down your arts plan just because the economy is bad.”
 
The Story: When stakeholders in Saddleback sat down to renew their district’s arts plan (they expire every five years), there were still items from the original plan that hadn’t been accomplished. There were facilities that hadn’t been built and equipment that was still needed. There were also a lot of new faces around the table. Would this new group be able to keep momentum and agree on a plan? 
 
According to Jim Thomas, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Orange County Department of education, these potential obstacles turned out to have unexpected benefits. 

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