Everyday Advocacy: Be your own Expert

(This is the final in a four-part stream on arts education advocacy and resources)

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, BECOME AN EXPERT
Below is a list (by topic) of some great inspiration, research, case studies and policy on arts education and related issues.  Don’t be intimated by “public policy” it’s just another way of saying “health, happiness and quality of life” – and understanding the process is one of the keys to better civic agency.

MANIFESTOS / INSPIRATION / CALL TO ARMS
Sir Ken Robinson-TED Talk: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Jerome Kagan on Why the Arts Matter: Six Good Reasons for Advocating the Importance of Arts in School
http://www.dana.org/news/features/detail.aspx?id=21740

Lucia Brawley
Why Arts Education is a Matter of Social Justice and Why it will Save the World
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lucia-brawley/mordecais-metamorphosis-w_b_185903.html

WHAT SHOULD FAMILIES KNOW?
National Arts Education Association-Arts Education: Tips for Parent Advocacy
http://www.arteducators.org/advocacy/TipsforParent.pdf

Involving Parents and Schools in Arts Education: Are We There Yet?
http://www.cae-nyc.org/downloads/parents/involvingparents.pdf

My Child, the Arts and Learning: A Guide for Parents PreK to Second Grade (available in nine different languages)
http://www.cae-nyc.org/pages/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/parents_guide-en.pdf

Five Habits of Highly Imaginative Families (written by RBI’s evaluation partner Dennie Palmer Wolfe)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/23145873/Five-Habits-of-Highly-Imaginative-Families

From Risk to Resilience: Building the Social and Emotional Health of Oregon’s Most Vulnerable Young People
http://www.childinst.org/images/stories/ci_publications/CI_mental_health.pdf

ARTS & STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
Staying In School: Arts Education & NYC High School Graduation Rates (2009-fantastic study by Center for Arts Ed in NYC)
http://caenyc.org/sites/default/files/docs/CAE_Arts_and_Graduation_Report.pdf

Third Space: When Learning Matters (2005)
http://www.aep-arts.org/resources/toolkits/thirdspace/toolkit.htm

Crisis in the Kindergarten-Why Children Need to Play in School
http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/sites/allianceforchildhood.org/files/file/Crisis_%20flier.pdf

ARTS IMPACT ON LEARNING
Neuroeducation: Learning, Arts and the Brain
http://www.dana.org/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=23972

Conversation and Silence: Transfer of Learning Through the Arts
http://escholarship.org/uc/item/6fk8t8xp;jsessionid=AB3FD08397A1377750199CA25AD669A9#page-1

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
http://www.aep-arts.org/resources/toolkits/criticallinks/criticallinks.pdf

Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning (1999)
http://aep-arts.org/files/publications/ChampsReport.pdf

Studio Thinking:  How Visual Arts Teaching Can Promote Disciplined Habits of Mind (Project Zero study paper by Lois Hetland et al)
http://www.sbcsseport.org/published/v/ap/vapa/collection/9/1/upload.c-vapa-9n1.pdf

Learning for the 21st Century (Partnership for 21st Century Skills)
http://www.mckinsey.com/App_Media/Images/Page_Images/Offices/SocialSector/PDF/achievement_gap_report.pdf

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
The Art of Collaboration: Promising Practices for Integrating the Arts and School Reform
http://www.aep-arts.org/files/publications/Art%20of%20Collaboration%20-%20Web.pdf

Revitalizing Arts Education Through Community-Wide Coordination (Rand study investigating public-private arts ed initiatives in 6 urban US communities)
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG702.pdf

Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education
http://aep-arts.org/files/publications/GAAReport.pdf

Into the Breach: How Creative Philanthropy Can Reverse the Eroding Landscape of Arts Education
www.nmc.org/pdf/Into-the-Breach.pdf

GENERAL ADVOCACY & ARTS INFO
Kennedy Center’s Alliance for Arts Education Network’s Arts Education Advocacy Toolkit
http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/kcaaen/resources/ArtsEducationAdvocacyToolkit.pdf

Ongoing updates on arts education issues from Americans for the Arts
http://www.artsusa.org/networks/arts_education/001.asp

Keep Arts in Schools, the Web site for the Ford Foundation’s Integrating the Arts and Education Reform initiative.
www.keepartsinschools.org

Arts Education Partnership
www.aep-arts.org/

Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate  About the Benefits of the Arts (Influential Rand report)
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2005/RAND_MG218.pdf

The Arts Education Council of Americans for the Arts’ Green Paper
http://blog.artsusa.org/artsblog/wp-content/uploads/greenpapers/documents/ArtsEducationCouncil_GreenPaper.pdf

Tim DuRoche is Director of Programs at the World Affairs Council of Oregon, member of The Right Brain Initiative’s Governing Committee, and Chair of Right Brain’s Advocacy Committee.

Don’t miss Part I, Part II, and Part III of this series

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