National Arts Learning Consultant, Author
Principal, MS 57K, NYC
When developed with intention and integrity, a school’s arts programming can create an environment where creativity, imagination, and innovation thrive. The arts not only enable students to connect to the outside world and envision a better life, they can change the culture of a school as well. Quality arts education is, at its best, school reform.
In many cases, a school’s arts program is a student’s introduction to the world of the arts. We have a responsibility to ensure that these experiences are high quality. We must embrace assessment, evaluation, and reflection as part of our professional practice to build on what is working – and revise what is not.
Quality arts education is a right, not a privilege, for all learners, including those with disabilities. In order for children to succeed, arts programs need to be a sequential experience taught by classroom teachers, arts specialists, and teaching artists who are given enough time to plan, develop, and reflect on their work. At its best, this work supports school reform.