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Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook - The context and experiences of arts in education programs nationwide is presented in this collection of essays. The volume provides ample background in three areas of planning for charter, magnet and regular public schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels: 1) getting started, 2) choosing an identity, and 3) implementation. Programs include both those focused on instruction in individual disciplines (i.e., dance, music) as well as those offering courses across the spectrum of the arts. (Edited by Carol Fineberg, Prolegomenon by William Safire, for The Dana Foundation, 2002)...

Gaining the Arts Advantage: More Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education - A follow-up to, “Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education,” this publication provides answers to several questions. For example, “How are the districts profiled in the Gaining report responding to questions of accountability and how to raise student performance? Do their communities continue to support arts education? Are budgets stable? What specific challenges and opportunities do they face? How are they responding? Have they developed new insights, strategies, practices that could benefit other districts?” (Arts Education Partnership and the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, 2000)...

Gaining the Arts Advantage: Lessons from School Districts That Value Arts Education - This report presents case studies and profiles of 91 school districts throughout the United States that are recognized for offering arts education throughout their schools. The report identifies critical factors that must be in place to implement and sustain comprehensive arts education, and stresses the essential role of community involvement and partnerships. (Laura Longley, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and Arts Education Partnership, 1999)...

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