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ERIC Number: EJ863350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Reform and Transform with the Arts
Wilson, Mark
Principal Leadership, v10 n3 p18-22 Nov 2009
When school leaders think of reform, their first thought is rarely "the arts," but perhaps they've been missing a vehicle that can inspire the adoption of best practices on a schoolwide basis. School leaders across Georgia are using the arts in the core reform areas that were recommended in "Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for High School Reform" as their instrument to develop collaboration, personalize their schools with unique opportunities for all students, and develop systems of academic success in all courses. A robust arts education benefits the students and the state in many ways. Not only does it help create well-rounded, culturally literate students, but the arts can help students learn in core academic classes, like mathematics, science, social studies and English/Language Arts. Research clearly shows that students have an easier time mastering complex ideas and concepts when they are being creative and expressive. The Georgia Department of Education is leading an effort, featuring art educators from across the state, to rewrite the arts curriculum into a clear set of standards. This article discusses how an emphasis on the arts enhances best practices by developing collaboration, personalizing the school experience, and encouraging academic success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia