How Arts Education Impacts Underperforming Schools

$20.00 [5.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #02-370

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Course Description

A substantial body of evidence demonstrates the positive impact of arts engagement on students, teachers, and schools, and arts education may be particularly beneficial to improve outcomes in the lowest-performing schools. This continuing education course was developed using information from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in order to provide an overview on how the Turnaround Arts program was developed and initiated to provide school leadership with powerful levers to support the turnaround process in struggling schools. Specifically, the report examines Turnaround Arts schools at the end of their second year by providing a summary of the theory of action, foundational pillars, evaluation design, research questions, and a description of program operation and implementation. Additionally, it discusses outcomes and trends in school reform indicators and student achievement data in Turnaround Arts schools.

Course Objectives

1. Outline the population characteristics at the selected Turnaround Arts Schools and criteria used to determine selection and eligibility.

2. Discuss how strategically implementing high-quality and integrated arts education programming in high-poverty, chronically underperforming schools adds significant value to school-wide reform.

3. Identify the research questions and data collection methods that were used to test the program’s hypothesis about the value of arts education.

4. Summarize how art education can improve school climate and culture, deepen instruction, and increase student and parent engagement, as a pathway to improved academic achievement.

5. Describe the set of core assets or “pillars” that must be mobilized in the turnaround process in order to target broader school objectives.

6. Review program impacts in the areas of standardized test scores, school improvement indicators, teacher perception data, and greater school outcomes.

7. Examine various vignettes that demonstrate specific approaches to arts instruction and ways in which school environments improved as a result.

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