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March 2008 Number 3, Vol. 65The Arts at K-12's Center StageFinding ways to increase student access to creative learning
by Richard J. Deasy
The director of the Arts Education Partnership believes K-12 education can help to restore America’s role as a pacesetter in nurturing innovative ideas by offering opportunities for creative learning by students.
Project Zero's Lois Hetland on arts' basics
and Art education resources
by Kathi R. Levin
Some enterprising school districts are finding ways around No Child Left Behind legislation to increase student access to instruction in dance, music, theatre and the visual arts.
Susan Rainey on the arts in Riverside schools
and AASA partners with VH1
by Robert L. Lynch
Good news for students educated in the arts: Jobs await you in the nonprofit sector, says the president of Americans for the Arts. The skills taught by the arts will contribute to a knowledge-based economy.
Narric Rome: Collecting arts data under No Child Left Behind
and Making movies and artists in Montana
by John M. Eger
The author of The Creative Community: Linking Art, Culture, Commerce and Community says public policy leaders must convince an unmoved public of the peril of a narrowed academic focus in K-12 education.
Why the arts change the learning experience
by Paul D. Houston
What children are taught to value comes largely from popular culture and what schools emphasize is shaped by the economic culture of our country. The result, says AASA’s executive director, is a generation of children who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Winning Battles Against Whales and a Housing Shortage
by Paul Riede
Jim Lewis has faced unusual challenges in his 37-year career, including this: How do you attract good teachers when they can’t afford to live in your community?
Responding to Board Member Requests for Information
by Donald R. McAdams
Superintendents should respond in good faith to responsible requests by school board members for information. But what is considered a responsible request, and how should you deal with the insatiable appetite of some members?
I Didn't Always Think Well of the Student Press
by Michael Murray
The author, a superintendent in Michigan, wasn’t a champion of student journalism until he asked himself this question in the midst of the newspaper’s pursuit of a controversial story: Is the truth subordinate to political expediency and interest groups?
Holding Higher Education Accountable for New Teachers
by Julia Steiny
Because many new teachers come to their first post under-prepared for classroom reality, why not require the colleges and universities to certify the teachers they produce? Leave licensing with the state but give training programs the responsibility for ensuring teacher quality.
It Was Just an 'Accident'
by David Sherman
A veteran school leader says he’s fed up with the annoying expression, “Oops. My bad.” It’s time we ask those who’ve made a mistake to make a real apology.
Tracking promotions, retirements and recent honors among superintendents nationwide.
Wiki While You Work
by Miguel Guhlin
How this new tool can be used for communication and collaboration by a central-office team in formulating a written plan organically. The author oversees instructional technology in San Antonio, Texas.
Squelching Rumors Through Parent Chats
by Paul L. Vranish
Monthly get-togethers involving parents and district administrators strengthen the bonds in Tornillo, Texas, while ensuring accurate information trumps the gossip. The author is Tornillo’s superintendent.
Bringing the Arts Front and Center
by Sarah D. Jerome
The association’s strides to promote the arts as an integral part of the learning and growing process. Plus, the latest hero profile.
Unpacking Our Luggage
by Paul D. Houston
“I don’t hate my country, I love it,” says AASA’s executive director. “And it is because I love it that I worry for it.”
A Systemic Evolution Toward Better Outcomes
by Tom Trigg
When success is defined as each child attaining excellence, not just proficiency, which entity will have the greater chance of success: A school system or a system of schools? The superintendent of the Blue Valley Schools in Kansas offers one answer.
Closing the Leadership GapHow District and University Partnerships Shape Effective School Leaders
by Teresa N. Miller, Mary E. Devin and Robert J. Shoop