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The Arts News & Notes | January 2020

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Free Falling

Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  As we look to a new year and decade, may we walk deliberately toward providing opportunities for more students to engage with the arts!

Now is the time to start planning for the 2020-21 academic year with the arts in mind.  Did you know that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows for flexibility to ensure that all students have the opportunity to experience a well-rounded education – which includes the arts? See this 2019 report for ideas about how your district/school can map opportunities for the arts through ESSA.  What tools or information would be useful to increase the arts in your school or district? Please let me know how I can help you.

Other recently published reports that support arts in schools:

Liberating Academic Mindsets Through Culturally Responsive Arts Integration

Investigating Causal Effects of Arts Education Experiences: Experimental Evidence from Houston’s Arts Access Initiative 

Arts Education and Social-Emotional Learning Outcomes Among K-12 Students

Thank you for all that you do in service of the arts in education,

Janet Hayakawa, Program Supervisor
The Arts - Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Office: 360-725-4966             
Cell/Text: 360-764-6157

Art by: K. Williams "Free Falling" (Recipient of OSPI Staff Award of 2018 Art Show) 


January is The Whole Child Month 

ASCD's Whole Child approach promotes the long-term development and success of all children by ensuring that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Through this approach, ASCD supports educators, families, community members, and policymakers as they move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative actions.

Whole Child Tenets:

  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
  • Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.

To learn more, click here

Photos of the Decade

Education Photos of the Decade

Education Week reviewed and selected photos that they published over the past decade which not only captured some of the biggest stories, but also depicted poignant moments of individuals in the K-12 community.


Image: "Rival Strategies for Running Schools Put Memphis in Hot Seat", Education Week, January 2014: Read the story here.  

Deadline for Free Books for Read Across America Day

The Deadline for Free Books for Read Across America Day is February 10th, 2020. The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects.