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Position Statement on Early Childhood Art Education

National Art Education Association, Revised 2013. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The visual arts are essential to early learning. Every child is innately curious and seeks to construct personal knowledge and understanding of the world. Children construct knowledge in meaningful social contexts with peers and adults. Children experience their environment in holistic ways that are best served by an interdisciplinary approach that includes both guided and spontaneous learning experiences. The visual arts support multiple ways of knowing and learning that are inherent in the unique nature of each child. The visual arts empower children to communicate, represent, and express their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. The visual arts offer opportunities to develop creativity, imagination, and flexible thinking. The arts enrich a young child’s understanding of diverse cultures. Early childhood art programs should be comprehensive in scope, including studio experiences, interactions with artists, real and/or virtual visits to museums and art galleries, and opportunities to respond to art through conversation, storytelling, play, dramatics, movement, music, and art making. For additional information, please refer to the Position Paper on the Early Childhood Issues Group section of the NAEA website.

Learning, Arts, and the Brain

Dana Foundation, 2008. (PDF, 126 pgs.)

A multi-university report on arts and cognition reveals new insights into the arts-thinking skills connection.

High School Broadcast Journalism Project

Radio and Television News Directors Foundation (RTNDF), 2008. (website)

A journalism education program of RTNDF, this program promotes broadcast journalism by helping high schools establish and maintain outstanding broadcast journalism programs.

The Progress of Education Reform - Summer Learning

Education Commission of the States, 2009. (PDF 6 pgs.)

Transcending the punitive and remedial model of summer school, summer learning’s new form is an artful blend of core academic learning, hands-on activities, 21st century skills, arts, sports and meaningful relationships.

Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in collaboration with the Arts Education Partnership, 2007. (PDF, 24 pgs.)

An online booklet that makes the case keeping arts education strong in all schools.

An Unfinished Canvas: A Review of Large-Scale Arts Assessment in K-12 Arts Education

Center for Education Policy, SRI International, 2008. (PDF, 51 pgs.)

The development and implementation of effective large-scale assessment in the arts are challenging on many fronts. This paper provides a review of the status of large-scale arts assessments and current practice in statewide arts assessment for the purpose of K-12 education accountability.

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