In the past month two new resources have been issued that are worth a good look:
The National Guild for Community Arts Education has released a sorely needed guide for youth development programs: Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts.
Engaging Adolescents: Building Youth Participation in the Arts, the result of the National Guild’s research on effective practices, outlines a holistic approach that integrates arts learning with principles of youth development. It is designed to help staff and faculty develop new programs and services for teens or to rethink and strengthen programs they already offer. Profiles of organizations in varying stages of implementing this approach illustrate the concepts this guide describes.
The Arts Education Partnership has released a nifty guide for school leaders: What School Leaders Can Do To Increase Arts Education.
School principals and other leaders interested in increasing arts education in America’s schools can adopt any of these actions and strategies one at a time or implement several at once. When taken together as part of an overall approach, however, their effects are more likely to be cumulative, mutually reinforcing, and more sustainable over time.