A Few of my Favorite Things

around the web this week:

•The Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge website has a new feature, the Families Portal.  It’s an incredible resource, and we highly recommend spending some time exploring it.  Check out this excellent article that discusses how learning in the arts supports the development of critical 21st-century skills in our children’s minds, and describes simple ways parents can encourage arts-learning at home and in our children’s schools. 

By the way, ArtsEdge is also a fantastic resource for educators who want to bring more arts-learning into their classrooms, and the site has recently undergone a total transformation – definitely worth checking out!

•An interesting article at Americans For the Arts Artsblog that describes the efforts of one Austin, Texas business to address the national creativity crisis locally by collaborating with area schools and the community.  “Through collaborative community efforts like these, we are moving the conversation forward and making strides to support a generation bursting with creative thought,” says Michelle Walker-Moak of Applied Materials, Inc.  Maybe one community’s success story can inspire another community’s endeavors …

•Here’s a post to make you stop and think.  All the buzz surrounding recent education reform initiatives has been exhilerating, because here at The Arts Room we believe that in order to prepare our children for successful adult lives in the 21st century, our public school system must be transformed.  But education reform has become a polarizing debate, with teachers on one side and reformers on the other, and really, how much transformation will we achieve if everyone’s too busy taking sides?  Kate Quarfordt makes a good point in “What My High School Students Can Teach Ed Reformers”

•And finally, something fun – a lost, unpublished, unfinished Dr. Seuss book has recently surfaced.  Over on Booktryst it’s described in detail, with lots of photos.  Imagine sharing these pictures with a child in your life, someone who’s struggling to write something and hung up on the idea that it has to be perfect.  Show them how someone as prolific and beloved as Dr. Seuss went about working out a new story, and maybe, just maybe, their frustrations will be dispelled and their creative energies freed … worth a try, yes?

As always, feel free to join the conversation and leave a comment!

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