Sunday, March 01, 2015

Turnaround Arts

Turnaround Arts is a public-private partnership that uses the arts to help narrow the achievement gap, increase student engagement and improve the culture and climate in the country’s highest poverty schools. They use arts education as a tool to help turn around America’s struggling schools. Led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, together with local partners, they bring high-quality arts education resources to a group of the lowest-performing elementary and middle schools in the country, and help them use those resources to improve attendance, parent engagement, student motivation and more. Turnaround Arts works with local program partners which include state arts agencies, schools districts, foundation and educational organizations (from website)
-- Watch more videos here
-- Watch "Turnaround Arts Research 2015 Announcement from the NAMM"

Attendance and test scores are up at some of the worst performing schools across the country thanks to a new arts-based curriculum and one school in California has quite the vocal “Arts Ambassador,” Jason Mraz. Click on image below to watch TODAY’s Erica Hill meet up with Jason Mraz to discuss what motivated him to join the Turnaround Arts program.

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