Back to Educational Leadership December 2018/January 2019 The Arts and Creativity in Schools
December 2018 / January 2019
The Arts and Creativity in Schools
Volume 76, Number 4
12 The Gift of Boredom
Boredom can be a surprising component to the creative process—even in the classroom.
18 Taking Beautiful Risks in Education
Ronald A. Beghetto
To support students’ creativity, educators must question assumptions and instill a sense of possibility.
26 Taking Back Baltimore Through the Arts
Freddie Gray’s death tore a city apart, but these shaken teens found their power in the aftermath.
34 Picture This
Sketchnoting can help students with autism assimilate new information.
40 That’s a Rap!
When Michael Bonner’s 2nd grade students were failing their reading tests, he didn’t give up on them. He made a music video.
48 Arts Education as a Human Right: A Conversation with Alfre Woodard
The renowned actor says access to the arts shouldn’t depend on a child’s zip code.
55 Arts Integration: A Creative Pathway for Teaching
Amy L. Duma and Lynne B. Silverstein
Schoolwide arts integration programs can reenergize teachers’ practice and boost student achievement.
62 Hitting the Right Note
Linda F. Nathan
At a Boston charter school, instruction in music composition helps students see their true potential.
68 Artistic Endeavors
Lisa M. Lenarz, Sheryl Lamme, and Mikel Brogan
Three schoolwide installations showcase the power of art to promote social justice, community, and individualism.
73 Using Film to Expand Horizons
David Campos and Ericka Knudson
Movies—especially “world cinema”—have tremendous potential to stimulate students’ interest and thinking skills.
79 Engaging Our Most Challenging Students in Fine Arts
Danielle L. Iamarino
All students need to know that there is room for them in arts programs.
7 Reader’s Guide/Arts Education Today: Mission Critical
83 Research Matters/Does Arts Education Matter?
Bryan Goodwin and Eric Hubler
“Zombie” findings aside, arts education has unique benefits for students.
85 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Reciprocal Teaching’s Untapped Value
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Reclaiming a foundational literacy routine in classrooms.
87 Leading Together/Make Time for Play
Jill Harrison Berg
Educator teams need to have a little fun.
89 Confronting Inequity/More Than a Math and Science Teacher
H. Richard Milner IV
Bringing students’ interests into the classroom enriches learning.
91 One to Grow On/Sparking Students’ “Uncommon Genius”
Carol Ann Tomlinson
All educators can learn valuable lessons from the way the arts are taught.
4 Readers React
90 Index to Advertisers
93 Tell Me About/Readers share ideas for adding creativity to the classroom.
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/Creative Insights
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
Making It Happen
Maker activities can bring creativity and application to STEM learning.
Is STEAM Overblown?
Todd L. Hutner
How the combination of STEM and the arts could water down both disciplines.
Please Stop Sacrificing Arts Classes for Skills Intervention!
Lee Ann Jung and Maisie Jung
For students with learning disabilities, art class is often the best part of the day. Why take it away from them?