First State-wide Summit on the Role of Arts in Education to Be Held at Johns Hopkins UniversityPolicy makers, school officials to explore how arts improve education outcomes
A recent study by the Business Committee for the Arts found that students who had been studying the arts scored 30 percent higher on academic skills tests than those who did not have arts in their curriculum.
What's the story: The Johns Hopkins University and the of Maryland State Department of Education will host the first-ever summit at which educators, all the superintendents of a state's school system (in this case, Maryland) and policy makers will sit together to share knowledge and experience about how the study of music, dance, theater and the visual arts in school significantly improves students' ability to learn and their level of learning.
Logistics: The Johns Hopkins University Policy Summit. The Arts in Education: Addressing Educational Reform Goals
Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998Who will attend: The leadership of the Maryland State legislature, members of the Maryland State Board of Education, the superintendents of Maryland's 24 local school districts, chairs of the school systems' respective boards of education and selected executives of foundations, businesses, arts organizations and institutions of higher education.
What will occur:
Organizers: The Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies and the Maryland State Department of Education, Office of the Superintendent
Quote: "National polls have shown that education reform is
the number one concern of the American public. Well, more and
more research is strongly suggesting that involving the arts
in the curriculum for all students may be one of the most
effective and powerful ways to improve student performance
and outcomes. And it may prove, in the long haul, to be one
of the most economical."
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