How can arts-based professional development be an integral part of education reform?
In certain learning communities, the interest in arts extends beyond its role as a single subject area in the curriculum. For these educators, the arts provide hope and evidence that public schools can educate the whole child. These communities embrace reading, writing and math, along with a wide array of disciplines. Art, music, dance, theatre, creative writing, multimedia arts, and arts concepts are integrated across the curriculum. Project-based and student-centered learning become the norm. The focus shifts to helping young people learn in vibrant, effective educational environments, giving more children a greater number of chances to learn. In these learning communities, arts education professional development fits into a bigger picture of strategies to improve public schools.