Despite strapped budgets, school leaders are not without options when it comes to providing students with access to high-quality arts education, according to a freely downloadable guide published in 2018 by the ArtsEducation Partnership and the National Association ofElementary School Principals. The guide provides an action plan to help school leaders create an arts-rich school culture and find resources to support sustainable programming. The recommendations include integrating the arts into strategic plans, tapping multiple streams of funding, providing arts-oriented professional development, and considering arts experiences in hiring and staffing decisions. The resource is available to download at no charge on the website of the Education Commission of the States.
Service on Celluloidis a captivating podcast of The NationalWW II Museum that takes a deep look at depictions of World War II on film over the last 70-plus years. In-house experts at the museum, along with special guests, hold lively debates on the historical merits of treasured classics and smaller films alike.
The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant.
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.