Long Beach Unified to receive $250,000 in scholarship money from Broad Prize
The article states:
“The $2 million Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize is an annual award that honors large urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement in America while narrowing achievement gaps between income and ethnic groups. The money goes directly to graduating high school seniors for college scholarships: $1 million to students in the winning district and $250,000 to students in each finalist district. The winner was selected by a jury of 10 prominent American leaders
from government, education, business and civic sectors, including two former U.S. secretaries of education from both parties. ”
Now don’t get me wrong, I like money as much as the next guy and agree that it is a fine thing to improve education across all ethnic and socio-economic groups. I guess that I continue to stubbornly believe that testing the daylights out of the kids and teaching to these tests in order to get “good grades” to submit to win these prizes isn’t worth eliminating art in order to win.
That’s just me, though.
I am adding this link to the sidebar today. Go have a visit at Shikshamitra (Bengali for Friends of Learning), an alternative secondary school and education resource center. Maura teaches there and is one of my Flickr contacts. You can see one of her photo sets here.
Courtesy Diego Meozzi - Stone Pages (www.stonepages.com)
I came across an interesting post in my art education group at yahoo. (you can join this group by request by visiting here.)
The post referred to a photoshop/computer graphics project and you can see it here.
It is in Japanese but you will get the drift of it from the photos. I think it is a pretty ambitious lesson for 5th graders-at least judging by the 4th graders we work with. Pretty cool though and very Japanese.
The lesson also contains some great links to learning sites revolving around subject of Stonehenge, stone circles, dolmens, ancient standing stones, cairns, barrows, hillforts and archaeology.
The jist of the project is to consider creating a sculpture garden at your school site. The lesson calls for the students to create a Stone Circle sculpture digitally and insert it into a pre-existing photograph.
The Japanese text is also pretty simple. I think it would also make a good lesson for Japanese language students by practicing how to follow instructions written in Japanese at a 5th grade level.
To read the whole sad affair, you have to visit my other blog.
We will resume irregularly scheduled art in the 4th grade classroom soon. Promise.
why we need to keep art in public schools-
watch this video
Pinwheels for Peace click for details
Penny & I are getting together next week to brainstorm again for the upcoming year. We think we are ready and re-charged and looking to make some changes in what we are doing in the 4th grade room this year. We want to get better at this and towards that end we will be making a list of what was most and least successful from previous years. We will look to others who are doing similar work for inspiration- such as Jane LaFazio over at Mundo Lindo and to the folks at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles which has a fabulous outreach program that goes into the schools there (hint, hint Long Beach Museum of Art). It would be great to see the local museums actually going out into the schools in addition to having the students come to them. Sign me up as a volunteer when that happens!
Last year we were able to (by the skin of our teeth!) get the class down to the museum to see one of the exhibits and participate in a workshop on portraits.
So if anyone reading this has any other suggestions of places online that inspire art education in elementary grades, please post the link in the comments.
We’re taking the summer off here at Elementary Art but feel free to visit my other blog to see what’s happening in the shibori studio. Check back in September to see what’s happening in the 4th grade classroom!