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Q&A: NOLA Charter Leader on Using Arts to 'Round Out Learning'

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June 27, 2012
Q&A: NOLA Charter Leader on Using Arts to 'Round Out Learning'

The Batiste Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans, an ExpandED School in partnership with NOSACONN, recently became one of just eight schools in the nation to receive a competitive two-year Turnaround Arts Grant from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The committee says the grants are intended to “test the hypothesis that high-quality and integrated arts education can be an effective tool to strengthen school reform efforts, boosting academic achievement and increasing student motivation in schools facing some of the toughest educational challenges in the country.”

Fewer than 15 percent of this school’s students were reading at grade level in the 2009-10 school year. In 2010 the school came under the leadership of the ReNEW Charter Management Organization. With the help of NOSACONN teaching artists and the backing of the legendary jazz family the Batistes, the school is now in the process of integrating comprehensive arts education into the expanded school day.

Kevin Guitterrez, president of the five-school ReNEW network, answered questions from TASC about how the school will apply the grant to the expanded day. Read the discussion and let us know what you think.

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