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Read all the research, news, and policy in our arts education RECAP for February 2024.


6 Ways to Capture Students’ Attention “Teachers can use insights from neuroscience to help ensure that learners stay engaged during class and are more likely to retain information.” Edutopia


Keeping Students Safe: Designing Policies and Practices That Work “All students deserve a safe and healthy school environment where they can thrive. With meaningful investments using the new influx of federal funds, states and school districts have an opportunity to foster these environments for their students.Education Commission

Preparing Students With Disabilities for the Transition to College “There are important differences between disability accommodations in the K–12 and postsecondary settings, and teachers can help students understand them.” Edutopia


Prop 28: Arts and Music in Schools Planning Toolkit Know How to Advocate For Your School and Community with Create CA’s Updated Prop 28 Toolkit Create CA

Open Call for Grant Review Panelists “The California Arts Council seeks arts and cultural practitioners from disparate communities statewide to volunteer for our upcoming grant review panels. Panelists play a critical role in the grant application process as field representatives. They work both independently and virtually alongside other panelists to evaluate grant applications, ensuring an equitable, honest, and thorough review and ranking process.” California Arts Council


The Arts Span Every Facet of Life – the White House Just Hosted a Summit About It “Organizers believe this was a ‘first-of-its-kind convening’ that explored how the arts can make people healthier, ‘invigorate physical spaces, fuel democracy, and foster equitable outcomes.'” KCRW

70 Years After Brown vs. Board of Education, Public Schools Still Segregated “Like 70 years ago when the 1954 ruling was decided, addressing public school segregation remains important for a healthy democracy.” The 74


California Schools Will Soon Get $1 Billion for Arts and Music. Are They Ready to Use it? “For many, this is an investment time — and a time to figure out sustained funding for years to come.” The Mercury News

Study Illuminates the Breadth of Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding for Arts and Culture “Using a broad definition of arts and culture inclusive of nonprofit and for-profit industries, $53 billion was awarded nationally to arts and culture via the four federal programs.” SMU DataArts

The FAFSA Rollout Has Been Rough on Students. The Biggest Problem is Yet to Come “The U.S. Department of Education is wrestling with whether to fix this mistake in time for this year’s financial aid applicants. A last-minute FAFSA change of this magnitude could further delay college aid offers, but it would also mean many students would qualify for more help.” NPR

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