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Advocacy

  • Sustainability in Music and Arts Education

    Laurie Schell | October 9, 2021Regardless of your role in the music and arts education ecosystem, sustainability is the proverbial grand prize.  What Do We Want? Imagine the day… Music and the arts are universally endorsed in public education policy and practice and included without question in school budgets. The arts would gain the same footing (and resources) as reading […] Read More...
  • Music & School Culture is more than Friday Night Lights

    Laurie Schell | September 6, 2021As teachers and families head back to school for the 2021-22 school year, there is still much uncertainty, feelings of loss and anxiety, tempered with the excitement of being back in the classroom again. Faced with the enormous task of picking up where we left off—only better– it’s time to talk again about the role […] Read More...
  • Arts Education and Strategic Planning – Surf’s up!

    Laurie Schell | August 13, 2021My surfer sons tell me that paddling out and waiting for the perfect wave is part of the “surf’s up” gestalt, meaning conditions are right, right now. As a non-surfer I might describe it as a state of readiness based on data and the immediacy of the moment. A calculation of wind speed and direction, […] Read More...
  • Advocacy is Personal

    Laurie Schell | July 10, 2021Advocacy is defined as the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. Advocacy may be a big “A” or a small “a” effort. Whether the cause is personal to you or common among many, the underlying process is the same. We see a need, gather evidence, find solutions, demonstrate impact, and make the […] Read More...
  • Come About! Music Ed Advocacy in Changing Times

    Laurie Schell | June 12, 2021In SBO’s June issue, Laurie Schell encourages music education advocates to navigate the shifting winds buffeting today’s music programs and learn how to change tack with strategic planning, coalition, and relationship building. Read More...
  • Recruiting Students: Back to Basics

    Laurie Schell | May 4, 2021Programs that were robust in pre-pandemic years may have only a fraction of returning students, and new students may be hard to reach. How do we get these students back? In SBO’s May 2021 issue, music and arts education advocate Laurie Schell shares some insights. Read More...
  • Forecasting Music Education: Down the Rabbit Hole

    Laurie Schell | April 6, 2021Many believe that some type of virtual learning is here to stay. That can be a good thing if it challenges our preconceptions of what music instruction “should” look like, writes Laurie Schell. Read More...
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