Over the weekend, former President Bill Clinton made headlines in his home state of Arkansas discussing education. His message was one that many of us already know: the dropout rate is increasing and students are leaving school unprepared for 21st century jobs.

However, the uniqueness of the President’s message was in his proposed solution—the arts.

Clinton is endorsing a program called A+ Schools that achieves whole school reform by integrating the arts, using project-based learning, and appealing to students’ multiple intelligences.

The A+ program has been nationally recognized “as an effective, research-based strategy for sustainable school reform.”

The program started with a network of schools in North Carolina and has expanded to include schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

You can find out more about the A+ program here and make sure to check out a local TV news report on former President Clinton’s remarks:

4 Responses to “Former President Clinton Supports Arkansas Arts Education Program”

  1. Oklahoma A+ Schools network is proud to provide the training to Arkansas that has built our network here in Oklahoma. While the arts are essential to a good learning environment, it’s more than the arts. It’s a way of helping schools think, plan, and behave more creatively in all disciplines. It reaches every child and connects curriculum. We need better results in schools, and we need kids excited about learning so they stay in school and retain what they’re taught. If we want different results, we must think differently and hold the adults accountable for effective teaching.

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  3. [...] are made at a school level in which interdisciplinarity is a key component. Former President Clinton, in a very recent talk, gives a very engaging example of a change of this kind:   [...]

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