Measurable Results of Our Programs
North Carolina Arts in Action uses the unique teaching techniques honed for more than 30 years by renowned arts educator Jacques d’Amboise and the National Dance Institute, who currently reaches over 40,000 children annually in the United States and around the world. NC AIA teaching artists are thoroughly trained in these same techniques in both their initial in-depth training and on-going professional development with NDI – techniques that instill discipline, focus, tenacity and a high standard of excellence in elementary school children.
NC Arts in Action draws from evaluations, direct quotes from students, parents, teachers and administrators to see if the intended targets have been met. Specifically, NC Arts in action has secured the pro bono assistance of The Link Group in RTP. Link has developed child friendly assessment tools and in turn will share them with WCPSS internal evaluation and research staff for further input and refinement. Gathering good data is a critical goal of NC Arts in Action. Program evaluation results for 2014-2015 will be shared in August.
Articles on Arts Education
National Dance Institute's In-School Education Programs Evaluation
By Dr. Rob Horowitz, Associate Director of the Center for Arts Education Research at Teacher's College, Columbia University
Dr. Horowitz conducted an external evaluation of the National Dance Institute's (NDI) in-school program on partner schools, on student learning and classroom teachers, and elicited feedback from constituents on effective NDI teaching practice and program implementation. North Carolina Arts in Action is an affiliate program of NDI: New York.
Study Links Art Classes to Academic Achievement
By Lori Olszewski, San Francisco Chronicle
A Stanford University professor has found that youngsters who dance, act, sing and paint in after-school arts programs are more likely to win academic awards and achieve, yet most American students have no weekly arts education.