In recent years many school districts have had to restructure their arts curriculums to meet the growing emphasis on standards that is central to most school reform. This unique collection is meant to assist educators, policymakers, grantmakers and other stakeholders by focusing on the potential benefits of arts education for students and communities alike, and providing examples of creative ways school districts are handling their constraints.

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Arts Smarts at Caslan School: A Longitudinal Case Study

January 15, 2007

This study examines the impact of ArtsSmarts over a three year period at Caslan School, a small K-9 school 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton attended by 130 students from the Buffalo Lake Métis Settlement. With a history of poor achievement, attendance, behaviour, parental involvement and high staff turn-over, the school applied to ArtsSmarts for support. In all, 70 collaborative projects were undertaken, involving all grades and many curricular areas, with the highest number being related to science or social studies. The school became a showplace of Métis art and culture, students had hands-on exposure to multiple art forms, and their displays and performances generated new pride and engagement on the part of students and parents. With respect to Caslan's five objectives for the introduction of ArtsSmarts, the findings were mixed.

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