Arts Advocacy Online & Printed Resources

Online Reading


Advocacy and STEAM Articles/Websites




Printed Resources

  • Berghoff, Beth; Borgmann, Cindy; Parr, N. Carlotta. 2005. Arts Together, Steps Toward Transformative Teacher Education. National Art Education Association, Reston, VA.
  • Booth, Eric. 1999. The Everyday Work of Art. Sourcebooks. Naperville, IL.
  • Booth, Eric. 2009. The Music Teaching Artist’s Bible. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Brown, John L. 2004. Making the Most of Understanding by Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA.
  • Burnaford, Gail, Arnold Aprill, and Cynthia Weiss. 2001. Renaissance in the Classroom, Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mahwah, NJ.
  • Burnaford, Gail, ed. 2007. Arts Integration Frameworks, Research & Practice: A Literature Review. Arts Education Partnership, Washington, D.C.
  • Costa, Arthur; and Bena Kallick. 2008. Learning and Leading With Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. 1991. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper Collins, New York.
  • Danielson, Charlotte. 2006. Teacher Leadership That Strengthens Professional Practice. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA.
  • Eisner, Elliot. 2006. Two Visions of Education. Monograph Series. Arts Education Collaborative, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Erickson, H. Lynn. 2002. Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching Beyond the Facts. Corwin Press, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Erickson, H. Lynn. 2008. Stirring the Head, Heart, and Soul: Redefining Curriculum, Instruction, and Concept-Based Learning. Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Fineberg, Carol ed. 2002. Planning an Arts-Centered School: A Handbook. The Dana Press, New York.
  • Fowler, Charles. 1996. Strong Arts, Strong Schools. Oxford University Press. Oxford, New York.
  • Gablik, Suzi. 1995. Conversations Before the End of Time. Thames and Hudson Ltd. London.
  • Gardner, Howard. 1983. Frames of Mind, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Basic Books, New York.
  • Greene, Maxine. 2000. Releasing the Imagination. Jossey-Bass. San Francisco, CA.
  • Greene, Maxine. 2001. Variations On a Blue Guitar. Teachers College Press, Columbia University. New York.
  • Hardiman, Mariale. 2003. Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model. Landam, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
  • Hetland, Lois, Ellen Winner, Shirley Veenema, and Kimberly Sheridan. 2007. Studio Thinking. Teachers College Press, New York.
  • Huizinga, Johan. 1955. Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play Element in Culture. Beacon Press, Boston.
  • Jensen, Eric. 2001. Arts with the Brain in Mind. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA.
  • Jensen, Eric. 2005. Teaching With the Brain in Mind. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.
  • Levitin, Daniel. 2006. This Is Your Brain on Music. Penguin Group, New York, NY.
  • Mansilla, Veronica Boix. 2007. ‘Playing Sound Waves’, Quality interdisciplinary teaching in middle school classrooms and beyond. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
  • Mansilla, Veronica Boix, and Howard Gardner. 2007. Disciplining the Mind to Prepare the Young for Tomorrow’s World. Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
  • Marx, Gary. 2006. Sixteen Trends, Their Profound Impact on Our Future. Educational Research Service, Alexandria, VA. ISBN-10: 1931762481
  • Metz, Allison Manville, Beth Gibbs and Hsiao-Ping Chen. 2011. ­Introduction to Integrating Music, Art, and Theatre in Elementary Education. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.
  • Nelson, Andrew L. 2008. The Art of Collaboration: Promising Practices for Integrating the Arts and School Reform. Arts Education Partnership, Washington, DC.
  • Petrash, Jack. 2002. Understanding Waldorf Education. Gryphon House, Inc. Beltsville, MD.
  • Pink, Daniel. 2006. A Whole New Mind. Riverhead Books, New York.
  • Richards, M.C. 1987. Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person. Wesleyan U. Press, CN.
  • Richards, M.C. 1988. Toward Wholeness: Rudolf Steiner Education in America. Wesleyan U. Press, CN.
  • Seidel, Steve, Shari Tishman, Ellen Winner, Lois Hetland, and Patricia Palmer. 2009. The Qualities of Quality, Understanding Excellence in Arts Education. Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
  • Shahn, Ben. 1957. The Shape of Content. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, MA.
  • Sousa, David. 2003. The Leadership Brain. Corwin Press, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Stepian, William developer. 1997. Problem-based Learning: A Facilitator’s Guide. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.
  • Stevenson, Lauren and Richard Deasy. 2005. Third Space, When Learning Matters. Arts Education Partnership, Washington, D.C.
  • Strand, Katherine. 2006. The Heart and the Journey: Case Studies of Collaboration for Arts Integrated Curricula. Arts Education Policy Review, Sept./Oct. 2006. Heldref Publications. Washington, D.C.
  • Tishman, Shari and Patricia Palmer. 2006. Artful Thinking, Stronger Thinking and Learning through the Power of Art. Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.
  • Wiggins, Grant and Jay McTighe. 1998. Understanding by Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.
  • Wiggins, Grant and Jay McTighe. 2007. Schooling by Design, Mission, Action, and Achievement. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.
  • Williams, Linda Verlee. 1986. Teaching For The Two-Sided Mind. Simon and Schuster. New York.
  • Winslow, Leon. 1939. The Integrated School Art Program. McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Woods, Chip. 2007. Yardsticks. Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc., Turners Falls, MA.
  • Zakaras, Laura; Lowell, Julia. 2008. Cultivating Demand for the Arts, Arts Learning, Arts Engagement, and State Arts Policy. The Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, CA.




Recommended reading: drama/theatre

  • Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors 2nd Edition. London: Routledge, 2002.
  • Heinig, Ruth Beall. Creative Drama for the Classroom Teacher, 4th Edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1993.
  • Crimmens, Paula. Drama Therapy and Story Making in Special Education. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006.
  • Heinig, Ruth Beall. Improvisation with Favorite Tales: Integrating Drama into the Reading/Writing Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1992.
  • Miller, Carole and Saxton, Juliana. Into the Story: Language in Action through Drama. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004.
  • O’Neill, Cecily, and Alan Lambert. Drama Structures: A Practical Handbook for Teachers. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann, 1982.
  • Spolin, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook. Northwestern University Press, 1986.
  • Zipes, Jack. Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children. New York: Routledge, 2004.


National Models

  • A+ Schools Program of the North Carolina Arts Council
    • The A+ Schools Program creates statewide (and regional) networks of A+ schools that adopt and implement the A+ philosophy. This is a whole-school reform model that views the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning in all subjects through enhanced, creative, arts-integrated learning opportunities for all students.       This website gives information about how to become an A+ school as well as case studies and research about the schools involved with the program.
  • Big Thought
    • Big Thought offers a variety of community and school programs throughout Dallas and surrounding areas. Their approach to innovative learning combines core academics with community resources to help develop the abilities that young people need to thrive. This website gives insight and research on how their program works and the impact it has on the community.
  • Chicago Arts Partnership in Education (CAPE)
    • The CAPE program partners teaching artists with Chicago Public School teachers to develop original, creative lesson plans. These lessons integrate music, drama, dance, digital art, video, and photography into classrooms. The CAPE website offers information about their program and classroom project ideas for lesson plans.
  • LA County Arts for All
    • Arts for All is the county-wide collaboration working to create vibrant classrooms, schools, communities and economies through the restoration of all arts disciplines into the core curriculum their public K-12 students. The Arts for All website provides information about the program’s structure and services.
  • Perpich Center for Arts Education
    • The Perpich Center for Arts Education works with several Minnesota schools to support teaching art and arts integration. The program also offers professional development activities for agencies that support students, educators, schools, and arts organization.