Boston Arts Academy

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elementary pupils outside classroom talking to teacherEver hear of the Boston Arts Academy?  Check it out when you get the chance.  It’s a public school in Boston founded and led by Linda Nathan.  Who is she?  Check her out, too.  She’s pretty amazing.

Linda was one of the speakers on a panel this morning on innovative schools.  It’s clear she’s done a lot of thinking about what makes for good learning.  It’s also clear she’s got the experience, passion, commitment, and strength to lead a school of her own that embodies those beliefs.

Boston Arts Academy serves the traditionally underserved students in the Boston area, predominantly students of color.  While those around her talk about cutting the arts, she deliberately makes them part of the curriculum.  She challenges the notion that schools should eliminate the arts in favor of more drill and kill in the subjects typically deemed on high footing (you know the ones – math, science, English, history, etc.).  Instead, the arts and world languages are integral to all other subjects at Boston Arts.  Go Linda!

I think I might have to make a visit there – sounds like an incredible place!

Check out Linda’s book – The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test . . .

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  1. Pete on January 31, 2011 at 3:05 am

    It is an amazing place – I had the pleasure of working there as a grad school intern. Linda, Larry Myatt (former head of Fenway School) and Linda’s husband, Steve Cohen (my prof at Tufts), were integral in shaping my early thoughts about what teaching and learning are all about.

    If you can make the visit or the institute that they have, do it!

  2. Gayle on February 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Pete, thanks for the great advice – it must have been incredible to be an intern there. I hope to visit in the very near future.


  3. Linda Nathan on February 11, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Thank you for these very generous accolades. I would love to have folks come to our Summer Institute which is coordinated by our Center for Arts in Education. The dates are June 28-July 1 and you can email Corey Evans cevans@bostonartsacademy for more information. This year we are focusing on STEAM– science, technology, engineering, ARTS and math. It will be an engaging, interactive, imaginative and fun four days.