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    Expanding the Vision of Self

    Why the Arts Matter

    LINDA F. NATHAN
    In this reflective essay, Linda F. Nathan, the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy and currently the executive director of Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy, shares a story about how one student, Ronald, expands his vision of self through his engagement with the arts. In presenting this reflection on Ronald’s experience, Nathan highlights the power of the arts in helping students define and construct their identity.

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    Linda F. Nathan is the founding headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Under her leadership, Boston Arts Academy won state, national, and international awards and recognitions and consistently sent over 94 percent of its graduates on to college. Currently, she is the executive director of the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy, which fosters transformative education by empowering students, schools, and communities through artistic and academic innovation. Nathan, a leader in education reform, has lectured and written widely on education leadership, the arts, and democratic schools, including her highly praised book The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School (Beacon Press, 2010). She teaches a course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, “Building Democratic Schools,” and blogs about education and the arts at http://lindanathan.com.
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    Spring 2013 Issue

    Abstracts

    Foreword: Exploding Parameters and an Expanded Embrace
    A Proposal for the Arts in Education in the Twenty-First Century
    STEVE SEIDEL
    Editors’ Introduction
    Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education
    Edward P. Clapp and Laura A. Edwards
    Expanding Our “Frames” of Mind for Education and the Arts
    JENNIFER S. GROFF
    Expanding Our Vision of Museum Education and Perception
    An Analysis of Three Case Studies of Independent Blind Arts Learners
    SIMON HAYHOE
    Universal Design for Learning and the Arts
    Don Glass, Anne Meyer, and David H. Rose
    Graphica
    Comics Arts-Based Educational Research
    STEPHANIE JONES AND JAMES F. WOGLOM
    Why the Arts Don’t Do Anything
    Toward a New Vision for Cultural Production in Education
    RUBEN A. GAZTAMBIDE-FERNANDEZ
    Afterword: The Turning of the Leaves
    Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education
    MAXINE GREENE

    Book Notes

    The Learner-Directed Classroom
    Diane B. Jaquith and Nan E. Hathaway (Editors)

    Critical Aesthetic Pedagogy
    Yolanda Medina

    Hip Hop Genius
    Sam Seidel

    Design and Thinking
    Mu-Ming Tsai (Director)

    Changing Lives
    Tricia Tunstall

    Art Education Beyond the Classroom
    Alice Wexler (Editor)