Eighth-grade students and the principal from Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, Conn. traveled to Washington DC to showcase their paintings in the White House lobby before the very first White House talent show. A new federal study says that the arts turnaround program instituted at Roosevelt and seven other city schools has worked. Test scores, attendance and behavior all improved.
Injecting more arts into the school day has resulted in better attendance and behavior, and slightly better math and reading scores for eight struggling schools around the country, including Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Trish is the lead Professional Development Partner for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program - University of Utah region. She works with the visual artists and elementary school students. She is also on the faculty of the Consumer and Family Studies Department at the University of Utah.