DOE Presents at AATE National Conference
Friday, June 08, 2012
Posted by: Alexis Truitt
BETHESDA, MD – Schools across the
country are investing less in theatre arts programs according to a U.S.
Department of Education study released last month (Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10). The research, conducted by the National
Center for Education Statistics, showed a 16% drop in public elementary school
instruction for drama/theatre over the past ten years, and a 3% drop in secondary
schools. It also revealed a disparity
between affluent and low-income secondary school districts, where lower income
children are 28% less likely to have access to theatre arts instruction in
"Youth who participate in school
drama and theatre arts programs score better on standardized tests and achieve
higher graduation rates,” says Marcie Granahan, executive director of the
American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
"It is a travesty that the children in most need of these programs are
Doug Herbert, Special Assistant for
the Office of Innovation and Improvement within the U.S. Department of
Education, will present the latest findings at the AATE national conference
August 8 – 12, 2012, in Lexington, KY.
The conference brings together more than 500 theatre artists, educators,
and scholars helping to transform young people through the theatre arts. This year’s conference will also include
sessions on national core standards for arts education, adapting curriculum for
youth with learning differences, and creating original work with educational
For more information on the
benefits of school theatre arts programs, or attend the AATE national
conference, visit www.aate.com.