From the local to the federal level, EdTA engages in ongoing work to affirm the professionalism of theatre educators and the value of arts education. We show up on behalf of students and teachers in national arts education working groups, legislative offices, policy events, advocacy campaigns, and more. And we provide a wealth of resources for members to advocate for our mission – and their own theatre programs.
The pandemic has hit school theatre hard: Canceled productions, school closings, teacher burnout, budget cuts, and more put programs at risk. Yet theatre education’s benefits can serve as an antidote to negative effects on student learning and social emotional well–being. Get equipped for rebuilding with these resources.
As the leading advocate for school theatre, EdTA supports its members – and the field – by galvanizing support around key issues affecting theatre education. Get familiar with those core topics and our stance on them.
“It is imperative that all students have access to an equitable delivery of arts education that includes dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts that supports their educational, social, and emotional well-being, taught by certified professional arts educators in partnership with community arts providers.”
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“An education without the arts is inadequate. Therefore, we call on our public policy leaders to provide a systemic and rigorous arts education for all students in all public schools by leveraging the expertise and experience of the partners involved in arts education.”
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“As a well-rounded subject area under federal education law, the Every Students Succeeds Act, the arts support the social and emotional well-being of students, foster a welcoming and safe school environment, and encourage inclusivity through multiple pathways for every child’s creative voice.”
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