Arts and the Common Core

Arts and the Common Core
In this insightful and compelling webinar, Dr. Jerry James from The Center for Arts Education offers a new model for 21st century teaching and learning, and demonstrates the ways that the arts — when integrated across the curriculum — can help administrators meet Common Core Learning Standards. Dr. James also discusses the practical application of the new National Core Arts Standards.

In Defense of the Liberal Arts Education | Mumbi Ngugi | TEDxFAUJupiter

In Defense of the Liberal Arts Education | Mumbi Ngugi | TEDxFAUJupiter
In this talk, Ngugi wishes to defend the ideal of a liberal arts college, setting as an example the liberal arts education of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. She believes that an interdisciplinary approach to higher education is important so that the sciences and the humanities can collaborate with each other.

Mumbi Ngugi is a graduating senior at the Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. She is also the 2014-2015 Student Governor for the MacArthur Campus based in Jupiter, Fl.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Liberal Arts Education in the United States

Liberal Arts Education in the United States
A visit to Swarthmore College outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, prompts college consultant and counselor to reflect on the value of a liberal arts education.

A liberal arts college is very different from a university, that is made up of various schools or colleges, such as a medical school, a business school, a music school, a nursing school–to name a few.

A liberal arts college is focused entirely on an undergraduate education.

Students from China who are seeking assistance in deciding which college to attend–instead of doing their applications DIY–should consider a liberal arts college. It is a unique model of education that provides many opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research and develop relationships with their professors and peers.

Gavin Newsom: Don’t Overlook Arts Education

Gavin Newsom: Don’t Overlook Arts Education
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California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom emphasizes the importance of including arts and creativity in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational foundation. Urging educators not to let lack of money be an excuse, Newsom asks, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”


The California STEM Learning Network and the Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are proud to host the second annual California STEM Summit presented by Chevron. Join education, policy and business leaders from throughout California to:

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Arts and Letters Alumni: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Arts and Letters Alumni: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education
Alumni from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters can be found in almost any profession you can imagine. What unites them is their ability to ask questions, to engage in critical and creative thinking, to research complex issues and solve complex problems, and to write effectively and speak persuasively.

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The College of Arts and Letters is the University of Notre Dame’s oldest and largest college. We believe that its students, faculty, and programs meld the best aspects of a residential liberal arts college, a major research university, and a Catholic institution of international standing. The College’s 20 departments span three divisions—the arts, the social sciences, and the humanities—all of which contribute to the vibrant life of the College.

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