Thursday, May 2, 2013

Orchard Gardens Principal Andrew Bott Fires Security, Hires Art Teachers, Revitalizes School

The power of art! This is good news, and very inspiring, as well as brave:
Orchard Gardens Principal Andrew Bott Fires Security, Hires Art Teachers, Revitalizes School: Then, in 2010, Andrew Bott ignored the advice of colleagues who called Orchard Gardens a "career killer," and became the school's sixth principal in seven years, NBC News reports. He sought to lead Orchard Gardens' rejuvenation, eliminating the school's massive security structure that drained hundreds of thousand of dollars from its budget in favor of becoming one of eight pilot schools for a new plan created by President Obama's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH).

“The school definitely had a prison feel,” Bott told NBC, but that would soon change.

The hypothesis was this: “Effective and high-quality arts education can be a powerful catalyst for successful educational reform," in the words of PCAH vice-chair, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., in a press release published when the program was launched.



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