Balancing academia and the arts in school

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Balancing academia and the arts in school

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We don't try to keep a balance between the arts and academia, because we feel in my school that the arts are part of academia, that they're part of the core curriculum, and that they're equally as important as reading and math and science and history and the other core subjects that we think children should learn. I wish there were standards for art and music in school, because I think then schools would work harder across all kinds of schools to make sure that children had those experiences and that they were well-funded in all kinds of schools. One of the things I think parents can do is that children are exposed to all kinds of media today. It's very easy to expose children to music and to art. We have wonderful museums in Los Angeles, and many of them are free for children. So parents when they feel they don't have a good art curriculum or a good art program in their schools or they don't have opportunities for their children to take music, there are free concerts. There's music over the internet that they can expose children to. And there's art everywhere. Public art. Private art. And art's accessible just in driving down the street and seeing the wonderful murals and public art pieces that we have on display all over the city. So it becomes an issue of exposure as much as an issue of education and instruction.

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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