Arts and the Mind! Documentary


Alzheimer’s researchers call it a powerful tool to ward off dementia. At-risk teens use it to find meaning in the world around them—and in themselves. It offers healing to both chronically ill toddlers and veterans battling PTSD.
What is this magical elixir? Art.

Arts & the Mind explores the vital role the arts play in human development during both youth and older age, and shares stories and cutting edge scientific research on how music, dance, painting, poetry and theater markedly improve well-being at both ends of life.

Thanks to Karen for sharing!


Wallace Foundation Report

Based in New York City, The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others.

This year, some Creative Action staff had the opportunity to attend the National Guild for Community Arts Education Conference in Chicago and returned with some very compelling research by the Wallace Foundation on what makes for successful and effective after-school programs.  Read the full report at this link:

You can also learn more about the Wallace Foundation and their research at this link:


Thanks to Patrick for sharing!

13 Awesome Free Tech Tools with applications in the classroom!

13 Awesome Free Tech Tools with applications in the classroom!


Looking for new, fun technologies and apps to use in your teaching or with your students?  Here are 13 simple and very useful tools that allow you to do everything from black and white film voice-overs and video notations to interactive maps, digital stories, and podcasts!


Thanks to Cassie for sharing!



Looking for some new inspiration in boosting your creativity? Your students’ creativity?  Maybe just love talking about the creative process or investigating what goes on?  Check out the Creativity at Work blog by creativity guru Linda Naiman:

There are also a lot of resources on creative habits, techniques, and tools!

Resources on Homeless, Foster, and Traumatized Youth


Resources on Homeless, Foster, and Traumatized Youth

Encountering homeless or foster care students is an unfortunate reality in our society.  A significant number of these students may have experienced traumas as a result of losing their homes, families, and/or experiencing domestic violence or abuse.  While serving most of these students’ needs is beyond the purview of our organization, we can strive to be more aware of these situations and support these students within our classes and programs.  The Texas Homeless Education Office provides a great variety of resources to help in this regard, including posters/brochures, links, factsheets and toolkits on some of the following useful topics:

1.  Awareness

2.  Identification of Homeless Students and School Enrollment

3.  Homeless Education: An Introduction to the Issues

4.  Domestic Violence, Homelessness, and Children’s Education

5.  Addressing the Effects of Trauma on Children and Families in Homeless Situations: The Importance of Decision-Making

6.  Tips for Helping Students Recovering from Traumatic Events

7.  Helping Traumatized Children Learn

8.  The Impact of the Mortgage Crisis on Children and Their Education

9.  Educating Homeless Children and Youth: The Guide to Their Rights 

10.  Checklist for Identifying Students Experiencing Homelessness

11.  National Recommended Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Homeless Youth

12.  ACLU Talking Points: The School-To-Prison Pipeline