Coopersville High School takes home Visual Arts Award | Arts & Culture
Lansing, MI—The Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) and SET SEG School Insurance Specialists are proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Education Excellence award. The winning programs represent 15 counties across the state. In the face of complex education challenges and limited resources, Coopersville High School kept the focus on student achievement to create an innovative solution to address their needs. "This year’s Education Excellence winners demonstrate that excellence is all around us in our public schools, despite their numerous challenges, financial restraints and unending reforms. This year’s winners clearly know what it takes to positively impact student achievement," said Kathy Hayes, MASB executive director. "Our public schools are stepping up to get the job done."
The Education Excellence awards honor the top three local school district programs in each of eight categories and the top three intermediate school district programs for a total of 27 honorees. Entries are judged by an independent panel of state education specialists. Each school or district will receive a trophy, street sign proclaiming it an "Education Excellence Winner" and a surprise cash award from SET SEG. Winners will move on to round two judging to determine "Michigan’s Best" where recipients receive a cash prize to help further the goals of the programs.
Recognizing the vital role the arts plays in a 21st century curriculum, the visual art department at Coopersville High School set out to bring attention to their program in the district and community. Beginning with a curriculum redesign and culminating in an allinclusive, community-wide arts showcase, the department has established a successful program built on the concepts of rigor, relevance and relationships. Students not only explore and create art within the department’s classes, but also learn critical thinking skills that can be applied to all areas of their education. Students also conduct research into deeper concepts such as neurological preferences of the brain and how creativity can shape the future. The annual art show, featuring more than 1,600 student works, has grown into a highly anticipated community event showcasing the talents of the district’s students and the successes of the art department. Additionally, the department collects data showing those with increased involvement in visual arts curriculum achieve academic benefits including higher GPAs, ACT scores and attendance.