National Recognition

A+ Schools of North Carolina is nationally recognized as an effective, research-based strategy for sustainable school reform.

Most recently, A+ Schools was highlighted as a model program by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in its report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.

A+ Schools of North Carolina is also the topic of George Noblit’s book entitled Creating and Sustaining Arts-Based School Reform: The A+ Schools Program (2009, Routledge).

“Offering a model for implementation as well as evaluation that can be widely adapted in other schools and other districts, <this book> will inspire arts educators to move from advocating more arts to advocating more arts as a way to reform schools. Administrators and policy makers will see how curriculum integration can be used to revitalize and energize schools and serve as a springboard to wider reform initiatives.”

Several other national publications feature A+ Schools:


The Element (2009, Ken Robinson, Penguin Books)
Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts (2007, Claudia Cornett, Pearson Press)
Arts Integration Frameworks, Research & Practice: A Literature Review (2007, Arts Education Partnership)
Third Space: When Learning Matters (2005, Arts Education Partnership)
Putting the Arts in the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century (2004, Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College Chicago)
The Balanced Curriculum Elementary (2003, NC Department of Public Instruction)
The Balanced Curriculum 6-8 (2004, NC Department of Public Instruction)
Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development (2002, Arts Education Partnership)
Critical Evidence: How the ARTS Benefit Student Achievement (2006, Arts Education Partnership)