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Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, episode 12

Special college edition! Tom Dheere is a fellow Montclair State alum (class of 1993!). We chatted about college, his prolific career as a voiceover professional (aka The VO Strategist), and how taking care of your mental health is paramount to any measure of success.

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Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, episode 11

Growing a leader requires an infusion of trust in a young person and giving them the support it takes to help them trust themselves. Becoming a leader requires taking that trust and further developing it yourself. This week's discussion with Hilary Becker-Jarusinsky shows how this can be accomplished through arts education.

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Changed for the Better: the value of arts in education

We hear the cries all the time - budgets are getting squeezed, cuts have to be made, and things wind up on the chopping block. What is often the first to be sacrificed? The arts. This is one arts educator's perspective as to why that should never, ever happen.

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Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, episode TEN

Tendrina Alexandre We made it to episode TEN (cue the balloons and confetti)!! I feel like there should be bells, whistles and heralding trumpets! Tendrina Alexandre (get it? TEN??) is another superstar from the past, who comes from a superstar family. Does it feel like everyone I interview here are my faves? Yes, yes it… Continue reading Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, episode TEN

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Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, episode 8

There's a lot to say about this budding superstar. I knew her as a teenager - smart, observant, swimming in talent. She melted the paint off of the auditorium walls of and now she is releasing simmering Neo-Soul singles to the world. Someday soon, everybody will have Brianna Knight's name on their lips.

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Changed for the Better: the power of arts in education, episode 5

Stephanie Lauredent-Diasio is back in my blogspace! "Aside from being yourself, realizing that you have your own special thing that you do so incredibly well, will get you so far in life. It's not about the grades...it's really about you as a person and the tools that you bring to the table that matters so much more than the grades you have."