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Lawndale ESD |  BP  6142.6  Instruction

Visual And Performing Arts Education   

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The Board of Trustees believes that visual and performing arts are essential to a well-rounded educational program and should be an integral part of the course of study offered to students at all grade levels. The district's arts education program should provide opportunities for appreciation, creation, and performance of the arts.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

The Board shall adopt academic standards for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts that describe the skills, knowledge, and abilities that students shall be expected to possess at each grade level. The district's standards shall meet or exceed state standards for each of these disciplines.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

The Board recognizes that by studying visual and performing arts, students learn to develop initiative, discipline, perceptual abilities, and critical and creative thinking skills. The arts help students broaden their perspectives and understand the diverse cultural influences that surround them

The district's comprehensive arts education program shall include a written sequential curriculum in dance, music, theater and visual arts based on the state curriculum framework with inclusion of the following strands:

1. Artistic perception: processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through the use of language and skills unique to each arts discipline

2. Creative expression: composing, arranging, and performing a work and using a variety of means to communicate meaning and intent in one's own original works

3. Historical and cultural context: understanding the historical contributions and cultural dimensions of an arts discipline

4. Aesthetic valuing: analyzing and critically assessing works of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts

5. Connections, relations, and applications: connecting, comparing and applying what is learned in one arts discipline to learning in the other arts, other subject areas, and careers

(cf. 6141 - Curriculum Development and Evaluation)

Scheduling of visual and performing arts instruction should be designed to insure equitable access for all students, during and after the school day.

The Board shall adopt standards-based instructional materials for visual and performing arts in accordance with applicable law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. In addition, the Board encourages teachers to incorporate a variety of media and technologies into lessons, presentations, and explorations in each of the arts disciplines.

(cf. 0400 - District Technology Plan)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.1 - Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.11 - Supplementary Instructional Materials)

(cf. 6161.3 - Toxic Art Materials)

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

(cf. 6163.1 - Library Media Centers)

The Superintendent or designee shall encourage, as a supplement to teacher instruction, the integration of community arts resources into the education program. Such resources may include opportunities for students to attend musical and theatrical performances, observe the works of accomplished artists, and work directly with artist-in-residence and volunteers. In addition, the Superintendent or designee will collaborate with community organizations to share resources and seek grant opportunities.

(cf. 1230 - School-Connected Organizations)

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 1260 - Educational Foundation)

(cf. 1700 - Relations between Private Industry and the Schools)

(cf. 3290 - Gifts, Grants and Bequests)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6153 - School-Sponsored Trips)

As appropriate, the Superintendent or designee shall provide a standards-based professional development program designed to increase teachers' knowledge of and ability to teach the arts and to implement adopted instructional materials.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

The Superintendent or designee shall regularly evaluate and report to the Board regarding the implementation of arts education at each grade level and the program effectiveness in enabling students to meet academic standards.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 6162.5 - Student Assessment)

The Superintendent or designee, shall engage teachers and school leaders, as well as community partners and arts educators in surrounding school districts, to work with the district on arts education in its schools. This partnership shall represent the ethnic and cultural composition of the district and provide a balance between the education and the arts communities.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district's program is aligned with the district priorities for student achievement, school improvement objectives, the Local Control and Accountability Plan, and other district and school plans.

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

8950-8957 California summer school of the arts

32060-32066 Toxic art supplies

35330-35332 Field trips

51210 Course of study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of study, grades 7-12

51225.3 Graduation requirements

58800-58805 Specialized secondary programs

60200-60210 Instructional materials, elementary schools

60400-60411 Instructional materials, high schools

99200-99206 Subject matter projects

Management Resources:

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2004

Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards, January 2001

Arts Education Program Toolkit: A Visual and Performing Arts Program Assessment Process, 2001

WEB SITES:

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

Arts Education Partnership: http://aep-arts.org

California Alliance for Arts Education: http://www.artsed411.org

California Arts Council: http://www.cac.ca.gov

California Art Education Association: http://www.caea-arteducation.org

California Dance Education Association: http://www.cdeadance.org

California Department of Education, Visual and Performing Arts: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/vp

California Educational Theatre Association: http://www.cetoweb.org

California Music Educators Association: http://www.calmusiced.com

The California Arts Project: http://csmp.ucop.edu/tcap

Policy LAWNDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 2, 2014 Lawndale, California