Advocacy-Oriented Administrative & Leadership Systems

Provide advocacy-oriented administration and leadership that institute system-wide mechanisms to focus all stakeholders on the diverse visual and performing arts needs and assets of each specific group of students. These administrative and leadership systems structure, organize, coordinate, and integrate visual and performing arts programs and services to respond systemically to the needs and strengths of each group of students.

Overview of Principle 8: Advocacy-Oriented Administrative and Leadership Systems

Planning Tool for Principle 8: Advocacy-Oriented Administrative and Leadership Systems

Around the state of California, students and teachers, schools and communities, are rising to the challenge of creating high-quality arts education, often in very difficult circumstances. Below are some examples of advocacy-oriented administrative and leadership systems.

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The San Diego Unified School District Recognized Nationally for Schools’ Music Education Efforts

As One of the Best Communities for Music Education, District Heralded for Support of Music Education

The NAMM foundation has named the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) in the United States for 2013. On Saturday, March 23, 2013, the SDUSD Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) held a special presentation at the annual Middle School Instrumental Music Honor concert to celebrate this prestigious accolade and honor the tireless efforts of teachers, parents, students, community leaders and arts partners who have made strengthening comprehensive music programs in SDUSD a top priority.

Over 125 SDUSD middle school honor students performed. The band was directed by Mr. Russ Sperling, VAPA Coordinator at the San Diego County of Education, and the orchestra was directed by Mr. Hernan Constantino, Music Director and Conductor of the San Diego Young Artists Symphony.

Despite economic challenges that negatively impact funding for education, SDUSD is one of 307 school districts in the nation, named by the NAMM Foundation, to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing quality music education to all students. Over 2000 school sites and districts from across America submitted BCME surveys.

Areas in which SDUSD was especially strong included budgetary commitment to music, opportunities to learn music, the presence of highly qualified, certificated music teachers, adherence to state and national standards, types of musical experiences offered and opportunities for performance and competition. SDUSD and the San Diego communities are committed to access and high standards for music education in all areas.

For more information please contact: Dr. Karen Childress-Evans, SDUSD Director of Visual and Performing Arts via email or at 858.539.5349.

Capistrano Unified School District – The MITRE Project

Program Descriptors: Traditional, charter, magnet Urban, suburban Elementary, middle, high school Dance, music, theatre, visual arts Standards-based curriculum District middle school visual arts teachers met monthly for three hours after school throughout a year to create a standards-based curriculum for...


Program Descriptors: Traditional school Rural Elementary Music Standards-based curriculum Instructional methodology Funding In 1994, the new superintendent, Mr. Tom Giampietro, saw that the band program was less than satisfactory for this small school district. What it needed was a music...

Garfield Elementary School

Program Descriptors: Traditional Rural Elementary Dance, music, theatre, visual arts Standards-based curriculum Instructional methodology Student assessment Professional development Program administration Personnel Funding Partnerships and collaborations Garfield Elementary School is a rural, one-school district serving a total of 61 students in...

Thorner Elementary School

Program Descriptors: Magnet Urban Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts Standards-based Curriculum Instructional Methodology Student Assessment Professional Development Program Administration and Personnel Funding Partnerships and Collaborations Resources and Facilities Program Evaluation Thorner Elementary School’s curriculum is based upon the California Visual...

Twin Rivers Unified School District

This website shows how Twin Rivers Unified School District advocates for a comprehensive arts education. Online Resource: Twin River Unified School District website Contact Information: Twin River Unified School District

Region 7, Regional Forum 2011

County Superintendent Larry Powell speaks out for the Arts. Click here to view the video. Mike Berg speaks out for the Arts. Click here to view the video.   Contact Information: Bob Bullwinkel

Walnut Elementary Education Center, Turlock Unified

Short video highlighting how Walnut Elementary teacher-leaders work together with administrators to engage families and infuse the arts throughout all curriculum. Contact Information: Mark Holmes

Buellton Union School District

Short video highlight honoring Ron Zell, teacher of the year, who shares his thoughts and ideas on integrating the arts.   Contact Information: Ron Zell

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