Challenging & Relevant Curriculum

Engage every group of students in comprehensive, well-articulated, and age-appropriate visual and performing arts curriculum that also purposefully builds a full range of language, literacy, and other content area skills, including whenever possible, bilingualism, biliteracy, and multiculturalism. This curriculum is cognitively complex, coherent, relevant, and challenging.

Overview for Principle 3: Challenging and Relevant Curriculum

Planning Tool for Principle 3: Challenging and Relevant Curriculum

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 challenging and relevant curriculum utilized in schools.

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CCSESA Arts Initiative Releases New Publication

CCSESA is pleased to release the new publication of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Arts Teaching and Learning in Action: Strategies that Increase Student Engagement and Achievement. This publication is a result of a yearlong process undertaken by the CCSESA Arts...

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...

Monson-Sultana

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...

Los Angeles Unified School District Arts Instructional Guide

Program Descriptors: Traditional, charter, magnet Urban, suburban Elementary, middle, high school Dance, music, theatre, visual arts Standards-based curriculum The Arts Education Branch of LAUSD has completed a draft of their K-6 Arts Instructional Guides (AIG) and is piloting the guidelines...

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...

San Diego Unified School District

Short video description of standards-based professional development for teachers delivered by teaching artists. Contact Information: Ron Jessee  ronarts@sdcoe.net

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  mholmes@turlock.k12.ca.us

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  rzell@buelltonusd.org

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