Enriched & Affirming Learning Environments

Create a safe, affirming, and enriched environment for participatory and inclusive learning in and through the visual and performing arts for every group of students.

Overview of Principle 1: Enriched and Affirming Learning Environments

Planning Tool for Principle 1: Enriched and Affirming Learning Environments

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 enriched and affirming learning environments. We want to hear your story. Take a look at the overview and planning tool and share what’s working in your school. Contact Us.

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

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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

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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

San Juan Arts Community

Through the work of the San Juan Arts Community, a variety of programs enrich arts education in San Juan. Programs include an art docent program, middle school band clinic, theatrical society, Latino Dreams club, and National Art Honor society. The...

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