Powerful Family & Community Engagement

Implement strong family and community engagement programs that build leadership capacity and value and draw upon community funds of knowledge to inform, support, and enhance visual and performing arts teaching and learning for each specific group of students.

Overview for Principle 7: Powerful Family and Community Engagement

Planning Tool for Principle 7: Powerful Family and Community Engagement

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 powerful family and community engagement.

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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...

Santa Monica-Malibu USD

Stairway to the Stars 2007 DVD of the 58th annual event showcasing the district’s VAPA programs. Online Resource: SMMUSD Stairway of the Stars Performance press release Contact Information: Tom Whaley  twhaley@smmusd.org

Chula Vista HS, Sweetwater Unified

Video of the “Main Attraction” SCPA show choir singing “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent. Click here to view the video. Contact Information: Ron Jessee  ronarts@sdcoe.net

Lakeside Farms Elem. Lakeside Union

Written testimonial by Principal Scott Goergens about the power of the Arts in raising the school’s API score. Click here to view testimonials. Contact Information: Ron Jessee  ronarts@sdcoe.net

Stanislaus COE

Y.E.S. Company (Youth Entertainment Stage) Online Resource: YES Company website Contact Information:  Jill Polhemus  jpolhemus@stancoe.org

Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School (MATES)

MATES students develop meaningful skills in social and academic realms, with the opportunity to develop an awareness of their innate artistic and creative abilities through an arts and technology focus. The curriculum was created by a committee of staff, parents,...

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

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