Inspiring Voice – Strategies for Success: Engaging and Motivating Students through Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Arts Education

Inspiring Voice – Strategies for Success: Engaging and Motivating Students through Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Arts Education

This document was developed to support the Arts Learning Leadership Series, Inspiring Voice, designed for school, district, and county office educators. The series, cosponsored by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Arts Initiative and San Francisco Unified School District, provided key strategies and fresh approaches for engaging and motivating students in and through the visual and performing arts. Educators joined together in a professional learning community setting to gain both personal and professional understanding of how culturally and linguistically responsive arts education pedagogy has profound impact on students of all ages.

Through the work of the CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative and the work of California’s 11 Regional Arts Leads, we have been exploring the value of key principles of cultural and linguistic responsiveness and translating these in a variety of educational settings throughout California. This guide provides useful practices and approaches that will provide students of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds and lived experiences opportunities to find personal voice in authentic learning that includes artistic perception, creative expression, cultural and historical context, aesthetic valuing, and connections, relationships, and applications—all core components of California’s arts standards

We’re engaged in this work because we value who our students are and we believe that WHO they are is just as important to achieving success as how and what we teach. We believe that our students’ languages, cultures, lived experiences — all of those things that make up their identities – are an important part of the answer to the question about how we close the achievement gap.

Powerful arts education can be at the heart of our efforts to support our students in achieving success in our schools. When committed educators join in collaborative leadership with students, families and communities to create engaging arts learning environments that build on students’ languages, cultures, interests, and lived experiences, then we gather the resources necessary to ensure that our students achieve success not only in our classrooms but in the world, as well.

 

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