In recent years many school districts have had to restructure their arts curriculums to meet the growing emphasis on standards that is central to most school reform. This unique collection is meant to assist educators, policymakers, grantmakers and other stakeholders by focusing on the potential benefits of arts education for students and communities alike, and providing examples of creative ways school districts are handling their constraints.

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The Workshop Out of School Guide

June 30, 2008

The guide is a direct result of the Workshop's After School for All (AFA) project, and was funded by the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families. In the guide, Lead Writer (and former Associate Artistic Director) Anne-E Wood offers a thorough examination of arts engagement during after school time and in community centers. The Workshop Out of School provides a clear process for quality performing arts instruction that negotiates the specific challenges of after-school programs. The guide is divided by discipline into five chapters in which AFA artists outline the character of their disciplines: creative movement, world dance, theater arts, creative writing, and music. Each chapter includes an overview of the discipline, instructions on how to plan a quality curriculum, and how to negotiate behavior and content management within the class. Also included are a sample curriculum and a breakdown of individual lesson plans.

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