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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Arts for All: the Vanguard Districts Case Studies

February 14, 2009

Arts for All: The Vanguard Districts -- Case Studies from the First Five Years fills a gap in our knowledge about arts education efforts. There is a robust and rigorous body of research on the impact of arts education on students but there is sparse research on the effective strategies for implementing, sustaining and stewarding arts education efforts. Not since Arts EducationPartnership's (AEP) Gaining the Arts Advantage (1999) has there been a comprehensive study of how school districts animate the arts in their schools. We believe these case studies and subsequent cross-case analyses offer new insights about the differences between planning to restore arts education and making that plan a reality.

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2008 Arts Education Performance Indicators Report

February 11, 2009

The 2008 Arts Education Performance Indicators Report shows an increase in the number of school districts that are building infrastructure in this area, demonstrating a long-term commitment to improving arts education. The report is issued periodically by the Arts Commission as part of the county's regional Arts for All initiative to return quality, sequential arts education to the county's 81 school districts. Overall progress includes: 64 percent of districts report having an arts education policy, compared to 37 percent in 2005. 61 percent of districts report a board-adopted arts education plan or indicated they are developing one, compared to 35 percent in 2005. 39 percent of districts report having an arts coordinator, compared to 12 percent in 2005. 16 percent report having a 400 to 1 ratio of students to credentialed arts teachers, compared to 10 percent reporting that ratio in 2005. 98 percent of districts report using general fund budgets to support arts education programs (sources of arts ed budgets were not included in previous surveys). The 2008 AEPI Report is based on self-reported data from superintendents, assistant superintendents, directors of curriculum and/or district arts coordinators. Of the 81 school districts, 72 responded.

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Designing the Arts Learning Community: Model Professional Development Programs

February 3, 2009

Dawn Ellis and her team scoured the country for exemplary professional development programs in arts education to inform the content of the handbook and create a searchable database of 50 model programs. The handbook is both a guide and a reference resource for arts coordinators, principals, superintendents of instruction and anyone who designs professional development for K-12 arts education. It synthesizes documents, interviews, responses from outstanding practices in the field as well as literature regarding professional development and arts education. The programs profiled, which cover a wide range of partnership types, were selected because theyAddress the scale, scope, or perspectives of school districtsProvide evidence of evaluation, research, and/or reflective practiceProvide insights into approaches relevant to a variety of communities, students, and arts disciplines, orInvolve education reform that includes a strong arts component

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Arts for All: 6 Year Review

October 24, 2008

In September 2002, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Arts for All: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, a strategic plan to restore arts education -- in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts -- to the 1.7 million students in Los Angeles County's 81 school districts. The Arts for All Executive Committee, with more than 100 partners and managed by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, leads this effort. The initiative, having completed its sixth year, has made great strides.

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Arts for All: 5th Year Review

May 29, 2007

In September 2002, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted Arts for All: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, a ten-year strategic plan to restore arts education -- in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts -- to the 1.7 million students in Los Angeles County's 80 school districts and Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) classrooms. The Arts for All Executive Committee, with more than 100 partners and supported by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, leads this effort. The initiative, now in its fifth year, has made great strides.

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2005 Arts Education Performance Indicators Report

September 26, 2005

The mission of Arts for All: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education is to establish sequential K-12 arts education in each of the 80 school districts in Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) classrooms.The Blueprint focuses on building an infrastructure to support districtwide education in dance, music, theatre and the visual arts. Progress is measured by five critical success factors.The data provided in this report gives a County-wide picture of the status of arts education with regard to five critical success factors in 2005.

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2004 Updated Arts for All: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education

November 10, 2004

ARTS FOR ALL: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education provides guidance and an outline of how to achieve this vision. It presents a comprehensive series of policy changes, educational initiatives, and establishment of a new infrastructure to promote systemic and balanced provision of the arts, and identifies the roles of key stakeholders. The Blueprint proposes that systemic change can only occur through the cooperative participation of all stakeholders and by working to develop supportive policy and action at each level of involvement.Since 2002, when the Blueprint was adopted, much progress has been made toward achieving its vision and many new partners have been engaged in the process. Updates on pages 11 -- 17 reflect this forward movement.

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2004 Arts Education Performance Indicators Report

March 22, 2004

These Arts Education Performance Indicators (AEPI) document the status of arts education in each of the County's 82 school districts. As the first ongoing examination of arts education in Los Angeles County, this report provides a framework to evaluate self-reported school district data on critical success factors for arts education. It is a crucial component of the County's ability to measure and track district improvement over time.AEPI ensures that the arts are one of the indicators by which school districts are measured.

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2002 Original Arts For All: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education

September 20, 2002

ARTS FOR ALL: Los Angeles County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education provides guidance and an outline of how to achieve this vision. It presents a comprehensive series of policy changes, educational initiatives, and establishment of a new infrastructure to promote systemic and balanced provision of the arts, and identifies the roles of key stakeholders. The Blueprint proposes that systemic change can only occur through the cooperative participation of all stakeholders and by working to develop supportive policy and action at each level of involvement.

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Arts In Focus

May 4, 2001

Arts in Focus: Los Angeles Countywide Arts Education Survey is the largest, most detailed survey on arts education in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States. The county has 1,745 schools with 1.7 million students in 82 school districts. The goal of the survey was to obtain a panoramic view of arts education across this diverse landscape. Data was obtained through in-depth interviewing at the district level, just one part of the chain of educational provision. The students in the districts covered in this survey represent 27% of all students enrolled in public schools K-12 in the state of California and 3.4% of all students enrolled in public schools K-12 in the nation. The survey reveals several fundamental contradictions.

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