Designing the Arts Learning Community

Designing the Arts Learning Community

As part of an effort to restore dance, music, theater, and visual arts instruction to all public school students in local communities, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Los Angeles County and San Francisco arts commissions have published a handbook designed to help school districts develop high-quality professional development programs in the arts for K-12 teachers. Funded by Target, Boeing, the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, and the Flora Family Foundation, the guide, Designing the Arts Learning Community (108 pages, PDF), contains lessons learned from fifty "arts learning communities." An interactive version of the guide that includes a searchable database of arts development program models is also available.