I am currently working on the same thing with my district. First, does your
state have a good framework and standards? If not, get the National
standards. Many states, like California, have excellent standards, but no
staff to meet them. The National Art Education Ass. can provide you with
national standards as well as educational pamphlets and videos. One of
their publications, "Art Education: Elementary" has a study of art delivery
systems called "Students' Experiences in Art Under Different Staffing
Arrangements", which though small in scope, addresses the differences
between art taught by specialists vs classroom teachers.
Please share any new information with me! It's a tough job, even though
here in California the economy is good and more money than ever is coming
into the school systems. We find ourselves dueling with programs like music
for funds and staffing.
I hope people in more art aware districts will share their programs with
us, so we can convince our districts to do the same. I received a copy of
the art standards from Omaha, Nebraska, which were truly exceptional. There
is no reason why the whole country can not have art programs this terrific.
Jai in berkeley
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