> From: LiteSal[SMTP:LiteSal]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 1999 8:47 PM
> To: artsednet
> Subject: Learning Communities
> Hi, it's me again...I've been bugging you guys tonight.
> My school has received a substantial grant to be used to create new
> and to continue existing programs that we have installed to improve
> learning. We received the grant because the granting institution was
> impressed with our success in educating our low, to middle income suburban
> school population. They also liked how we have created what they call a
> "Learning Community," through using community resources such as high
> students, senior citizens, college students, and parents to create
> programs, clubs, etc.
> My question to you is: How can I get the arts included in these programs?
> My principal has indirectly indicated that money will not come my way,
> when I suggested that we use artists in residence, etc. He said he is
> interested in things like opening the computer lab and library at night,
> developing programs to support reading and math, and "expert instructors"
> help (classroom) teachers to teach even better. They are also using some
> the money to create "Summer Academies." I have been told that I can write
> proposal for a Summer Academy in art (which I may ask you about soon, or
> you can comment now). Anyway, do you have any thoughts about how visual
> can fit into their plan?
> Thanks. Sorry so long. Leah