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Are You Leaving Arts Integration Money on the Table?

  • 1.  Are You Leaving Arts Integration Money on the Table?

    Posted 11-26-2019 05:14

    In Crayola's recent report, There's More to Art Than Meets The Eye: An Exploration on the Current Culture of Creativity in Schools, we identified strong adoption and understanding of the impact of an integrated, arts-rich educational experience in preparing students for 21st Century success.

    • 92% of respondents ranked creating a culture of creativity as important.
    • 41% of respondents are incorporating the arts as part of a well-rounded education for the entire school, and 18% are incorporating the arts to help identify inequities and close the achievement gap.

    One actionable finding that could bring more resources to your classroom or school, is the amount of ESSA Funding that is not being fully utilized.
    With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, schools were given a multitude of opportunities to grow creative teaching practices and arts-based learning opportunities within their curriculum, with several funding streams allocated for different purposes.

    • 21% of participants have taken no action with respect to Title I, Part A funds to incorporate the arts

    Based on data from our survey, and the percentage of schools that have taken no action to access ESSA funding to incorporate the arts, it could be inferred that without state-level guidance, some schools are either unaware of the opportunities within ESSA or feel that the arts-specific components have a lower prioritization in terms of student success.

    We suggest reviewing your school's utilization of ESSA Funding opportunities to ensure that your students have access to all available resources for integrating arts and STEAM into your curriculum.

    • ESSA TITLE I, Part A: This section of the ESSA legislation is designed to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education, support students who are academically at risk and help close the achievement gap. With the new flexibility established by ESSA, states have a number of opportunities for engaging the arts in these educational priorities.

    • ESSA TITLE I Parent and Family Engagement: Each school district that receives Title I funds shall develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to, parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy. In addition, the policy shall be incorporated into the district's plan, establish the agency's expectations and objectives for meaningful parent and family involvement, and describe how the agency will jointly develop plans, implementation, and evaluation with parents and families.

    • ESSA TITLE II, PART A: Title II funds support educators' professional learning opportunities to help ensure that all students have access to educators who can help them meet the state's academic standards. The broad language in ESSA allows states to use Title II funding for programs for arts educators and to provide non-arts educators with arts-based techniques to improve effectiveness.

    • ESSA TITLE IV, PART A: This funding provides districts with the opportunity to support greater access to a well-rounded education, a safe and healthy learning environment, and a personalized learning experience through the effective use of technology. Districts must complete a needs assessment to identify gaps in these areas and submit an application explaining how the district will address them. In this application, districts can include STEAM programming as a strategy to address these gaps.

    • ESSA TITLE IV, PART B: This competitive grant funds the development of 21st Century Community Learning Centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities outside of the school day, particularly for students who attend high-poverty, low-performing schools. Districts can use this funding for after-school STEAM activities.

    To read the complete report, click here. To download the Infographic, click here <LINK>.

    Nancy Meyer
    Innovative Teaching and Learning Manager
    Stamford CT