Implementing a Program
Lights! Camera! Action! With your strategy and plan in place, you’re ready to bring your program to life. Making your blueprint a reality requires planning to be sure your calendar and curriculum are aligned to your new program; that your internal and external partners are all on the same page in their commitment to school success; and that your teachers, teaching artists, and arts specialists have the professional development they need to implement your program smoothly and with confidence. As you begin to set the wheels in motion, you can refer to the following resources for the building blocks of an effective program.
Arts Integration User Guide for New Jersey Educators and Practitioners
New Jersey has developed an Arts Integration User Guide to provide a practical step by step approach to achieve successful implementation of arts education.
Film: The Building Blocks of an Effective Program - Planning, Partnership, and Professional Development
School leaders share what they have learned in implementing Title I arts programs.
Planning doesn't end with the development of your schoolwide plan. Calendars, schedules, curriculum, field trips, and professional development all have to be built into a cycle that will help you implement your program successfully.
Kennedy Center ArtsEdge lessons
A library of vetted lesson plans in multiple disciplines and arts integration
Maryland Fine Arts Instructional Toolkit
A toolkit on high-quality arts programming developed for Maryland schools
Michigan Blueprint of a Quality Arts Education Program
A comprehensive resource developed for Michigan districts and schools to create high-quality effective arts programs
Arts Integration Resource Roundup
A collection of articles, blogs and helpful videos from highly-regarded Edutopia
Perpich Center Artful Teaching and Learning Handbook
A comprehensive resource developed by a recognized national leader in arts learning
Tools and resources for arts-integrated curriculum development, as well as online trainings, workshops, and conferences
ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts
A report that focuses on ways that states and districts can engage the arts to meet educational priorities
Strong partnerships mean more buy-in, more support, and less reinvention of the wheel when it comes to implementing your program. Building those strong partnerships with and between your staff, your district and your community takes some serious thought and planning. Here are some resources to help with that process.
NCREL - Building Collaborative Partnerships
A guide to building comprehensive school partnerships from the American Institutes for Research
Johns Hopkins School of Education - Developing Partnerships for Arts Education
A report on strong, creative school and community partnerships
Your teachers, arts specialists, and teaching artists are the heart of your program's success. It's imperative to give them the tools they need to implement an effective program through ongoing, high-quality professional development. Below are some places to get started when thinking about professional development.
Getting Schooled: When Arts Teachers Become Students
A terrific article from ArtsEdge on teachers as learners
Developed by a national team of experts, the national core arts standards are a terrific map to high quality arts learning that aligns with New Jersey Student Learning Standards.
Designing the Arts Learning Community: a Handbook for K-12 Professional Development Planners
An interactive resource that provides a searchable database of arts learning communities