Resources for Schools & Partners
These resources are to support school arts teams at various stages of The Creative Advantage arts expansion: planning, implementation and partnership, and sustaining your arts growth.
For schools in their Arts Planning Year:
- How to start an arts team
- Introducing the Arts Plan to school staff (Includes arts lessons to do with staff.)
For schools that are Implementing Arts Plans:
- Arts Team Coordinator Job Description
- Examples of Integrated Arts Supply Closets (PDF)
Starting and Maintaining Community Arts Partnerships:
- How to use your Creative Advantage partnership funds
- Examples of past Creative Advantage-funded School Arts Partnerships (posted soon)
The Creative Advantage Arts Partnership Tools
These tools were developed by a team of SPS teachers, school leaders, teaching artists and arts organization administrators. The team was facilitated by Seattle Art Museum and funded by The Wallace Foundation.
- Partnership Project Design Tool (Fillable PDF Form)
- Arts Partnership Budget Tool (Fillable PDF Form)
- Partnership Lesson Planning Tool (Fillable PDF Form)
- Partnership Reflection Tool (Fillable PDF Form)
General Arts Resources:
- 10 Lessons the Arts Teach by Elliot Eisner
- Cultural Appropriation: Guiding Questions for Curriculum (PDF)
Getting Started with The Creative Advantage
In order to build relevant, consistent, sequential arts learning for students as they advance through their K-12 years, The Creative Advantage supports regional and school arts planning across each K-12 pathway of schools – the elementary, middle and high schools in a feeder pattern, then provides resources for implementing those plans.
We support schools in expanding all types of arts learning (arts classes, partnerships and integrated arts) in all arts disciplines (dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts) across all of the school community (students, school staff, families).
Start by building an Arts Team!
Starting a School Arts Team
What will the school arts team do?
School arts teams will initially attend a 3-hr workshop to learn about the components of quality arts education and review their school and regional arts access data. Then, in two, 3-hr school planning meetings that are facilitated by arts leadership coaches, the school arts team will develop an arts vision and an action plan – a multiyear, school-wide road map that outlines decisions about arts staffing, integrated arts, professional development, and how to connect school-community arts partnerships to their school’s goals.
Who should be on the school arts team?
The 7-10 person team should reflect the school’s individual character and community. Invite staff, parents/guardians and community members already involved in the arts, but also consider inviting those who have not previously shown an interest in the arts.
- Who in your school community could be key in moving the arts forward?
- Who in your school community is committed to equitable access to arts learning?
- Committed individuals from inside as well as outside the school walls.
- Are there particular parents & guardians who have skills that may be useful?
- Are there businesses or arts organizations nearby who could lend support?
- School leader (1) Principal or assistant principal required
- Arts staff (1-2)*
- Non-arts staff (2-3)* Mix of grade levels and subject experts. Other specialists such as PE and library share schedules with arts, so could be useful voices to include as would members of your racial equity teams and MTSS teams.
- Parents/Guardians (1-2) – Mix of PTA/non-PTA members. Consider parents of younger students who will be around for a few years.
- Students (2-3) – For middle or high schools.
- Community artists/orgs (1-2) – Someone who is already working in your school.
*For each school the district has budgeted for a total of 3 SEA represented arts committee members for up to 9 hours in the first year and 5 hours in the second year of school arts planning. If meeting times are outside the contracted day, they will be paid the negotiated rate. For meetings held during the school day, subs will be funded.
Creative Advantage Arts Partnership Guidelines
The Creative Advantage is a city-wide initiative to establish equitable access to arts education for each and every student in Seattle Public Schools. We do this by closing access gaps in elementary art and music instruction, training teachers to integrate arts into other subjects and creating opportunities for students to learn from professional artists and engage in culturally relevant art-making. These goals are supported through partnerships with Seattle’s vibrant and diverse teaching artists and community arts organizations.
Arts Team Coordinator Description
2019-20 Job Description
The Creative Advantage is Seattle Public School’s plan for ensuring that every school is an arts-rich school and that every student has the opportunity to learn through the arts. School arts teams are an essential strategy. Arts teams are led by a school leader. Year one is a planning year and the following years are implementation years. Once implementation begins, we suggest the school leaders and arts team selects an Arts Team coordinator to schedule and facilitate team meetings and to coordinate arts partnerships within the school. In the first year, The Creative Advantage provides a stipend to the coordinator.
- Schedule and facilitate 3-5 school arts team meetings during the school year.
- Attend a training in early November to learn:
- How to program and coordinate arts partnerships,
- How to contract with arts partners from the Creative Advantage roster
- Best practices of co-planning for teachers and teaching artists.
- Using an equity lens to make decisions about arts in your school
- Attend 2 arts team coordinator PLCs (Jan and May) with Creative Advantage staff to share experiences with colleagues, discuss potential improvements, and provide feedback on school-based programs to Creative Advantage staff.
- With support from Creative Advantage staff, coordinate with arts team and school staff to select Creative-Advantage funded arts partnerships (arts integration and/or staff PD) and act as an initial point of contact for arts partners.
- Report on partnerships – partners, hours, students served to Creative Advantage project manager
- Liaison with our evaluation team, The BERC Group to:
- Schedule annual observations and focus groups in the school for the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness and impact of The Creative Advantage on a school community.
- Complete an annual School Arts Inventory for your school (May/June)
- Encourage school staff to complete annual 21st Century Skills attitudes and beliefs survey
- Arts Team Coordinator must be SPS staff.
- May be appointed by principal or selected by school arts team.
- Principal can also be team lead/coordinator
- Demonstrated interpersonal and organizational skills to coordinate between school staff and arts partners
- Average 20 hours of additional work during the school year
- The Creative Advantage has received a grant from the NEA to support implementation in the Southeast region. Thanks to this, we can provide a $500 stipend to compensate the coordinator for additional hours. Stipend will be paid in June, 2020, upon completion of responsibilities.