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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.











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.

SDUSD Learning Through the Arts


The San Diego Unified School District's Title I Arts Integration Initiative has put together a terrific web-based platform for its 22 participating schools to share information and resources about program implementation.

Further Reading



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.


Arts Every Day - How to Do Arts Integration

Helpful article from Arts Every Day, an organization dedicated to arts and cultural education in Baltimore city schools.




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.



Professional Development

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.


National Core Arts Standards

Developed by a national team of experts, the national core arts standards are a terrific map to high quality arts learning that aligns with the Common Core.

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