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What It Looks Like


Here's what happens when the arts become part of a

school success strategy.


Click on the video links below to see what schools in

California and around the country are doing.  Your school

could be next!

The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.        


 Barack Obama                                                                                         


These five films were created to document and share the work happening in California school districts that are committing to arts-based strategies to support Title I goals.  We hope these concrete examples of the nuts and bolts of building a program, and why school leaders are so passionate about the work, will inform and inspire.

The Arts and Title I: A Journey From Policy to Practice


In 2011, the California Alliance for Arts Education began a policy iniative to help schools and districts understand how arts-based strategies can support Title I goals.  In this film, leaders from the Alliance and two California districts share what is happening as these policies begin to be put into practice.

The Story of the San Diego Learning Through the Arts Project


In 2014, San Diego Unified School District committed $3 million in Title I funds to student success through arts integrated initiatives.  Here is the story of how it came together.

Student Engagement and Parent Involvement: Why the Arts Are Effective and Why It's Important


In this film, parents and school leaders talk about how arts strategies engage students and involve parents in powerful ways that support both academic goals and a positive school environment.



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.

Data, Evaluation, Research: Methods to Build and Strengthen Your Program


School leaders share strategies for incorporating data, research, and evaluation into your program as a core element of ongoing learning and improvement.

Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative


Since 2008, this public-private partnership has almost doubled the amount of arts instruction BPS students receive from pre-K to high school.

Bates Middle School, Annapolis, Maryland


How the arts transformed a low-performing middle school in Maryland.





Four Seasons A+ Elementary, St. Paul, Minnesota


Arts strategies as a bridge and catalyst in a Title I school with 10 languages and a high percentage of deaf and hearing-impaired students.

Conservatory Lab Charter School


Arts strategies in action - using music and art to teach science concepts.

Dennis Creedon, Assistant Superintendent 

Philadelphia, PA


A school leader speaks from personal and professional experience about arts education as a change agent in public schools.

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