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New Survey Report: Public School Partnerships 2013

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Jul 31, 2013

According to our most recent benchmarking survey, 80% of National Guild members partner with K-12 schools. In order to learn more and help plan future efforts in support of this important work, we recently conducted a fast-track member survey. We asked questions about the range of art-in-education services members provide, types of schools and students served, and what members need most in terms of support services. The responses from 144 members revealed great diversity in type and depth of arts education programming conducted in partnership with public schools.

A few highlights:
  • 50% of respondents partner with 1-10 schools; 41% of respondents partner with 20 or more schools
  • 2/3 reported that they partner with all three school levels: elementary, middle and high school
  • 34% of respondents estimate that more than 75% of the students they serve receive Title I support
  • 77% offer professional development to teaching artists, 60% to classroom teachers
  • 49% of respondents dedicate 20% or less of their organizational budget to programs serving public school students; 5% dedicate more than 90%
  • Issues in which respondents most need support are “program assessment” and “student assessment” followed by “understanding and responding to Common Core standards,” “teacher/faculty assessment” and “professional development for faculty and staff.” 
A summary report of findings may be found here.
For two decades the National Guild has been researching, supporting and fostering best practices in K-12 arts education partnerships through publications, training and grantmaking. Our work will continue at this year’s conference in Chicago with our pre-conference institute, “Developing High-Impact Collaborations with K-12 Schools” on October 30. The institute, led by Mark Slavkin, Vice President for Education at The Music Center in Los Angeles, will offer tools and training to help your organization produce powerful benefits for students, teachers, artists, and communities through deeper partnerships with K–12 schools. Using case studies, examinations of critical issues, dialogue with expert practitioners, and hands-on practice with planning and evaluation tools, you’ll explore arts education partnerships from multiple perspectives and discover what makes them effective over time. Learn more on the conference website.
Pictured Above: Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Inc, Brooklyn, NY

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