South St. Paul Public Schools selected for Minnesota’s comprehensive arts planning program

South St. Paul Public Schools is one of eight Minnesota school districts chosen as recipients of the 2019-2021 Comprehensive Arts Planning Program provided by the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

Minnesota’s Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) provides assistance to selected public school districts as they design three-year, strategic plans for K-12 arts education programs. CAPP provides financial and technical assistance to support the strategic planning process through workshops, site visits, leadership development and resource materials.

 “South St. Paul Public Schools is excited about the opportunity to partner with community and school stakeholders in developing a comprehensive plan for arts education for all of our students,” said Superintendent Dave Webb. “The technical assistance and guidance of Perpich Center leadership will help us fulfill our vision of preparing every child for their next step, and uphold our commitment to educating the whole child as part of our district-wide International Baccalaureate programming.”

Examples of arts education improvements through CAPP in school districts and communities include:

• Development of leaders in arts education

• New or revised curriculum and assessments in arts areas to meet the Minnesota Arts Standards

• Professional development opportunities for arts and non-arts teachers

• Added arts staffing

• Opportunities for students to work with professional artists

• New or updated arts facilities

• Policies adopted to support arts education

• Stronger school/community collaborations including partnerships with arts and community organizations and higher education institutions

With the help of this Perpich professional development program, school districts form a CAPP committee of district and community stakeholders (arts specialists, administrators, parents, teachers, community members and students) with an active and wide-ranging interest in the arts and arts education. This CAPP committee has the responsibility to create a comprehensive arts education plan approved by the local school board, the district and the community.

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