Annual Arts in Schools Report 2015-2016

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The Annual Arts in Schools Report Release took place on December 14, 2016. The report highlights a record 11 year-high in the number of certified arts teachers, as well a substantial increase in arts programming for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. The Annual Arts Report also details an increase in arts spending across the City from $367 million in the 2014-15 school year to $399 million in the 2015-16 school year, demonstrating a strong and growing commitment on the part of individual schools to invest in robust arts instruction for students and expanding arts learning to new disciplines.

The Annual Arts in Schools Report features a number of new and expanded arts initiatives that are reaching students across all five boroughs – including new family engagement activities, expanded community arts partnerships, additional supports and professional development for educators, intensive prep for students applying to screened arts schools, and additional funding for arts facilities in schools. Other highlights of the report include significant growth in the number of elementary, middle and high schools that offer arts instruction in multiple disciplines.

The report also points to the continuation and expansion of several arts initiatives that emphasize work being done in the five boroughs, including Borough Arts Fairs and Borough Arts Directors. The Borough Arts Fairs are a series of year-end borough-wide events that includes student arts exhibitions and public performance, and bring students, families, and educators together in celebration of arts education. In 2014-15, five Borough Arts Directors were also appointed to lead school support and professional development for all schools in their borough. Subsequently, two additional Borough Art Directors were hired for the 2015-16 school year who are tasked with providing targeted supports to low-arts schools, bringing the total number of Borough Arts Directors to seven. These leaders work with superintendents and Borough Field Support Centers to build the supports and environments that promote high-quality arts instruction.

Last year the DOE also piloted Pre-K arts workshops which in the current school year led to the a launch of a three-year professional development opportunity that teaches Pre-K instructors how to incorporate visual arts, dance, theater, and music into their ongoing instruction to ensure our city’s youngest learners have access to a quality arts education at an early age. Over the course of the program’s three years, Pre-K Create will train 2,000 pre-K teachers, teaching assistants, administrators, and instructional coaches at 490 pre-k sites across the city, which would impact 11,680 four-year olds in all 5 boroughs. Pre-K create is supported by a public-private partnership through the Fund for Public Schools.

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