April 2017 LRT Notes

OPENING/WARM UP - Louise opened the meeting by sharing the Declaration of Student Rights. Chip shared some details of the Create CA Conference and the new opportunity for schools districts to earn the designation of Arts Equity District by CreateCA.


Jean Johnstone presented a PowerPoint from analyst Lacy Asbill on the data gathered from the Listening Campaign. Read the highlights below or view the full PowerPoint.

  1. Key Learnings from Youth

·       Gratitude for current strengths of schools

·       Emotional impact of art in schools

·       Creative approaches to learning

·       School’s relevance to adult life

2.              Key Learnings from Educators

·       Educators work with purpose

·       Educators believe that creativity matters

·       Collaboration and relevance ignite creativity

·       Creativity requires more support

3.              Key Learnings from Parents

·       Arts help our children learn

·       Arts serve valuable social/emotional purposes

·       We need our children prepared for the future

·       We know we have a part to play

4.              Alignment Between Student and Adult Learning

·       Value for work at school

·       Value for relationships cultivated in the classroom

·       Deep belief that creativity is emotionally transformative and inspires meaningful learning

·       Collaboration and relevance ignite motivation

·       Clear need for additional resources that fuel creativity and learning

Comments included questions, useful resource information, recommendations, and discussion points.  A few highlights:

  1. Potential additions to the Community Plan

·       The Declaration of Student Rights as a powerful resource

·       Marginalized students in remedial classes and court/juvenile detention schools who are completely pulled from the arts

·       The importance of principal/administrator training programs in leading arts integration in schools

2.              A Need for Additional Data On...

·       Parents and families, especially families of color

·       Students who are not actively engaged in the arts OR are struggling academically

·       Students who have privilege in terms of resources but are still not accessing arts opportunities

3.              Some New Areas of Focus

·       A new team is convening on policy and advocacy

·       A new researcher who will help to operationalize and track data

·       More students showing leadership and raising their voices at board meetings


Carolyn, Jean, Ann, and Louise presented around Strategic Thrusts, Shared Benchmarks, Communications, Policy and Advocacy, and Staff, Governance and Funding.

Highlights of discussion questions, topics, recommendations:

  • We are making links between wellbeing and arts - that arts contribute to wellbeing. This is really about transforming public education and every child having the opportunity to continue their arts education.
  • Shared benchmarks are about making sure our key learnings are translating into action. We are bringing on a researcher who is helping us operationalize, and track and communicate progress.
  • Using ILSP as a measure could be a powerful way to discuss the effectiveness of programming.
  • We only have one opportunity to get beginning data, so let’s make sure to include as much detail as possible.
  • The voices of the young people are the driving force and leadership. Speaking at the board is transformative for the youth and eye-opening for the adults.

In conclusion, LRT members expressed their growing enthusiasm for the growing Community Plan, and their excitement to see the development that occurs before the next LRT in May.


LRT Next Meeting: Our next meeting is: Wednesday, May 17, 9:30-11:30.   Lead Action Team will be fleshing out the Community Plan for review at our next Leadership Roundtable meeting.




Carolyn Carr