“We must come face-to-face with this new reality and prepare plans for how we intend to open our schools and what arts education – visual and performing arts – will look like.”
“Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is inherent in the arts, but it needs to be activated, [..] and intentional to have an impact”
To that end we want to share a number of resources to help parents in their advocacy and support for our programs at Oakland Tech, so that they continue to fulfill our students needs and as programs they will continue to thrive and provide the enrichment needed for generations to come despite this pandemic. Our teachers have adapted their skills and courses on a dime this past spring to teach our children in a different manner. Let us all support them, in turn, and lend our voices to ask that the district not devalue their importance of these enrichment classes, albeit in a transformed format, yet still providing all the educational benefits to our students, as they have always done and more. Visual and performance arts have shown in repeated studies that they are the conduits through which effective Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can be brought to the classrooms. And, all students will be in need of robust SEL our arts visual and performing arts are uniquely positioned to fulfill this need.
As a first action, please consider signing this petition to ask our district administrators not to neglect or overlook the visual and performing arts in their future plans: http://chng.it/HBfFdrYZ
Also, check out the links below for additional ways in which you can support the visual and performing arts at Tech and throughout OUSD.
Drama and performances provide and improve:
- academic performance
- outperform non-art peers on academic testing
- attendance and school culture
- reading comprehension
- building self-esteem
- bridging the achievement gap
“The statistics from […] studies […] show that most of the public feels the performing arts play a significant role in our culture and communities and are important to America’s youth.” [Benefits of Theater Education – American Alliance for Theater Education]
For more information on advocacy of Theater Arts check the American Alliance for Theater Education
Dance instruction provides:
- Improved student achievement
- Improved school culture
- Teacher satisfaction
Additional information available at Advancing Dance Education in the Arts.
Music instruction is well suited to provide SEL to our students:
For additional information please go to these links:
- Music for all
- California Music Education Association (CMEA);