Dominique Ballante

District: Keppel Union
Position Seeking: Governing Board Member

Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up.

As I was growing up, my teachers had our class presenting a dance or a song at the yearly School festival. I have been a choir singer, a Mexican dancer, a ballerina, or part of a pageantry display, etc. It was such a great production (and fundraiser) and we all felt so proud to show our skills to our parents. I enjoyed being on stage and performing. I had good rhythm and my teachers always would put me in the front. Music was my thing, I loved to sing and still do.

Question 2: What kind of creative solutions would you suggest to support student outcomes such as English language development, closing the achievement gap, and preparation for college and/or meaningful careers?

I believe in music as a great mean of support for developing English Language and math skills. Music appeals to all children and the words of a song stick to them. I teach many concepts on well-known tunes and it helps my students memorize them. Also music helps with focus and logic it organizes the brain.
I believe also that drawing and painting can support creativity. Children enjoy describing something they have drawn with many details supports the development of descriptive writing.
Music can lead to many good careers from composing to performing and all the industry around it.

Question 3: What do you think should be the role of the School Board in ensuring that students have access to a broad range of study?

The School Board has the capability to influence the curriculum development. It can request the development of an art or a music program at the school. It can have the Superintendent have the teachers insure that the children are exposed to art through field trips, guest speakers or performers and in the daily classroom life in addition to the regular curriculum.

Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?

1Support the purchase of curriculum including art
2 Having all staff teaching every facette of the curriculum adding art through museum visits concert attendance Goal 3:Suggest festival/fundraisers to have parents support and cooperation in the development of a performing art curriculum
4 Have performances guest musicians or artists to visit the school
5 Motivate children to come to school through art/music or an artistic endeavor they succeed in
6 Include parents teachers and the community in celebrating special anniversary through arts
7 Have an art center opened and staffed by volunteers artists
8 Suggest drama to be included in PE