School District: Redondo Beach USD
Position Seeking: Board Member
Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up and its impact on you.
My most meaningful personal experience was with music. I was selected, as an elementary school student, to become part of a community choir. I learned about vocal music along with the value of working hard as a team and overcoming the fear of performance. I gained a deep appreciation for good music that has stayed with me to this day…am I’m still not bad at carrying a tune.
Question 2: How can arts education support student outcomes such as English language development, reducing the achievement gap, and preparing youth for college and/or meaningful careers?
We know about the links between art and English, between music and math, and between artistic expression and general well-being. In our District we have a commitment to the whole child which fits well within the more holistic view of education. The arts are part of this.
Question 3: What do you think the role of the School Board should be in ensuring that students have continued access to a broad range of study subjects, including the arts (broadly defined)?
Funding is the obvious challenge for all California schools. But with that said, we are pushing hard to keep the arts in our curricula. Visual arts and music are part of our classroom instruction. Our role is to keep them there, to the maximum extent possible, and also to work closely with our PTAs and Education Foundation to help bridge the funding gaps, particularly at the elementary level.
Question 4: Do you see a role for arts education in the development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs)? If so, how would you hope to use arts education to advance the eight priority areas identified in the LCAP template?
Our LCAPs all have roles for art education, both District-funded and PTA/Ed Foundation sponsored. Student Achievement will benefit as we keep adequate student access to arts education. Parent involvement is also a win-win in PTA-sponsored District-supported programs such as our Hands On Art projects.