13. How will you ensure that arts education leadership and instruction better reflects the population of 1.1 million public school students? What will you do to ensure that arts education reflects the cultures, values, and learning abilities of students engaged in it?
CR-SP is grounded in the belief that children bring diverse, indispensable sources of knowledge to classrooms. When this knowledge is incorporated into pedagogy and celebrated, we see positive academic, social, and emotional outcomes. Blending academic study with critical thinking around contemporary issues allows students to incorporate their identities and experiences into their learning, ensuring that students will have more positive and engaging experiences in school.
CR-SP also helps students develop cross-cultural competencies, a deep empathy for others, and a deeper understanding of themselves. These skills will help students feel empowered as change-makers in society and show them that women, people of color, and those from historically marginalized communities can hold influential positions in society.
Arts education is an incredible opportunity for students to communicate and reflect on their own identities through artistic expression. We will invest in our teacher pipeline by implementing hiring practices and “grow your own” programs that have a demonstrated history of effective recruitment and retention of BIPOC educators in high needs schools. Increasing the number of teachers of color in arts positions is an important step in ensuring culturally responsive pedagogy is implemented with fidelity and more importantly, reaffirms and celebrates student identity.
As such, we will use the arts to support our schools in becoming more representative of all cultures and lived experiences, so that our students can see that the arts belong to them, and learn about other students and/or communities whose experiences vary from their own.