Developing a Plan
Now that you’ve gathered your data, targeted your needs, and selected a research-based strategy, you need to write a plan for approval by your school site council. Federal law requires a written schoolwide plan that divides your strategies into actionable goals. In Arizona, the School Continuous Improvement Plan, or SCIP, formalizes your program strategies, ties it to the LEA budget, and assures compliance with state and federal law. It also gives you a blueprint for the work you are doing to ensure your program’s success.
Writing your plan will give you an opportunity to review your arts-based strategy and see how it aligns with other stratgies for student success at your school. It's good to make sure that all your student support strategies build up to a coherent whole.
The Title I guide for developing a schoolwide program suggests guidelines for developing strategies and program goals here.
Here's where you build your Title I Schoolwide Arts Program into your overall school budget. These are the numbers you'll be held accountable for by your district, as well as the funds you have at your disposal for supporting students through staff, resources, and professional development. If your Title I funds allow for additional staffing, professional development, field trips, or partnerships with community organizations, make sure to note it here.
If your plan for an arts-based program targets school needs derived from data analysis and your needs assessment, and is based on a proven research-based strategy, then you should be compliant with federal and state law. It's worth making sure that all your i's are dotted and your t's crossed before you submit your plan -- have your team review it together one final time before submission.
The School Continuous Improvement Plan
The end result of all the work is the School Continuous Improvement Plan or School CIP. A checklist on what is included in a School CIP, including all the components of a schoolwide plan can be found here.
A list of Approved Technical Assistance Providers (no need to go through procurement process) who can help you develop and implement a high quality arts integration program can be found here.
The Story of the San Diego Unified School District Learning Through the Arts Project
In 2014, San Diego Unified School District committed $3 million in Title I funds to student success through arts integrated initiatives. Here is the story of how it came together.