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Wednesday, March 16 – El Sistema Pre-Workshop
Thursday & Friday, March 17 – 18 – School District Site Immersions
Thursday, March 17 – San Diego County Arts Education Celebration

This three day event opens the doors of two school districts and their nonprofit partners who have
prioritized arts education to improve student success. Be immersed and learn directly from these
national models for equitably expanding access to the arts in schools.

In June, Chula Vista Elementary School District culminated its five year partnership with San Diego
Youth Symphony and Conservatory by hiring over 70 credentialed visual and perform- ing arts
teachers for the current school year. All 30,000 students in the district now receive instruction
in music, theater, dance, visual arts or media arts.

San Diego Unified School District’s Title I Arts Integration Initiative, “Learning Through the
Arts,” is reaching students in 22 schools with a coordinated arts integration system that cou- ples
nonprofits and teaching artists with classroom teachers. This instruction is underpinned with
substantial professional development and evaluation efforts to strengthen results.

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El Sistema Pre-Workshop – March 16 at 12:00pm
San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) has worked with Chula Vista Elementary School District
(CVESD) since 2010 to rebuild its arts education infrastructure and rally community support.
Spend the afternoon at SDYS’ Community Opus Project Spring Camp with students, teaching
artists, and parents to learn how SDYS has used El Sistema principles to build momentum for
restoration of arts education in a school district with zero certified arts teachers.
Through a combination of presentations, interactive sessions, and program observations attendees
will learn how SDYS’ methods can be utilized in their schools and communities. The
Workshop will deepen the knowledge and experience shared during the recent National Endowment
for the Arts webinar featuring leaders from CVESD and SDYS outlining the growth
and impact of their collaboration.

Chula Vista Elementary School District – March 17
Spend the day in Chula Vista learning how it is managing the restoration of arts education
after a fifteen year absence from schools. Visit school campuses to observe instruction and
hear from principals and parents. Learn the importance of creating a Visual and Performing
Arts Strategic Plan and how California’s new Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) open
the door for directing more resources to arts education while supporting other learning objectives.

San Diego Unified School District – March 18
The last day will be an immersion in San Diego Unified’s “Learning Through the Arts” Title I
Arts Integration Initiative. In partnership with Young Audiences of San Diego and numerous
arts and culture organizations, teaching artists are working alongside classroom teachers to
advance learning in multiple subjects through the arts.
Activities will include observations of teaching artist and classroom teacher collaboration,
hearing from district leaders about why they are directing Title I dollars to the project, and
learning what planning, professional development and evaluation has been undertaken to
support implementation. This effort aligns with the resources created by the California Alliance
for Arts Education to highlight the value of arts education toward reaching Title I learning

San Diego County Arts Education Celebration – March 17 at 6:00pm
All Learning Exchange attendees are invited to join California Alliance for Arts Education as it
recognizes the role San Diego has taken in leading a national conversation about the critical
importance of arts education in student learning. This one hour event will feature student
performers, celebrities, and civic leaders representing the districts that have adopted Visual
and Performing Arts Strategic Plans. The evening’s festivities will conclude with a reception
for all.

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