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As elementary and middle schools which have a focus on the arts, I am interested to know more about the articulation experience. Specifically, I’d like to know your thoughts about the following:
1) If you are an elementary or middle school, do you have a strong connection with schools at different levels that your students will go to (or have come from)?
2) Is there a formal mechanism in place for general education, arts teachers, or both to collaborate along the K-12 spectrum?
In my current district (Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, FL), we have been fortunate to have the opportunity to engage in a Professional Learning Community with arts teachers for the five magnet arts schools. This collaboration has afforded each school the opportunity to share best practices and for students at each level to learn from one another. I am curious to know if there are other models out there that exist or if anyone else would like to know more about what we are doing.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this subject!
Chair, Elementary and Middle School Committee