This is the online stream for sharing conversations that happened throughout the Greater Bay Area from March through June 2012 around the question:

How can we collectively transform public education through the arts to create a better future for everyone?

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Hello from Louise Music

Name Louise Music
Date of conversation Monday, March 12, 2012
Conversation Participants Rosette Costello, Principal at Peralta Elementary/Demonstration School
Erika Nielsen-Andrew and Abby Benedetto at Envision Learning Partners
Carolyn Carr Project Manager and Tana Johnson PD Coordinator – Alliance for ALL
Louise Music – Alliance for ALL
Meeting Topics? Demonstration School and Assessment Planning and Implementation Group

Establishing networks of schools demonstrating arts integration, deeper learning and performance assessments

Where are we now? Share key takeaways
Peralta Elementary in Oakland, Jefferson Elementary in San Leandro, Emery Secondary School, AHA at Berkeley high school, NOCCS are current demonstration schools

Peralta and Jefferson receive funding from an NEA grant to host bi-annual retreats and monthly leadership group meetings for sharing, documentation and networking

Demonstration Schools are working with Envison Learning Partners to implement and demonstrate performance based assessments in the Bay Area Performance Assessment Network (BAPAN)

On January 11 teachers from Peralta presented with Envision Learning Partners at a regional leadership forum for superintendents and school board members about district schools demonstrating summative performance based assessments with expertise from Envision. San Leandro and Emery teachers use of SHoM was featured in videos.

On March 9, leaders from the California Department of Education toured Jefferson, AHA, OSA and heard from Peralta and Envision partners about deeper learning and performance assessments.

Where should we go, and why? Share key takeaways
On March 9, it was proposed to state leaders that demonstration schools and BAPAN could collaborate with other regional partners in arts integration and higher education to move from a set of model programs and networks, toward a collaborative approach that could take these effective practices to scale in our region, thus beta testing the transition all California schools will need to make by 2014-15

It is time to move from individual organizations working with individual districts and networks, to organizations wiht complimentary expertise working together to serve all schools and provide every student access to learning in and through the arts, and assessments that prepare students fro next steps in school, career and community

How Should we get there? Share key takeaways Present proposal put before state leaders to district superintendents for input and regional buy-in

Convene partners to identify mutually reinforcing activities and complimentary expertise, and make a graphic to show how cross-organization/institutional partnerships can serve Bay area schools at scale

Next Steps? Revise language on one page description of demonstration schools to reflect new thinking about performance assessments aligned to common core (well crafted language)

Convene partners to identify mutually reinforcing activities and complimentary expertise, and make a graphic to show how cross-organization/institutional partnerships can serve Bay area schools at scale

Work with county superintendent to determine next steps from March 9, and continue conversation with district superintendents and others

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