Purpose: 

  • Review the current state of visual and performing arts (VPA) program in Bellingham Public Schools.
  • Explore the nature of program offerings/experiences in schools/districts with reputed “high quality” approaches to VPA teaching and learning.
  • Compare current Bellingham Public Schools approaches to VPA teaching and learning with those “best examples.”  Critically examine the similarities and differences.
  • Advise the superintendent on efforts to continue to improve our district’s programmatic offerings/approach/experiences in the visual and performing arts for all students PreK-12.
Basis for Establishment:
  • Programmatic review and future program development guidance
Decision-Making Process:
  • Committee will develop and recommend programmatic direction/initiatives in the visual and performing arts that can provide guidance for district efforts over the next three to five years
  • Committee recommendations are advisory to the superintendent
Plan of Work:
  • A series of four (4) three-hour meetings will be held over the course of the early winter months of 2014
    • Meeting 1:  Taking stock of current VPA programs/experiences K-12
    • Meeting 2:  Exploring Dimensions of  “Best Examples” in VPA programs experiences located in other schools/districts
    • Meeting 3:  Comparing our district’s VPA offerings/experiences to those revealed in the exploration of “Best Examples.”  Similarities and differences.
    • Meeting 4:  Develop/Design programmatic direction/advice for the superintendent to guide decision-making in VPA over the next 3-5 years.
  • Meeting 5:  (TBD if needed)
Members
Regular:
  • Mike Copland, Deputy Superintendent, Chair
  • Charisse Berner, Director, Dept. of Teaching and
    Learning
  • Karen Benson, Parent, Lowell
  • Jeff Coulter, Principal, Whatcom Middle
  • AnnMarie DeCollibus, Art Teacher, Bellingham High
  • Kirstin Doud, Music Specialist, Sehome High
  • Tom Gresham, Principal, Roosevelt
  • Teri Grimes, Drama Teacher, Bellingham High
  • Carolyn Heywood, Art Teacher, Shuksan Middle
  • Tom Kunesh, Parent, Bellingham High
  • Andy Marshall, Music Specialist, Squalicum High
  • Terri McKee, Music Specialist, Roosevelt
  • Keith Schacht, Principal, Squalicum High
  • Mark Schlichting, Community Member
  • Travis Sipher, Music Specialist, Kulshan and Shuksan Middle
  • Laura Smith, Music Specialist, Geneva
  • Alison Terry, Community
  • Ryan Williams, Art Teacher, Kulshan and Fairhaven Middle
Responsibilities:
  • Attend all sessions; participate fully in the dialogue
  • Communicate and make public all meeting agendas and minutes
  • Communicate and make public findings from the review
  • Make recommendations regarding programmatic directions for visual and performing arts to the superintendent, who will share with all stakeholders
Timeline:
  • Four meetings from 4 to 7 p.m. (and holding a fifth timeslot if needed)
    • February 18, 2014
    • March 4, 2014
    • March 18,  2014
    • March 25, 2014
    • May 13, 2014
Budget Implications:
  • After hours curriculum rate pay for teachers involved in the committee meetings (budget line exists in the 2013-14 DTL budget to cover costs)

Meeting Minutes:

Committee Recommendation: