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Election: Mountain View Whisman School District

1. What meaningful experiences with the arts (visual arts, dance, drama and/or music) did you have growing up?

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    Chiang
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    Darrah
  • Bill
    Lambert
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    Nelson
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    Pollart
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I had a wonderful time in band and orchestra in Southern California as I progressed through the 5th through 9th grades. But as I've 'grown up' through my sons experience in schools, I've really come to appreciate how different 'intelligences' in the arts help overall intellectual and character development. My eldest loved vocal choir (which we support in MVWSD through parent led foundations). It helped him develop organizational skills - and singing will always be an important avocation for him. My second boy was a visual artist. Drawing, painting, and sketching give him a way to relax and digest other things that he has been reading and learning.
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2. What role do you think the arts can play in supporting key education priorities such as closing the achievement gap, reducing the dropout rate and preparing more students for college eligibility and the 21st century workforce?

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  • Christopher Kent
    Chiang
  • Peter
    Darrah
  • Bill
    Lambert
  • Steven E.
    Nelson
  • Jim
    Pollart
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I know teachers that can tie into student creative arts can help keep kids in science and math by letting them express 'connections to the real world" or imaginary worlds. As a teacher - I used it as a "connect" when I found a boy who was doodling too much in notebooks. Theatre arts are another outlet that I have seen help many students come out of their shell. You need to be able to "shape a performance" to suit your audience in many aspects of life. Be persuasive, be humorous, be eye catching. Not just product designers - scientists at conventions presenting "poster papers" also need these skills. (PS I help run a county wide science fair)
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3. A standards-based arts curriculum is one of the five core subjects in NCLB and critical for developing job skills vital in the creative economy and the 21st century workforce. Yet, most often only "what is tested is taught" in our schools. How do you envision bringing balance back for a comprehensive education and ensuring that all students have access to a quality, standards-based arts education curriculum?

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  • Christopher Kent
    Chiang
  • Peter
    Darrah
  • Bill
    Lambert
  • Steven E.
    Nelson
  • Jim
    Pollart
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I think the California Standards Framework in the Arts is a fine start. Unfortunately - too few school boards or administrators ever speak of these standards. Fortunately the A-G Requirements for the CA State Colleges and U. of California now require fine arts. Although school districts sometimes seem to try ignoring this - we can than the public collages for 'forcing the issue". Math for all, drawing, music and dance for all.
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4. If elected, how will you engage classroom teachers, arts teachers, parents and community arts organizations to shape your agenda for arts education or implement your district’s strategic arts plan?

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  • Christopher Kent
    Chiang
  • Peter
    Darrah
  • Bill
    Lambert
  • Steven E.
    Nelson
  • Jim
    Pollart
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How about having a "strategic arts plan" that is well known. My District does not. Without communication and public display, such a plan seems haphazard. Our arts partner CSMA, is doing a great job in the arts in schools program - and public displays in very public venues makes this very clear. But we do not, as a District, have any way we monitor this or track it. At least not an obvious one! (buried in a Board agenda is not what I'm thinking of)
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