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California Exemplary Arts Education Award

Recognizes some of California’s exemplary schools for excellence in Arts Education. Schools selected for the Exemplary Arts Education Award demonstrate broad-based achievement in Arts instruction and for advancing the Arts for all students.

Overview

The California Exemplary Arts Education (EAE) Award is a school-based program that acknowledges local educational agencies (LEAS) who demonstrate a commitment to equity and provide all students access to standards-aligned arts education.

All eligible kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) schools can apply for the award. The award program will run every three years. Schools recognized as a California EAE School Awardee will hold the title for three years, and can reapply. The 2022–23 application process is the same for elementary and secondary schools.

Purpose

The EAE Program allows schools to share their exemplary arts education programs and practices which have contributed to their success. These schools serve as model Arts programs for the California Department of Education (CDE).

Program Description

Eligibility Requirements

California elementary, middle and high schools, including direct-funded charter schools, juvenile court and community schools, and alternative schools of choice, may apply. Magnet and charter schools with competitive audition, exclusive, and/or merit-based admissions protocol are not eligible.

To apply for the CDE’s EAE Program Award, K–12 schools must do the following:

  • Offer discrete and/or integrated instruction in a minimum of three arts disciplines (dance, media arts, music, theatre, and/or visual arts) during the regular school day.
  • Demonstrate that special populations have equal opportunities to access these programs.
  • Complete the application and submit three pieces of evidence for each prompt.

Eligible schools must submit a completed EAE Program application via online application process by Monday, November 28, 2022.

Email questions to ExemplaryArtsAwards@cde.ca.gov.

Application Procedures and Processes

Application Timeline

Date Activity

September 15, 2022

Request for Applications Release Date

November 28, 2022

Applications must be received at the CDE, by 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)

December 2022–January 2023

Review of Applications

January 2023

Exemplary Arts Education Awardees Announced

Application Due Date

The EAE Award application and supporting documents must be received by the CDE on or before Monday, November 28, 2022, by 4 p.m. PST, per the Application Submission Procedures (see below).

Application Submission Procedures

The application will require applicants to provide a narrative and attach evidence.

Applicants shall submit the award application via an online application process.

Complete the Online Application for the EAE Award to apply.

Three pieces of evidence are required for each prompt. This evidence should be explained thoroughly in the narrative sections.

Submit evidence in a single PDF format with the online application with active hyperlinks or upload evidence to a portfolio-style web platform that is easily accessible to reviewers.

Only one file can be uploaded per applicant and the file maximum size is 20 mb.

Incomplete and Late Applications

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application Review

The application review process will occur during the months of December 2022 and January 2023.

Application Questionnaire

Please limit your narrative responses to 3,000 characters for each of the six prompts.

  • Overview – Provide an overview of your school and district, including location, demographics, community overview, populations served, and arts education program offerings. Clearly explain how you meet the eligibility criteria as an exemplary arts program. (no evidence required for the overview section)
  • Program Administration & Accountability – In a brief narrative, explain how your school demonstrates a commitment to providing adequate resources and funding for arts education. Explain how each piece of evidence (three minimum) supports your commitment.

Evidence can include arts education prioritized in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (highlighted sections), strategic arts plans, number of credentialed arts specialists on staff, master schedule, etc.

  • Curriculum and Instruction – In a brief narrative, explain how your school demonstrates a commitment to high-quality arts curriculum and instruction. Explain how each piece of evidence (three minimum) supports your commitment.

Evidence can include standards-aligned lesson plans and student work samples, videos of standards-aligned student performances, student exhibitions, community arts partnerships, etc.

  • Assessment – In a brief narrative, explain how your school demonstrates a commitment to high-quality arts assessment. Explain how each piece of evidence (three minimum) supports your commitment.

Evidence can include standards-aligned rubrics and student work samples, examples of portfolio or project-based assessments, etc.

  • Professional Development – In a brief narrative, explain how your school demonstrates a commitment to high-quality professional learning for staff who are responsible for providing arts learning. Explain how each piece of evidence (three minimum) supports your commitment.

Evidence can include specific conferences and trainings offered to teachers, arts integration training, participation in communities of practice, summer externships, professional development evaluations, etc.

  • Equity and Access – In a brief narrative, explain how your school demonstrates a commitment to access high-quality, culturally responsive arts instruction for all students, including English learners, Special Education, and other special populations. Explain how each piece of evidence (three minimum) supports your commitment.

Evidence can include master schedules that do not restrict elective access to the arts by requiring special populations to take additional academic or resource course, culturally responsive lesson plans and student work samples/performances, videos of differentiated instruction, examples of universal design for learning, and/or accommodations and modifications offered to students, etc.

Scoring Rubric

The scoring rubric table lists the content areas and scoring criteria for the EAE award. The total score is out of 18 possible points.

Content Exemplary

3 points

Developing

2 points

Needs Improvement

1 point

Overview

Overview is comprehensive and clearly addresses the prompt with ample explanation. Program explicitly meets eligibility criteria.

Overview is sufficient and clearly addresses the prompt with some evidence and explanation. Program meets eligibility criteria, but some explanations lack detail.

Overview is not sufficient and may not clearly address the prompt with adequate evidence. Program does not meet eligibility criteria.

Program Administration and Accountability

Narrative and evidence selection is comprehensive and clearly addresses the prompt with ample explanation. Demonstrates exemplary practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is sufficient and clearly addresses the prompt with some explanation. Demonstrates developing practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is not sufficient and may not clearly address the prompt with adequate explanation. Improvement is needed.

Curriculum and Instruction

Narrative and evidence selection is comprehensive and clearly addresses the prompt with ample explanation. Demonstrates exemplary practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is sufficient and clearly addresses the prompt with some explanation. Demonstrates developing practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is not sufficient and may not clearly address the prompt with adequate explanation. Improvement is needed.

Assessment

Narrative and evidence selection is comprehensive and clearly addresses the prompt with ample explanation. Demonstrates exemplary practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is sufficient and clearly addresses the prompt with some explanation. Demonstrates developing practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is not sufficient and may not clearly address the prompt with adequate explanation. Improvement is needed.

Professional Learning

Narrative and evidence selection is comprehensive and clearly addresses the prompt with ample explanation. Demonstrates exemplary practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is sufficient and clearly addresses the prompt with some explanation. Demonstrates developing practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is not sufficient and may not clearly address the prompt with adequate explanation. Improvement is needed.

Equity and Access

Narrative and evidence selection is comprehensive and clearly addresses the prompt with ample explanation. Demonstrates exemplary practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is sufficient and clearly addresses the prompt with some explanation. Demonstrates developing practice.

Narrative and evidence selection is not sufficient and may not clearly address the prompt with adequate explanation. Improvement is needed.

Questions:   Exemplary Arts Education Awards Program | ExemplaryArtsAwards@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0893
Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 13, 2022