SCOE Receives $1.4 Million in Grant Funding to Provide Professional Development for Art Education

For Immediate Release – November 3, 2017

Contacts:      Amy Zschaber, VAPA/STEAM Coordinator, 238-1337
                      Judy Boring, Communications Coordinator, 238-1709

The Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) Visual and Performing Arts department recently announced that they will receive $1.4 million in Professional Development for Art Education grant funding through the U.S. federal government to fund Internet-based Model of Educators Digitally Integrating Arts programs over the next four years. 

The Professional Development for Art Education grant competition was highly competitive and 20 of the 70 applications reviewed were funded.  “The rigorous grant application process required a partnership with a school district demonstrating passionate and dedicated teachers, strong leadership, and a support of the arts,” said Amy Zschaber. “The Stanislaus County Office of Education is proud to announce being granted this funding and also our partnership with the Stanislaus Union School District.” The Stanislaus Union School District committed to the project and over the course of four years, their teachers will be the recipients of the arts integration professional development.

According to Zschaber, receipt of this grant marks a great accomplishment for the county that will lead to sustainable access to arts education for students and enhanced student achievement.  “The sustainable grant goal is to empower teachers to harness arts integration to drive cross-curricular learning leading to richer student experiences and learning; in this way the impacts of the grant far surpass the four year grant period. The rigorous professional development, in which teachers participate as part of the grant, provides for the teachers to become experts who can then share their expertise with more educators,” she said. 

To accomplish this SCOE will provide:

  • Experts in professional development
  • Stipends for participating teachers
  • Development of a mobile art assessment application for teachers and assessment technology leading to sustainable access to arts education for students
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