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The Arts Fairfax County Public Schools. Dr. Roger Tomhave Fine Arts Coordinator [email protected]

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the arts fairfax county public schools

The Arts Fairfax County Public Schools

Dr. Roger Tomhave

Fine Arts Coordinator

[email protected]

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PhilosophyEvery child in every school will receive a well-rounded education that includes a comprehensive, sequential, and high quality program of the fine arts taught by certified fine arts specialists.

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ABUNDANCE

As houses have grown,

family size has gotten smaller.

slide4

ABUNDANCE

When our houses won’t fit our stuff.

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ABUNDANCE

We have more cars in the US

than we have licensed drivers.

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ABUNDANCE

The US spends more annually on trash bags than 90 other countries spend on everything.

slide7

Michael Graves

Designs for Target

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ASIA

Outsourcing

slide11

AUTOMATION

Two humans in losing battles against the machine

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Left-brain Skills are Necessary but No Longer Sufficient

  • Can someone overseas do it cheaper?
  • Can a computer do it faster?
  • Am I meeting a need of the new age of abundance?
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THE MFA

IS THE NEW

MBA

creative economy
Creative Economy

“Tomorrow’s workforce – and especially its leaders – will need broad abilities beyond technical skills. There will be a demand for people who are creative, analytical, disciplined, and self-confident – people who can solve problems, communicate ideas, and be sensitive to the world around them.”

Joyce Hergenham, General Electric

sat scores
SAT Scores

Verbal

Math

540

530

520

510

500

490

480

470

460

450

440

430

494

473

Without Arts

With 4+ Years of Arts

Without Arts

With 4+ Years of Arts

sat scores16
SAT Scores

Verbal

Math

540

530

520

510

500

490

480

470

460

450

440

430

537

537

494

473

Without Arts

With 4+ Years of Arts

Without Arts

With 4+ Years of Arts

arts are basic education
Arts are Basic Education

Elementary Level

  • K- 6 General Music
  • K-6 Visual Art
  • 4-6 String Orchestra
  • 5-6 Band
  • 5-6 Chorus
field trips are co curricular
Field Trips are Co-Curricular

Elementary Level

  • 4th grade to the National Symphony
  • 5th grade to the International Children’s Festival at Wolftrap
  • 6th grade to the National Gallery of Art
  • 7th grade to the Kennedy Center Theatre Lab
arts in the middle years
Arts in the Middle Years
  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Arts
the measure of success
The Measure of Success
  • Band - Sudler Flag and Sudler Cup
  • Band, Chorus, and Orchestra - Superior Ratings at competitions across the nation.
  • Theatre Arts – Cappies National Theatre
  • Visual Arts - National Scholastic Arts competition
leave no child behind
Leave No Child Behind

Instruments for All

  • Provides instruments for almost 6,000 students receiving free or reduced lunch services
  • Longitudinal study of impact
the cappies
The Cappies
  • May 1999 Cappies Created
    • Writing Across the Curriculum
    • Training Theatre Critics
    • Recognition for High School Theatre
  • October 1999 First Cappies Show
    • 13 FCPS Schools and Bishop Ireton
  • October 2008
    • 60 Schools, National Capital Area
    • 17 Regional Sites, US and Canada
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THE CAPPIES

Ottawa

Edmonton

Philadelphia

Baltimore

North

Jersey

Cincinnati

Kansas City

St. Louis

Central

Valley

National

Capital Area

Orange

County

Springfield

Dallas/Ft. Worth

East Coast

Florida

El Paso

Central

Florida

2008

South Florida

curriculum
Curriculum
  • Programs of Studies based on Virginia Standards of Learning in the Arts.
  • Programs of Studies based on the National Standards for Education in the Arts.
superior skills are needed in the global context they come through arts education
“Superior skills are needed in the global context. They come through arts education.”

Dan Lacy, Ashland Inc.

community input guidelines
Community Input Guidelines
  • Concerns about individual teachers (schools) are to be directed to school-based administration
  • There are no wrong recommendations or suggestions
  • Be as concise as possible
  • Be considerate of other people’s thoughts
  • Wait to be recognized
  • All suggestions recorded
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