ESD 105 Educational Service District

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Wapato School District

Position Two

Sarah Divina

Which of these arts did you have as a part of your own K-12 education?

Music

How did the arts impact your education and life after high school?

music helped me through high school and beyound, including college. I was either in a band or a concert choir/jazz choir. I was invited to Australia with the college jazz chior for an exclusive competition. Just one of many highligjts during my time in music.

Research has shown that arts education increases student engagement, helps close opportunity gaps, and reduces drop out rates, yet income, race, and geography continue to be barriers to access to the arts. How do you see yourself addressing fair access in your district?

help increase funding for these programs, bring more awareness to the throughout the entire school experience.

If elected, which of these strategies would you consider to support arts education in your district?

  • Research current arts program and assess needs at district buildings
  • Develop or update a district level arts plan
  • Support arts inclusion professional development opportunities
  • Work for a budget to financially support arts instruction at all schools
  • Support professional development for classroom teachers
  • Create a local arts education task force
  • Expand district-wide data collection for tracking, support, and accountability
  • Develop or expand district support for teaching artist residencies, I feel that all of these are needed to get a great program going and staying.

Position Four

Lorenzo T Alvarado

Which of these arts did you have as a part of your own K-12 education?

Visual Arts, Music

How did the arts impact your education and life after high school?

It helped prepare me to better work with small and large groups. It also enhanced the creativity I bring to different projects.

Research has shown that arts education increases student engagement, helps close opportunity gaps, and reduces drop out rates, yet income, race, and geography continue to be barriers to access to the arts. How do you see yourself addressing fair access in your district?

The programs in our school district are available to all students, if money becomes an issue, the school should make accommodation’s to make it available to all students.

If elected, which of these strategies would you consider to support arts education in your district?

  • Support arts inclusion professional development opportunities
  • Support professional development for classroom teachers
  • Encourage the superintendent to develop a district level arts plan and if needed create an arts education task force.

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Yakima School District

Position One

Kenton Gartrell

Which of these arts did you have as a part of your own K-12 education?

Visual Arts, Theater, Music

How did the arts impact your education and life after high school?

I?m currently a wood worker which art is important to this skill and work in being creative with designs.

Research has shown that arts education increases student engagement, helps close opportunity gaps, and reduces drop out rates, yet income, race, and geography continue to be barriers to access to the arts. How do you see yourself addressing fair access in your district?

Merits going back to 1954 of which a school must adhere to is accommodating students to provide them an equal, equitable, fair, and inclusive education/service. I firmly believe we need to open our relationships with senators and district reps to restart legislation to renew charter schools which is the only proven method to help the poorest of our community. Right now most don?t have access to ?choice? to get a further education or seeks resources necessary to them. I know this as a mixed race household and a bilingual household. We need to reach the poorest of our community and from there growth becomes more available.

If elected, which of these strategies would you consider to support arts education in your district?

  • Research current arts program and assess needs at district buildings
  • Develop or update a district level arts plan
  • Support arts inclusion professional development opportunities
  • Work for a budget to financially support arts instruction at all schools
  • Support professional development for classroom teachers
  • Create a local arts education task force, Art is heavily tied into trade skills such as metal or woodworking which also ties into science and math. Trades create which benefit from art and create art from ones own house to even artwork build from these materials. Glass for instance is a lost art to most.

Position Two

Ryan Beckett

Which of these arts did you have as a part of your own K-12 education?

Music, Visual Arts, Theater

How did the arts impact your education and life after high school?

I was not a straight-A student, and struggled to stay motivated in school. My involvement in the music program kept me interested and active in my education, all the way through college. I believe that we should foster and promote extracurricular activities that feed student imagination and keep them interested in school. Since graduation, I’ve continued to sing with the Yakima Symphony Chorus and enjoy that musical outlet, as well as a sense of community with my fellow Chorus members.

Research has shown that arts education increases student engagement, helps close opportunity gaps, and reduces drop out rates, yet income, race, and geography continue to be barriers to access to the arts. How do you see yourself addressing fair access in your district?

Collaborating with students, staff and parents to understand the needs and ability within the district is important. Long term planning is critical so that funding for arts education is consistent.

If elected, which of these strategies would you consider to support arts education in your district?

  • Research current arts program and assess needs at district buildings
  • Develop or update a district level arts plan
  • Work for a budget to financially support arts instruction at all schools
  • Expand district-wide data collection for tracking, support, and accountability

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