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School Leaders play a pivotal role in supporting arts education in New York City public schools. Please browse our website to learn about what students should know and be able to do in the arts, competitions and scholarships for your students, and valuable guidelines; like our Arts Education Manual for School Leaders. Also, you can find out about exciting cultural events to experience with your students and enriching professional development opportunities for principals and assistant principals. We also encourage you to learn about our Cultural Pass Program for School Leaders.
For more specific inquiries, please e-mail:
Explore Our Resources for School Leaders
Register for workshops to advance your practice
What's Going On
Find out about NYC arts events for families and students
ArtsCount builds upon the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and incorporates arts metrics into the measurement of school performance, establishing accountability measures for arts programming
Contact information for key OASP staff
Shubert Arts Leadership Institute
The Shubert Foundation is supporting the NYCDOE Arts Office in the Division of Teaching and Learning in providing a Shubert Arts Leadership Institute. Principals and assistant principals responsible for programming, supporting and evaluating teachers of the arts and committed to advancing quality arts instruction in their schools are invited to participate in this series. School Leaders will collaborate to address challenges of instructional practice, observations and feedback, using tools such as the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, the Framework for Great Schools, the Specific Considerations in the Arts, and Assessment for Learning in the Arts.
Arts Education Manual for School Leaders
We are pleased to provide you with the Arts Education Manual for School Leaders. This guide is an administrator's complement to the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. We hope this manual will provide you with a comprehensive guide to support the administration, supervision, and implementation of excellent arts programs in your schools.
Instructions on how to order a hard copy of this resource are below:
In conjunction with an audit by the New York State Comptroller's office, all high school officials are reminded to maintain documentation of high school arts instructional syllabi. Each school is responsible for the collection and recording of arts instructional syllabi and may be subject to an audit by the DOE or New York State Education.
In order to provide syllabi guidance about introductory arts course, please see the sample High School Arts Syllabi Frameworks below for introductory High School courses in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.
These high school arts frameworks are standards aligned (New York State Arts Standards and the New York City Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts) and provide clear expectations for student learning in each art form upon the completion of the course of study.
Dance Core Music Theater Visual Arts
Arts Education Liaisons
Viewing, Assessing and Supporting Effective Arts Instruction in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts
Developed with NYU and DOE schools and field-tested in a variety of school settings, the Viewing, Assessing and Supporting Effective Arts Instruction tool provides a resource for school leaders and others to enage in a Learning Walk-Through in the Arts. It also provides key indicators for quality arts instruction in dance, general, instrumental and vocal music, theater, and visual arts.
Cultural Pass Program for School Leaders
Arts Education Reflection Tools
The goal of the Arts Education Reflection Tool is to provide a guide for principals, school teams, arts and cultural organizations, teachers, teaching artists, and researchers to assess the quality of the delivery of arts education to students, grades PreK-12. This tool evaluates four essential elements of high quality arts education:
- Organizational Practice: School Environment, Physical Resources/Space, Staff/Instructional Time, Teacher Support, Arts Data Use
- Instructional Practice: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
- Student Outcomes: Student Engagement, Demonstrated Arts Skills, Knowledge and Understanding
- Arts and Cultural Service Providers: In-School Residencies, Exhibitions & Performances
You can download the Arts Education Reflection Tools for each art form per grade level below:
Arts Tool Kit for School Leaders
The Arts Tool Kit for School Leaders contains:
- The newly published OASP-authored Arts Education Manual: A Blueprint for School Leaders
- The four main Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts along with accompanying wall charts (available through purchase only)
- The Office of Arts and Special Projects DVD Quality Arts Education in New York City that demonstrates exemplary teaching practices in the arts at all levels
- Sharing Art Studio Space and Meeting the Standards
- Best Practices Scenarios: a campus of high schools; a campus of middle and elementary schools
- Creating Shared Arts Spaces: The Art Studio, The Dance Studio, The Music Studio, The Theater Studio and Performance Spaces
The Office of Arts and Special Projects would like to thank the Shubert Foundation for its generous support of arts leadership in the New York City Department of Education and for their contribution in making this tool kit available.
Instructions on how to order hard copies of these resources are below:
Campus Tool Kit
Arts education is an essential component of every school's curriculum. Many schools are challenged to provide rigorous and appropriate arts education because of space and /or staff limitations. Campus-based schools have the opportunity to meet these challenges and provide rich and stimulating arts education programs for all students by pooling their resources in a variety of ways.
The tool kit includes the following information:
As you review the many options available to you, please feel free to contact us for guidance and support at the Office of Arts and Special Projects.
phone: (212) 374-0300
Learning Walk-Through for the Arts
The Learning Walk-Through provides a snapshot of your school's arts environment and arts education delivery. School leaders and leadership teams have found this to be a useful self-diagnostic tool for assessing their arts programs and creating an arts-rich learning environment.
Arts Budget Guidance
Model Arts Budgets
The following budgets for the arts have been extrapolated from a diverse group of schools representing Title I and non-Title I funding, and schools of various sizes at elementary, middle and high school levels. Please use these models to explore flexible use of your own school funds to enhance your school arts instruction.
Quality Arts Education in New York City (DVD)
This short video, to be used in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education's Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, will assist school leaders in implementing and enriching arts programs in their schools.
View the sections of the video:IntroductionElementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh SchoolSummary
Instructions on how to order this DVD resource:
Danielson Framework for Teaching and Specific Considerations
Developed by the Office of Arts and Special Projects, the Specific Considerations supports arts teachers and their supervisors through the use of reflective questioning, an essential component of enhancing effective instruction in the NYC public schools. Revised and approved in coordination with the Office of Teacher Effectiveness and the United Federation of Teachers, this document serves as both a planning and a reflective tool for teachers of the arts across all grade levels.
Dance Music Theater Visual Arts