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We are excited to announce our first official partnership with Windsor Unified School District! Pulse Arts was hired by Windsor Unified School District to oversee existing grant implementation, professional learning, and program facilitation for the 2018/2019 school year. We are extremely appreciative of the trust the district has put in our new organization. In partnership with teacher leaders and supportive administrators, we will collaboratively build opportunities for Sonoma County youth. We hope to make Windsor Unified a model Visual and Performing Arts district for the county.
We believe in a collective leadership model. We want to engage and empower teachers and honor their professionalism and expertise. We don't believe that arts integration should be an "additional responsibility" put on already overworked educators. We commit ourselves to building on teachers' strengths and listening to the concerns and challenges of each classroom. We hope to support program implementation that responds to the individual needs of each classroom and provide quality professional learning opportunities that help build self-efficacy.
As VAPA facilitators during the 2018/2019 school year, we will be coordinating and piloting a teaching artist dance residency. We will work to develop program goals for the district's strategic VAPA plan, identify (and attempt to secure) additional funding sources and partnerships, and work with teacher leaders to support integration of the arts in response to the needs and strengths of each campus. We aim to maximize VAPA branding for WUSD and will be working with the Windsor Arts Now community to plan exhibition opportunities including the planning and implementation of a student arts showcase on May 23 and 24. Additionally, Pulse Arts will plan and host a series of professional development events, and support teacher leaders to serve as professional coaches, mentors and site liaisons.