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Davie County Schools affirms the mission statement of the
North Carolina Arts Education Comprehensive Plan:
Vision for Arts Education
In today’s globally competitive world, innovative thinking and
creativity are essential for all school children. High quality,
standards-based instruction in the arts develops these skills and
effectively engages, retains, and prepares future-ready students for
graduation and success in an entrepreneurial economy. Dance,
music, theatre arts, and visual arts, taught by licensed arts
educators and integrated throughout the curriculum, are critical to
North Carolina’s 21st century education.
Davie County Schools offers Art and Music classes to all elementary school children. In middle school students may also take Theater Arts classes and a broader selection of music classes. At the high school level students are able to take classes in all four art forms, including Beginning through Advanced Art, Theatre Arts, Choral Music and Instrumental Music, and Dance.
Developing well-rounded and focused learners is a primary goal of the Davie County Schools. We believe that Arts Education is vital to instructing the “whole child” and assisting each young person in evolving into knowledgeable and productive citizens. While our country is in pursuit of greater sophistication in science and mathematics we risk ignoring the student's capacity to think on many different levels, processing facts while remaining posed to ask the important questions, composing original ideas and creating new solutions to problems.
Pairing the thought processes used in an arts class with technology skills and mathematical and scientific thinking strategies is recognized as a uniquely successful means of generating students who are well prepared for the challenges that will be found in the careers of the future. By providing the opportunities to engage in actual innovation and creative experiences, arts classes build confidence in the learner to forge ahead and find new ways of expressing ideas, new methods of drawing conclusions, and a new view of their world.
The arts teach us to look at the world differently, understand other cultures more readily, and encourage us to search for new approaches to solving problems. All Arts Education courses are closely aligned with the new North Carolina Essential Standards that can be found at the Department of Public Instruction website listed below.
The Davie County Schools Arts Department is an affiliate member of Arts North Carolina and benefits from state-wide education and advocacy programs.
Arts North Carolina works to ensure that every child in North Carolina has access to the arts in public education. We propose that North Carolina must adopt statewide policies and laws that ensure equity across county lines, prioritize implementation of policies and programs for K-12, and provide resources to accomplish excellence in education through the inclusion of arts education programsArts North Carolina provided the advocacy leadership for the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 66 that created a state-board-appointed Task Force to create a Comprehensive Arts Education Plan for North Carolina. This plan will serve as a blue print for future advocacy initiatives.
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Davie County Schools is an educational partner with Americans for the Arts and the Arts Education Network, a national organization for arts advocacy. This site has numerous documents and additional links for Arts Educators and Parents.
Learning and participation in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts are vital to the development of our children and our communities. Through advocacy, research, partnerships, and professional development, Americans for the Arts strives to provide and secure more resources and support for arts education through the Arts Education Network.
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Davie County Schools has been invited to participate in the North Carolina A+ Schools Program. Currently at the research stage, ongoing dialog is in process with several Davie County schools. More information on the goals and achievements of the North Carolina A+ Schools Program can be found at the link below.
The A+ School Program
The A+ Schools Program is the largest, longest running, most successful arts-based whole-school reform effort in the nation. Since 1995, A+ Schools has been using the arts as a catalyst for creating connections and making school engaging, meaningful and enjoyable places to teach and learn.
Davie County Schools has participated in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Summer Institutes to better prepare our Arts Educators to bring challenging curriculum ideas and platforms for creative process into the arts classrooms. This link provides information on teacher training and also has links to major performing companies from around the nation.