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  • Colorado Service-Learning Council
    The Colorado Service-Learning Council is a collaboration between several agencies, including CDE, focused on building statewide capacity for all Coloradans to engage in high quality service-learning.
  • Free Service-Learning Webinars from the Generator School Network
    Delve deeper into each of the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice through short videos and with supporting research. Learn more and add context to what you're learning by attending any of the free monthly webinars related to the standards, or by watching any of the standards-focused recorded webinars already available in the GSN.
  • Service-Learning Toolkit
    Strategies for Student Engagement: A Toolkit to Implement Quality Service-Learning in Colorado
  • Engaged for Success
    A resource for using Service-Learning as a dropout prevention strategy.
  • Research Demonstrates the Value of Service-Learning
    Service-learning as an evidenced-based practice.
  • SEDL
    Resource Guide for Planning and Operating After School Programs, broken down with resources for each section: management, communication, programming, school day integration, community building, and evaluation
  • National Institute on Out of School Time
    Numerous publications online including research, policy papers, trainings and a clearinghouse of projects and initiatives

Arts Education in Colorado: Guidebook and Resources

As a way to support requirements of the Arts Education for Workforce Development Act (House Bill 10-1273) that was passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2010 an HB 10-1273 The Arts Education task force convened to support efforts to prepare students for a creative and competitive 21st century workforce.

Thanks to funding and contributions by many sponsors, contributors and the CDE Dropout Prevention and Student Engagement Unit, an Arts Guidebook was created in an effort to connect educational needs with visual and performing arts activities in communities across the state.

This guidebook had its origins in a desire to provide Colorado schools and districts with research-based information and ideas on ways to improve or expand their arts education programs. As the economic needs of the state have evolved, so has the urgency to provide our students with an education that will best prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow, one that will require the learning and innovation skills that are taught most effectively through the arts: invention, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and reasoning, self-direction, communication, and collaboration.

The task force recognizes that all students in Colorado should have access to quality arts instruction during their learning process in school. This guide is intended to help schools, districts, parents, community members and most importantly, the students, gain equal access to the arts. Whether you live in an urban setting or a rural setting, arts education is vital to developing the next generation of American innovators.

This guidebook is available in two formats:

  1. Download a low resolution version of the guidebook (PDF)
  2. Please visit the e-magazine version of the Arts Education Guidebook

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