Join the Movement
The California State PTA is leading an effort to create a sustainable and ever-growing network of parents, family members and caring adults who will act at the local and state levels to promote and support increased and equitable access for all students to a complete curriculum that includes high-quality arts education. PTA believes that the arts are essential for a creative, engaged, work-prepared and civic-minded student population and that the arts are a critical link to learning success. Thanks to a generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and in collaboration with key statewide partners such as the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), we are working to make sure that the vital voice of parents is heard – loud and clear – in support of the arts.
Through this grant, California State PTA will expand opportunities for people to participate in a network to advocate for high-quality arts education for ALL California students, to provide opportunities to share best practices, and to raise awareness about the relevance of the arts in increasing academic achievement and building a vibrant, productive society. This network of "Parents for the Arts" will be mobilized through the SMARTS pages of the California State PTA website as well as through regional forums and webinars.
California State PTA will also pilot a parent-engagement program, called School Smarts, to inform parents about what comprises a quality education (content standards, instructional methods, involvement opportunities, communicating with school staff). This pilot program will be conducted in sixteen elementary schools four school districts during the 2009-2010 school year. At each site, parents and family members will attend an engagement session and be invited to participate in a leadership development program to further equip them with the knowledge and skills to advocate for children.