Hello Studio to School project teams,

We have been hard at work creating a rubric for the Studio to School principles, and are excited to share more in a few weeks at the project leads meeting!

The rubric creation process has led to a lot of interesting ideas being raised– and one result is some changes to our principles. These changes came from our brainstorming meetings with many of you, as well as other discussions with S2S stakeholders and arts education colleagues.

Here’s the latest version of the S2S principles – the one we will be using this year:

  1. Create a shared vision for arts education programming through an inclusive and ongoing planning process
  2. Foster mutual commitment and responsibility in collaborations between arts organizations and schools
  3. Understand and respond to evolving community contexts, including histories, strengths and needs
  4. Engage and support experienced and skilled arts educators, including teaching artists, arts specialists and classroom teachers
  5. Provide varied, relevant and high-quality opportunities for students to engage in arts learning
  6. Cultivate a school environment in which arts learning can thrive
  7. Build appreciation and support for arts education in schools and communities


The biggest changes?

  • We eliminated principle 3 (“Honor the diverse perspectives, experiences and contributions of all involved”). Over time, principle 3 drifted from its original intention, and it was no longer clear what was unique and essential about this principle on its own. It was beginning to overlap with other principles, particularly principle 4 (“Understand and respond to evolving community contexts, including histories, strengths and needs”). We’ve worked to preserve the ideas and spirit of principle 3, while eliminating it as a stand-alone principle. The concepts supporting this principle are still present in other principles, and its core components will appear throughout the rubric.
  • We switched the order of principles 4 &5. Although the principles are not meant to be in sequential order (and we will eventually drop the numbering in exchange for an engaging visual of some kind), it just makes sense to have a principle about arts educators and a principle about student opportunities live side by side.
  • We cut the word “equitably” from principle 5 (the new principle 3). This has long been an item of debate! While we want to honor the intention to respond equitably to students, the concept of equity is central to every principle.  So why are we naming equity in only one place? We decided that it’s better to leave the word “equity” out of the principle itself, and instead carefully explain the concept in the rubric and accompanying materials.

As always, these principles remain a work in progress. We’re confident that between this latest round of edits, and changes that will inevitably arise from the rubric pilot that you will engage in this year, we’ll be even closer to a final version of the principles that are comprehensive and inclusive—an accurate description of the ingredients of a high-quality, sustainable and equitable arts program.

What are your thoughts?

— The OCF Evaluation Team