The Board Adoption of CLARA Classroom Brings Awaited World-Class Arts Education to Every TK-6 Student
ELK GROVE, Calif. – November 18, 2021 – The Elk Grove Unified School District gladly announces that its Board adopted the CLARA Classroom. This unique arts education curriculum was developed by Emili Danz, Education Outreach Director, at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts. CLARA Classroom is California Arts Standards aligned and is a highly engaging, active and culturally responsive digital resource where interactive video lessons bring a virtual teaching artist into the classroom. The program provides access to dance, music and theatre instruction for students in grades TK-6. The interactive video lessons bring a virtual teaching artist into the classroom and also offer students a safe and user-friendly learning platform independently at home. CLARA also has resources for students to meet their social and emotional needs.
Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman noted, “As we move forward with integrating arts standards into our curriculum, we expect to see improved verbal, reading, and math skills in every student, and greater capacity for higher-order thinking skills such as analyzing and problem-solving — not to mention the fun they will have in class while engaging in self-expression through song, word, dance and art.”
Elk Grove Unified believes that the arts are especially critical in this year of education recovery as they can provide teachers with new opportunities for engagement in the classroom and tools to meet the social and emotional needs of their students.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 60 career-themed academies and pathways within 13 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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