• Arts in Education/Exploratory Enrichment

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    Website for Arts in Education/Exploratory Enrichment.

    “We believe strongly that the arts aren't somehow an 'extra’ part of our national life, but instead we feel that the arts are at the heart of our national life.  It is through our music, our literature, our art, drama and dance that we tell the story of our past, and we express our hopes for the future.  Our artists challenge our assumptions in ways that many cannot and do not.  They expand our understandings and push us to view our world in new and very unexpected ways."   .... Michelle Obama, September 25, 2009

    Why Are the Arts Important?

    by Dee Dickinson

    1.      They are languages that all people speak that cut across racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and enhance cultural appreciation and awareness.

    2.      They are symbol systems as important as letters and numbers.

    3.      They integrate mind, body, and spirit.

    4.      They provide opportunities for self-expression, bringing the inner world into the outer world of concrete reality.

    5.      They offer the avenue to "flow states" and peak experiences. 

    6.      They create a seamless connection between motivation, instruction, assessment, and practical application--leading to deep understanding.

    7.      They are an opportunity to experience processes from beginning to end.

    8.      They develop both independence and collaboration.

    9.      They provide immediate feedback and opportunities for reflection.

    10.  They make it possible to use personal strengths in meaningful ways and to bridge into understanding sometimes difficult abstractions through these strengths.

    11.  They merge the learning of process and content.

    12.  They improve academic achievement -- enhancing test scores, attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking.

    13.  They exercise and develop higher order thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and "problem-finding."

    14.  They are essential components of any alternative assessment program.

    15.  They provide the means for every student to learn.

             The Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Arts in Education CoSer 410 supports area schools in bringing the arts into the lives of their students.  By scheduling assemblies and field trips shown to support the New York State Learning Standards as they relate to music, drama, dance, literature, visual or media arts through this CoSer, a school may be eligible to receive BOCES aid on some or all of the costs associated with these activities. 
             The Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Exploratory Enrichment CoSer 412 supports our area schools in providing assemblies and field trip experiences that extend the school's curriculum based upon the New York State Learning Standards in the academic and career education areas.  Like the Arts in Education CoSer, the Exploratory Enrichment CoSer provides an opportunity for schools to share programming costs which may generate BOCES aid, making these programs more affordable and therefore more accessible.
             Whereas these CoSers share some similarities, they also each have their own unique characteristics.  In both cases, specific guidelines must be met for program costs to be eligible to generate BOCES aid.  

                 Arts in Education – CoSer 410

               Exploratory Enrichment – CoSer 412

    Focus is on the ARTS Learning Standards. Eligible activities include music, dance, drama, writing, visual arts and media arts.

    Focus is on curriculum that is based on the Learning Standards in academic and career education areas.

    Activity takes place during the school year (not summer) including weekend events.

    Activity takes place at any time during the calendar year (including summer) but does not include weekend activities.

    Programs and activities held in one school or district are eligible for BOCES aid.

    Specific programs and activities must be shared between two or more districts to be eligible for aid.

    Transportation costs are not eligible for BOCES aid.

    Transportation costs are not eligible for BOCES aid.

    Costs must be paid using general fund dollars to be eligible for BOCES aid.

    Costs must be paid using general fund dollars to be eligible for BOCES aid.

    Admission tickets are eligible for BOCES aid. Program fees are eligible for BOCES aid.

    Admission tickets are not eligible for BOCES aid, but facilities usage charges are.


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    Contact Information

    Leslie LaRose - Assistant Superintendent for Programs
    (315)779-7000 or (800)356-4356