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Developing Rigorous Education in the Arts to Motivate (DREAM)

Grant Number: 02-316

Grant Award: $1,002,128

Duration of Project: Saturday, October 01, 2005 - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Project Subject Areas: Visual and Performing Arts

Grade Band: 6-12

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • California State University, San Bernardino

Local Education Agencies:

  • California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, College of Arts and Letters
  • San Bernardino City Unified, San Bernardino

Number of teachers/principals/highly qualified paraprofessionals participating in the project:



  • Secondary arts educators will implement standards-based instructional practice.
  • Secondary arts educators will increase their ability to improve studentsíŽ academic literacy in the arts classroom.


  • Year 1 will include the development and piloting of research tools, the piloting of high school arts teachers in the beginning level literacy seminars, and participation in the Collaborative Design Institute (CDI) with academic literacy embedded.
  • Year 2 will be round one of the experimental model with high school arts teachers. It will include refinement of the beginning level literacy seminars and a piloting of the advanced level literacy seminars. Pilot teachers from year 1 will complete the CDI. Round one teachers of the experimental model will engage in the beginning level literacy seminars and participate in the CDI.
  • Year 3 will be round two of the experimental model with the middle school arts teachers. Round two teachers will participate in the beginning level literacy seminars while round one teachers engage in the advanced level literacy seminars. Round one teachers will complete the CDI and round two teachers will begin the CDI.
  • Year 4 will be the analysis, reporting and dissemination year. Round 2 teachers will participate in the advanced level literacy seminars and complete the CDI. Revision to the beginning and advanced level literacy seminars will take place based on results from the studies. The final reports will be written and results disseminated, first to the California Arts Project Network and San Bernardino City USD, and then to statewide arts organizations and other research organizations.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Tools provided to design, implement, and examine the results of effective instruction that engages students in academic writing, reading, and speaking
  • Impact secondary arts classrooms for students to engage in well-designed and rigorous technical, analytical, and reflective writing and oral discourse
  • 150 hours of the SBCUSD Collaborative Design Institute (CDI)
  • Additional 40 hours of professional development in academic literacy each year.


Institute of Higher Education: Armalyn De La O,
Local Education Agency: Trish Lindsey,

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