DeKalb teachers’ union proposes changes to district’s elementary arts curriculum – Shaw Local

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 teachers’ union is asking the school board to consider changes to elementary art classes next year for what the union says will provide art teachers with greater opportunity to forge relationships with students.

According to a proposal file Released ahead of the DeKalb school board meeting on Tuesday, the union is calling for elementary art classes to be held on a weekly basis instead of once every eight days. The current course schedule also offers 45-minute art classes every eight days. While the proposed changes would reduce that time to half an hour, the union demanded a higher weekly frequency.

“This current schedule model allows art teachers to focus on two elementary buildings, allowing them to better bond with the students they have,” the proposal reads.

The current wording of the district code states that “the district shall provide arts education to students in kindergarten through 5th grade for at least one 45-minute period every eight days through the use of specialists.”

The new wording would state that “The district shall provide arts education to students in kindergarten through 5th grade for at least a 30-minute period through the use of specialists.”

Arts Education would be shortened by 15 minutes due to scheduled Professional Learning Community meetings. The school calendar has been adjusted so that PLCs take place twice a month for a longer duration rather than once a week for an hour.

“It also ensures that students receive regular arts education once a week,” according to the proposal. “It gives art teachers and students time to keep up with their curriculum and work on projects on a regular basis.”

The school board will discuss the proposal and whether to sign a letter of agreement with the DCTA at the school board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Education Center, 901 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb.

Kayleen C. Rice