[Curriculum Directors] Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program

Cook, Tricia M. Tricia.Cook at schools.utah.gov
Thu Mar 27 15:46:17 MDT 2014

The message below has been sent to school superintendents and district arts coordinators about the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.  We are thrilled that the legislature is providing $5 million for the program for next year.  With this funding, we are expecting to add about 90 schools to the program.

Please work with your superintendent and the schools in your district to offer this great opportunity to receive funds to provide an arts teacher in the schools. The applications and other important documents can be found here.<http://www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/fineart/BTSALP.aspx>

Dear Superintendent:

We are pleased to announce the continuation of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program through legislative funding. This funding can provide up to $52,280 for an arts specialist to work collaboratively with classroom teachers to provide arts integrated instruction in the elementary schools. Over the past 5 years, schools with BTSALP specialists have performed higher on standardized testing and have experienced increased student engagement, parent involvement and improvement in overall school climate. We encourage your district to join with us in this program or increase the number of schools in your district currently participating.
Because of increased funding and a restructure of the grants, the program will increase by about ninety schools next year.  Most specialists serve two schools this year. Grants next year will be based on three schools per specialist. Districts and schools may choose to stay at a ratio of one to two or one to one. The details of the grants are explained in the attached applications for new schools and for re-designation of continuing schools. Schools will be selected in cooperation with district administration in order to match specialists with schools.

You can find applications and other documents outlining the details of the program here<http://www.schools.utah.gov/CURR/fineart/BTSALP.aspx>. Applications are due to btsalpapplications at schools.utah.gov<mailto:btsalpapplications at schools.utah.gov> on May 2. Please refer any questions concerning the program or applications to Cathy Jensen, 801.538.7793, cathy.jensen at schools.utah.gov<mailto:cathy.jensen at schools.utah.gov>.

Cathy Jensen

Cathy Jensen, Specialist
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
Utah State Office of Education
250 E 500 S
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah  84114-4200

cathy.jensen at schools.utah.gov<mailto:cathy.jensen at schools.utah.gov>

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