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Arts In Education

Rockland BOCES Arts in Education service is a comprehensive support service to assist in the planning, scheduling, booking and evaluation of the full range of arts-related consultant services, including performances, artists-in-residencies in the schools, class field trips to the theater and museums. It provides a cost-effective way for school districts to bring arts programs to their students.

How can districts participate?

  • PTA and/or school staff selects program, contacts artist, agrees on date and cost.
  • School and district approve and send to BOCES
  • BOCES contracts and pays performer, and bills district when services are completed.
  • The following year, the school district will receive state aid for part of the cost of the programs based on the district's state aid formula.
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Arts in Education

The Arts in Education Program provides students in participating school districts with a variety of experiences in dance, music, drama, theater, and the various visual and media arts. All supported activities address at least one of the New York State Learning Standards for the arts.

Musical performances in school auditoriums, guest artists in the classrooms, and attendance at theatrical performances or art exhibitions are examples of activities schools may schedule.

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Exploratory Enrichment

Various activities, programs and projects are available that are designed to expand learning opportunities for students to develop and master process skills commensurate with state standards for mathematics, science, social studies and English language arts. Activities include virtual field trips to museums, zoos, planetariums, symphonic performances and exposure to other cultures, places and environments.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

BOCES will provide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), and Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education (CRSE) resources to participating districts. The DEI/ CRSE Resources service will provide guidance, best practices, and training on developing and implementing district policy and practices on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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NYS National History Day

In addition to supporting individual district initiatives in the arts, the Instructional Services Division will continue to coordinate New York State History Day for the Lower Hudson Valley Region. This annual event, which takes place in the spring, provides area middle and high school students the opportunity to present results of their individual and group research projects through such venues as historical papers, visual documentaries, exhibits, dramatic performance and web sites. Instructional guidelines and support are provided.

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Performers and Artists: Interested in sharing your talents with our local school districts?   Contact Deborah Studnitzer

Cultural Arts Coordinators: Access the STAR Moodle for resources and available programs. The Moodle is supported by Rockland Teachers’ Center. 

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65 Parrott Road, Building #10
West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 627-4783

(845) 627-4855