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San Francisco Unified School District in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission seek a consultant or consultants to support the “refreshing” of the SFUSD’s Arts Education Master Plan

In 2006, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) launched the Arts Education Master Plan (AEMP), a comprehensive vision for integrating the arts into every student’s daily curriculum. With funding approved by the voters of San Francisco, Proposition H allocated the Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), which included funding to broadly support arts and music. The AEMP was designed to guide the funds made available through PEEF and to provide a blueprint for the SFUSD to deliver high quality arts education for a decade, sun setting in 2014.

In November 2014, the Our Children, Our Families Council was created when the voters of San Francisco passed Proposition C. The proposition created the Council to align efforts across the City and County of San Francisco, SFUSD, and the community with the aim of improving outcomes for children, youth and families in San Francisco.  It also renewed the two City funds (the Children's Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund) that specifically support the AEMP and arts education. Our Children, Our Families funding is secured for the next twenty five years, providing an opportunity to review the first ten years of the AEMP and plan for the future. 

The AEMP Advisory Committee, an advisory body with seats approved by the SFUSD School Board, held a series of working groups that met throughout the spring of 2016 to review the six core pillars of the AEMP and provide recommendations for improvements to sustain an invigorated arts education strategy into the next two decades. Principally reviewing the core pillars of the AEMP; administrative leadership; professional development; resources and staffing, curriculum and instruction; partnerships, collaborations, and assessment; the recommendations and challenges form the basis for the next iteration of the AEMP and this RFP.

Specifically, the 2015-2016 review of the AEMP pointed out the opportunity to enrich SFUSD’s current work in five areas:

  • Access and Equity - Are the arts consistently accessible to our least-served students, and do the arts play a role in achieving equitable outcomes in San Francisco?
  • Data and Metrics - In what additional ways could the district and the AEMP Advisory Council leverage existing data, and what other metrics related to program quality and student outcomes should we collect and analyze?
  • Policy and Leadership - How does the district’s administrative structure, and its current arts policies and expectations support access and equity in the arts, and how could these systems and policies be strengthened?
  • Sequential Arts Curriculum - How does the district’s current curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment support access and equity; how do they compare to other districts’ work; and how could they be strengthened?
  • After-School/Out of School Arts Supplements - In what ways do current after-school arts supplements (which are not funded through PEEF) address access and equity in the arts, and could these be made more robust?

The SFUSD and the AEMP Advisory Council seek to create an Arts Master Plan “Refresh” - a document that will serve as a companion to the original AEMP and that will serve to inform education in the arts for the coming 10 years. We envision the “Refresh” to be a high-quality printed document that aligns to the section headings of the AEMP and that pushes each of these sections further towards our goal of access and equity in the arts and include specific and actionable steps for implementation. We believe that we have identified important questions for the coming decade of arts education, and seek professional assistance in developing our “Refresh” plan.

To learn more about the AEMP:

This RFP is seeking an individual or group of consultants that are self-motivated, have previous experience writing strategic plans, can work cooperatively among many stakeholder groups, and have a proven track record of producing highly quality deliverables.

Request for Proposals:

The AEMP Advisory Committee, in connection with Spark SF (which serves as an independent non-profit arm of SFUSD) is issuing this RFP to respond to the following:

1. Access and Equity 

  • Successful Arts Programs: Look for examples of schools with underserved students that have successful, thriving arts programs that reach every student.
  • Scheduling: Look for successful scheduling models within the SFUSD, particularly in secondary schools, that have allowed for additional time for the arts.
  • Secondary Students: Assess how they view their access to arts classes and determine which students experience barriers to arts learning. Share recommendations about how such barriers can be eliminated.
  • Access: Assess if underserved students (students of color, low income students, English learners, students with disabilities) are less likely to have access to arts classes. Determine how this could be measured in the future and provide recommendations about how to address this challenge.
  • Parent Engagement: Provide successful examples of parent engagement at schools serving large numbers of students from low-income families.

2. Data and Metrics

Work with analysts from the Visual and Performing Arts Team, the department of Research, Planning and Assessment; and the PEEF office  to assess the set of currently available data on VAPA programming, PK-12; and recommend and develop further metrics for understanding program quality:

  • Review challenges and opportunities raised by the AEMP Advisory Committee working groups in their 2015-2016 assessment of the AEMP.
  • Collect and analyze available data on how many curricular school day arts classes and programs are being offered based on PEEF research. Scan Arts Education Alliance of the Bay Area, Teaching Artists Guild’s mapping project, arts organizations providing direct service to SFUSD, and createCA’s data about class enrollment in middle and high schools.
  • Examine metrics from other educational and non-educational programs (including those in SFUSD) to determine additional metrics that could be collected as part of an annual assessment of the quality of the district’s arts programming. (For example, these could include metrics about student participation, parent satisfaction, student satisfaction, observed quality, and student arts outcomes.)
  • Summarize data and make recommendations.
  • Evaluation: Develop a plan to regularly evaluate the AEMP and measure access and equity in arts learning.

3. Sequential Arts Curriculum 

  • Based on research about best practices in the arts and other subjects, develop or adopt  a general framework for understanding high quality curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment; and,  using this framework critically, review district arts programs. Such a review should center on practice related to equity for underserved youth.
  • Conduct a review of SFUSD’s current arts curriculum, pedagogies, and assessments.
  • Mapping: Offer examples of different ways that sites are meeting VAPA standards in the SFUSD, including discrete and integrated arts instruction; and offer exemplars of school site arts plans, planning tools, integrated units and arts curricula.
  • Conduct a scan of other school district arts programs’ approach to curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment; compare this to SFUSD’s current program; and make recommendations for improvements. 

4. Policy and Leadership

  • Review current arts policies, school- and district-level planning documents, leadership expectations, reports, etc.
  • School Site Councils: Identify how parents are briefed and informed about the arts, including how other academic disciplines handle the challenge of promising quality, sequential learning opportunities, and site-based decision-making.
  • Policy: Determine specific policy recommendations including training and supporting accountability measures for every school site to meet arts education requirements. Identify specific action steps for district personnel, principals, counselors, teachers (classroom, itinerant, specialists), parents, arts providers, and students.
  • Budget: Develop a proposed budget in alignment with the PEEF and elementary music funds. 

5. After-School/Out of School Supplements

  • Review current arts programming in after-school/out of school programs (these programs are funded currently through a variety of sources, including private, state, federal, and City allocations; program quality indicators for these programs are established by SFUSD).
  • Consider how after-school /out of school arts programming could supplement school-day programming, either by building on SFUSD curricula or activities; or by addressing aspects of an arts education that may not be fully addressed during the school day.

To complete these lines of work, we envision the successful consultant will:

  • Meet regularly with AEMP Advisory Committee or AEMP representatives to review findings and recommendations
  • Meet regularly with VAPA team and SFUSD representatives to report on work plan
  • Conduct community stakeholder conversations for feedback on recommendations
  • Present updates to SFUSD Board; AEMP Advisory Committee; PEEF Community Advisory Committee; and San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) as requested

As final outcomes for this work, the consultant will revise and finalize a renewed AEMP 

  • Prioritize recommendations and develop timeline for implementation
  • Issue the written “Refresh” of the AEMP
  • Create a 30 minute presentation on the AEMP Refresh, with companion slides

To respond to this RFP please submit a written response to the following:

  • How will you address the scope of work outlined? Please be as specific as possible
  • What experiences and expertise do you have working with a school district?
  • What is your background in arts education? Curriculum and program design? Educational policy? Program evaluation?
  • Provide writing samples that indicate you have worked on projects of a similar scale
  • Submit a current resume. If a team is applying, please submit a resume for every consultant on the team
  • Create a comprehensive 18 month timeline for the completion of the work outlined in this RFP
  • Fee proposal requested

Proposal documents should be submitted in hard copy to:

San Francisco Arts Commission: c/o Liz Ozol. War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave #325, San Francisco, CA 94102.

A joint committee of SFAC, SFUSD staff and AEMP Advisory Board members will screen applicants and conduct interviews.

Proposals must be submitted (not a postmark date) by Monday, February 20, 2017 with interviews to follow in February and March, 2017.


Contact:Liz Ozol
Address: 401 Van Ness Ave., Suite 25

Deadline: 02-20-2017

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