Program Overview
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Historical Context
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) supports a complete and comprehensive education that includes dance, music, theatre and visual arts for all Florida students. To help achieve this goal, the Florida Department of Education, in partnership with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE), seeks to identify model arts education programs in schools throughout Florida. The Florida Arts Model Schools (FAMS) program recognizes schools that offer exemplary programs in any of the four arts disciplines and provide mentorship to schools with underserved or emerging arts programs. An existing or potential partnership school must be identified by FAMS applicants as part of the application process. Additionally, the identified partner school must complete a separate Partner School Application. Schools earning a FAMS designation in 2018 will be required to mentor their identified partner school with a goal of enhancing emerging arts programs or implementing new arts programs in the partner schools. Schools can apply for FAMS designation in one or more arts disciplines. In addition, the designation of Florida Arts Achievement Model School will be given to secondary schools receiving a FAMS designation in all four arts areas and elementary schools receiving a FAMS designation in at least three out of the four arts areas.

Application Sections
A complete FAMS application contains the following components. The full application should be submitted electronically via the FAMS Application Web Site.

  1. Applicant Information
  2. Identification of a Partner School - Schools must identify a school with an underserved or emerging arts program to partner with for the duration of the three-year FAMS designation. The purpose of the partnership is for the FAMS designees to model best practices and provide overall assistance in developing or enhancing arts programs at the underservedl/emerging schools. In addition, FAMS designees must welcome visits from faculty teams statewide who wish to enhance or affirm their arts education practices.
  3. Responses to Six Critical Success Factors

Application Submission
The 2018 FAMS and Partnership School application period will open October 2, 2017 on the FAAE website. Interested schools should submit a completed Florida Arts Model Schools application via the application web site by January 19, 2018. Completed applications will be evaluated by a committee of arts education experts noted for their accomplishments in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts education. Final designee selections will be based upon the results of individually scored applications.

FAMS Designation Benefits
The FAMS designation period is three years and includes the following: 

  • Designation announced via e-blast from the Department of Education to all Florida schools
  • Recognition on the FAAE Web Site
  • FAMS award presented at the 2018 FAAE Summit Awards Luncheon
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Funding of partnership projects

Recognition Funds
The Florida Alliance for Arts Education provides funding to FAMS designees and their partner schools through the Arts for a Complete Education grant.  Grant funds will be allocated to support the three-year partnership, contingent upon receipt of legislative funding each year. 

  • Year One:  The grant supports awards of $500 per FAMS-designated content area with the exclusive purpose of assisting the first year of each partnership. For example, a school earning a designation for one content area would receive $500 in recognition funds to support the partnership.  A school earning a designation for all four content areas would receive $2000 in recognition funds to support the partnership. 
  • Year Two:  Any remaining grant funds not used to support the 2019 designees will be divided evenly among the 2018 FAMS designees to assist with funding the second year of the partnership.  In addition, $150 will be given to each 2018 FAMS designee in the second year of the partnership to assist with miscellaneous expenses/travel to continue the established 3-year plan.
  • Year Three:  $150 will be given to the 2018 FAMS designees in the third year of the partnership to assist with miscellaneous expenses/travel to continue the established 3-year plan.

Recognition Fund Payments
Year one of the FAMS Partnership is supported with $500.00 for each FAMS content area designation.

  • 25% of the total award will be mailed to the FAMS Designee by October 1, 2018.
  • 25% of the total award will be mailed to the Partner School by October 1, 2018.
  • Contingent upon successful submission of the FAMS Partnership Interim Report, 25% of the total award will be mailed to the FAMS Designee by February 1, 2019.
  • Contingent upon successful submission of the FAMS Partnership Interim Report, 25% of the total ward will be mailed to the Partner School by February 1, 2019.

Year two of the FAMS Partnership is supported with $150 + any remaining funds unused by 2019 designees.

  • 25% of the total award will be mailed to the FAMS Designee by October 1, 2019.
  • 25% of the total award will be mailed to the Partner School by October 1, 2019. 
  • Contingent upon successful submission of the FAMS Partnership Interim Report, 25% of the total award will be mailed to the FAMS Designee by February 1, 2020.
  • Contingent upon successful submission of the FAMS Partnership Interim Report, 25% of the total ward will be mailed to the Partner School by February 1, 2020.

Year three of the FAMS Partnership is supported with $150.

  • 25% of the total award will be mailed to the FAMS Designee by October 1, 2020.
  • 25% of the total award will be mailed to the Partner School by October 1, 2020. 
  • Contingent upon successful submission of the FAMS Partnership Interim Report, 25% of the total award will be mailed to the FAMS Designee by February 1, 2021.
  • Contingent upon successful submission of the FAMS Partnership Interim Report, 25% of the total ward will be mailed to the Partner School by February 1, 2021.

Partnership Planning
Grant funds will support a total of 1 representative per content area in which the designation has been earned and one school-based administrator from each FAMS designee and one representative per content area receiving support from their respective partner schools and one school-based administrator to collaborate in a face-to-face training session June 21-23, 2018 for the purposes of developing a 3-year Collaborative Arts Plan and for receiving professional development.  This will include up to two nights of hotel expenses (for each person) and travel reimbursement for one car per school, per state travel policy (.445/mile), to and from the meeting location in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  If funding for the FAMS program were to be cut by the legislature, paired schools must still implement a partnership plan.  However, plans may be modified to account for the lack of funds.

Recognition Fund Accountability
It will be the responsibility of FAMS designee to provide details of all recognition fund usage as part of two Partnership Reports to be submitted to FAAE during each year of the three-year designation period years.  Each report must include an expenditure log, copies of all receipts, a summary of professional development activities, and evidence of student impact.  The first report is due to FAAE on or before December 1 of each year in the three-year designation period.  The second report is due to FAAE on or before May 1 of each year of the designation period.  In addition, any unused funds or funds used for non-allowable expenses must be returned to FAAE by June 1 of each year of the designation period. 

Acceptable Use of Recognition Funds

  • All Funds must be used to support the development or enhancement of arts programs in the assigned partner school.
  • Travel reimbursement to and from partner schools for the purposes of observing, participating in, or developing exemplary arts lessons and for training.  This includes the state rate for mileage (.445) and reimbursement for any necessary substitutes.
  • Costs of professional development related to school pairings.
  • Materials for the underserved/emerging school (e.g. art materials, hand percussion instruments, music, books, flash drives, arts-specific software, and miscellaneous technology such as digital brushes and pens.)
  • Enrichment or implementation of an activity or program at the underserved/emerging school.  This includes afterschool arts activities such as, but not limited to, focused specific arts training (i.e. multiple group lessons for a student learn how to pain a landscape, a multi-day workshop or training sessions on jazz or dance improvisation) or an artistic production (e.g. a musical production or creation of an afterschool reggae band.)  

Non-acceptable Use of Recognition Funds

  • Computer hardware including tablets, laptops or desktop computers and cell phones
  • Registration costs to attend FAAE-sponsored events
  • Food and/or beverage costs

Further Information
Further information about the application process can be obtained by contacting Julie Hebert, Executive Director of FAAE, via e-mail at director@faae.org, or by phone at 407-488-9951. 

Special Thanks
A special thanks to the following arts education associations for their assistance in developing the Florida Arts Model Schools program and reviewing applications:

 

           

2018 FAMS Applications will be accepted October 2, 2017 – January 19, 2018

Florida Arts Model Schools Online Application

Florida Arts Model Schools Program Overview

The following documents are for informational purposes only.  The actual application is done online.

2018 Florida Arts Model Schools Sample Documents.


Partner Schools Program