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Innovative Changes to Creative Arts Program Approved

January 15th, 2016

 

Arlington Heights, IL – The Arlington Heights School District 25 School Board approved a proposal that will bring District 25’s Creative Arts program into a future ready and innovative environment.

The plan is to adopt new media arts classes including STEM, communication media arts and graphic design programs that will align and prepare D25 students for the world into which they will graduate.

“Our main focus is how to set our students up for success as they move on from our district,” Superintendent Lori Bein said. “These changes will open our students’ minds to a variety of creative subjects and professions that are on the cusp of exploding.”

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and its presence is ever growing in the world and job market. According to the U.S. Department of Education, some STEM jobs are expected to increase by as much as 62% by 2020.

“We are preparing our students for jobs that we don’t even know exist yet,” Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning Dr. Eric Olson said. “These innovations to our creative arts programs will enable our students to be more future ready.”

District 25 is passionate about the opportunity to provide their students with these innovative classes that will better prepare them for an ever adapting technological world and work environment.

The classes of art, music and drama are receiving updates as well. The focus of all six creative arts offerings will be on important 21st century skills including creativity, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and innovation.

“We are grateful for what we can provide for our kids,” Bein said. “We know in our hearts that this is the right thing to do for the future of our students’ education.”

The Creative Arts program will cost District 25 a total of $885,000 for construction, training and implementation of the new program. These funds are in the five-year projection and will be in next year’s budget.

Adam Harris
aharris@sd25.org