Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement
In 2008, a 3-year Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant was awarded by the U.S.
Department of Education (DOE) to the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) to support professional
development for arts educators. The funded project was titled Focus on Arts, Culture and Excellence for
Teachers and Students (FACETS). Project funding provided professional development opportunities for
music and visual arts teachers in elementary and middle schools characterized by high poverty, where
50% or more of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. FACETS had two primary
purposes. One was to enhance music and visual arts teachers’ knowledge and skills related to providing
effective instruction for students of the ethnic/cultural backgrounds present in their classrooms, especially
African American, Somali, Hmong, Latino/Hispanic, and American Indian students. The second was to
support the creation of on-going professional learning communities (PLC’s).
MPS contracted with the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the
University of Minnesota to serve as the external evaluator of the project. This report presents an
evaluation of the 3 years of the FACETS project, 2008-2011, including a description of the components,
the modifications that were made from year to year, and the results of teacher surveys and teacher
Evaluation Funded by a U.S. Department of Education Professional Development for Arts
Educators (PDAE) Grant Awarded to Minneapolis Public Schools
Dretzke, Beverly; Rickers, Susan.
FACETS: Focus on Arts, Culture and Excellence for Teachers and Students.
Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.
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