Partner Schools Program Overview

Historical Context
The Florida Department of Education supports a complete and comprehensive education that includes dance, music, theatre and visual arts for all Florida students. The Florida Arts Model Schools (FAMS) program recognizes schools that offer exemplary programs in any of the four arts disciplines and partners those exemplary schools with underserved/emerging schools desiring to develop or enhance arts programs.

Partner School Benefits
As a FAMS Partner School, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with a Florida Arts Model School in developing a plan designed to develop or enhance an arts program in your school. 

Partnership Assignments
As an underserved or emerging school in the arts, you will be partnered with a FAMS designee for the duration of the FAMS three-year recognition period.  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 underserved/emerging schools.

Partner School Responsibilities

  1. Partner schools must send one designated staff member for each content area in which you will receive support along with one school-based administrator to the 2018 Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) Summit.  The Summit will be held June 21-23, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  2. During the Summit,
    • Attend the two FAMS and Partner School Program Overview Sessions.
    • Attend the four Collaborative Partner Planning Sessions.
    • Submit a Partnership Plan to FAAE at the conclusion of the Summit.
    • Submit a Partnership Plan Budget to FAAE at the conclusion of the Summit.
  3. Implement all activities outlined in the Partnership Plan during the 2018-2019 school year.
  4. Collaborate with your FAMS Partner on the submission of an Interim Partnership Report in December of 2018.
  5. Collaborate with your FAMS Partner on the submission of a Final Partnership Report in May of 2019.

Partnership Funding
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 2017 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 2018 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 one staff representative from each content area in which the FAMS designation was earned and one school-based administrator along with one staff representative from each content area receiving support from their respective partner schools and one school-based administrator from the partner school 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.  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 emerging/rural 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 emerging/rural 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 for FAAE, via e-mail at director@faae.org, or by phone at 407-488-9951. 

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


           

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

Florida Arts Model Schools Partnership Program Online Application

Partner Schools Application Overview

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

2018 Florida Arts Model Schools Partnership Program Sample Documents.


 

FAMS Program