Stakeholder Collaboration and Involvement
The Morton CUSD 709 school district has an active and comprehensive K-12 music education program. In 2015 the district implemented a part-time Fine Arts Coordinator that began communicating with strategic stakeholders to ensure programming and funding goals were met. Since 2015, data has been kept on the involvement of students in extra-curricular music offerings, which begin in 5th grade for our students through our choral program and 6th grade for our students in our instrumental program. Students are tracked year to year for participation and funding structures, as well as reports to the school board and community. In 2018, the part-time Fine Arts Coordinator transitioned to a Director of Student Activities and Engagement for the school district with the goal that all district activities are monitored and evaluated at the level the Fine Arts program was being monitored and evaluated.
The project centers on information being shared with all stakeholders so they best understand ‘what we have’ while contributing to ‘where we are going’. Key communicators, including district administrators, board members, parents, and community members are also utilized to develop the ‘how we get there’ details.
Our teachers are celebrated for their work while moving administrative procedures away from their day-to-day operations, allowing for them to focus on instruction and student growth.