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Arts Integration

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Arts-Based Learning Creating Meaning Through The Arts Why? What? How? Research The Push for Arts Integration "You know I often say that I might not have been president if it hadn't been for school music" - Bill Clinton The arts are "remarkable meaning makers" that have become the centerpiece of curricular reform called "arts integration" Arts-based teaching is an important strategy for addressing low test scores and for preparing students for 21st century work. The Arts: Invites us into hearts and mind of others. Gives us new perspectives while satisfying our need for beauty. Welcomes us to suspend disbelief, pretend, and consider "what if?" Extends communication of thoughts and feelings through the use of the body. Dance Drama Visual Art Literature Music "Soothes the soul" while giving insights into ideas and emotions beyond words. Creative Thinking Researchers conducted that arts-based lessons enhanced thinking. New York City, New York:

Arts-based lessons showed increases in
Confidence
Positive risk taking
Cooperation
Expression of ideas & feelings
Ownership of learning Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Charleston, South Carolina Teacher Judy Trotter uses music, drama and literature to help students make sense of important concepts in Social Studies. The push is now on for learning to become embedded with artistic ways of thinking and working essential to contemporary life. Did you know? Many of the fastest growing jobs and emerging industries rely on worker's creative capacity. Flexibility
Interpersonal Skills
Problem Solving Arts Education Arts-based education is correlated with both increased academic performance and reduced juvenile crime rate. Two-Thirds of American adolescents read at or below basic level. Connections Rodney VanValkenburg, director of Arts Education, Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, believes that the reason the arts work is that "the skills necessary to be a good artist are the same skills that are needed to be a good student: self control of your body, voice, and mind. The Fundamental Nature of the Arts From the earliest beginnings our human ancestors seemed compelled to make art. Cave paintings in southern France & Spain
Alaskan petroglyphs
World's oldest musical instrument in Ulm, Germany Unique Contributions of the Arts: Processes and Content Communication
Content of the Arts
Creative Problem Solving
Critical Thinking
Comprehension
Composition
Culture
Cooperation/collaboration
Community
Compassion
Commitment/Interest
Concentration
Confidence
Competence/Control Integrative Teaching should: Engage students in rigorous, in-depth study.
Address reading, writing, & other fundamental skills within all subject areas.
Enhance critical thinking, decision making & creativity.
Require students to reflect on their learning experiences
Enable students to apply content & skills to their daily lives.
Cultivate multiple intelligences & student's individual learning styles. 10 Building Blocks for Meaningful Arts Integration "Arts can be powerful teaching & learning tools is used meaningfully" Philosophy of education
Arts literacy: Content & Skills
Collaborative planning
Aesthetic learning environment
Literature as a core art form
Best practices
Instructional design: Structure and routines
Differentiation
Assessment for learning
Arts Partnerships Example of Arts Integration Projects Over 120 New York City public schools are involved in the AI project that features teaching artists who instruct students and plan with classroom teachers.

www.artsconnection.org School Spotlight! Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary has become one of the most well-known arts-based schools in the United States. It is a National Blue Ribbon School and was honored as a Kennedy Center's "Creative Ticket School of Excellence." The school mascot is a unicorn because it is a fanciful creature associated with hope and creativity. "There is so much about the adult world that has nothing to do with standards and measurements. You have to have the passion that the arts are making this difference. I wish that every teacher would be a believer."

- Jayne Ellicott (Principal at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary) Quality Matters! It isn't just the amount of AI, but the quality that makes a difference. Teachers typically spend 2-5 years in study before they reach meaningful status with all 10 building blocks in place and well developed. AI Ladder Level One: WITH - Teachers usually begin at a modest level and teach WITH the arts.
Level Two: ABOUT and IN - Plan lessons that include teaching ABOUT the arts content and skills. Teachers begin to involve students IN using ways of thinking.
Level Three: THROUGH - The fullest AI is teaching THROUGH the arts. Arts-Based Reform: National, Regional, and State Efforts Schools at all grade levels in all 50 states and in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom are now undergoing arts-based school reform. Comprehensive research reports document how learning can be transformed through thoughtful implementation AI principles. Several important national initiatives support arts integration. First is the creation of National Standards. No Child Left Behind Continued the designation of the arts as "core academic skills." The legislation suggested the place of the arts in schools should be comparable to that of the language arts, math, and science. Partners in Education of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Nationwide program based in Washington D.C. fosters partnerships among art agencies and schools. There are now Kennedy Center teams in 43 states. Schools and art agencies partner to provide professional development to classroom teachers interested in using the arts as teaching tools. Conclusion "A child who has not pretended, doodled, danced, and hummed will not only have trouble reading and writing, he will have trouble BEING."
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