Arts Integration
is an ​ approach
to teaching and learning through which content standards are
taught and assessed equitably in and through the arts.

The Benefits of Arts Integration

My aspiration as an arts integration specialist is to foster the development of interdisciplinary arts integration programs that nurture deeper learning and ignite the imaginations and creative capacities of students, teachers and teaching artists. I want to be able to provide teachers with the collaboartive, full-service support they need to seemlessly incorporate arts integration into their classroom. 

AI Specialist can:
  • Plan and provide staff development
  • Work with teachers to map the curriculum for AI
  • Participate in collaborative meetings to brainstorm, examine data, plan AI approach
  • Model and co-teach Lessons
  • Support the design of authentic AI lessons, STEAM and PBL units and assessment 
  • Locate resources and coordinate partnerships
  • Celebrate student and teacher success!

VIew Arts Integration Continuum Card (by EducationCloset) 

As a current public school K-8 art educator I know my colleagues would wonder, "WIll arts integration add more to my full plate? My answer is "No." Arts Integration is something that most teachers are already informally doing naturally. Arts Integratin will provide teachers the time and the resources to plan and design lessons collaboratively. (There is nothing better - and more fun - than sharing brain power to design innovative lessons for your students.) By providing teachers professional development opportunities and shared planning time, teachers can take existing lessons that they use and collaboratively modify them into authentic arts integration lessons that will engage students in a new ways. 

Arts integration is a culture shift that takes time to build awareness, understanding and commitment throughout the school community. Both students and teachers can benefit from an arts integration instructional approach at your school/organization. 

You know your school/organization is engaged in authentic Arts Integration when:

LOOK-FORs in an AI lesson or classroom. Some examples include:
  • Teachers are teaching and assessing content standards equitably.
  • Students are academically challenged through authentic student-centered learning.
  • Students and teachers are asking open-ended critical thinking questions.
  • Students demonstrate their understanding through the arts and other content areas.
  • Students seek out deeper learning and find their learning personally meaningful.

BEHAVIORS you want to see during the learning process by both students and teachers. These may include:
  • Developing a culture of collaborative learning.
  • Encouraging a growth mind set in students and teachers.
  • Enhancing students' social/emotional and personal competencies.
  • Meeting the needs of students at any academic level.
  • Motivating students to participant more fully and become responsible for their learning.

EXPECTATIONS are part of the culture of a school. They are broader spectrum of “how we do things”. Here are some examples of Arts Integration school culture:
  • Support school wide student learning outcomes and goals.
  • Inspire teachers to engage in innovative AI teaching strategies.
  • Flexible schedules are designed to allow teachers to collaborate with different grade levels and team teachers.
  • Interdisciplinary lessons design and diversified methods of assessment are widely used.
  • Community partnerships are developed to support student learning.
  • Relationships throughout the school community are enhanced.
  • Student and teacher efficacy is strengthened.

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