PYP and Arts Integration

By | 2016-10-29T11:36:42+00:00 July 3rd, 2012|

Recently, I have been fortunate to attend a variety of trainings and collaborative work studies for PYP, also known as Primary Years Programme.  This is the elementary segment of the renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) programs that are springing up across the country.  What has struck me most about PYP, however, is its intense relationship with the strategies that are presented using Arts Integration.  Today, I am sharing these observations with you in our latest Infographic below.  Are you an educator who uses PYP or who is involved with the program in some way?  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in how you see Arts Integration fitting into this picture.  I love it when connections rise to the surface!
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About the Author:

Susan Riley is the founder and President of She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan
  • Jennifer

    It is interesting to consider the connection between PYP and AI, thanks for bringing this to light. Do you see PYP as providing for an in-depth arts experience to be connected at a meaningful level, or is it likely that the arts experience is fairly superficial and more of an “arts hitching” model in PYP? i had a chance to attend a conference session from a PYP teacher on arts integration, and the connections were fairly superficial. I didn’t know if that was common with PYP, or just an isolated incident

    • That’s an excellent point, Jennifer. I honestly think it depends on the individual teacher in the PYP classroom and whether there has been any Arts Integration training. Once PYP teachers receive direct instruction on Arts Integration practices, they tend to make such amazingly authentic connections in my experience. I worked with a PYP and AI school this year and the instruction and products were truly outstanding and rich.

      With that being said, however, I can (and have) seen very superficial connections to AI in the PYP classroom. I think it’s like anything else – it takes direct, intentional PD and a reflective teacher to truly make it an authentic experience. Thanks for your insight!

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  • Joanna Moon

    Do you know of any courses or workshops that introduce arts integration into the PYP curriculum. I am trying to pilot this in outr school and am an Visual art specialist. Im wondering how it can be implemented successfully and what an integration schedule might look like.

    • Hi Joanna! I don’t know of any right now, but I do know that we are planning an online workshop about this in July or August. Stay tuned!

  • kirsty

    Can you tell me more about the online workshops?

    • Hi Kirsty! Sure thing. You can view all the workshops we currently offer for free at You’ll just select one of the workshops we currently have running, register for free with your name and email and then have access to the entire learning module forever. You can go back and watch it as much as you’d like and each workshop also includes supplementary resources you can download (also free). Hope that helps!

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