Earlier this week, we visited what to do if you can’t count on being able to get your arts integration lesson supplies from an Arts teacher in your building. One of the ways I suggested to work through this is to have a dedicated Arts Integration Cart or Closet that acts as a hub for all of your Arts Integration supplies and materials. This is important because it shows Arts teachers that you value their own work and that your school is invested in Arts Integration as a strategy, not a program replacement.
As you go through the process of setting up your arts integration cart, it’s helpful to brainstorm exactly what should be included, how you want the check-out system to work, and how you plan to replenish the materials once they have been used. I always suggest that you create an Arts Integration Cart Checklist to help make this process move along more smoothly. This checklist stays with the cart and acts as an inventory monitor, checkout, and ordering sheet all together in one single paper. This is a great at-a-glance reference to keep handy, and if you can have it electronically through an iPad or laptop on the cart, that sometimes works even better.
I thought this might be helpful as a go-to checklist when schools get started with this process. Depending on where you are in your arts integration journey, this list might be a good fit for you, or you may need to expand upon it. Generally, I start with a supply list of approximately $1,000. Keep in mind, many of these items are consumable and will need to be replaced each year. If you have an ambitious arts integration initiative, or you work in a large school, you’ll need to create a checklist that is comparable to your individual situation. Hopefully, though, this give you a great start!
Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. 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.