EXPLORATION | Addresses the Why
This is one of the most crucial (but often skipped over) steps. You need to take the time to explore this approach, understand how, when and where it makes sense and determine what it will look like in your unique classroom, school or district. No two classrooms are the same and this approach will look different for everyone. So how will it unfold for you?
STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK | Addresses the How and What
These are the nuts and bolts for putting Arts Integration and STEAM into action. This represents your planning, lesson development, assessment alignment and data collection. How are you going to utilize the approach and what specific steps will you take?
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | Addresses the How and Who
You cannot authentically use arts integration and STEAM without professional development. It simply will not work. People need to understand what the approach is, how to use it and how to make meaningful connections to their own teaching practice. The single best way to do this is through professional learning opportunities. But not just any PD will do. You must include some key components so that everyone is on the same page and still has the flexibility to use an arts pathway that is most successful for them and their students.
IMPLEMENTATION | Addresses the Who, Where and When
This is where the rubber meets the road. During implementation, you’re taking everything you’ve learned and developed about arts integration and/or STEAM and putting it into practice. This includes everything from re-thinking your master schedule to collaborative planning, to artists-in-residences and partnerships. It requires a clear, measurable and practical outline, and the tools that allow teachers to facilitate the process and then get out of the way. Are you ready?