What is Arts Integration?
Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning through which content standards are taught and assessed equitably in and through the arts.
Best Practices for Arts Integration in Schools:
Content and Arts Standards are naturally aligned, taught and assessed equitably.
Students MUST have access to explicit arts instruction on a regular (at least weekly) basis, taught by arts educators.
Collaborative planning between content and arts educators is valued and scheduled intentionally.
Professional development for teachers and arts educators is provided in arts integration strategies and processes.
The entire school community (parents, organizations, businesses, etc) are partners with the school in support of the approach.
ARTS INTEGRATION PROCESS:
1. Pick what topic/idea you want to teach.
2. Collaborate with arts educators to align naturally connected standards and develop a lesson that interweaves both standards equitably.
3. Teach the lesson ensuring that there is integrity to both subjects.
4. Assess student work in both content areas.