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The Arts In Every Classroom: A Video Library K-5

Three Leaders at Arts-Based Schools Activities and Discussion

Assistant Principal Rory Pullens of Smith Renaissance School of the Arts in Denver, Colorado.

Suggested Activities and Discussion

Consider these questions for reflection:

  • If your school is not an arts-based school, how can you incorporate the arts into your curriculum?
  • How would you respond if your school adopted an arts-based approach?
  • How can educators organize and collaborate to use the arts as a means of promoting and supporting student inquiry?

Improving Practice
Here are some additional ways you can build on the ideas in this program in a variety of school and community settings:

Professional Development for Administrators

  • Create a model plan for incorporating arts-based learning into your school. Include learning objectives and a timetable as well as strategies for meeting them.
  • Develop a professional development unit on building teams of arts specialist teachers and classroom teachers.
  • Create a schedule that allows your teachers to collaborate and plan together to support the integration of the arts with other subjects.

Professional Development for Teachers

  • Develop a unit that focuses on the classroom management skills that are necessary in an arts-based school.

Curriculum-Planning Sessions

  • Consider how you can incorporate arts-based learning into your existing curriculum.
  • Facilitate a discussion of goals for an arts-based curriculum. Is your goal to teach specific arts subjects, integrate the arts with other subjects, or both? Consider specific ways you would meet these goals.
  • Become familiar with state and national arts education standards for teachers and students.
  • Identify local and other resources for funding arts-based projects at your school.

Community Outreach

  • Invite a representative of a school with a successful arts-based program to discuss how the arts can enhance learning at your school.
  • Present reflections by students on how the arts have enhanced their readiness to learn or their academic achievement.