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Make it Work!. How to put arts integration to work in YOUR school Presented by: Susan Riley Howard County Public Schools. Who am I?. Susan Riley, Vocal/General Music Teacher at Thunder Hill ES in Columbia, MD. Administrative Intern at THES. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Make it Work!

    How to put arts integration to work in YOUR school

    Presented by:Susan RileyHoward County Public Schools

  • Who am I?Susan Riley, Vocal/General Music Teacher at Thunder Hill ES in Columbia, MD.Administrative Intern at THES.Piloted a successful arts integration program at THES for the past two years.

  • Why Do We Customize?

  • An Arts Integration Example:

  • Gas mileage!

  • Watch our students and teacher talk about this program

  • Different PerspectivesWe don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. ~Anas Nin

  • What options to include?Sub timeProfessional development daysVisiting schoolsProfessional book clubsCourse workPartnerships and Artists in Residence

  • Ready, Set, Build - Options!Professional Development Strategies that work!

  • Ready, Set, Build - Options!Blogs and/or Computer Conferences

  • Ready, Set, Build - Options!Lesson Plan Bank

  • Time to buy!Putting down an initial investment

  • Evaluate your PurchaseTake time to notice....

    * Data* Lessons Implemented* Student Work Samples

  • Peer Reviews

  • Celebrate!

  • Vision for your next car... What model would you LIKE to be?

  • Thank you!

  • Contact InformationSusan Riley526 Crossbridge DriveWestminster, MD 21158


    * We believe that its important to meet each individuals needs. Thus, we customize. In education, we call that differentiation. In life, we call it features such as granite countertops in houses, apps in smartphones or leather interior in cars. * Arts integration is a way to customize education for every learner.* This is NOT a fix-all technique, though thats what most people think of when they hear about a new program. Fix-alls often promise that everything will change immediately and usually bring with them more problems than they fixed. * Arts integration is a technique to teach the current curriculum through the arts to make more meaningful connections to the students you are teaching. It helps students become more independent in their learning and to APPLY their learning to new problems that they encounter.

    * This video of using the musical pentatonic scale can be used in 5th grade math and science to connect the pentatonic scale to mathematic intervals and scientific patterns. We examine how the audience knew what to sing next because of the naturally occurring pattern as well as the mathematical intervals that create a pentatonic scale. Students then create their own math intervals and created a number pattern. Finally, they apply their number pattern to create a shadow box containing an ecosystem of patterns in nature. * How does this program stack up? Is it the best bang for your buck?* Our data shows the following: In fourth grade, reading group scores rose 15 points on the 2009 MSA, with the biggest gain in male scores. In 2009 MSA Math scores, they rose 15.7 points, with the biggest gains being made by African Americans and Hispanic Students by an average of 52 points. In 3rd grade, all students in our AI program gained in both Reading and Math scores, with the most significant gainers being African American, Asian, male and special education subgroups.* Our teachers report more engagement and a new passion for teaching!Look at what our teachers had to say about this program!* Surveys are essential to monitor the true feelings about a new program. You MUST get feedback regularly and ensure the questions you are asking are what you need to know to take the next steps.Arts integration is hard work, but due to different reasons depending on whether youre looking at this from the administrative or the teaching point of view. Understanding both perspectives will make it easier to know what roadblocks may be waiting for you up ahead.

    Teachers perspective on AI: time intensive, great program for classroom management, needs a lot of professional development, works well for student engagement. Arts teachers may become defensive: does this make them obsolete? Answer: No! It makes them more invaluable because their expertise is needed to create and support the lessons.

    Administrators perspective on AI: needs include finding time for teachers to plan and collaborate, finding money for professional development, is this best for OUR students, community involvement increases and creates more support.Pick and choose the options that work best for your immediate needs of your current model. If you want to choose all the options, thats fine if you know that your school can handle that intense of a program. Otherwise, stick to choosing two or three options at most. Remember - we are customizing this program to work for you!Professional development is key to this program. Teachers must be given time to learn about this program, where to find arts objectives, plan with others and take small steps of using arts integration in their classrooms. Once they are comfortable with it and begin to use it, it will take off on its own. Here are some strategies to get you started:

    * Choose your books for professional book clubs carefully.* Visit other schools that are using AI - KEY!!* Find videos or guest speakers that use drama first.* Provide options to all teachers to do just one lesson in whatever areas they are comfortable with.* Provide SUB TIME.* Create an overall plan and stick to it for that year. Review quarterly.* Find a partner school to go through the process with you.

    Here are some samples of what we are currently using at Thunder Hill.We find it helpful to use a blog and a computer conference for monitoring Arts Integration within the school, as well as a tool for teachers to communicate on a regular basis. Teachers can share lessons, ask questions and receive answers anonymously, discuss what information they need professional development on so that we can better plan staff meetings and arrange their own peer reviews without the intermediary of an administrator.This is extremely helpful for teachers who are new to the program. Begin a lesson plan bank where all teachers can access it - either on your school network or a hard copy in the media center. Find lessons online, ask for lessons from other schools that are willing to share with you, use lessons from books centered around arts integration. Build a base library and as teachers begin writing their own lessons, have them contribute a copy to the bank so that other teachers can use them as well.* Prepare your teachers to write and perform these lessons by providing several professional development opportunities on arts integration and its processes.* Invest in the program by supplying staff with time for co-planning and/or co-teaching. Find grant money or work creatively with the schedule to allow specialists and teachers, as well as grade-level teachers to work together on lessons.* Find a special group to come in to allow times for teachers to work together.* Walk around and observe when teachers are working on AI lessons. Take notes for yourself and leave positive encouragement for the teachers. There is nothing more satisfying for a teacher than when the administrators take a purposeful moment to come and see what they are working on.* Analyze your schools data quarterly and yearly to keep track of students in pilot group arts integration classes vs. regular classes. Monitor the data to make sure it is working for your school.* Encourage showcasing student work.* Use peer reviews by other teachers trained in AI so that it is more encouraging and less threatening to teachers to use the process.* Use surveys of pilot teachers to find out what works and what needs improvement for the following year.* Keep a blog up and running for teachers to arrange meeting times, share lesson plans, and ask questions anonymously if they so choose.* Celebrate all of the hard work your staff and students have done in this program. * Highlight these staff members and students throughout the year and through weekly bulletins, newsletters, compilation videos, or photo albums.* This is an excerpt of our end of the year video that we shared with staff to highlight their work and student achievement. It was very powerful for all the teachers see their peers and to have their work recognized and the video was very easy to put together.* Gather all of your data from the first year and decide what next steps will work for your school. Choose a focus: PD for all of the staff, mentor teachers, expanding comfortability into various art forms, school-wide programs.* Create a vision of where you would like this program to be in THREE years. Choose the car model you think you can purchase then.* Sometimes, starting a new program like arts integration can feel like youre going to tumble with tigers. Presenting it to others can be even more intimidating. But, its worth the effort when you see the result. Thank you for taking a tumble with me into the benefits of starting an arts integration program and learning how to make it work for your school!