Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Through Arts integration, students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. (Kennedy Center)
What is STEAM?
STEAM uses science, technology engineering, the arts, and math as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. (Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM)
Arts programs can help schools achieve the goals of Title I by facilitating student engagement and learning, strengthening parent involvement, and improving school climate and schoolwide behavior. This site provides resources for school leaders who wish to embrace arts programming among their strategies for achieving Title I goals. It is intended, in prticular, for schools with schoolwide Title I programs, and includes tools for planning, implementing, and evaluating arts-based strategies in alignment with state and federal Title I regulatiaons.
Arts Integration and STEAM are approaches to learning. They are not curriculum, nor are these a set of strategies. Instead, these are research-based shifts which embed both the art and the science of teaching and learning. Within these approaches are four cornerstones which are key to building, using and sustaining any arts integration or STEAM effort.
The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists Program (TAP) is designed to create teaching artists in the metro Phoenix area that have been trained in the Kennedy Center arts integration method. After training, these teaching artists will develop residency lesson plans that will be implemented in a classroom setting.
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! While many of us enter this year with cautious optimism, we here at Arizona Department of Education hope this school year brings many opportunities for student and teacher growth. While growth can certainly feel challenging and daunting, we come away with new learning, greater understanding and often times new ways to tackle problems. One thing that we are always focusing on is how to tackle the problem of expanding access to all students to Arts Education. If your school or district has made strides in increasing access to Arts Education recently, be sure to reach out and let our office know! We would love to share your ideas with schools around the state.