Eastport Pilots Schoolwide Arts Integration
In 2018-19 in partnership with the administration of Eastport Elementary School, MAAE will provide EES’s classroom teachers with the professional development training and classroom support to make EES the state’s first schoolwide, classroom teacher-based model of arts integration. The Maine Department of Education will be treating this pilot project as a case study, which if successful will be providing data that will be disseminated on the DOE’s information platforms and presented to school administrators statewide. Stay tuned for further details.
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The weaving of art-making strategies into the teaching of non-arts content areas of ELA, math, science and social studies has been shown to boost student engagement and student achievement. Low income and special needs students have been found to be helped more by arts-integrated classroom instruction in ELA and math than by traditional remedial programs. Arts integration is most effective when it is a school-wide practice, and the classroom teachers themselves are trained to integrate the arts, and can use them also to respond to unexpected opportunities and changing classroom needs, rather than relying only on pre-scheduled visits from teaching artists. For rural schools in low income and remote communities, the classroom teacher-centered model is also more practical and sustainable.