The arts cut across cultural and language barriers and have developed a sense of inclusivity for all my students, not just those proficient in English.Jana Hoberg, ELA/History teacher Washington Middle School
Voices from the Field provides arts experiences for middle school students in Washington State’s Migrant Education programs. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Migrant Education program partners with Arts Impact to provide culturally grounded, arts-integrated training to middle school classroom teachers in arts foundations lessons and arts-infused ELA and Math lessons. A community-based leadership team of Latinx educators, teaching artists, and community members collaborate on writing lessons that highlight both Latinx arts and cultural ways of teaching and learning. All materials and instruction are offered in both Spanish and English, as many of the youth are transitional English Language Learners.
Voices from the Field Mission: We recognize and lift up the migratory lifestyles and work – work in the fields, orchards, fishing, forestry – work that takes our families across many regions. Voices from the Field is engaged in the on-going work of supporting students whose families pursue these activities for their personal livelihood. Voices from the Field is designed to address the identified needs of our migratory students by providing arts infused pathways to empowering student voice and learning all subjects.
“The TikTok dance had me on my feet moving. Putting a math lesson to dance movements helps me remember math terms,”- Nora Nuñez-Gonzalez.
“Creating dance from math equations can improve understanding for a kinesthetic learner,”- Charlie Diaz.
Voices from the Field Arts Academy
Teacher Professional Learning for Middle School Educators
July 9th -13, 2024
- 20-hour Academy – July 9-13 (In-Person at Ford Worden in conjunction with Student Academy)
- Including Meals and Lodging
- Develop educator confidence and competence to integrate the arts into Math and ELA content and instruction. Educators in any subject are welcome and encouraged to participate
- Increase student achievement and engagement in core content through the arts.
- Engage families in arts education and cultural connections.
- 9.5-hour Classroom Mentorship (scheduled throughout the 2022-23 School Year)
- Free Field Trip to a museum or local performance for you and your students
- Free Art Supplies for academy and school year mentorship
- Free Clock & Equity Hours available
- Paid Training during summer academy (may be eligible through your school district)
Eligible School Districts (maximum 3-4 teachers per district)
Eastmont School District
Grandview School District
Kennewick School District
Mount Vernon School District
Pasco School District
Prosser School District
Walla Walla School District
Wenatchee School District
Yakima School District
We can accept up to 4 educators from each district. After 4 educators have registered, we will maintain waitlist for interested teachers, and if some districts do not fill all 4 spots, we may be able to make additional space available.
2021-2022 Program Report
For information about upcoming opportunities or to learn more contact: Director of Programs Grace Washington at [email protected], (253) 278-3332.