Arts-infused Summer School was a 3 year project in collaboration with Tacoma Public Schools. This program researched the impact of teaching educationally at-risk elementary students through dance, theater, and visual arts in support and demonstration of shared concepts and understandings in reading, writing, and math.
Arts-infused Summer School took place during a typical summer school learning setting of five weeks of instruction, four days a week, for three hours each day, totaling 54 hours of instruction and three hours of testing. Title I students in grades 1-4 were identified by their school and characterized by high rates of poverty and below grade level performance in literacy and math. Students were organized into three classrooms by grade level.
A collective work group of Arts Impact trained classroom teachers, Artist Mentors, and curricula specialists researched and wrote arts-infused arts lessons. They selected concepts which appeared in both an artistic discipline (dance, theater, or visual arts) and a parallel academic discipline of reading, writing, or math. Teachers were the primary instructors 65% of the time. Artist Mentors supported instruction of students approximately 35% of the time.
Quantitative and qualitative data was collected to measure student learning in the arts, literacy and math, and quality of project implementation. Instruments included:
- Arts Knowledge Tests
- Pre-Post Math Tests
- Performance-Based Assessments (PDF, 132KB)
- Autonomous Performance Progress Reports (PDF, 180KB)
- Increase student knowledge, skills and confidence in the arts
- Increase student knowledge, skills and confidence in literacy and math
- Expand standards-based arts education in Tacoma Public Schools
- Integrate standards-based arts instruction with literacy and math
- Create a sustainable and replicable summer school model for the arts and arts-infused education
Infused concepts (92KB)
- Curriculum Notebook
- Artworks from local museums as object-based references of concepts in each visual arts lesson and on disc
- Web-based lesson plan database