EcoArts residency provides relevant learning for PreK-5 students to infuse visual arts and environmental science. Students learn about the Five R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Respect, and Responsibility) and make high
quality art projects using materials that would
otherwise be destined for the landfill.
Average cost per teacher: $850
Arts Impact provides professional learning for teachers to build confidence and competence to integrate the arts into the everyday classroom experience, helping to ensure all children have access to quality arts education.
Arts Impact is committed to building key 21st Century Skills for both teachers and students that include creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, all vital to closing the opportunity gap.
We believe including the arts in basic education teaches to the whole child, engages all learning modalities, and leads to the development of powerful learning habits.
For additional information about Arts Impact:
Beverly Harding Buehler, Director
Arts Impact is a program of Puget Sound Educational Service District
“The process of planning, refining, teaching, and re-teaching a lesson got me to acutely think about what I want my students to learn and what evidence I will see to know that they learned it. This translates well into other disciplines, specifically Readers Workshop, where I have been focusing on sticking to one teaching point in each lesson.” Rory McAuley, Adams Elementary
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Arts Impact Teachers Learn in and Through the Arts
Research shows that teacher effectiveness is the biggest factor in increasing student achievement. Arts Impact teachers consistently score high on several different measures of powerful teaching and learning both in and beyond the arts. 94% of teachers scored a 3 or 4 (Proficient or Innovative) on the Autonomy Rubric for Teachers (A.R.T.) in the 2010-2012 cohort. Arts Impact’s A.R.T. measures levels of teacher growth in planning, teaching, and assessing arts lessons. The A.R.T. aligns closely with the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching, the Marzano Teacher Evaluation Model, and the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning from the University of Washington.
Arts Impact Professional Development Improves Teaching
Researchers from The BERC Group observed Arts Impact teachers using the STAR Protocol, which measures traits of Powerful Teaching and Learning™. Teachers were evaluated on PLT components (Skills, Knowledge, Thinking, Application, Relationships) while teaching a non-arts lesson to assess the extent to which the skills learned in Arts Impact changed their teaching practice overall. Arts Impact teachers scored 20% higher than control teachers on all indicators of Powerful Teaching and Learning by the end of the project.
Arts Infused Learning Closes the Opportunity Gap
The following results were obtained as part of a US DoEd research grant between Arts Impact and Seattle Public Schools titled, Arts Impact Dissemination and Expansion (AIDE). One of the main questions AIDE asks is whether and how arts-infused learning in reading and math can narrow the opportunity gap for children of color and poverty. When disaggregated by race, assessment data for the project's arts-infused lessons showed that the opportunity gap which has persisted for the past several decades between children of color and their white peers, essentially evaporated in Arts Impact's arts-infused lessons.
Arts Impact has proven that students who learn in and through the arts consistently achieve high on performance-based assessments, regardless of demographics.
Performance based assessments by ethnicity: Western Washington 2011-12
Arts Impact students transfer learning from the arts to other core curriculum areas.
In Arts Impact’s Math through Artistic Pathways research project (2009-12), middle school students who learned math through visual arts and dance-infused lessons showed a 31% increase in the WA State Measures of Student Progress in mathematics.
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Standards-based Arts Infusion
Arts Impact Supports Common Core State Standards
All Arts Impact integrated curricula are aligned with
Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Arts Impact
embraces concept-based Understanding by Design™
a pedagogy that moves beyond information to thinking,
and beyond thinking about a subject to thinking about
one’s own thinking. This way of teaching aligns deeply
and authentically with CCSS.
The model of arts integration taught in Arts Impact is
arts-infusion, in which shared concepts – like story
sequence in literacy and dance, or equivalency in math
and visual arts – are taught simultaneously.
Most powerfully, CCSS and the arts share a focus on
developing specific habits of mind – creating, critical
thinking, risk-taking and perseverance – that our 21st century
learners need to succeed in school and beyond.
Arts-Infused Early Learning Strengthens Kindergarten Readiness
Arts Impact partners with the Early Learning Department at the PSESD to offer P-3 approaches in arts-infused learning. Arts Impact trains PreK-8 teachers in standards-based arts-infused math and literacy to create seamless trajectories of learning for all students. Arts Impact lessons are aligned with WA State Early Learning Guidelines through Grade 3, and embrace parents as the first teachers of young children with family engagement programs.