The ArtsPowered Schools Summer Institute
has been re-imagined for 2013.

Common Core Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessment, 21st Century Skills – Education is changing, bringing new challenges and exciting opportunities for K-12 education throughout Idaho.

Learning in the arts tap into many of the same skills asked of students under the Common Core Standards.

Working in the art forms involve cognitive activities that exercise young minds and challenge students to think in different ways. When coupled – or integrated- with complex thinking in other subjects, arts integration opens up new avenues of seeing, understanding, and communicating about the world. Nurturing these abilities in our young people is vital to their futures in college, careers, and community contribution.

ArtsPowered Schools 2013 is being offered as a two day “Greenhouse” intensive via a school team application process. As participants in this “nurturing” Greenhouse, six school teams and six Idaho teaching artists will work cooperatively. Together teams will develop ways to help students meet the demands of the common core in English/language arts by including the arts as valuable partners in learning.

Nationally recognized presenters will engage Greenhouse participants in exploring the alignment and powerful intersections between arts integration and Common Core. Greenhouse sessions will provide opportunities to explore arts integrated instructional practices, as well as the use of effective formative assessments, designed to push student thinking to higher levels.

School Teams and Teaching Artists will:

  • Co-create model integrated residency plans that support the Common Core
  • Receive funding to work together to co-teach their arts integrated unit during the school year.
  • Participate in a protocol to document and assess student learning with powerful evidence
  • Serve as models of ArtsPowered best practices to fellow teachers, artists, and a wide Idaho audience via publication and dissemination of project strategies.

I grew tremendously in my understanding of the elements of art, gained confidence in my ability to create art, and feel even more passionate about the integration of art in my classroom. I believe I can do it. - ArtsPowered Schools teacher/participant, 2012.

Elementary school teams (one principal and up to three grade classroom teachers at one grade level) with at least two teachers with past participation in ArtsPowered Schools, are invited to submit a one page letter of interest and application form. LINK
Teams will be selected representing, ArtsPowered Schools experience, geographic distribution, a willingness to participate in all Greenhouse activities, and a commitment to collect and share results of student learning.

Six participating school teams will receive:

  • Three days of Greenhouse professional development plus one additional day in September – no fee
  • Meals
  • Lodging and travel reimbursement – for those outside of the Treasure Valley
  • Up to three professional development credits – no fee
  • Funds to carry out an arts integrated residency project in your school
  • Recognition as creators of model arts integrated projects pairing the arts as significant contributors to student accomplishment of Common Core standards

“Teaching artist/ teacher collaborations provide opportunities to create units that engage students in concepts, ideas, and questions that are significant, complex, age appropriate, and relevant.” – A Report on the Teaching Artist Research project, 2012.

“Arts integration advances the principles of good teaching practice – the consistent use of hands-on and project based learning, the connection of big ideas and concepts across subject areas, and the development of classrooms as learning communities.” – Deb Brzoska, APS arts education consultant.

ICANational Endowment ISDE
Idaho Commission on the Arts National Endowment for te Arts eaprrtment of Education, State of IDaho