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HCS Arts for Learning initiative was a success

HCS Arts for Learning initiative was a success

In an effort to improve teaching and learning, the Fine Arts Department recently sponsored Arts for Learning professional development sessions for general classroom teachers throughout the division.  The program is based in part on national Turnaround Arts Initiative in over 40 schools across the country.  The program actively engages students in a creative process, which connects an art form and another subject to meet evolving objectives in both.  Science was connected to visual arts with graphic stories.  Language arts was connected to movement with spoken word poetry.  Music and math was connected through rhythmic patterns.  As one teacher said, “This is the way students naturally learn.  I have found my people.  These are teachers like me.”

HCS Arts for Learning initiative was a successIn addition, Leigh Anne Szukelewicz, fourth grade teacher at Armstrong School for the Arts, attended a national training for arts integration.   After attending this training programing, she integrated language arts and theater arts for all fourth graders at Armstrong.  In a video of the learning process, Szukelewicz said, “Arts for learning has been a wonderful experience for my students.  It has actually brought reading to life for them and taught a lot of important skills- not only vocabulary, but inference and main idea, and summarizing.”

The following is a video of the learning process that occurred at Armstrong:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr2t0_2J1J4

As a result of the success of the initiative, additional teacher training will be provided over the summer and will be expanded next school year.  For more information about Arts for Learning, contact Kate Wolfe, David Hotler, or Kelly Dee, or click the link below which feathers Hampton City Schools podcast.
https://sites.google.com/a/hampton.k12.va.us/level-up-learning/home/getsmartwithmoreart

 

HCS Arts for Learning initiative was a success


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