In recent years many school districts have had to restructure their arts curriculums to meet the growing emphasis on standards that is central to most school reform. This unique collection is meant to assist educators, policymakers, grantmakers and other stakeholders by focusing on the potential benefits of arts education for students and communities alike, and providing examples of creative ways school districts are handling their constraints.

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Arts At Large Handbook Pt. 1 - The Arts @ Large Program

February 2, 2009

The Arts @ Large model is based on a simple mission: consistently advocate for the connection of arts to academics by building sustainable partnerships between the arts community, K-12 educators and students, public policy makers, and institutes of higher education. With this mission in mind, Arts @ Large strives to meet goals that make arts education accessible for ALL students.Arts @ Large:Provides ongoing, quality arts experiences for students that builds an arts-rich school climate, which encourages the inclusion of art and music specialists in school staffing plans.Forges sustainable partnerships with artists, arts and community organizations to enhance in-classroom and after school learning, and motivate ALL students to higher academic achievement.Provides arts education experiences in an inclusiveenvironment designed to motivate students with diverse learning and physical abilities.Helps teachers build skills to integrate performing, visual, and literary arts into all subjects in a manner sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population.The arts are essential because they:Are a unique languagethat all people use to communicate regardless of age, ability,ethnicity or gender.They allow people to move beyond individual differences such as race, society, culture, education and economic level.Are symbol systems like letters and numbers and are equally important to a person's development.Allow every child to learn.Connect the learning of both content and process.Develop independence and collaboration.Provide opportunities for self expression,creative problem solving and critical thinking.Improve student achievement -enhancing test scores, attitudes and social skills.Provide authentic assessment opportunities.Create a bridge between motivation, instruction, assessment and application - leading to deeper understanding.Integrate mind, body and spirit thereby addressing the whole child.Provide immediate feedback and opportunities for reflection.Exercise and develop higher order thinking skills including analysis, synthesis, and problem solving.Address the multiple intelligences and various learning styles.

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