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ERIC Number: ED570150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Arts Integration: A Strategy to Improve Teaching and Learning, Promote Personal Competencies, and Turn Around Low-Performing Schools
Biscoe, Belinda; Wilson, Kirk
Center on School Turnaround at WestEd
This paper connects the dots between arts integration, students' personal competencies, and school turnaround. Its thesis is that by intertwining art forms and methods with content in all subject areas, students learn more about art and the other subjects and build their personal competencies for learning. The paper includes the story of an inner-city elementary school that significantly turned around its performance using a schoolwide approach to arts integration. Core to all aspects of the discussion is a focus on students' engagement in their learning and the role arts integration plays in enhancing students' capacity and desire to learn. The following are appended: (1) Arts Integration Models; (2) Accomplishments and Highlights for Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School; and (3) Unpacking the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Definition of Arts Integration.
Center on School Turnaround at WestEd. 1000 G Street Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center on School Turnaround at WestEd
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma (Oklahoma City)
Grant or Contract Numbers: S283B120015