Arts Integration is an important part of LAUSD's new Arts Plan. It is not intended to replace discreet instruction in the arts; its purpose is to connect the arts to other instructional areas so that all students can have access to the arts.The AEB's popular Integrating Arts Learning in the Classroom will be offered three different times throughout the school year. For details click here.
Each Local District has an Arts Integration Specialist:EASTDiane Cordingleydiane.firstname.lastname@example.orgCENTRALRussell Copleyrussell.email@example.comNORTHEASTNORTHWESTSuzanne BlakeSOUTHRuth Torresret4716@lausd.net310-354-3497Additional Information: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/7325WESTJessica Williamsjessica.firstname.lastname@example.org
InformationIntegration is derived from the Latin word integrare, which means "to make whole."
Arts integration is instruction combining two or more content areas, wherein the arts constitute one or more of the integrated areas.
IS IS NOT Combining two or more content areas, one being an art form, equally to share concepts and instruction Using one curricular area to teach another with emphasis on only one area Teaching to standards from the arts and another content area Focusing on only one standard in one curricular area Assessing the learning in both the arts and the other content area Assessing only one area of instruction Expansion of sequential comprehensive curriculum and instruction in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts Used as a substitute for sequential comprehensive curriculum and instruction in the arts Based on shared or related concepts Using arts only to teach a concept in another area or using another area to only teach the arts Designed to include student participation in the creative process of making and understanding art Using art to increase understanding in another area Often planned collaboratively between an arts teacher and one from the other content area or someone with expertise in both areas Planned by someone with no arts training or experience or someone with no training or experience in the other area
LEVELS OF ARTS INTEGRATION
Highest - Two or more standards that have an "elegant fit" are taught simultaneously with exploration, creation, and assessment in both.
Middle - A connection is made between an art form and a curricular area to increase understanding in both areas.
Lowest - A connection is made between an art form and a curricular area to increase understanding in only one area.
Arts Integration should be an expansion of, not a substitute for, sequential comprehensive curriculum and instruction in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
Arts Integration is instruction combining two or more content areas, wherein the arts constitute one or more of the integrated areas. The integration is based on shared or related concepts, and instruction in each content area has depth and integrity reflected by embedded assessments, standards, and objectives. Integrated instruction is often designed, implemented, and evaluated in collaboration with other teachers, arts specialists, community artists, and institutions; and delivered, experienced, and assessed through a variety of modalities: artistic processes, inquiry methods, and intelligences.
This video shows portions of theatre and dance integrated lessons at various elementary schools in the District.
If you would like a very short intro to arts integration, click here.