• Arts Integration

Arts Integration

  • Arts Integration

    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:

    EAST
    Diane Cordingley
    diane.cordingley@lausd.net
    323-254-5932
     
    CENTRAL
    Russell Copley
    russell.copley@lausd.net
    213-241-0189
     
    NORTHEAST
     
    NORTHWEST
    Suzanne Blake
     
    SOUTH
    Ruth Torres
    ret4716@lausd.net
    310-354-3497
    Additional Information: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/7325 
     
    WEST
    Jessica Williams
    jessica.w.williams@lausd.net
    310-914-2165
     

    Information

    Integration 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.

     

    DEFINITION

    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.

     
     
     

    Video of Arts Integration at the Elementary Level

    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.