Definition and Standards for Seattle Public Schools and Community Arts Organizations
Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning in which students engage in a creative process that connects an art form with another subject to promote deeper learning. This approach leads students to demonstrate an understanding of content-specific objectives in each discipline, as well as an understanding of shared concepts, thinking skills, and the creative process.
Arts Integration at Seattle Public Schools includes:
- Authentic connections between subject areas that mutually reinforce ideas, concepts, and skills to promote deeper learning.
- Learning processes include the creative process (creating, performing, and responding) and key learning principles (experiential, evolving, collaborative, problem-solving, and reflective).
- Learning transcends the initial lesson and is relevant to the students on a personal and cultural level.
- Clearly articulated learning objectives and criteria in the arts form(s) and the other content area(s).
- Ongoing assessment.
- Student understanding is constructed and demonstrated through the artistic process of creating, performing, and responding.
- High-quality materials are used.
- Terminology from integrated content areas is used correctly.