At the core of our educational mission at Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts is a commitment to Arts Integration. The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. defines arts integration as “an APPROACH to TEACHING in which students construct and demonstrate UNDERSTANDING through an ART FORM. Students engage in a CREATIVE PROCESS which CONNECTS an art form and another subject area and meets EVOLVING OBJECTIVES in both.”
Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts is partnered with the Luther Burbank Center in order to provide teachers with professional development in Arts Integration. Our partnership with the LBC is modeled after the Kennedy Center’s partnership with local school agencies in the D.C. area.
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In addition, SRCSA has been working closely with Focus 5, an Arts Integration consulting firm. Focus 5 has been working with staff and students to continue to grow our Arts Integrated curriculum.
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At Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts, students benefit from an arts-integrated curriculum.
Helps students make and express personal connections to content
Develops students’ abilities to apply learning to new situations and experiences
Helps students understand and express abstract concepts
Stimulates higher level thinking
Builds community and helps children develop collaborative work skills
Connects students to authentic learning that matters to them
Provides opportunities for all learners—including struggling learners—to be successful
Increases intrinsic motivation to learn
At SRCSA our staff and community are deeply committed to the arts. All teachers have access to professional development opportunities that support student success. SRCSA teachers receive the latest information on how to connect the arts to subject areas to meet student achievement goals in an arts-integrated curriculum.
With a robust arts-integrated curriculum, students meet dual learning objectives. Using the creative process to explore connections between an art form and the subject area, students gain greater understanding in both. For example, social studies content is combined with Theater objectives such as characterization, stage composition, action and expression. Pair this dramatization with an authentic context and the educational experience creates a deeper level of student understanding and learning.