ArtsNOW is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education by equipping teachers with professional development and resources to bring creativity and the arts into daily classroom instruction so students succeed academically, socially and artistically.
BEST PRACTICES IN TEACHING AND LEARNING Differentiation to meet the needs of all students Standards-based instruction Research-based practices Data-driven Relevant Rigorous curriculum in all subject areas High expectations Critical and Creative Thinking Skills
The arts engage and offer challenges for ALL students from every cultural background.
“ The arts give us the creativity to express ourselves while challenging our intellect.” Dr. Terry Bergeson
Arts-based instruction can increase family and community support. Arts based teaching and learning “opens avenues” for students who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to experience the learning that the arts provide. Cornett, C., 2007
Why Arts Integration? Students in “arts rich” schools scored higher in creativity-imagination, expression, cooperative learning, risk-taking, and measures of academic self-concept than students in “arts poor” schools. [Burton, J. M., Horowitz, R., & Abeles, H. (2000). Learning in and through the arts: The question of transfer. Studies in Arts Education, 41(3), 228-275.]
Hickory Hills Arts Academy “ . . . I felt like I had stepped into a new era of American public schools. I have rarely experienced a school community so clearly dedicated to arts teaching and learning as the basis for school equity and excellence.” Dr. Larry Scripp, Director & Principal Investigator, Music-in-Education National Consortium