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Hickory Hills Arts Academy Spring 2010


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  • 1. Hickory Hills Arts Academy A Story of School Transformation Through the Arts -Diana Mills, Principal
  • 2. Our Story
    • Well-established neighborhood school
    • A school in need of a new direction
    • Marietta City Schools “Schools of Choice”
    • Given a specific focus- “Arts Integration”
    • Part of a board member’s dream to have an “Arts” academy in the system
    • 50th year anniversary Fall- 2010
  • 3. The Construction Phase
  • 4.  
  • 5.  
  • 6. Beautiful New Studios
  • 7. Beautiful New Studios
  • 8. Art Gallery
  • 9. Our Arts Community Collaborators
    • ArtsNow
    • Cobb Symphony Orchestra
    • Georgia Dance Conservatory / Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre
  • 10.
    • 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.
  • 11. 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
  • 12. Professional Learning
    • Delivered yearly by ArtsNow
    • Atlanta arts experts deliver hands-on training to school faculty
      • Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education
      • Emory University Department of Theater Studies
      • Georgia State University School of Music
      • Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta
    School of Music
  • 13. Professional Learning
  • 14. Professional Learning
    • Foundational Training: 2½-day workshop
    • Follow-up on-site professional development sessions with collaborative planning
    • Demonstration Lessons and Consultations
    • Teacher Resources
  • 15. Our National Arts Collaborator
    • The Music-in-Education National Consortium in coordination with ArtsNow is dedicated to:
    • Common principals and research methods for advancing Music (and the Arts)
    • Integration of the Arts in public schools through the Learning Laboratory School Network.
    Lincoln Center, New York City - New England Conservatory, Boston
  • 16. Our National Arts Recognition Hickory Hills Arts Academy has been nominated AND accepted as a National Learning Laboratory School for the Music-in-Education National Consortium.
    • Dr. Larry Scripp
    • Researcher, Educator and Program Administrator
    • MIENC / New England Conservatory
  • 17. Why Arts Integration?
    • 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
  • 18. The Students Movement Expression Imagination
  • 19. 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.]  
  • 20. The Students Individuality Success Creativity
  • 21. 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
  • 22. The Students Excitement Acceptance
  • 23. See Us in Action! Arts Integration Day March 24, 2010 Arts Gallery and Arts Wing Dedication 5:00 PM March 25, 2010