SmArts Brings Teaching Artists into Stark County Classrooms
...Research consistently shows that arts education and the integration of the arts into core subjects can have dramatic effects on student success - defined not just by student test scores, but also critical skills, such as creativity, teamwork and perseverance. Research indicates that these skills can be as effective predictors of long-term success in college, careers and citizenship as test scores.
Did you enjoy music as a child? What if you had learned Stark County history by singing or were introduced to fractions using a favorite song? Imagine exploring inertia and energy through dance. What would be the impact if an entire school faculty experienced professional development linking arts to curriculum?
SmArts is the engine driving collaboration between teaching artists and teachers in 57 classrooms throughout Stark County in the current school year. Dance, music, visual and theater artists collaborate with classroom teachers to teach and reinforce an academic standard in the curriculum. The artist visits the classroom for an hour introducing and/or extending learning that the teacher deepens until the next visit. The majority of classrooms involved are in K-5 due to their scheduling flexibility. The average number of visits planned is eight but may extend to as many as 16.
"This partnership between education and art deepens understanding of the world - for students and for teachers," Kimberly Phillips, ArtsinStark, Director of Education, explained. "The curriculum becomes more engaging, applicable and relevant - everyone involved is thinking more abundantly."
Education Trends, Education Commission of the States, September 2017