Shelby County Schools Arts Infusion Project
Who We Are
Shelby County Schools is a large school district consisting of over 200 schools and over 150,000 students in the metropolitan Memphis area. In 2010, SCS was only of only 12 school districts statewide to receive all A's on the Tennessee state education report card. SCS offers a comprehensive curriculum for students in grades pre-K-12.
What We Do
The Shelby County Arts Infusion Project provides ongoing professional development in arts infusion for teachers in 18 elementary and middle focus schools, as well as for teachers across the district. Schools also receive instructional supplies and materials, opportunities for student arts experiences and support from project personnel. Partnerships are also formed with local arts organizations and institutions of higher learning
How We Do It
Teachers in arts infusion schools are required to attend winter and summer intensives, as well as participate in professional development during the school year. The PD sessions are facilitated by local, state and national experts in arts infusion. The SCS Arts Infusion Project follows the Kennedy Center Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) model of arts integration, and consults with Sean and Melanie Layne, Kennedy Center teaching artists, and Dr. Nan McDonald, Coordinator of Music Education at San Diego State University and author of Handbook for K-8 Arts Integration: Purposeful Planning Across the Curriculum.
Why It Matters
In the 21st century, it is imperative that students learn how to innovate, create, collaborate and solve complex problems. While the arts comprehensively address these strategies, they are either being curtailed or eliminated altogether from schools across the nation. The Shelby County Schools Arts Infusion Project meets the needs of the 21st century learner by providing engaging, innovative programs in reading and mathematics, while at the same time bolstering the position of the arts in the school curriculum.
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