Shelby County Schools is quickly approaching the end of year 1 in its U.S. Department of Education PDAE grant program. Known as the SCS Arts Infusion Project, teaching teams from 10 schools are currently receiving professional development, supplies and materials, and support in their efforts to infuse music and visual arts into the school curriculum.
As schools go through the process of infusing the arts, they naturally pass through phases of development. A realistic timeline, from the beginnings of arts activity in the classroom to whole school reform, has a three to five year span. Arts Infusion is much more than an activity- it is an approach to teaching that becomes part of an instructor's daily practice.
Arts Every Day, an Arts Infusion project with the Baltimore, Maryland City Schools, outlines the phases of involvement on their excellent web page. As you read the explanations of continuing phases, it becomes clear that SCS is currently in PHASE 1 of Arts Infusion. While we have made much progress, we still have "miles to go before we sleep." Please click here to read the Arts Every Day explanation of the phases of Arts Infusion development, and comment accordingly.