Arts Impact empowers K-5 classroom teachers to become competent and confident teachers of visual and performing arts. Teachers learn to successfully guide students in arts learning that meets the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements in the Arts.
Teacher Training Arts Impact is a two-year program that trains elementary classroom teachers to independently teach theater, dance and visual arts. Training includes experiential learning in the regions premiere cultural institutions, embedded job training, and study trips to museum exhibitions and performances for participants and their students.
Arts Impact is Now Offering a New Workshop! Using Theater to Build Empathy: Training for K-8 Teachers Connections to Olweus Curriculum Using an interactive series of theater activities, teachers explore healthy ways to create a safe learning environment, how to build trust, and the complexities with expressing point of view. Workshop content is connected to Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and curriculum. Choose from 3 Workshop Options Each 3-hour workshop takes place at your school or in your classroom and includes up to 30, with a minimum of 10 participants. Mentorships are one-on-one. Clock hours available. How to Sign Up : Please contact Arts Impact for questions and information about scheduling. Audrey Otto, Arts Impact Program Specialist, 1-800-664-4549 x7975, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts-Infused Classroom Arts Impact has received a second U. S. Dept. of Education Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination grant to further research the impact of arts-infused learning on student achievement in math and writing. The new project expands and refines the successful Arts Infused Summer School program and will implement an arts-infused curriculum into 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms from six schools in Tacoma and Bethel School Districts.
Performance Based Assessment Performance-based learning assessments focused on clear, transparent criteria as a mutual teacher/student focus for learning form the backbone of Arts Impact instructional strategy and are applied at every level of the program — teacher arts learning and student arts learning. Teachers are trained to apply various strategies of performance-based assessments to arts teaching both in the Summer Institute curriculum and in the Mentorship.
Research and Evaluation In 2002 Arts Impact was one of seventeen arts organizations selected from more than 200 applicants nationally to receive a nearly $1 million U.S. Department of Education Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination AEMDD grant. The grant focused on two distinct but related projects—teacher training and student achievement in an Arts-Infused classroom.
Lesson Plans Arts Impact uses a common lesson plan format co-designed with teachers. The lesson plan identifies key art lesson components such as targets/criteria, the big idea of the lesson, teaching and classroom management strategies, cultural and material resources, vocabulary, assessment strategies, and state arts standards. This format is used throughout all components of the Arts Impact program. Learn more and find examples of Arts Impact lesson plans.