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Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.  Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.


 The Partnership

Arts Leading Learning at Desert Harbor Elementary School
In partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona State University Public Events and the Peoria Unified School District professional development opportunities, Desert Harbor has developed a program using fine arts as the driving force for curriculum development across content areas.  This began after learning about the Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, a way for teachers to learn how to naturally integrate visual arts, dance, drama, or music with other subject areas like mathematics, social studies, language arts, and science.  We are privileged to be the only school in the state to have this partnership and one of only a handful of schools in the United States to be implementing the program school wide in the manner we have developed.

Kennedy Center workshop artists visit our campus numerous times each year working directly in the classroom with teachers and students building skills that increase student engagement and make learning relevant and meaningful.  Recognizing the need to unleash the inventors, creators, designers, collaborators, and communicators in our students is key to the success of our work.  Desert Harbor's partnership with ASU Public Events and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has challenged teachers to present information using research based methods and opened up opportunities for our students to learn in meaningful ways, unleashing enthusiasm and new excitement for learning!

 Evolution of Arts Leading Learning at Desert Harbor

Coming Soon:  See the timeline of where Desert Harbor started, how they've progressed, and where they're headed!
 What Students Say About Learning With Arts Strategy, Tableau
8th Grade Tableau - Reading
8th Grade Movement and Science
7th grade teachers schedules 09
7th Grade Character Interview - Reading
6th Grade Character Interview and Reading
6th Grade Character Interview - Reading
5th Grade Word Painting - Patterning - Band
5th Grade Movement and Science
5th Grade Movement - Science
5th Grade Character Interview - Reading
4th Grade Tableau and Social Studies
4th Grade Tableau - Social Studies
4th Grade Readers' Theater and Art
4th Grade Character Interview - Reading
3rd Grade Tableau and Social Studies
2nd Grade Word Painting - Patterning - Music
2nd Grade Tableau - Science
1st Grade Word Painting - Patterning and Science
1st Grade Word Painting - Patterning - Science
1st Grade Word Painting - Patterning - Language
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 John F. Kennedy Center Artists

  DEBORAH BRZOSKA, a former dancer and choreographer, is a recognized leader in arts education who works with teachers and artists across the country in arts curriculum, assessment, research and professional development. Currently, she is guiding action research efforts for The Kennedy Center as well as four federally-funded arts research and dissemination projects, including innovative programs in Hawai’i. Ms. Brzoska is the founding principal of an award-winning arts-based public school in Vancouver, Washington and works nationally to help others develop exciting arts-based schools and sound arts instructional practice.
  LENORE BLANK KELNER is a professional actress, director, author, and educator. Since 1981, Ms. Kelner has directed her own educational theater company, Interact Story Theatre. Interact performs in schools, museums, libraries, and theaters all over the United States. In addition, Ms. Kelner serves as an education consultant to the Maryland State Department of Education as well as school systems and schools nationwide. She has trained thousands of teachers in how to integrate drama into everyday classroom instruction. She has worked with students in all grade levels from Pre K through college. She has written three books on drama and education. Her most recent book, A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension, which she co-authored, was published by Heinemann in 2006. She is the recipient of the 2004 Creative Drama Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
  MARCIA DAFT is known for creating original instructional methods for teaching music as well as integrating music and movement into other areas of the curriculum. Her work has been used in classrooms throughout the United States for fifteen years. Ms. Daft is a national workshop leader for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and a consultant for arts institutions throughout the U.S. She has developed museum exhibitions, broadcast programs, and educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution. She has also written over twenty children's educational books for both the Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Daft holds a Bachelors Degree in engineering from Duke University, a Masters Degree in music from the University of Chicago, and studied piano performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She holds both a Certificate and License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and performs as part of the duo-piano team Le Quattro Mani.
  ROSALIND FLYNN is an educational drama consultant who conducts arts integration workshops and residencies with teachers, artists, and students nationwide. Her Ph.D. research focus was the use of drama as a learning method. At The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, Dr. Flynn is the head of the Master of Arts in Theatre Education (MATE) degree program. Her articles on educational drama have been published in Language Arts, Dramatics, Youth Theatre Journal, Stage of the Art, English Journal, Teaching Artist Journal, and The Reading Teacher. Dr. Flynn is also the author of two books on the educational uses of drama—A Dramatic Approach to Reading Comprehension (co-author Lenore Blank Kelner) and Dramatizing the Content With Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre, Grades 6-12

SEAN LAYNE, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, received a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England. He is founder of a nationalarts education consulting company called Focus 5 Inc. This company focuses on arts integration across the curriculum for grades Pre K-12. Mr. Layne presents professional development workshops for teachers, and has designed training seminars for teaching artists nationwide for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also an Arts Coach for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program. For over a decade Mr. Layne acted, directed and designed sets for the InterAct Story Theatre, a professional theatre company that has served more than 4,000 schools, museums, libraries, and festivals around the world. He began working with the Wolf Trap Institute Early Learning Through the Arts program in 1989. As a Master Artist, he has represented Wolf Trap across the country and internationally, and has designed and piloted new residency and workshop models for the Institute.

Kindergarteners Word Painting - Patterning
Kindergarteners Collaborating on Word Painting Ideas
Kindergarteners' Word Paintings - Patterning
5th Grade Movement

 Arts Strategies

Tableau - Living Picture 
A Tableau is a low risk arts strategy that requires students to use their bodies to create an image of an event frozen in time.  Students then use their voices to emphasize key events or concepts.

Movement helps students explore and develop ideas using dance strategies that reinforce and help retain curriculum.  Students will think critically and creatively while applying content information.

Patterning connects music and movement concepts to deepen the understanding of patterns in reading, writing, and math.  Students engage kinesthetically when using this effective strategy.

Readers' Theater
Readers' Theater is a rehearsed group presentation of a script that is read aloud rather than memorized.  performances are enhanced by incorporating sound effects, music, and gestures.  Reaters' Theater is a creative, dramatic technique that can also involve students in writing, revising, rehearsing and performing information students need to learn in school.

Character Interviews
Character Interviews focus on higher-level thinking and incorporate dramatic concepts.  The teacher plays the role of host and students role-play characters.  The strategy is applicable to historical characters, authors, scientists, biographies and other concepts significant to a unit of study.