Arts Immersion Instruction / Curriculum Delivery
Teachers, artists and identified individuals facilitate learning in the school setting
In the 1997 issue of “Transforming Ideas for Teaching and Learning the Arts,” Wharton states “It is critically important that arts specialists working in the schools be excellent dancers, artists, musicians, or thespians; and it is just as important that they be skilled as teachers. Though these teachers may, and it is hoped, will continue to be productive in their chosen disciplines; it is crucial that they find major satisfaction in the growth of others for whom they open the wonders of the arts. Teaching is hard work; it requires imagination and diligence to plan the steps that lead to understanding. Arts educators are those dancers, musicians, artists and thespians who devote their lives to teaching.”
CAA’s Arts Immersion Model of teaching and learning is distinct from existing models; specifically with time, degree of collaboration, planning, organizational structure and intensity of focus on the arts as the conduit for real-life inquiry based learning. Teachers who are artists and artists who are teachers who work collaboratively to facilitate teaching an learning are key to our success. CAA is the only elementary and middle school that hires full time artists to facilitate arts immersion learning.
Enhanced Learning Outcomes
- Students achieve mastery through an intense focus on subject content.
- Students receive instruction in multi-aged groupings.
- Students benefit from the opportunity to be lost in their work, to transcend and enlarge themselves, to stretch their minds and to enlarge possibilities.
- Students receive direct pure art form instruction.
- Students receive the benefits of and understand the value of social capital.
- Students benefit from working with people of all ages, bridging the age gap.
- Students work directly with individuals who earn their living as artists.
- Students participate in community career related initiatives.
- Students participate in action research.
- Students study brain development.
- Students are provided with self-directed enrichment learning opportunities.
- Students learn how to create intellectual order and how to develop disciplined mastery.
Education must be learner centered and accessible to students, parents and the community at large.