AIA partners teaching artists and educators in inclusive classrooms to enhance teaching and learning through an arts-integrated residency and curriculum. By bringing together teachers and students of all abilities, we provide a unique opportunity to experience the power of the arts to support student achievement, creativity, innovation and effective teaching and learning.
In 2014-2015, VSA Ohio engaged Measurement Resources Company to begin a multi-year assessment of AIA and better understand its impact on students, teachers and schools. Initial results indicate Adaptation, Integration and the Arts makes a positive difference in the academic and social achievement of students, and readiness of teachers to meet the needs of diverse learners. This research will continue through 2017 in order to identify results and opportunties to improve the program.
2,004 - number of students impacted by AIA in 2014-15 school year 100% - All school administrators with an AIA program in their schools agreed the program impacts student learning. 8 in 10 teachers agreed AIA increases student creativity and art appreciation. 18%- During the AIA program, students experienced an 18% increase in the rate of growth in their reading fluency scores compared to the rate of growth before the residency.
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AIA Program Benefits
Increase academic achievement levels of children with disabilities.
Better prepare children with disabilities for life, work and post-secondary education.
General, special, and arts educators will be better prepared to support learning and inclusion for students with disabilities.
AIA Residencies are
Student-focused Student needs are placed at the core of the curriculum and adaptations are made throughout the school year in order to reach and benefit students of all abilities.
Inclusive Classrooms include students with and without disabilities, where there is a peer support system that fosters academic and social advancement.
Enhanced Learning Students will increase knowledge and skills in the arts, academics and socialization.
Enhanced Teaching Classroom educators will gain confidence meeting the varied needs of students of all abilities by utilizing arts integration strategies.
Ohio Academic Content Standards-based All residency plans use Universal Design for Learning strategies to address arts and integrated subject area standards.
In-depth Research confirms that sustained access to arts and arts education opportunities have a greater impact on students of all ages. Teaching artists will be in classrooms for a minimum of 60 hours, with additional planning/evaluation time to ensure teaching confidence and program integration.
Flexible Every school and classroom has different needs; considerations for scheduling may require an intensive four-week residency or sustained weekly visits over a period of several months.
Educator ResourcesThe following resources are dedicated to enhancing education and life-long learning through the arts.