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.
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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 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.
Classrooms include students with and without disabilities, where there is a peer support system that fosters academic and social advancement.
Students will increase knowledge and skills in the arts, academics and socialization.
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.
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.
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.