What is project-based learning?
Project-Based Learning provides students with a real-world context for academic coursework. Through projects students gain a sense of purpose and meaning as well as skills they can apply in other contexts. The framework for creating successful projects consists of six integral elements called the “6 As”: Academic rigor, Authenticity, Applied learning, Active exploration, Adult connections and Assessment practices.
What does an arts-based classroom project look like?
Teachers pair up with artist partners (visual artists, musicians, dancers, actors, filmmakers, writers, photographers) to provide students with a problem to solve artistically. Successfully completely the project requires students to understand class content and to communicate their understanding through specific art forms. The idea is to engage the students in projects which interests them and relates to the real world.
The arts level the playing field, providing all students with an opportunity for self-expression. Students often work in groups in this methodology, combining one another’s unique strengths to develop a high quality and in-depth project. Arts-based projects lend themselves to public exhibition or performance, giving students an opportunity to demonstrate what they know.
Does this kind of instruction meet academic standards?
When arts-based projects connect to class content, they meeting multiple standards at one time. You may be surprised at how natural the process actually is. Driven Creative to Meet the Standards, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walton Family Fund, the Wyoming Arts Council and Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities, was developed specifically to demonstrate the effectiveness of using the arts to meet academic standards. The arts are the tools to help students both explore and articulate understanding in any subject. They enhance the teaching and learning of the academic subject and do not replace it.
What is pARTners?
pARTners was conceived in a meeting of the Cultural Council of Jackson Hole shortly after the dance budget had been cut from the High School budget back in 1994. Over the years its goals and objectives have changed. Currently pARTners is working with the school district to develop a plan to provide for the effective use of community resources to support learning in the schools. Our Integrated Arts Program provides opportunities for nonprofit organizations to share valuable skills and knowledge with students to support learning in the classroom.