20 Innovative Ideas
From the 2015-2016 Champion Creative Alive Children Grant Winners
Principal Supplement: Champion Creatively Alive Children
Art ‘n Bots
Regency Park Elementary School
Principal Justin Stephans
Students designed, animated, and wrote scripts for customized robot actors, combining art and technology. The creative leadership team, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh Create Lab, provided professional development on student-directed teaching strategies.
Art of Our Elders Helps Create Future
Santo Niño Regional Catholic School
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Principal Theresa Vaisa
The creative learning team focused on appreciation of the cultural and artistic heritage of the school’s Santa Fe community and provided art-based professional development for faculty.
Artistic Habits of Mind
White County Central Elementary School
Principal Beverly Froud
This school’s creative leadership team increased colleagues’ participation in arts integration via in-depth professional development and teachers’ Habits of Mind to welcome the iterative and messy nature of creative experiences.
Artistic Robots Showcase Creativity and Tech Skills
North Summit Elementary School
Principal Lori O’Connor
In collaboration with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, this school’s arts leadership team merged art, engineering, and technology into a STEAM program, co-teaching with classroom teachers to help students understand how the world works.
Lusher Charter School
New Orleans, Louisiana
Principal Sheila Nelson
Solving real-world problems, exploring social justice issues, and building empathy were the priorities for this art-integration school, which prides itself on being on the “cutting edge” of instructional best practices.
Beyond Stereotypes—Both Art Cultures Respected
Seligman Elementary School
Principal Jeff Baker
The creative leadership team brought together the arts from the Hualapai Native American Reservation and the rancher community to build understanding and respect. Their art provides a voice and common ground.
Community Commits to Collaboration
Rawlins Elementary School
Principal Darrin Jennings
This rural, Title I school, located more than two hours from the nearest city, used art partnerships to help overcome its regional isolation. It worked with the Wyoming Arts Council, the University of Wyoming’s Art Mobile, and the Artists Across Wyoming program to mentor teachers in the arts.
Creative Arts School
E.M. Downer Elementary School
San Pablo, California
Principal Marco Gonzales
This school shifted its vision and transformed into a Creative Arts School, reframing its professional development, instructional strategies, and assessment to become arts-integration pioneers in the district.
Bullis Charter School
Los Altos, California
Principal Wanny Hersey
In partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the county’s visual and performing arts director, teachers and students built creative confidence, problem-solving, and innovation skills through art integration.
Curriculum Maps and School Culture
Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts
Rochester, New York
Principal Donna Marie Cozine
This school’s creative leadership team infused the arts into every aspect of the curriculum and school culture. The team built units of study and thematic curriculum maps that explicitly show connections between the arts and every content area that is taught— emphasizing common art-based language and the creative processes.
Environment of Inquiry & Art Integration
Bloomfield Elementary School
Principal Jean Pillsbury
The creative leadership team developed a three-year plan for building teachers’ creative capacity, coaching colleagues and supporting classroom teachers as they embraced art integration schoolwide.
Expressing Personal Identity
Vansville Elementary School
Principal Tom Smith
Building teachers’ creative capacity is this school’s priority. It uses art integration as the teaching strategy to cultivate students’ self-expression, personal identity, and cultural understanding.
Blair Dual Language School
Principal Aida Cruz-Farin
Growing students’ and teachers’ commitment and capacity to persevere and solve problems is a mindset this school embraces. Teachers received professional development on design thinking—urging them to experiment, innovate, collaborate, evaluate, and learn from mistakes.
Longitudinal Study of Transformative Initiatives
Ridgeway Elementary School
Principal Kathy Wagonfield
This school participated in the Miami University Art Education Department’s Study of Transformative Initiatives, which is an innovative, preservice teacher-prep program that provided creative coaches for every classroom.
Mindfulness and Literacy Taught Through Art
Massey Street Public School
Brampton, Ontario Principal
When the Canadian Ministry of Education asked this school to increase literacy skills in its high-risk community of English-language learners, the school chose art integration as the teaching strategy. It helped children become mindful while creating and presenting artwork, resulting in deepened communication skills.
Project-Based Learning Merges Art and Common Core
Coronita Elementary School
Principal Kevin Kazala
The creative leadership team engaged families and teachers in learning how art, creative processes, and Common Core come together through lively project-based learning experiences. Children can borrow “creative kits” from the school’s lending library to create projects at home.
Quest for Quality Questioning
Arnold Elementary School
Principal Shauna Kauffman
Already involved in art integration, this school increased the rigor in its art-rich classrooms with deeper thinking and more complex creations. Focusing on quality questioning, the principal’s walk-throughs engaged students in art-integration inquiry.
Teachers Training Teachers
Savoy Elementary School
Principal Donyale Butler
As one of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first eight Turnaround Arts schools, Savoy has veteran teachers who embraced art integration as a teaching strategy to build literacy and math skills and student engagement. Now they are sharing insights with other district educators.
Technology that Facilitates Creativity and Collaboration
Luther Conant Elementary School
Principal Damian Sugre
While technology has permeated life, educators are searching for ways to use it to stimulate creativity and collaborative projects. This school’s creative leadership team provided professional development and team teaching and coaching for more effective integration of art and ed-tech.
Tinker Town—Where Curiosity Drives Curricula
Jackson Primary School
Principal Kirk Felix
What if teachers considered their most important role to be “learner”? What if they thought more about good questions than right answers? This school’s creative leadership team served as a catalyst for an authentic model of learning, giving students a voice and choice, and letting curiosity drive the curricula.
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