ArtCore: The Development of an Immersive Arts-Integration Model for Middle Schools


 ArtCore is a 4-year model development and research initiative that joins community creatives and middle school teachers to develop arts-based teaching and learning customized to meet the needs and goals of the school. Partners include the U.S. Department of Education, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Educational Policy Improvement Center, Springfield School District, Lane Arts Council, the University of Oregon, Media Arts Institute,  and other Lane County school districts.

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The ArtCore Model

  • Staged implementation for school-wide transformation
  • Technology-driven access for professional and personal growth
  • A focus on motivational factors of learning and change
  • Integration of creative disciplines and academic domains through an inquiry-based and standards-based instructional model
  • Collaborative development between creative professionals and classroom teachers using an Essential Question of the Week to build towards a convergent Big Idea integrated with Studio Habits of Mind.
  • Representation of ‘art’ as a process of experiencing and contributing to the world creatively and personally
  • Video vignettes depicting the stories, insights, and creative work of community members, students, and educators

Teaching artists from the community will participate to generate unique arts integration learning modules, driven by standards and guided by expertise in music, dance, theater, and visual arts disciplines. With guidance, training, and curated resources, teaching artists and classroom teachers will develop and facilitate 10-week modules that integrate academic learning objectives, creative inquiry skills, and familiarity with different art disciplines. These efforts to make teaching and learning come alive through exploration and creation in the arts will be captured in professionally produced video vignettes.