Goal 1: To enable students to achieve high academic standards by integration of the arts and technology in all core subject areas.

Objective 1.1 80% of students in classes using the modules will show evidence of improved academic achievement as indicated by (a) decline in absenteeism, (b) increased student self-concept as indicated by student attitude surveys and focus groups, and (c) students performing at higher levels as determined by assessments of student progress and electronic portfolios.

  • A longitudinal survey of student attendance records.
  • Perform an annual student attitude survey.
  • Annual focus groups for students.
  • Collect information on student performance (electronic portfolios).
  • Students will create an electronic portfolio and/or multimedia presentations.
  • Conduct case studies of selected students involved.
  • Collect samples of student work created during unit involvement.


Goal 2: To provide students and educators in rural and disadvantaged urban areas with equal access to the information and resources available from state and national institutions associated with the arts.

Activity I: The Electronic Art Museum in the Classroom

Objective 2.1 A minimum of 750 art images and performing arts resources will be available through the Internet along with curriculum and contextual information for use by educators and students. Images will come from the collections of the Smithsonian NMAA; the Getty Museum; the Joslyn; the Sheldon; the MONA; the Kennedy Center; the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and regional performing arts agencies.

  • Museums will suggest appropriate images for which copyright issues have been resolved, and teachers may select from the pool of images.
  • Suggestions by teachers for specific themes, cultures, or time periods will be entertained by museum staff in guiding their efforts to make resources available electronically.
  • The museums will digitize 750 art images resources from their collection (collectively each year).
  • Hypertextual and contextual information to accompany each image will be developed.
  • Educators will access the images along with contextual information.
  • Teachers will review the Smithsonian's thematic cluster CDs for potential resources.
  • A database of images will be created.
  • Teacher requests regarding arts resources that would be most useful will be communicated to partner agencies to guide planning.
  • Make teachers aware of new programs on-line (such as those from NMAA: Mythology and Paul Manship, Pueblo Indian Watercolors, and a William H. Johnson Teaching Guide) as teaching resources.
  • Utilize museums' mailing lists for education packets, materials, and exhibits.

Objective 2.2 Museum educators at the Joslyn Art Museum, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, and the Museum of Nebraska Art will each develop at least one educational outreach program using appropriate technologies such as the Internet, kiosk, and interactive multi-media.

  • Museums will develop and document outreach programs using CD/ROM and/or Internet.
  • Work with museums to keep them updated on what outreach programs would be most helpful to teachers (ie, math and science areas, multicultural connections).


Goal 3: To enable educators to effectively use appropriate technologies for constructivist teaching and learning across the curriculum.

Activity II: Computer-Based Educational Strategies
Activity III: Professional Development and Support for Educators

Objective 3.1 Through collaboration with private companies, project educators will test and evaluate commercial technology tools (i.e. software packages) annually for applicability to classroom settings and instructional objectives.

  • Educators will test, evaluate, and adapt commercially produced technology tools in classroom settings.
  • Electronic portfolio software packages will be examined and evaluated by teachers.
  • Assist with developing a software evaluation form for teachers to utilize.

Objective 3.2 By 1996, each school site in participating districts will have access to technology resource persons available to assist in evaluation, selection and application of appropriate technologies.

  • Assist teachers in evaluating and selecting appropriate technologies.
  • Technology resource persons from participating districts, NDE, UNO, the ESU's, and from commercial companies will be identified and consulted for technical assistance when needed.
  • Technology resource persons will conduct software and hardware workshops.

Objective 3.3 By 2000, 300 Nebraska educators, including 60 educators of rural and urban disadvantaged students, will be trained on computer-based educational strategies and interdisciplinary constructivist curriculum to effectively integrate art and technology in all core subject areas.

  • Participating teachers will attend summer workshops and institutes to prepare them in the areas of the arts, technology, constructivism, and interdisciplinary teaching utilizing the resources of partner agencies and organizations such as the NDE, NMAA, Kennedy Center, NAC, and state art agencies.
  • Teachers will review, analyze, and integrate art resources.
  • Workshops on curriculum integration, constructivism, electronic portfolios, and technology will be held.
  • Provide teachers with workshops on creating slide shows, HyperStudio stacks, Web pages; interdisciplinary unit construction; data collection strategies (including UNO eval team); team building strategies; working with listservs and with accessing images from the Internet.
  • Site Coordinators will create a list of materials/software/hardware needs from teacher requests.

Objective 3.4 By 2000, project participants will demonstrate an increase in skills and knowledge in: (a) use of appropriate technologies, (b) constructivism, (c) integrating art across the curricula, (d) interdisciplinary curriculum development and instruction, and (e) use of electronic portfolio and other appropriate assessment strategies.

  • Each participant will attend at least 80% of professional development activities offered.
  • Each participant will be assigned a technology mentor.
  • Each participant will be assigned a curriculum integration mentor from the Prairie Vision faculty.
  • NDE curriculum directors and specialists will provide assistance in core subject areas.
  • Each participant will use electronic portfolios and other appropriate assessment strategies to reflect on their progress.

Objective 3.5 Project participants will successfully complete a continuous professional growth plan, evaluate their performance relative to that plan at least annually, and modify it to reflect their progress.

  • Each participant will create a Professional Growth Plan.
  • Participant's growth plan will be submitted to Community Discovered Office and progress reviewed by the evaluation team.
  • Site coordinators will review progress toward meeting the specific objectives of the growth plans and assist participants in updating the plan as a Continuous Growth Plan.

Objective 3.6 Project participants will report attitudes towards the integration of the arts and educational tools in an interdisciplinary constructivist teaching approach.

  • A survey of teacher attitudes and teacher interviews regarding integration of the arts and technology, adoption of constructivism, and interdisciplinary pedagogy will be completed each year.
  • Links with participants will be made throughout the school year as encouragement and support to their unit development.

Goal 4: To enable educators to implement effective integrated curricula incorporating the arts and technology.

Activity IV: Integrated Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Strategies

Objective 4.1 Constructivist curriculum modules will be developed by each participant and implemented incorporating one or more of the following: (a) Internet digitized images and museum resources, (b) other Internet resources, (c) multi-media projects, (d) electronic portfolios, and (e) other computer applications. (Goals 1-4)

  • Each teacher will develop one unit during the first year and two units in each successive year throughout the term of the grant.
  • The units will be indexed and placed on The Community Discovered's world wide web server.
  • Participants will receive school year and summer support to work on their projects.
    First year = 12 days summer, 8 sub-covered academic days, partners 2 summer days and 3 sub-covered academic days.
    Second year = maximum 10 summer days, 8 sub-covered academic days, partners 2 summer days and 3 sub-covered academic days.
    Third year = maximum 5 days summer, 4 sub-covered academic days, partners 2 summer days and 3 sub-covered academic days.
  • Participants and partners will work with mentors and museum partners.
  • Teachers will communicate with museum staff in creating curriculum for their classrooms.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of the allotted time for participation in workshops and curriculum development and revise as needed to support the goals of the project.

Objective 4.2 Participating teachers will effectively use one or more computer-based education strategies in their classrooms. Strategies will include Internet resources, electronic portfolios, Hypertext, multimedia, and others.

  • Site coordinator will work with each participating teacher to develop units.
  • Site coordinator and evaluators will provide feedback.
  • Arts agencies will provide assistance and resources.

Objective 4.3 By 2000, the project will produce a comprehensive system of world wide web pages containing links between appropriate resources and the curriculum units developed by participating educators.

  • The Site Coordinators will identify links to art resources, curriculum integration units, and assist teachers to integrate these in all subject areas.
  • The Computer Specialist will coordinate the development and integration of the web site across all aspects of the project.
  • The Project Site Coordinator, working with the Computer Specialist and museum resource personnel will develop the unit format.
  • The Art and Technology Coordinator and Computer Specialist will develop and compile a database of units.
  • Project resources will be linked to other resources and organizations accessible on the world wide web.


Goal 5: To create a national network of educators to support the development and implementation of appropriate learning strategies integrating art and technology with other core subject areas.

Activity V: Nationwide Community for Art and Technology Integration

Objective 5.1 The Community Discovered website will be in place to provide curriculum models, museum resources, and continuing opportunities for information sharing, collaboration and support among educators.

  • The Community Discovered website will link participants and experts.
  • The Community Discovered website will provide access to curriculum modules, digitized images, and other museum resources.
  • The Art and Technology Coordinator and Computer Specialist will support The Community Discovered Web Site, The Community Discovered listserv, and project related distribution lists.
  • NMAA Education Department and Prairie Visions will communicate with The Community Discovered staff in creating summer training opportunities for teachers that can meet the objectives of The Community Discovered Grant.

Objective 5.2 Cross-state partnerships will be encouraged to support replication and enhancement of project activities.

  • Electronic portfolios will be available on-line so the resources can be shared with other Challenge Grants, and other interested projects.

Objective 5.3 As a pilot cross-state partnership, The Community Discovered project and other projects will collaborate to expand on an effective integrated project in which teachers and students within the project will have the opportunity to communicate electronically with other teachers and students.