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Units and lessons are to incorporate into existing curriculum the four strands of the grant: arts integration with a DBAE approach, technology integration, constructivist learning theory, and interdisciplinary curriculum.

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Web sites & sources of information to assist participating teachers.

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Special focus on subjects such as Posters, Latino Art, Storytelling, Folk Art, Public Sculpture, and Post Office Murals.

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Belief Statements

Visual and Performing Arts
Interdisciplinary Approach
Constructivist Framework

We believe that to teach and learn through the visual and performing arts:

  • promotes greater understanding of the human experience
  • integrates and transcends subjects and disciplines
  • is an essential part of the core education program for all students
  • fosters creative and critical thinking, self-discipline, and lifelong learning
  • helps people understand and celebrate themselves and others in a community without boundaries
  • provides a powerful means for self-expression and communication among individuals, generations and cultures
  • includes dance, music, theater, and the visual arts
  • encompasses process, performance/production, criticism and aesthetics, including historical and culturally diverse populations

We believe that to teach and learn from an interdisciplinary approach, educators should be encouraged to:

  • make the world relevant by interconnecting and interrelating a variety of disciplines and learning
  • offer multiple lenses from which to view the world of knowledge
  • construct a complex but meaningful knowledge base that accommodates diverse viewpoints for managing life's problems and issues
  • preserve the integrity of the disciplines

We believe that to teach and learn from a constructivist framework means:

  • through inquiry, exploration, and discovery, students will acquire basic skills and higher-order thinking skills, construct meaning, and open corridors to new fields of inquiry and knowledge
  • teachers and students will develop an active partnership and collaboration that is dedicated to learning in and beyond the classroom

We believe that teaching and learning through the application and integration of technology:

  • adds a dimension to learning, with its own unique skill set and methods
  • empowers teachers and students to move forward creatively
  • provides equality and freedom of discovery
  • fosters the responsibility to stay on course
  • enables wide-ranging inquiry-based educational travels
  • promotes global interactive relationships for research, sharing, creating and assessing
  • requires continuing maintenance, fine-tuning, and investment
  • supports the mission of education reform for transforming teaching and learning to prepare students for the twenty-first century