Art-integration builds creative capacity, improves school culture, increases student achievement, and family engagement. Art-integration gives learners experience planning, creating, presenting, responding, and connecting to cross-curricular projects. The impact on student outcomes is tangible. Title I elementary principal Broadnax credits art-integration for improving students’ reading inventory/Lexile® and math inventory/Quantile® scores (full year scores are expected to rise by 100 points.) By mid-year, their scores exceeded the 50 point desired increase: reading up 94.5 and math up 131.2, in December. Beyond test scores, other tangible results from art-integration include recruiting new teachers and increasing family engagement. Workshop participants will reflect and create, making their thinking visible. Discover art-integrated pathways for success: hands-on professional development that builds creative capacity and protocols that strengthen creative, collaborative culture.
Cheri helps educators understand creativity and build school-wide creative capacity. She translates research and best practices into professional development resources. Cheri presents Art Integration teaching strategies to the U.S. Department of Education, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, to help education leaders see the links between creativity and 21st century learning. She has written Teacher Reflection Journals on Creative Leadership and Multiliteracies that include coaching protocols and art-integration implementation guidance.
Debbie Broadnax is principal and arts-integration leader of Powder Springs Elementary in Georgia, who brought this innovative vision to her Title I school, three years ago. She has witnessed remarkable transformation in teaching and learning and advises other principals on how to use arts-integration strategies to increase achievement and improve school culture.