Creative Schools Initiative
Arts Corps has completed a two-year pilot of the Creative Schools Initiative (CSI) at two Seattle schools that are committed to enhancing student learning and school culture through the arts: Orca K-8 and Madrona K-8 middle schools. Initial findings from this pilot show increases in self and teacher-reported student engagement, arts skills and academic mindsets.
In the 2014-15 academic year, both schools are continuing their work with a resident teaching artist, Nate Herth, whose role is to work in collaboration with classroom teachers. Together they create and co-teach integrated units of instruction that are rooted in student inquiry and build their students’ creative and critical thinking skills.
Hear what students from Madrona K-8 have to say about their academic and creative development as participants in the program:
This program has been made possible due to leadership investments from:
- Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
- Musician Dave Matthews
- JPMorgan Chase Foundation
- Boeing Company
- Laird Norton Family Foundation
- The MetLife Partners in Arts Education Program funded by MetLife Foundation and administered by the National Guild for Community Arts Education
- Medina Foundation