Call for Classrooms 2015-2016 School Year Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts Application Form Deadline Friday, June 5 Thursday, August 27 Notice of Results Friday, July 17 Friday, October 9 Program Overview Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts (AIA) is a program of VSA Ohio, a nonprofit, statewide organization focused on arts and disability (www.vsao.org). The purpose of AIA is to provide learning in and through the arts for students of all abilities. The program contracts teaching artists to lead artist residencies in inclusive classrooms. By bringing together artists, classroom teachers, and students with and without disabilities there is a unique opportunity to experience the power of the arts to support student achievement, creativity, innovation, and effective teaching and learning. What is an Arts Residency? Creative. Students and educators utilize a variety of art forms to engage with academic material in unique, unexpected and impactful ways. Student-focused. Residencies place student needs at their core and adaptations are made throughout in order to reach learners of all abilities. Inclusive. Classrooms should include students with and without disabilities, as equal learners and where peers support academic and social advancement. Enhanced Learning. Students increase knowledge and skills in the arts, academics, and socializing. Enhanced Teaching. Classroom educators learn new instructional strategies and gain confidence meeting the varied needs of students of all abilities. Academic Content Standards-based. Residency plans address Ohio and/or national academic content standards for art and integrated subjects to advance classroom goals, and are supported by Universal Design for Learning strategies. In-depth. Research confirms that sustained access to arts and arts education opportunities have a greater impact on learners. AIA residencies require 20 – 70 hours of regular classroom time, and 10+ hours of planning and evaluation. Flexible. Every school and classroom has different needs. Considerations for the scheduling of the residency will be made, and may mean an intensive 2 week residency by the artist or sustained, weekly visits over a period of several months. Team Effort. Educators work with the teaching artist to develop a meaningful residency plan then actively participate in its implementation. Administrators provide conducive spaces, and the community may be involved in culminating events. Call for Classrooms 2015-2016 School Year Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts Timeline & Expectations 1. School submits application form to VSA Ohio for panel review. Notifications are made 4 – 6 weeks after the deadlines. 2. Scheduling of Introductory Meeting. Includes all parties: teaching artist, educators, administrator, and Site Coordinator/VSA Ohio representative. Includes project overview, expectation setting, and initial planning for residency theme, goals, and logistics. 3. Teaching Artist visits the regular classroom with students prior to the residency to observe, become acquainted, and understand classroom synergies; this may coincide with Introductory Meeting. 4. Planning sessions between teaching artist and educators to develop a final curriculum plan that aligns with academic content standards, Universal Design for Learning strategies, and residency schedule. 5. Site Coordinator approves Residency Plan, Residency Schedule, and draft UDL Checklist; Photo Release Forms sent by school. 6. Residency begins and includes opportunities for students to learn, create, and discover through the arts in a safe, adaptive learning environment. 7. Site Coordinator visits school for residency observation and evaluation. 8. Residencies may include a culminating event such as performance or exhibition that involves families, the community, and/or the rest of the school. 9. Evaluation completed by Teaching Artists, Educators, Students, and Administrators. The [best part of the residency for me was the] reinforcement of geometry concepts learned in the classroom. It helped some students who needed a visual reminder of the terms. – Heidi, 4th Grade The best part was the opportunity for students with and without disabilities to learn/dance together. I saw opportunities for peer teaching and guidance, and many students took the lead to help one another. – Bridget, Principal Call for Classrooms 2015-2016 School Year Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts Fine Print This AIA residency is a program of VSA Ohio, made possible through funding from the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, and a contract with The Kennedy Center, and must be credited as such. Schools and Agencies in the state of Ohio serving students with disabilities are eligible to apply. Non-public, non-chartered schools are not eligible to apply. School Administrators must be aware of any classroom educator/s submitting an application and supportive of making the time and space for an arts residency. There are no direct costs to hosting an AIA residency, aside from school and individual commitment. VSA Ohio pays the teaching artist for services and materials. No funds should be exchanged between the artist and the school/teacher. VSA Ohio will monitor the AIA residency by working closely with the teaching artist, making at least one classroom visit, and follow up as needed. All documentation of the AIA residency becomes the property of VSA Ohio and may be used for evaluation, reports to funders, and educational marketing materials for the organization. Watch an AIA residency in action and learn more about VSA Ohio: vsao.org/programs/aia Direct Questions & Return Application Form to: Erin Hoppe | [email protected] | 614.241.5325 VSA Ohio | 77 South High Street, Floor 2 | Columbus, OH 43215 Call for Classrooms 2015-2016 School Year Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts Application Form Successful applications provide full and complete applications. Answers are clear, persuasive and demonstrate a true interest in, and preparation for, supporting an artsintegrated residency and teaching artist at your school site. Teachers should understand this is a partnership requiring effort and enthusiasm. AIA’s mission and funding prioritize meeting the needs of students with disabilities, and should be considered when identifying classrooms and educators in the application. This document must be typed. One sentence answers are not acceptable; your application may carry on to additional pages, as needed. Email [email protected] if you need a Word version of this document. School Demographics School Name: District Name: Address: County: Phone Number: School Website: Statistics: ____% of student body with documented disabilities (Including IEPs; poverty is NOT to be considered a disability) ____% of student body receiving free/reduced lunch/poverty level ____% of student body classified as gifted and talented Ethnic Breakdown: ____% White, non-Hispanic ____% Hispanic/Latino ____% African American ____% Asian ____% Other Location: Urban Suburban Rural Type: Public Private Specialized Call for Classrooms 2015-2016 School Year Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts Application Form Answers must be typed and should use as much space as necessary to adequately answer questions. 1. Statement of Need. Why is an arts residency right for your school? 2. How can educators and school administrators ensure the success of an artist in residence? 3. What adaptations are made by your school to serve students with disabilities in inclusive settings? 4. How will students with disabilities be included in the residency? Students with disabilities need to have an Individualized Education Plan and should represent at least one-third (1/3) of participants. 5. Each AIA residency is uniquely designed to meet the content and scheduling needs at a school. Some sites are open to any creative projects. Others have specific ideas for goals they want to address, timing, art forms, etc. Please use this space to describe any and all residency ideas your team has discussed. 6. AIA is committed to investing in the professional development (PD) of educators in the use of arts integration and Universal Design for Learning. Schools are asked to commit to the time and space for hosting individual, small group or school-wide professional development opportunities led by the artist in residence or another. Is the Administration supportive of a PD component? Yes No 7. VSA Ohio is committed to advancing our field by understanding the impact of artsresidency programs on participants. As a result, an independent consultant is assisting in a multi-year research study. All schools participate in evaluation, but some are selected as Research Sites, providing additional student achievement data to help measure impact. Is the Administration supportive of Research Site participation? Yes No Call for Classrooms 2015-2016 School Year Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts Application Form 8. Proposed duration of Residency 2- 3 weeks 5- 6 weeks 10-12 weeks Semester Full year Other: 9. Suggested/preferred timing of the Residency (ex. Fall, April). 10. Art Area/s of Interest ___ Dance ___Drama ___Music ___ Other: ___Visual Art 11. School and/or classroom Content Area goals for the upcoming year. ___ Language Arts ___ Math ___ Science ___ Social Studies ___ Foreign Language ___ Other: 12. Proposed Teaching Artist & Contact Information Some schools have a specific teaching artist in mind as a partner. That person’s name and contact information should be provided here. Each Teaching Artist must complete the VSA Ohio AIA Teaching Artist Application before they can be engaged. Suggestions are not required, nor do they guarantee selection. 13. AIA Applications are due when schools are typically out for the summer. In case VSA Ohio needs to contact you with questions, please provide a phone number and email account which is checked regularly during the summer by one contact. Name: Email: Phone: Call for Classrooms 2015-2016 School Year Adaptation, Integration, and the Arts Application Form Proposed Participants & Assurance Signatures School Start and End Dates: Grade Level/s to serve: Proposed Number of Classrooms: Estimated Number of Students served: Estimated number of Students with Disabilities to be served: *At least one-third (1/3) of total participants. Estimated number of Low Income Students to be served: Administrator Signature Name Title Email Teacher #1 Signature Name Title Email Teacher #2 Signature Name Title Email Teacher #3 Signature Name Title Email **By signing this document all parties acknowledge they have read and understand the timeline, expectations, and fine print associated with this application. All parties acknowledge they understand the content submitted by the school for this application. All parties will adhere to program policies, including communication, participation, and evaluation. VSA Ohio reserves the right to request additional information and select all Adaptation, Integration and the Arts sites.