The positive effects of arts integration and cultural experiences are not limited to students. As with all professional development, successful implementation of best practices depends on positive school culture and leadership support of both teachers and students.
There are many resources in Berkshire County that offer cultural experiences to educators. Scores of texts and discuss the benefits of implementing arts integration into the classroom. Administrators may find these useful as they work to support teachers and arts integrated curriculum.
Staff development opportunities from regional arts/cultural organizations
arts integration resources
Preparing School Leaders for Effective Arts Integration
This Education Trends report explores successful practices for arts integration, with a focus on educator and school leader professional development, and provides an overview of research that highlights the impact of instructor preparation and professional development on student outcomes.
Integrating the Arts to Ensure All Students Can Engage in Learning
In our uncertain times, it is critical for all students to have access to arts education — provided by a highly qualified arts-teaching workforce — including classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, higher education faculty or members of arts and cultural organizations who offer arts education programming.
Arts Integration and the SPED Student: Voice, Choice, and Access
Research "results suggest that arts may assist special needs students in demonstrating knowledge of academic content and skills."
Philadelphia Leader Makes the Case for the Arts
Dennis W. Creedon, Assistant Superintendent of the Philadelphia Schools), explains why art integration makes a critical difference for all learners.