History

Perpich Arts Integration Project forges new direction

The Perpich Arts Integration Network of Teachers, started in 2009, focuses on standards based arts integration. It expands the Perpich arts educators networks to include educators in content areas outside arts along with licensed arts teachers. Combining effective practices of past network activity with new, research-based approaches,the Perpich Arts Integration Network of Teachers focuses on:

  • Developing rich and engaging assessment activities
  • Facilitating learning that involves complex cognitive processes
  • Building professional communities that focus on making a difference in student learning

Perpich Arts Integration Network of Teachers Timeline

November 2008: Minnesota voters pass a constitutional amendment dedicating a sales tax to fund work related to clean water, land, habitat, parks, trails, arts and cultural heritage (Legacy Amendment)

May 2009:  Minnesota Legislature, using Legacy funds, charges Perpich to develop a high quality arts integration project

July 2009-June 2011: Perpich launches Arts Integration Network of Teachers in the Lakes Country (west central) region of Minnesota

July 2011-June 2013: Continued legacy funding allows Lakes Country network to continue, and Perpich adds a new arts integration network in the Southeast region

July 2013-June 2015: Continued legacy funding supports existing regional networks and expansion into Northeast region

July 2015-June 2017  The Perpich Center takes over funding the Arts Integration Project and supports continued work in Northeast and Southeast.   Southwest/West Central network launches with summer institutes in August, 2016, and collaborative arts integration teacher teams beginning work in the 2016-2017 school year.

Foundational Professional Development

Arts Educator Professional Networks

The Perpich Center developed strategies to bring together arts educators through regional networks in the late 1990s. Networks were created for teachers from six arts areas: dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater and visual arts, often with teachers across the K-12 continuum and higher education. These networks helped the Perpich Center develop approaches for effective teacher professional learning that was ongoing, based on best practices, and directly connected to teachers’ work in the arts classroom.

Foundational Professional Development

Student Work Protocols

As part of the learning in the Arts Educator Networks, teachers came together to clarify what they wanted students to learn, and explore how they would find out what learning was taking place. Teachers in these networks learned by examining student work samples. Guided by Perpich Center facilitators, collegial teacher groups worked to make sense of evidence of student learning, producing powerful feedback to improve instruction.