Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of the Perpich Arts Integration Network of Teachers?

Goal 1: Increase the capacity of teachers to design, implement, and assess collaborative arts integration in Minnesota schools, and the capacity of administrators to support this instructional strategy.
Goal 2: Improve standards-based student learning through collaborative arts integration, a strategy used by teachers and supported by administrators.

What is arts integration?

Arts integration involves collaboratively teaching and assessing the content and processes of two or more subject areas in combination, including the arts, to increase and deepen student learning, thinking, and inquiry.  

What are some examples of arts integration?

·       Tenth grader science student investigated and showed their understanding of ecosystems through photography. Students took photographs of ecosystems in a state park, then compiled them into a video in which they explained the successful art elements of the photograph as well as how each part of the ecosystem contributes to it.

·       In history class, high schoolers analyzed Civil War era photographs, interpreting what happened before, during, and after the event captured in the image. Using principles of theater and extensive research about the war and the time period, students created a scene to communicate the meaning of their photograph.

·       Focusing on engineering and math learning, elementary students described the different elements and important shapes of houses from the Three Little Pigs, then designed their own house that would withstand the wolf.

Which regions are involved? How many schools and teachers?

The Perpich Arts Integration Network of Teachers piloted in the Lakes Country region in the 2010-2011 school year. In 2012-2013 the network expanded to the Southeast region of the state. During the 2013-2014 school year, a total of 19 schools from Lakes Country and Southeast  were involved in the networks, with a total of 87 teachers. In 2014-2015, the project continued in Southeast region and expanded into Northeast with 9 schools and 48 teachers joining the project. For the 2016-2017 school year, Southeast schools start implementing plans to sustain arts integration work now that they have left the project while Northeast teams continue in the project and are joined by 40 teachers from 11 schools in the new Southwest region.

What are the school's obligations?

Schools are expected to support team efforts to implement arts integration and examine ways to expand arts integration where possible. Specifically, schools must allow release time for teachers to participate in Arts Integration Network workshops and for team planning and co-teaching. In addition, a contact person in the school’s Business Office should help oversee project expenditures and prepare the year-end budget report with the assistance of the Team Leader. Administrators will have special opportunities to engage with the project in meaningful ways, including an online principal network meeting during the school year.