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The SAILSS Model

AI in AACPS 1SAILSS & Arts Integration:
A Model for Success



Transforming Teaching through Arts Integration

AI Implementation Results: Middle School Reform
through Effective Arts Integration

Professional Development

“Our AI model included the following key components:
1. Commitment by the school administration to implement AI and use high quality arts education as the central focus of school reform;
2. Intensive and ongoing professional development (PD) to build teacher’s buy-in, knowledge and skills;
3. Targeted support for AI by a school based Arts Integration Specialist and Team;
4. Collaborative planning and curriculum mapping focusing on opportunities to integrate the arts as well as data analysis of student performance to identify where students have the greatest challenges and target standards for arts integration;
5 Collegial co-teaching with arts teachers and artists in residence working side-by-side with core content area teachers; and
6. Sharing community involvement through celebration of student work and success.
Following these components allowed us to design and implement a true arts integration program that would incorporate the learning of each differentiated art form and subject area. Weaving the arts throughout the curriculum where natural correlations already exist helped support a deeper understanding of all content areas for both the teacher and the student.”
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AEMDD Grant
In the summer of 2008, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) applied for and was awarded a AEMDD grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, to implement the Supporting Arts Integrated Learning for Student Success (SAILSS) project. The project reflected a partnership among AACPS, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Annapolis Arts Council, Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS), and Towson University. The grant extended from school year (SY) 2008-2009 through SY 2012-2013. SAILSS project proposed a comprehensive cross-curricular, arts integrated model for middle school students in high poverty, high mobility areas. [More]




It Works! Arts Integration Achievement Data
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“The arts have raised engagement and motivation in our students,” Bragdon added. “It’s a very effective way to teach the core subjects. We’ve started to feel validated about that, because our rise in test scores is very solid now.”The Baltimore Sun, August 25, 2011 [More]



The SAILSS Journey of Bates Middle School

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The arts integration (AI) model used in SAILSS includes the following key components: 1) intensive and ongoing professional development to build teacher’s buy-in, knowledge and skills, 2) commitment by the school administration to implement arts integration and use high quality arts education as the central focus of school reform 3) targeted support for arts integration by a school based arts integration specialist and arts integration team, 4) collaborative planning and curriculum mapping focusing on opportunities to integrate the arts as well as data analysis of student performance to identify where students have the greatest challenges and target standards for arts integration, 5) collegial co-teaching (arts teachers and artists in residence working side-by side with core content area teachers), 6) and sharing/community involvement through celebration of student work and success. [more]