Rather than cutting art, students at one elementary school will be getting more of it this year, as the school is participating in a new pilot initiative for arts integration into core subjects.
At Oaklands Elementary School in Laurel Maryland, students previously only saw an arts teacher once every two months. With the new program, the arts teacher will be available twice weekly, working with other teachers to infuse art into their lesson plans.
According to John Ceschini, the new arts integration officer for the school system, incorporating arts into other subject matter enforces vital skills. “It enhances critical thinking skills, communication, problem solving and cross-cultural understanding,” Ceschini said.
15 schools throughout Prince George’s County will participate in the pilot program this year