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Connecting Art to the Common Core

Connecting Art to the Common Core


Adhering to the Common Core standards doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing the art. Instead, it’s about seamlessly infusing an interdisciplinary approach into your everyday teaching. We all want to be better art teachers; this course can help you be a better overall educator.

During Connecting Art to the Common Core, you’ll explore ways to connect art to other core subjects like math, reading, language, social studies, science and technology. You’ll discover ways you are already making connections in your curriculum and ways to take these connections further within your art room, school and community. You’ll research what’s happening with the Common Core and the arts in your specific area and nationwide, all while building a comprehensive interdisciplinary action plan to use immediately in your art room.

2
Graduate Credits
80
Contact Hours Total
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 2 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $500.00
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE015
Course Code
EDUC500 AOE015

Course Objectives

  • Create cross-curricular connections to increase student learning.
  • Develop units/lessons and planning matrixes to help you align your curriculum with the Common Core.
  • Research the Common Core in your state and how it applies to your art program.
  • Discover how the nation’s best schools are making fluid cross-curricular connections for their students.
  • Forge stronger connections with your colleagues and provide more meaningful experiences for your students.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
What is the Common Core
  1. Reflect on similarities and differences between common art standards and Common Core standards.
  2. Create a planning matrix to connect the Common Core to what you’re already doing in the art room.
Week 2
Connecting Art and Literacy
  1. Learn how to connect art to reading, speaking, listening, writing and language.
  2. Discuss how you’re already making these connections in the art room.
  3. Create a question deck for the art room using PowerPoint or a similar program.
  4. Develop a lesson plan that uses an artist statement.
Week 3
Connecting Math and Beyond
  1. Learn how to connect art and math using your existing lessons or creating new ones.
  2. Discover how to create intentional cross-curricular collaborations with colleagues.
  3. Discuss the success and challenges you’ve experienced when collaborating across disciplines.
  4. Create a cross-curricular planning matrix.
Week 4
Putting it All Together
  1. Discover ways to infuse collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity into the curriculum.
  2. Set goals for beefing up two of the “Four Cs” in your teaching strategies.
  3. Create a visual describing the Four Cs and how they fit into your classroom or art curriculum.
  4. Leave class with a comprehensive tool kit of lesson plans and organizational strategies.

What is the Common Core


A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class “Connecting Art to the Common Core.”

1. Research


Familiarize yourself with Common Core standards at various grade levels in math and English language arts. Research what initiatives are taking place in your school or state to bridge art and Common Core subjects.

2. Discussion


Reflect on and share what you find to be similarities and differences between common art standards and Common Core standards. Discuss with class members how to strengthen the Common Core by filling existing gaps.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application


Create a planning matrix to connect Common Core standards to what you’re already doing in the art room. Contact administrators, colleagues, your state education department, etc., to learn what initiatives are taking place to bridge art and Common Core subjects.
"This class, the course load, instructor, as well as the dialogue between such knowledgeable classmates couldn't have been more useful in helping me grow as an educator."
Carissa K.
"The content of this class was spot on. The rigor was appropriate. The resources provided were valuable in many ways, including just staying current. I have already recommended AOE to a colleague."
Susan B.
"This class really opened my eyes to how well the CCSS and art standards can connect, which I thought didn't connect at all."
Kelly S.
"The content was invaluable, with the focus not only on knowledge, but concrete uses and advocacy. The opportunity to take a class with other art teachers is rarely available."
Deborah H.
"I learned a lot in a short amount of time. I could do all my learning in the convenience of my own home, there was all the support I needed at my fingertips, and best of all, I was learning with a group of people that share my same passions (art education)."
Holly T.
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