Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Launches Project Arts for Learning Program

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Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Launches Project Arts for Learning Program

The 2017-2018 school year marks the launch of Project Arts for Learning Program, a district-wide program funded by a grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). In partnership with the nonprofit Arts for Learning San Diego, our teachers have worked with professional artists to write a new arts curriculum. This promises to be an exciting year for both students and teachers. 

This year, teachers and professional artists will co-teach the lessons. In honor of the arts, we call them duet teachers.

Over the next four years, teachers and art professionals will focus on four main art disciplines: visual arts, dance, music, and theater/ drama. District-wide arts integration units will combine standard English and Language Arts topics with an art form. 

For example, the sixth grade curriculum combines humanities with dance. The unit focuses on: understanding historical connection through movement; exploring ancient civilization through the language of dance; reasons that people dance; and looking at aspects such as community, communication, and power. Students will connect to personal experiences by creating their own dances.

Each grade’s integration will have a different focus. While the sixth grade curriculum combines dance and humanities, the eighth grade curriculum explores the language of dance within a historical context. Students will learn to: identify and use the elements of dance; and examine how populations used dance in different periods of time. The course will end with students creating their own dances. 

These examples showcase the integration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) into hands-on art experiences that challenge students to apply their strengths across all mediums and subjects. 

In addition to the new arts curriculum, CUSD has added visual and performing arts instructors at Silver Strand Elementary and Village Elementary. This brings band, choir, drama and visual arts to the elementary schools. 

We are thrilled to have the DoDEA grant spur such a vibrant arts curriculum district-wide. We know CUSD won the grant thanks to the Governing Board approval, three years ago, of our five-year Arts Empower Strategic Plan. This bold statement, created from our Community Strategic Plan, explicitly stated that this community values discrete art and integrated arts.


Stay tuned! Soon we will share some of the amazing learning experiences students have this year!