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What’s the spark that awakens a child’s love for learning –that brings difficult concepts to light? The video below illustrates the power and potential of arts integrated instruction- an instructional practice that strives to create strong, authentic connections that are grounded in inquiry. Second-grade teacher Ellen Franz guides students through a year-long architecture unit that combines art, history and science in a way that powerfully engages students, guides them through principles of critical thinking and problem solving, and cultivates a love of books and learning.

Quality arts integrated instruction strengthens learning in multiple content areas while also developing vital 21st Century learning outcomes and supporting the goals of the Common Core Standards. The IBM 2010 Global CEO Study, which surveyed 1,500 Chief Executive Officers from 60 countries and 33 industries worldwide, found that CEOs believe that, “more than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision — successfully navigating an increasingly complex world will require creativity.” The arts foster creativity, a 21st Century Skill, by building student capacity to generate and analyze ideas; test and revise ideas; and create a meaningful product.

According to the IBM 2010 CEO study, creativity is
the most important leadership quality.

How are we preparing Marin’s young people for the jobs of the future?

For more information, see: The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies, National Endowment for the Arts.