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Arts Integration

Michigan schools considering a fully integrated and aligned fine arts curriculum now have a new resource at their disposal. School leaders at Concord Academy Petoskey are assisting other Michigan charter schools in the alignment and mapping of fully integrated fine arts curricula, development of a high-quality, comprehensive Internet resource, and implementation of professional development programs for new and aspiring teachers.

Project Plan 

To achieve its proposed objectives, Concord will draw upon existing staff to assist West Michigan, Woodland Park and Winans Academy with their curriculum alignment and mapping projects.  The Concord support team will work directly with each school to develop an individual action plan for aligning and mapping integrated fine arts curricula.  The team will then travel to meet individually with each schools's curriculum review team, as directed in the individual action plans.


Phase I (Jul-Dec 2003)   Phase II (Jan-Jun 2004)   Phase III (Jul 2004-Jul 2005)
Complete Concord mapping process.  Work with West Michigan Academy, Woodland Park Academy, and Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts to complete curriculum alignment.  Begin working with West Michigan, Woodland Park, and Winans teaching staff to share instructional stretegies and gather mapping information.  Begin developing website to involve teachers, parents and community members in the integration of fine arts in curriculum and instruction.  Begin developing teacher instruction and professional development programs on fine arts instruction.    Finish curriculum alignment for West Michigan,Woodland Park, and Begin curriculum mapping for West Michigan, Woodland Park, and Winans.  Launch Website.  Complete design of teacher instruction and professional development programs; establish college/university partnerships.  Begin making presentations at Michigan's Charter School Conference and host two other independent training opportunities.    Begin acting as state resource center for the integration of fine arts.  West Michigan, Woodland Park, West Michigan, Woodland Park, and Winans will work with Concord to conduct seminars, write research studies and otherwise disseminate information to schools that have an interest in the fine arts.  In order to help prepare Michgan's future teachers, teacher instruction and professional development programs will be implemented at targeted colleges and universities. Website will be maintained and expanded.  All four schools will develop a support team within their individual schools that will assist other charter schools in their local regions. Each school's team will adopt, at the minimum, one other school to assist. (this assistance is not to make them a fine arts academy, but to show them how to enhance existing programs).



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