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The Phillips Partners with DCPS on Arts Integration Program

With Congress officially designating September 12–18 Arts In Education week (HR275), The Phillips Collection announces a new partnership with D.C. Public Schools to enhance teaching and learning through the visual arts. The museum is partnering with the DCPS Catalyst School program, Office of School Innovation, to implement an innovative approach in which the visual and performing arts are woven into core subject area curricula.

The Phillips is working with the four Arts Integration Catalyst Schools: Ludlow-Taylor Elementary (Ward 6), Takoma Education Campus (Ward 4), Tyler Elementary School (Ward 6), and Sousa Middle School (Ward 7). Together they are creating a pioneering ―Art Links to Learning—Museum-in-Residence‖ program that weaves together the visual arts with other core standards to improve student performance and enhance 21st century learning skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving. Serving the entire school community, the program provides extensive professional development for teachers, in-classroom workshops and museum visits for students, student exhibitions at the Phillips and online, as well as dynamic opportunities for family participation.

From the Phillips’s rich array of teacher resources, the schools will start with the museum’s newest: Teach with Jacob Lawrence: Nationwide Curriculum. The result of a three-year research project developed by the Phillips to study art integration, the curriculum is based on Lawrence’s epic visual narrative of the migration of more than one million African Americans from the rural south to the urban north between the world wars. Featuring nine best-practice teaching units developed by teachers across the country as well as museum teaching lessons, Teach with Jacob Lawrence includes illustrated, step-by-step lesson plans, samples of student work, student assessment rubrics, and teacher impact statements. The Phillips will tailor this curriculum to meet specific DCPS standards at each grade level. In a third grade classroom, for example, students discuss three Migration Series paintings and complete an assignment about the elements of a story, which is directly tied to language arts standards for narrative sequencing.

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