About the Escuela Project
The Escuela Project is a multidisciplinary arts education project serving San Antonio’s k-12 school children by pairing up teachers and artists to design and teach arts infused academic lessons that are aligned with Texas state guidelines.
HOW DOES THIS PROJECT WORK?
- To increase student engagement
- To advance student learning
- To increase student attendance
- To build student self-esteem and confidence
- To equip teachers with art infused curriculum
- To create the next generation of educated global citizens
Both teachers and artists attend a Curriculum Design Training led by the GCAC Education Director, a certified and experienced teacher and visual artist, for a one-day training and collaboration session focusing on:
- Strategies for best classroom practices
- Methods for infusing art and creativity into statewide curriculum
- Development of the curriculum for each grade level
- Approaches for evaluation procedures
Artists and teachers develop a lesson plan based on a cluster of Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) suggested by the teacher, integrating arts, creative problem solving and culture in three ways:
CONTENT: Each workshop infuses art making and skills into the academic objectives, skills, vocabulary and content of any math, science, English or social studies classroom.
EXPERIENCE: Students connect at an interpersonal level to their curriculum by taking ownership in creating Drama, Dance, Music or Visual Art with the assistance of qualified artists.
REFLECTION: Students exhibit their works, discuss their ideas and articulate what they have learned through constructive critiques.
EVALUATION: In the final phase of The Escuela Project, both the artist and teacher evaluate the outcomes of the project, based on narrative evaluations, classroom attendance and behavior reports, content assessments and their culminating event or project.
“My students, who often check-out mentally ten minutes into the lesson, were the ones most engaged during our Escuela lesson!” – Escuela Project Teacher
ADVANCE STUDENT LEARNING
“ All of my students in my other classes started at the same level, at the same time, and the students in The Escuela Project learned at a much more in-depth level” – Escuela Project Teacher.
INCREASE STUDENT ATTENDANCE
“My students were showing up for class, on time, with their camera and homework in hand. This was a great improvement!” ” – Escuela Project Teacher.
EQUIP TEACHERS WITH ART INFUSED CURRICULUM
“After I was able to see how art improved the learning process in my class, I have decided to use my Escuela curriculum in future years and share it with other teachers at my school.” ” – Escuela Project Teacher.
INCREASE SELF-ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE
“The students were exuding confidence in their final school presentations!” – ” – Escuela Project Artist.
CREATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF GLOBAL CITIZENS
“Watching the faces of our parents and community learn about water conservation and enjoy photography in our window exhibit taught me how important The Escuela Project is to education today!” – Escuela Project Administrator.