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Southern California Schools Benefit When Integrating Arts Education into Common Core

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Jun 16, 2015

Centinela Valley Union High School district has seen dramatically positive results when integrating arts education into common core lesson plans, according to Southern California Public Radio station KPCC. The district, located in Los Angeles, has been pairing math and English teachers with art instructors and making significant investments into training teachers on integrating the arts into Common Core lessons.

According to teachers and administrators in the district, techniques such as using visual and performing arts to teach geometry have been “an effective tool in keeping students' attention while imparting experiences that are applicable to their lives.” Students at Hawthorne High School have used clothing design as a tool for tackling difficult math concepts, giving them opportunities for hands-on learning and collaboration with their peers.

KPCC notes that “some advocates of Common Core lessons that integrate the arts also say that students who find subjects like math hard to grasp can learn more easily when lessons are visual and hands-on. Their hope is that lessons like [those implemented in Centinela Valley] will spread in school districts across the state, helping restore funding to arts education that in some places was severely cut during the recession.”

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