Meadow View Elementary is part of the A+ Schools Program at the
North Carolina Arts Council. As an A+ School, we integrate the arts
into all subjects, and students are exposed to all of the art forms
(drama, dance, music, visual arts and creative writing).
The A+ Schools Program is a whole-school reform model that views
the arts as fundamental to teaching and learning in all subjects.
A+ Schools combine interdisciplinary teaching and daily arts
instruction, offering children opportunities to develop creative,
innovative ways of thinking, learning and showing what they
know. In A+ Schools, teaching the state's mandated curriculum
involves a collaborative, many-disciplined approach, with the arts
continuously woven into every aspect of a child's learning.
For more information, visit: http://aplus-schools.ncdcr.gov.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is A+?
The A+ Schools Program is the largest, longest running, most
successful arts-based whole-school reform effort in the nation.
Since 1995, A+ Schools has been using the arts as a catalyst for
creating connections and making school an engaging, meaningful and
enjoyable place to teach and learn.A+ evaluators have consistently
found that A+ Schools have been able to respond to accountability
standards in both effective and creative ways, meeting standards in
N.C.'s high-stakes testing program without narrowing the curriculum
by deeply integrating the arts into instruction.
How are the arts used in A+ Schools?
In A+ Schools, arts education is approached in three ways:
Arts Integration - bringing together arts
and non-arts objectives to create hands-on, experiential, connected
and meaningful learning experiences.
Arts Education - developing an
understanding and comfort in the elements, principles, history,
processes and works of each art form.
Arts Exposure - creating opportunities
for students and staff to experience artistic works, performances
and careers both in the school and in the community.
What does all this mean in the classroom?
It means that children are exposed to and educated in all of the
art forms: visual arts, dance, drama, music and creative writing.
It means that they learn in collaborative, creative environments
that support and enhance each child's unique way of learning and
provide a rich variety of opportunities for reaching mastery. It
means that teachers work together to integrate the arts, the
sciences, literacy, math and humanities into creative, meaningful
lessons. It means that children experience hands-on, real world
application of learning objectives that connect across disciplines.
It means that children are given opportunities to become more
curious about their world, that they develop the tools for seeing
connections among subjects and ideas, and that they are better
prepared for the their future in the 21st century. It means that
teachers, students and parents are invested in life-long learning
and celebrating their school community.
For more information on the A+ Schools Program, please
Michelle Mazan Burrows, Director