Addressing the Common Core Shifts
This summer, UAP program staff members Juan Manzo and Keith Kaminski attended the “Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core” conference in Albany to present a workshop on how the arts can support Common Core Standards.
We have adjusted our lesson plan structure to better reflect the instructional shifts demanded by Common Core in English Language Arts. As a result, students will be examining masterworks and engaging in evidence-based discussion and writing in response to these works as part of every class. Every project will incorporate reading and discussion of non-fiction informational texts so that students can build vocabulary and gain content knowledge related to the topic of their project. For students and teachers, these shifts in classroom instruction mean that we can maximize every minute with students even more. This year, we are excited to have even more arts integration programming in NYC public school classrooms than ever before so that we can engage students and support their learning in academic subjects.