KID smART engages children in dynamic, creative and rigorous learning through the arts. In a KID smART classroom, students might learn the water cycle through dance, understand fractions by mixing paint colors, or explore complex vocabulary words through pantomime. Arts-integrated lessons are designed to engage students with a variety of learning styles and abilities so that all may excel.
• Increase students' academic achievement, build their critical thinking/problem-solving skills, foster creativity and imagination and enhance their social/emotional growth;
• Increase teacher efficacy and job satisfaction through the use of arts integrated instructional practice.
KID smART's core activities include placing teaching artists in schools to co-plan and co-teach with classroom teachers, and offering monthly workshops to classroom teachers to reinforce their skills in arts-integrated teaching. In 2017-18, KID smART partners with 12 New Orleans public schools, reaching 2,357 students and 249 educators.
- Classroom teacher talking about KID smART professional development workshop
"KID smART helps you learn a lot of things. You can express your thoughts through music."
- 6th grade student at Dolores T. Aaron Academy