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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Bates Middle School

Grades 6-8 | Annapolis, MD

Transformation Through Arts Integration

Every teacher at Wiley H. Bates Middle School, is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for students.

What This School Is Achieving

OUTCOMES

Since focusing on arts integration, this school has achieved the following:

• English-language learners increased their achievement in math and reading by almost 30 percent.

• Special ed scores jumped higher than hoped.

• The school is developing a body of research data that shows that arts integration can help struggling students learn standard curricula.

How They Do It

Arts Integration for Deeper Learning in Middle School

Integrate the Arts, Deepen the Learning

Critical thinking, risk taking, and collaboration are just some of the areas where Bates Middle School educators report big improvements since integrating the arts.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning

Thanks to a bold strategy -- integrating the arts into curricula -- the faculty, staff, and students of Maryland's Bates Middle School are crafting a whole new vision of school transformation.

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