The Program Model

The five primary goals of the PAIR project were:
  • To create cross-school partnerships
  • To create models of high-quality arts integrated curriculum
  • To improve teachers’ instructional practice
  • To improve student achievement
  • To disseminate effective arts integration practices to other schools
To achieve these goals, PAIR employed the core CAPE methods that drive all CAPE programming:

Arts Integration
For CAPE, it is essential that arts instruction integrate with academic instruction. We believe art made from an integrated curriculum is more compelling because of the constant exchange of questions and ideas from the academic to the artistic work.

In our practice, teachers and teaching artists collaborate to address academic and artistic questions and challenges. Building on these ideas, they plan arts-integrated curricula that draw connections between arts and non-arts subject matter as the work progresses. The artist and teacher work together with the students, co-teaching and co-experimenting throughout their partnership.

Documentation helps educators get a fuller picture of how an individual student is or is not learning and growing. Examining the documentation aids teachers and artists not only in student assessment, but also in curricular planning, as they reflect on what is and isn’t working in their instruction.

Professional Development
As part of all CAPE programs, teachers and teaching artists from schools around the city come together regularly for professional development meetings.  There, they can examine others’ work and ideas, share their own successes and questions, and explore new possibilities for teaching and learning with CAPE staff.

All CAPE programs engage professional, highly qualified researchers. Researchers analyze CAPE documentation, interview teachers and artists, and gather student data. Researchers also develop new and innovative tools to measure arts integrated teaching and learning. Their research is regularly shared with the teachers and artists, providing them with a broader trajectory of how their school is improving via arts integration partnerships.

Public Sharing and Dissemination
CAPE shares arts integration work by students, teachers, artists, staff and researchers in many formats, including but not limited to: exhibitions, websites, published articles, workshops, whole school events, and/or conference presentations.