New book from School of Education professor explores ways to integrate arts into diverse K-5 curricula
Brouillette's research interests focus on learning through the arts and education policy. Her research on arts integration in diverse classroom; the impact of No Child Left Behind on elementary arts instruction; and the arts, Common Core, and English language development have been featured in Teachers College Press, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and Teachers College Record. She is director of the UCI Center for Learning Through the Arts, which publishes quarterly the Journal for Learning Through the Arts. Brouillette was project lead on K-2 Teaching Artists, a collaboration between the San Diego Unified School District and the University of California, Irvine (made possible by a USDE Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant).
The book is now available from Teachers College Press.
From the Publisher:
This practical resource emphasizes the special contribution that visual art, drama, music, and dance can make to student literacy and understanding of content area reading assignments. Focusing on those areas where students tend to struggle, this book helps K–5 teachers provide an age-appropriate curriculum that is accessible to an increasingly diverse student population but does not ignore other important aspects of healthy human development. Without detracting from the rigor of a demanding curriculum, Brouillette demonstrates how arts integration allows students to engage with concepts on their own developmental level. Each chapter focuses on a skill set that is fundamental to literacy development, suggests age-appropriate arts integration activities that will build that skill, and offers guidance for fostering a sense of community.