Guiding Instruction through Fine Arts and Technology,
provides the school focus for Abingdon to increase student achievement
and community engagement by integrating arts and technology into our
daily instructional practices.
Abingdon’s Project GIFT
(Guiding Instruction through Fine Arts and Technology) seeks to
increase student achievement by integrating fine arts and technology
into the core curriculum. The school’s program provides each student
personalized instruction throughout their day in a collaborative
teaching model. We have developed a partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center's CETA Program
(Changing Education Through the Arts). This partnership provides our
staff with professional development activities in arts integration. It
also provides our students with the opportunity to attend fine arts
events as well as work with visiting Teaching Artists within their
Here are two examples of "Fine Arts and Technology Integration" in the classroom:
Project GIFT currently consists of the following components:
Model Arts Integration School with the Kennedy Center.
Staff-wide training provided by the Kennedy Center through the CETA (Changing Education Through the Arts) Program.
School wide implementation of arts and technology integration strategies.
Arts coaching provided by Kennedy Center experts Melanie Ricks and Sean Layne.
Technology Lab School through Discovery Education with Coaching by Amy Gropper.
Courses: Architecture, Living Histories, Science Lab, Spanish (K-3rd
Grade), Suzuki Violin for all 4th graders, and Instrumental Music for
all 5th graders.
elimination of early release Wednesdays and the implementation of 1½
hours of daily uninterrupted planning time for teachers.
After school activities that further expand students’ talents and extend the time, if needed, for remediation.
opportunities for parent and community involvement with evening events,
such as Library Nights, Project GIFT Showcase Nights, Movie Nights,
Fall Festival, Book Fair, and cultural-themed nights.
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