Mission Statement

The Arts Integration Cohort Project is committed to implementing school-wide strategies to construct a school culture of high expectations for all students to learn, develop, and apply artistic skills and knowledge, improve understanding of academic concepts, and connect interdisciplinary arts and academic learning so that it becomes deep and sequential throughout the curriculum. 


Arts Integration Cohort Project 2014-2018


The Arts Integration Cohort Project team:

Edrick Rhodes: K-12 Arts Administrator
Samika Satterthwaite: Project Director
Elaine Weeks: Technology Coordinator


The School District of Palm Beach County was awarded a U.S. Department of Education $2.1 million “Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) Grant”. Under the (AEMDD) grant, the School District of Palm Beach County will implement the Arts Integration Cohort Project (AICP), an arts-technology integration initiative designed to target student achievement and engagement at four Title I elementary schools. The (AICP) is designed to create and document a cohesive, rigorous, research-based model that will use arts integration to advance the understanding of effective ways of teaching both the arts and academic curricula as a means to increase student achievement and engagement. The high quality, whole-school model for effective arts integration will be strengthened by research-based strategies developed by the Kennedy Center’s CETA (Changing Education Through the Arts) Program and sustained with effective professional development protocol. The integrated curricula will be developed with engaging, challenging, and relevant interdisciplinary projects that demand higher order thinking skills included in the Florida Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy, combined with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Arts Education in Music, Visual Arts, Drama, and Dance; this will serve as the basis for all curricular activities to ensure that students are developing creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills for the future.  

AICP Arts-Integrated Curriculum Handbook for K-5 Teachers


Throughout the four years of the project, the integrated curriculum handbook will be a living document. The handbook will offer field-tested units of study and lesson plans that integrate the arts and technology into the core academic disciplines. The content of these units will be rigorous and designed with a focus on collaborative group work, critical thinking, creativity, and authentic assessment through portfolios, products, performance assessment, or rubrics to document student progress. Other elements intentionally common to these units of study will include scaffolding and differentiation, project-based and/or problem-based learning (PBL), critical thinking and problem solving, and technology integration and use by students and teachers. Throughout the four years of the project, the process of designing and developing the integrated arts curriculum units will afford the teachers, administrators, and project staff the ongoing opportunity to consider both small and large scale steps to improve student achievement and performance.

Arts Integration GRANT Schools



The Conservatory School
at North Palm Beach

At our school, we empower and nurture all learners to become inquisitive scholars and empathetic leaders who enrich their communities and their futures through music and the arts.

School of the Arts

Plumosa’s unique learning environment provides students with the opportunity to imagine, explore, create, and reach their potential in academics, dual language, the arts, and S.T.A.R. citizenship. No stars shine brighter than the S.T.A.R. students at Plumosa School of the Arts!

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview
School of the Arts

U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts will provide an outstanding education centered on artistic excellence and high academic achievement that will inspire and challenge today's students to attain proficiency at their grade level, in order to lead them into a future of productive citizenship and lifelong learning in our diverse and dynamic world.

West Riviera
Elementary School

It is our mission to provide opportunities for students to achieve their personal best, become responsible and productive citizens, and embrace lifelong learning in a safe and positive environment. We believe all children can learn and excel with developmentally appropriate materials, practices, and strategies. We believe all children deserve a quality education that not only meets, but exceeds standards.