about arts integration menomonie
Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) is a grant-funded organization based at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and partnered with the School District of the Menomonie Area. Through this university and school district partnership, A.I.M. supports pre-service and early career teachers by expanding and strengthening their instructional methods through arts integration. In addition A.I.M. strives to enhance teacher well-being through mindfulness practices.
a.i.m. directs its efforts around these major goals:
- Increase the confidence and quality of teachers by deepening their capacity to design and implement arts integration in their instructional practices.
- Retain teachers in the field through supportive collegial networks; improved student engagement and classroom management; and increased confidence and well-being (happiness).
A.I.M.'s CORE PROGRAMS include:
These programs are designed to enhance teachers':
Arts-integrated planning and practices
Collaborative models of teaching and teacher support
Confidence and well-being
long-term goals of AIM:
Establish a sustainable network of schools/programs committed to arts integration as an approach to teaching that yields increased teacher quality and retention, specifically for developing teachers and early career teachers.
Build commitment to and skilled teaching practice for arts integration within schools.
Advance pre-service and career teachers’ abilities to plan, instruct, and assess quality arts integration.
Enhance pre-service and early career teachers’ abilities to bring creativity and optimism into their classrooms and (re-)establish joy and resilience into their own lives as teachers.
Create school cultures that support intensive, sustained teacher professional development and collaboration.