about arts integration menomonie
Heart of Education
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 tEACHER RETENTION
Increase the confidence and quality of teachers by deepening their capacity to integrate the arts into their instructional practices.
Encourage supportive collegial networks among teachers through co-teaching residencies and internships, shared professional development, and systems of mentoring.
Enhance teacher well-being through mindfulness practices for personal and classroom use.
A.I.M.'s CORE PROGRAMS include:
These programs are designed to ENHANCE teachers':
instructional AND CURRICULAR “tool kit” THAT includeS arts SKILLS
NETWORK OF support AND COLLABORATION
COMPETENCE IN TEACHING
Confidence IN TEACHING
HAPPINESS IN TEACHING
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.