the A.I.M. organization
The University of Wisconsin-Stout, in partnership with community organizations and the School District of the Menomonie Area, will support pre-service and early career teachers by expanding and strengthening their instructional methods through arts integration and enhancing their personal well-being through mindfulness. Therefore, the focus of the Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) organization is to integrate the arts across the curriculum through collaborations among its partners so as to:
- increase the capacity of teachers to design and implement arts integration, and
- retain teachers in the field through supportive collegial networks; improved engagement and classroom management; and increased confidence and well-being (happiness).
The A.I.M. organization is made up of different programs that are designed to enhance teachers':
- Arts integration planning and practices
- Collaborative models of teaching
- Mindfulness practices
A.I.M.'s CORE PROGRAMS include:
- C.I.T.A. - Co-teaching In and Through the Art
- P.A.I.N.T. - Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers
- A.I.M. Labs
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, well-being, and resilience into their own lives as teachers.
Create school cultures that support intensive, sustained teacher professional development and collaboration in and through the arts and mindfulness.