Arts Integration & The Common Core


August 5th-7th, 2013, 100 teachers and 20 community arts partners attended a Summer Institute on Project-Based Learning, Arts Integration, and the new California Common Core Standards.  The Institute was sponsored by The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and was developed in collaboration by Pasadena Educational Foundation, Pasadena Unified School District, and the Huntington.  For three days, teachers and community arts partners experienced Project-Based Learning, analyzed the new standards, and connected all four art forms throughout.

94% of the attendees felt they gained the skills to integrate the arts in a project-based learning plan, and 92% felt that the training equipped them to transition instruction for the Common Core Standards.  In the teachers' words:

"This training was affirmative, fun & respectful of my abilities as a teacher."  

"This Professional Development program really opened my eyes as to what will be expected of me, and of my students.  Thank you for allowing us to do presentations and demonstrate what we learned."  

"Next year, I'll bring objects and concepts to life in my classroom through movement, theater and visual art."

"I am deeply appreciative of the time and effort put into this training by PUSD and The Huntington.  With multiple opportunities to collaborate with others at my grade level, we can make this happen!"

Materials from the Institute are available below.  Each link will download one of the tabs from the Institute binder:

Be a Learner

Thinking About PBL

Instructional Shifts & PBL Format

Creating Your Own PBL


To read more about this event, visit PUSD's web site or contact Jen Olson at  

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