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San Diego County Teachers Infuse Art In Core Academic Subjects

Credit: Courtesy of COTA

This is a COTA project completed by fourth graders.

Aired 2/9/17 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Program Helps San Diego County Teachers Infuse Art In Core Academic Subjects

GUESTS:

Valerie Barnes, teacher, Flying Hills Elementary School in El Cajon

Renee Weissenburger, artist, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists

Transcript

The Centers for Research on Creativity at UCLA have been studying the impact of a program that helps San Diego County teachers incorporate the arts into core academic subjects.

The study has found that the Collaborations: Teachers and Artists program has led to gains in problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration and empathy among students. The three-year study is in its second year.

The program is currently at five schools in the county.

On Thursday's Midday Edition, we speak to an artist and a teacher involved in COTA about the program and its impact on students.

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