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Research and Data

LAA+ Student and Teacher Impact Survey

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Program Evaluation Summary 

by Dr. James Catterall

Dr. James Catterall, Professor Emeritus of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Executive Director of the Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC), led a research team to study three schools new to the LAA+ program. All three schools were high poverty and failing academically prior to joining LAA+.  Dr. Catterall's team followed the schools for two and a half years, administering surveys, conducting focus groups, and observed and participated in LAA+ professional development, and conducted over 50 classroom observations to assess the impact LAA+ training had on teachers' understanding of arts integration and their ability to utilize it as an instructional strategy.
Insights included:
  • The LAA+ model has proven to be effective in training teachers to be engaging arts integration practitioners.
  • Students in LAA+ schools are provided with numerous opportunities to grow as critical thinkers and artists on a regular basis.
  • Students had opportunities across the curriculum to think critically and creatively while collaborating with their peers.
  • Student engagement in arts integrated lessons was significantly high.
  • LAA+ teachers employed an interactive teaching approach more frequently than a lecture-based approach. This aligns with  several of the Eight A+ Essentials including multiple learning pathways, collaboration, and experimental learning.
  • Schools yielded tangible successes in school climate improvement, student engagement, and arts integration.
  • Teachers who attended the LAA+ Summer Institute were significantly more likely to implement arts integrated lessons that were highly effective at deepening students' content knowledge through the arts.
  • Teachers actively shared arts integration strategies and supported one another as arts integration practitioners.
  • Parental involvement increased following each school's adoption of LAA+.

Impact of A+ Schools

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