Research has proven that incorporating arts-based learning in STEM education works. Students comprehend and retain information more easily when given the opportunity to learn through interactive, hands-on activities. The following resources provide facts, which demonstrate the need for the arts in early education and how the incorporation of the arts will improve the academic achievement of San Antonio students.

Articles about Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts 

  1. U.S. Department of Education : Feature: Wolf Trap Institute Unites the Arts and STEM in Early Childhood Learning 
  2. Key Research Findings on Efficacy of  Wolf Trap Early STEM Learning Through the Arts  
  3. Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working  By Moriah Balingit February 22, 2016
  4. Arts Integration in Pre-Schools  - NAC Arts Education Published on Oct 11, 2015
  5. Starting Young-Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts  NEA Issue 2015 2 
  6. We were very pleased to see the Wolf Trap Institute included as a case example on page 19-20 of the guidance for Title IV, under allowable uses of funds for Activities to Support Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities. This is a very significant piece of recognition by the Department of Education, and speaks volumes to the reputation and impact of Wolf Trap programs.  Non-Regulatory Guidance Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
  7. New Research Analysis Shows Arts-Integrated Teaching Translates to Additional Month of Math Learning Feb. 20, 2016
  8. Evaluation of Professional Development in the Use of Arts-Integrated Activities With Mathematics Content: Findings From the Evaluation of the Wolf Trap Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Final Grant Report   - American Institutes for Research Jan 2015.

Education in San Antonio

  1. Community Impact Report Card 2017 - P16 Council
  2. SA2020 | SA2020’s vision for improved education: “By 2020, San Antonio has orchestrated one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States.”
  3. San Antonio ranks near the bottom in national brainpower study | A new Business Journals study ranks San Antonio No. 90 among 102 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas in terms of collective brainpower. According to the report, 43 percent of schools in the greater San Antonio area were given a letter grade of either “D” or “F.” The full report can be found here.
  4. Report: S.A. schools losing ground | 2014 article By Maria Luisa Cesar and Francisco Vara-Orta regarding the release of Children at Risk’s 2014 report, which ranked school districts using test scores, graduation rates and their ability to serve economically disadvantaged children, among other factors.
  5. School Arts Education and Developing Audiences for the Future | 2012 San Antonio Area Foundation research regarding budget cuts and the lack of arts education programs in San Antonio and Bexar County.
  6. The State of Pre-K: Realities and Opportunities in Texas | In 2011, Texas’ 82nd Legislature made historic cuts to the public education budget totaling $5.4 billion. In 2012, Children at Risk conducted a comprehensive research study to provide an objective assessment of the impact on students and classrooms across the state of Texas.
  7. SA2020 Goal is 85 % of students meeting Level II satisfactory on 3rd grade Reading STAAR Test.
  8. A presentation by theArtsFund 2013-Developing Our Youth Through Arts Education.pdf
  9. Arts and Education Research Brief-Kronkosky Charitable Foundation

Resources on Arts Integration in Education 

Arts and early childhood development focus of new NEA research

 40+ Resources on Arts Integration   All points of arts integration -- from benefits and implementation to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blog posts, articles, and videos.

STEAM Infographic 

Using STEAM to Build arts Appreciation 

STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy | 2012 article on the benefits of including the arts in STEM education. "Government agencies

Reinvesting in Arts Education | 2011 study by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. According to the report, “the arts significantly boost student achievement, reduce discipline problems and increase the odds that students will go on to graduate from college. It demonstrates that arts education can play an important role in narrowing the achievement gap between minorities and whites.”

Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development | 2002 educational report which compiles research supporting the arts education and incorporating arts into core curriculum. Studies were conducted by the Arts Education Partnership in conjunction with the Department of Education and National Endowment for the Arts.

Champions of Change: The Impact of Arts on Learning | 1999 Report by the MacArthur Foundation which “identifies how involvement with the arts provides unparalleled opportunities for learning that enables young people to reach for and attain higher levels of achievement.”

Using Music to Close the Academic Gap | 2013 article by Lori Miller Kase on a number of new studies which show the cognitive advantages of learning to play musical instruments at an early age.

"How to Remove Obstacles to Learning Math " By Katrina Schwartz  2015 KQED, Inc. Teaching math based on visual and mindset techniques.

Pre-K Education 

Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on  Pre-School Education - Society for Research in Child Development  Oct 2013.

Educator's Strategies 

What Educators Need to Understand About Poverty;"Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools" by William Parrett and Kathleen Budge,, Dec. 3, 2015

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