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Arts Integration

Thank you so much for visiting the Woodburn Arts Integration Page. The links below are some of the Arts Integration activity and events that have taken place at Woodburn.

  • Overview
  • The Kennedy Center
  • For Educators

A Student's PhotoWoodburn teachers strive to integrate the fine and communicative arts into all instruction throughout the school day. We believe that arts integration enhances learning for all students, particularly visual, tactile, and kinesthetic learners, and those whose home language is not English. Using the arts to learn more traditional academic subjects provide natural connections for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students. Music, drama, visual arts and poetry, for example, are major tools that appeal to the visual tactile, auditory and kinesthetic learners' needs.

This provides students with multiple ways to remember, transfer and apply their learning. When the arts are integrated into academic subjects, instruction is likely to be more active, hands-on, personally meaningful and vivid for students - all research-based techniques proven to increase the rate and retention of student learning. Educating students using the arts also provides a foundation for their appreciation of and participation in the arts as life-long learners.



The Kennedy Center and the CETA Program

Woodburn School is proud to have been selected as one of 16 schools in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to be a member of the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program. Our school’s partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which began in 2005, helps teachers develop their expertise in integrating the arts with the teaching of other school subjects (such as history, language arts, science). This focus on arts-integrated instruction is designed to help all students learn with greater motivation and ease. To that end, the Kennedy Center and the schools work together to develop, implement, and evaluate an in-depth staff development program of courses, workshops, coaching, and study groups.

To learn more, please visit the Kennedy Center’s CETA program website at

Woodburn School has been selected by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to participate in the CETA Research and Development (R&D) project. Through this project, Woodburn School will have the opportunity to work with the Kennedy Center’s Director of Evaluation to gather data for the CETA Evaluation.  There are a total of 16 CETA schools; four of which have been designated as Research & Development schools.

The CETA program uses a comprehensive definition of arts integration as its foundation.  This definition helps teachers, administrators, and teaching artists know exactly what arts integration is and how it differs from teaching the arts or just using the arts in the classroom.

The Definition
Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.  Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both. 

Woodburn School recently did a presentation about their arts integration program at the Kennedy Center for other CETA schools. We've posted the slides from that presentation below.


The original powerpoint has notes to go along with each slide.


For Educators

Thank you so much for visiting. Below are some resources for those who want to start integrating the Arts into your own classes.

Changing Education Through the Arts

The Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts website is a fantastic place to start. The site gives a wonderful overview of what arts integration means. They also list links to workshops and seminars going on nationally that teachers can attend to learn more.

Arts Edge

Arts Edge, another site produced by the Kennedy Center, has resources for students, parents, and educators. It has lessons and standards for teachers to use in their own classrooms. The website also have a number of interactive activities that wil engage students.

Sean Layne

Sean Layne is a wonderful arts coach in the area. He does consulting and works with the Kennedy Center on a number of initiatives. His site has wonderful resources for teachers who want to learn more about arts integration.

Sean recently visited Woodburn, a short video showing part of his visit can be found here.