Arts Are Core
Arts Are Core provides professional development opportunities supporting BTSArts schools’ implementation of the collaborative arts integration teaching model. The program provides year-round professional learning opportunities in arts integration for K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, arts educators, and USU students. Professional development is also provided by the BTSArts statewide University network – University of Utah, Southern Utah University, Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Weber State University, and Westminster University.
The mission of Arts Are Core is to increase the quality and quantity of arts learning experiences for elementary students and teachers in the USU service area by focusing on four key areas:
- BTSArts Partnership: Mentor BTSArts Educators in the USU service region (Cache County, Logan, Box Elder, Rich, San Juan and Daggett counties).
- Professional Development: Provide professional learning opportunities to teachers, administrators, arts educators, and pre-service teachers in the USU service region which model high quality arts integration.
- Pre-service Learning: Deliver practicum-style arts integration courses and arts integration modules to all elementary education majors at Utah State University.
- Community Projects: Facilitate opportunities for BTSArts arts educators and pre-service teachers to offer community-based projects and events to elementary students and families on-site at any of the local schools or districts and/or on the USU campus.
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSArts) provides arts-integrated instruction to elementary students, effectively increasing student performance in language arts, social studies, math and science. The program is currently in 400 elementary schools
in Utah, 34 school districts (including 16 charter schools) and is serving approximately 202,800 students. BTSArts places an arts educator (trained in visual art, dance, music or theater) in elementary schools to work collaboratively with classroom teachers to deliver quality, sequential, and developmental arts instruction in alignment with the state Fine Arts
Core Standards. BTSArts operates under the direction of the Utah State Board of Education
through legislative funding.