Expanding The Frame

Expanding The Frame for Student Success, or Expanding The Frame (ETF), is a research project conducted by the Studio Institute to improve 4th and 5th graders’ Math and English Language Arts (ELA) achievement through arts-integrated units of study.

The main goals of the project are:

  • To build the capacity of elementary schools to implement an arts-integrated, standards-based, technology-rich program for 4th and 5th grade students.
  • To improve educational outcomes for students in these schools, through authentic and rigorous arts instruction that connects Visual Arts to ELA and Math skills and concepts.
  • To share the digital products and lessons learned from the design, implementation, and assessment of the project with the larger education community.

Implementation

Expanding The Frame is a partnership between Studio and four public schools in the South Bronx. Participating schools’ 4th and 5th grade classroom teachers set aside two instructional periods each week to co-teach with an artist instructor from Studio. The teachers and artists meet regularly for planning meetings and professional development sessions to develop and teach four 7-session units over the course of the year. Every artist, teacher, and student (along with Studio’s administrative staff for the project) has access to their own iPad that allows for easy sharing, collaboration, and file management.  The iPads also play key roles is all of the ETF units of study.


Artist instructors and classroom teachers planned and taught together.

History of Expanding The Frame

In 2008, Studio in a School was awarded an Arts in Education – Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD) grant from the United States Department of Education to create Framing Student Success (FSS). This project involved working with several New York City public schools to create successful arts-integrated units.

Based on the success of FSS, Studio in a School applied for and received a new AEMDD grant in 2014, called Expanding The Frame for Student Success. This project would build upon units and strategies created for FSS, as well as lessons learned from Studio’s other programs, and include an increased focus on technology integration. The project has a three-year implementation plan, serving 4th graders in its first year, 4th and 5th graders in its second year, and 5th graders in its final year. ETF will run through the end of the September 2018. This project involved working with several New York City public schools to create successful arts-integrated units, and resulted in increased activated achievement.

Research

Expanding The Frame is a research project with rigorous evaluation provided by Metis Associates. Check back after the project’s completion (Fall 2018) for a detailed report on our findings.