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Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program


Project: Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program

Principal Investigator: Carrie Trenholm

Funding Type: State

Funding Source: Utah State Board of Education

Funding Amount: $102,440

College: Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education & Human Development

Department: Teacher Education & Family Development

Carrie Trenholm is a Professional Learning Partner and Regional Director for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program’s Southern Utah region. She is also the principal investigator for the $102,440 grant from the Utah State Board of Education that made the implementation of the program in Southern Utah possible during the 2013-14 school year.

The BTSALP brings arts specialists from one of four disciplines into Utah classrooms for an integration of arts and core curriculum material. Research shows that children who are taught information through dance, music, visual arts or theater are more likely to remember the information and to have fun learning it. Other skills, such as confidence and creativity in other areas of learning are a direct result of this connective approach to the classroom experience. Test scores and attendance have also been improving as the BTSALP has been continued through the years.

In the SUU region there are 32 schools with 22 BTSALP specialists in Garfield, Piute, Iron, Beaver, Sevier and Washington Counties. To help oversee and mentor the arts specialists, Sue Houston was hired as the BTSALP Program Coordinator and Professional Learning Partner. This grant supported professional development in arts integration for 186 elementary teachers and 47 SUU education students during the course of the year.

The BTSALP is built on collaboration. Within the classroom, the arts specialist and the classroom teacher plan and teach lessons together to bring the subject material to the students in a creative, exciting way. The arts specialists and classroom teachers are required to attend professional learning courses organized with the University partners throughout the state to strengthen their understanding of an arts integrated education. Community outreach, exhibitions and performances are made possible through collaborations with community members, politicians and, of course, parents, who are becoming more engaged with their students’ education through the arts integrated curriculum.

Teacher Leanne Jones

Teacher Leanne Jones

Peruvian Artist Jeronimo Lozano

Peruvian Artist Jeronimo Lozano

Student at Iron Springs

Student at Iron Springs