With generous support to The Center for Arts Education (CAE) from the United States Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program (AEMDD)
, The Center for Arts Education’s SASI program seeks to help nine New York City middle schools to develop sustainable education in and through the arts in place of limited, fragmentary and sporadic arts education programming.
SASI is a research program that enables middle schools with little or no arts programming to provide rich and multi-faceted arts instruction to all their students. SASI 1 schools, organized during the 2008-9 academic year, have begun to demonstrate how the arts affect the artistic, academic and psychological well-being of middle school students. SASI 2 schools are now involved in replicating and adapting the transformative model created by SASI 1 in the expectation that research findings will be significant and that the SASI model will be replicable nationwide.
Nine New York City middle schools are committed to the structural, curricular and pedagogical policies as they pertain to the arts in their schools. CAE’s team of external evaluators is tracking both qualitative and quantitative data throughout the four years of this AEMDD program. Each school has both common and unique features enabling SASI to model different approaches to achieve their arts education visions. Each school principal has been provided with an experienced arts educator/administrator who acts as coach to the School Leadership Team and other members of the staff and parent group. Cross site and on site professional development regarding curriculum enhancements and innovations is integral to the SASI program. An ongoing dissemination aspect of the project enables SASI to share the results of these efforts in conferences, meeting and published reports in print and on the internet.
Watch a video
about the first two years of success at MS 223, a SASI school in the Bronx.