1. Brad Hughes
  2. https://www.faculty.uci.edu/profile.cfm?faculty_id=5587
  3. Senate Faculty, PI and Director of ESCAPE Program
  5. UC Irvine, Orange County Department of Education, Segerstrom Center For the Arts
  1. Sage Andersen
  2. Assistant Director, ESCAPE
  4. UC Irvine
  1. Maureen Burns
  2. https://escape.uci.edu/escape-team/
  3. Project Coordinator
  5. UC Irvine
  1. Joseph Wong
  2. https://joseptw1.wixsite.com/iamjttwong
  3. Director of Videography
  5. UC Irvine

ESCAPE: Equitable Science Curriculum integrating Arts in Public Education

NSF Awards: 1321343

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

The Equitable Science Curriculum integrating Arts in Public Education (ESCAPE) Program is an innovative multi-year National Science Foundation-funded teacher professional development program with a rigorous research component developed by the University of California, Irvine in partnership with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Orange County School Districts, and the Orange County Department of Education. The program trains teachers for the Next Generation Science Standards through the integration of scientific inquiry methods with the highly motivating and accessible visual and performing arts (VAPA) methods. The ESCAPE project started in Orange County schools in 2014 with a traditional face-to-face cohort. Over three years (2014-2017), approximately 240 teachers from Orange Country were taught how to use engaging inquiry and arts-based instructional methods to enhance the achievement of approximately 30,000 students in grades 3 through 5. The professional development provided to teachers through the ESCAPE program was multifaceted. It started with week-long (40-hour) Summer Institutes in Earth Science (2014), Life Science (2015), and Physical Sciences (2016). During each subsequent school year, teachers participated in an additional 20 hours of follow-up professional development and implemented six science inquiry/visual and performing arts lessons aligned to each content area in the classroom. All professional development activities and classroom implementation of the curriculum were videotaped, producing high-quality 4K video to support the development of a 100% online version of the program. As of 2018, the ESCAPE Online Program has enrolled 88 teachers from the Los Angeles Unified School District approximately reaching 3,000 additional students through its online deployment, increasing both the scope and potential impact of ESCAPE's exciting arts-integrated science PD and curricular methods.

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