Innovating Urban Education

Research demonstrates the Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) positively impacts the district, its teachers and the students it serves.

Between 2012 and 2016, 44 AISD schools participated in CLI. They received intensive training on creative teaching across the curriculum, ranging from individual coaching, elementary drama and dance specialists, arts partner funding and ongoing support to designing and implementing an individualized campus plan to becoming more arts rich. Evaluation findings suggest CLI implementation had a positive impact on

The impact of CLI implementation on the district includes:

  • AISD is nearly halfway (45%) to its goal of 100% creative campuses.
  • Across the district, campuses participating in CLI were 10 times more likely to be arts rich than were non-CLI campuses.
  • CLI has helped to eliminate the arts-richness gap between Title I and non-Title I schools. Between 2014–2015 and 2015–2016, CLI boosted arts partnerships at Title I campuses to exceed partnerships at all other campuses, including all non-Title I campuses.

The impact of CLI implementation on teachers includes:

  • Eighty-five percent of CLI teachers reported positive changes in their teaching practices that resulted in positive student outcomes.  Teachers reported positive experiences with professional development activities and increased skills. The vast majority of teachers reported the changes in their teaching practice helped them actively engage student (92%), positively affect student achievement (88%) and positively affect student behavior (85%).
  • CLI coaching support was effective in encouraging teachers to use creative teaching strategies more frequently and more competently.  Teachers reported that their coaching experience increased their understanding of how, when, and why to use creative teaching strategies to support students’ learning. Teachers who had coaching support were also more likely to use these strategies more frequently than were teachers who did not have that support.

The impact of CLI implementation on students includes:

  • Student engagement and attendance rate increased as creative campus scores increased.  The creative campus scores at CLI campuses were found to be significantly positively correlated with the student engagement scale of the Climate Survey and student attendance rates.
  • Students who had teachers who were more competent in implementing creative teaching strategies had better academic and social emotional learning (SEL) outcomes than did students with teachers who were less competent in creative teaching.  In addition to significantly better attendance rates, students whose teachers were highly competent in creative teaching were more likely to meet the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) passing standard in reading, and more likely to meet the advanced passing standards in reading and math. They also had significantly better SEL skills (respect for self and others, interaction with adults and peers, and responsibility for their own actions). 
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