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What is CADRE II: The Arts?

CADRE II: The Arts is a graduate induction program in comprehensive arts integration for first-year teachers. The program is a partnership between the Metropolitan Omaha Educational Consortium, the UNO College of Education and the UNO Center for Innovation in Arts Education. This nationally recognized collaborative graduate teacher program has provided an integrated arts curriculum to over 130 teachers from seven metro Omaha/Council Bluffs school districts since 2000. The teachers receive a masters in education with an emphasis in comprehensive arts education.

Courses in arts integration include two seminars in Learning In and Through the Arts, where teachers develop classroom lessons.

Art and Technology Integrated Production Unit

Revealing a Culture’s Identity Through Art & Storytelling

As an integrated art and technology unit teachers produce a ceramic animal vessel and research stories and images of that animal in another culture. They use technology to produce a brochure about their animal to be used in their classroom.

OPS high school and middle school science teachers Jacob DuPree and Princess Busbee work on their ceramic animals.

Pottery at Burke High School

Art and Science Integrated Production Unit
Ecology and Climate through Art and Language Arts
Teachers engage in many activities that integrate nature and science with visual art including making nature art based on a study of the artist Andy Goldsworthy.

Example of CADRE II nature art.

As part of the program CADRE II students attend the Prairie Visions Institutewhere they collaborate with experienced teachers from across the state.

CADRE II students analyze and interpret art in small groups at Prairie Visions.

Cadre 2 at UNO

Throughout their courses and the Prairie Visions Institute teachers develop thematic, interdisciplinary curriculum for their own classrooms.

OPS music teacher Grace Tyree working on curriculum at Prairie Visions

The classrooms of CADRE II graduates are models for successful comprehensive arts education from PreK to grade 12.  Lessons of CADRE II teachers, including Nicole Bennett, Papillion-La Vista Schools, are featured on Arts for Learning, a national web dissemination project sponsored by Young Audiences, for their effective teaching practices in arts education.

Art and Language Arts Integrated Unit
Nicole Bennett, (second grade) teaches art as writing and writing as art, and uses visual art to expand students understanding of the mechanics of writing and comprehension of literature.

Art and History Integrated Unit

Traci Grindle Hernandez (fifth grade, Ralston) taught a unit on South American history, culture, geography, literature, and Spanish which culminated in the creation of dioramas. The dioramas are examples of authentic assessment through art production.

Scott Sturgeon (OPS fifth grade) used arts integration as a part of all his teaching. An example was his lesson based on the theme of exploration which integrated U. S. history and art.

Former CADRE II teachers have also given presentations at state and national conferences on art integration.  For example, Sandra Bravo and Scott Sturgeon, Omaha Public Schools, presented at the National Magnet Schools Conference.

A number of former CADRE II: The Arts students have presented at Prairie Visions Summer Institute and have served as Prairie Visions faculty, like Kelly Carver pictured at right.

Kelly Carver, former CADRE II student and Ralston fourth-grade teacher, received the U. S. Department of Education “Nebraska’s 2008 Star Teacher” award.

Kelly Carver

The CADRE II Program helps teachers to enrich their curriculum by using the arts- visual art, music, dance/movement, storytelling. Teachers learn to integrate the arts to engage students in thematic, interdisciplinary, multicultural learning.

Katie Schulz, Ralston kindergarten teacher.

Department of Art and Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 North Dodge
Omaha NE 68182-0011
(402) 554-2420 Fax: (402) 554-3436