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|About||Side x Side puts curiosity & engagement back into learning through innovative educational programming that cultivates creativity and collaboration.|
|Mission||Side x Side is an educational nonprofit with a mission to promote engaged learning, critical thinking, problem solving and exploration while enhancing K-12 content curriculum through innovative, collaborative, creative, multi-disciplinary programming.|
Side x Side ignites academic excellence in education through comprehensive arts integration, bringing critical thinking, creativity and innovation into the classroom through arts-based programs. All Side x Side programs integrate multi-disciplinary classroom learning with intensive arts instruction. Side x Side recognizes the power of the arts to improve standards-based education and tie all instruction to Maine Learning Results and Common Core standards.
Side x Side provides standards-based K-12 arts integration programs, a system of professional development, support for teachers and artists and assessments of overall impact on academic achievement, motivation, creativity and teacher confidence.
Side x Side is supported by a US Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant over four years.
• U. S. Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant, 2014
• The Portland Education Foundation in partnership with Reiche Community School
• Donors Choose in conjunction with Mrs. Fox and the second grade team at Reiche Community School
• Portland Public Schools Envirologix STEM grant in conjunction with Mrs. Fox and the second grade team at Reiche Community School
|Founded||Spring 2013 by Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo and Annette Kraus|