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McVay and Hanby are picked for AIA residency program

Sixteen Ohio schools have been selected for the Adaptation, Integration and the Arts (AIA) residency program during the 2013-2014 school year, VSA Ohio (VSAO) has announced

Included on the list are two Westerville elementaries -- Hanby and McVay. Children at these buildings will work with teaching artist Candace Mazur Darman.

AIA partners teaching artists and educators in inclusive classrooms to enhance teaching and learning through an arts-integrated residency and curriculum. Residencies, which are designed to meet academic content standards, employ Universal Design for Learning strategies. Students in pre-kindergarten through high school may participate.

The program's primary goals are to improve academic achievement, better prepare students for life, work and post-secondary education and better prepare educators to support learning and inclusion for students with disabilities.

AIA is supported by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children and a contract for services with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Schools are selected by a statewide application process, with deadlines throughout the year, and then matched with teaching artists.