Teaching is an art form, in and of itself. From prioritizing standards, designing curriculum and content delivery to building relationships and deepening student experiences and understanding, MAEIA offers resources to guide you.

Sample Resources for the Art of Teaching

Sometimes having an example can guide us in the development of our own work. We’ve developed sample curriculum maps and instructional plans in the areas of dance, visual arts, theatre, and music to guide you in creating your own. You can use our Sample Instructional Resources “as is” or revise them to suit your needs. Browse resources.

Social and Emotional Learning in and through the Arts

Arts can be the front line of social and emotional learning because the work is so deeply embedded into the experiences of the arts–within artistic, creative, collaborative, and assessment processes. Explore our blog series on social-emotional learning in the arts and our sample curriculum maps that show connections between MAEIA assessments and the five competencies for students and adults described by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) — self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and social awareness.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Culturally responsive teaching invites teachers to create “mirrors” and “windows” for students to see themselves in the curriculum as well as perspectives beyond their cultural experience. The arts provide rich opportunities to explore to cultural traditions, perspectives, and the lived experiences of historical and contemporary artists through the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts for the benefit of a culturally responsible society.  Read our blog series about teaching arts education through the lens of culturally responsive teaching.

Rhythms of Instruction and Assessment

Instruction relates to assessment for learning, or the Formative Assessment Process, like a hand to a glove. We encourage arts educators to embed assessment rhythmically within the curriculum and seamlessly into the students’ experience. This way, assessment becomes an organic component of the learning cycle and a tool students can use in advancing their knowledge. Learn more.

Sample Instructional Materials

Use our sample resources for curriculum mapping and instruction as a source of inspiration and adapt them to best suit your classroom needs.

Curriculum maps show the NCAS standards, enduring ideas, strands of Create, Respond, and Perform, SEL competencies, and connections to MAEIA assessments. The MAEIA performance assessments linked within these maps adapt well for remote, hybrid, and modified in-person instruction. Read a blog post about our curriculum maps.

Lesson ideas—for both lower and upper grade levels–are based on MAEIA assessments and were designed specifically for adaptation to learning outside of the classroom.  Instructional plans are coming soon!

Flexible assessments — MAEIA performance assessments that you can easily modify for whatever mode of instruction you’re using — remote, hybrid, or in-person.


View these videos to explore social and emotional learning in the arts, and culturally responsive teaching.


Have questions? Check out our most frequently asked questions and answers!

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Why should I use the MAEIA tools and assessments?

More than 1,000 arts educators contributed to development of the MAEIA resources. The resources are high-quality, user- friendly, field-tested, and adaptable to your needs. Used together, they strengthen student performance, enhance program development, and help you demonstrate your value as an arts educator. And, they are available at no cost.

Who is using the MAEIA Resources?

MAEIA resources are used by teachers and districts throughout Michigan and beyond.

Who created the MAEIA resources?

The Michigan Assessment Consortium leads the MAEIA Project with support from the Michigan Depart­ment of Education. Professional learning is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

How can I become involved in MAEIA?

Browse our free resources and check out our events!  And, contact us to join a community of practice or schedule professional learning.