SAM’s EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
SAM is expanding the role of cultural institutions in K–12 education through advocacy, collaboration, and the development of innovative partnerships and programs. See this work in action and learn how to become a collaborative partner with SAM.
Collaborative Partner Schools
Collaborative Partner Schools receive individual resources designed to foster deeper student learning, create and provide professional development for educators, and expand school culture. For information about partnering with SAM,
Seattle Public School District
SAM is committed to partnering with all Seattle Public Schools based on the needs of each school. From subsidized field trips to customized teacher professional development to translation services, SAM strives to be accessible for all SPS students and families.
Through a citywide partnership led by Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Creative Advantage’s goal is to make quality arts education accessible to every student in SPS, with a focus on lower-income communities and communities of color that have been shown to have less access to arts-learning opportunities. SAM is proud to partner with this initiative to provide professional development training and resources for schools and community organizations. For more information, visit
Creative Advantage Seattle.
Chief Sealth International High School
Since 2009, SAM has partnered with Chief Sealth International High School to develop arts-integrated lessons for teachers across subject areas. From projects focused on environmental justice to Shakespeare, SAM has worked with teachers to provide arts instruction for hundreds of students.
Highline School District
SAM is proud to partner with the Highline School District to support student learning both during the school day and in summer sessions.
Arts & Academics Academy
The Arts & Academics Academy is a small arts-focused high school located on the Evergreen Campus. Working with school staff, SAM developed a multi-year arts integration partnership designed to support and train teachers to teach in and through the arts. The model includes whole school and individual teacher training, direct services for students, career and college readiness support, and museum resources.
Through teacher training and custom curriculum development, SAM is providing arts-learning experiences for all Midway Elementary students and teachers. As one example of this partnership, for the fall 2013
Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon exhibition, SAM provided two teacher-training sessions, developed an in-classroom lesson for all students, provided free busing and school tours to view the exhibition, and coordinated a family day for students to return to the museum with their parents.
Building a Community of Thinkers
Building a Community of Thinkers is a professional learning community for educational leaders at arts, cultural, and community-based organizations in the Puget Sound area. The Building a Community of Thinkers cohort cultivates a robust group of reflective practitioners that improve student learning, cultivate leadership in the field, and contribute to healthy communities.
For more information about participation and upcoming events,