ESCAPE | Orange County Cohort
Seven Orange County California School Districts participated in the traditional in-person version of the ESCAPE Program. The professional development provided to teachers through the ESCAPE program was multifaceted. It started with week-long Summer Institutes in Earth Science (2014), Life Science (2015), and Physical Sciences (2016). The teachers then implemented the innovative arts and science lessons in their classrooms to help students better develop the academic language needed to understand scientific concepts and support the research through pre- and post-testing and reflection. Segerstrom Center for the Arts provided teaching artists who came to the classroom to assist teachers with the visual and performing arts components. Orange County Department of Education planned and hosted follow-up professional development. All activities were videotaped and processed by the ESCAPE media team in order to develop online courses for teachers to learn how to teacher Earth, Life, and Physical Sciences through the Arts.