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Core Music Anchor Standard 5

July 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

This month, as part of our year-long series unpacking the Core Arts Standards for General Music, we will be looking at Core Music Standard 5. Last month, we started looking at the performing strand of standards, with Standard 4 outlining the objectives for selecting music for performance. Today, we move […]

Igniting Integration: Freedom’s Frigate

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

On a lazy Sunday morning as the school year was winding down Matt and I were hanging out and watching CBS Sunday Morning. As art educators, we always find cool things and great little blurbs on the program. This particular morning was especially great because there were two fantastic features: […]

“It’s Not My Fault!” Using Theatre Games to Improve Student Cooperation

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

“We didn’t have enough time.”  “He wasn’t listening to the directions.”  “They were doing it wrong.”  How many times have you heard these excuses from students who have not met an objective while working in cooperative groupings?  How often do students first identify what s/he could have done differently to […]

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July 2015 Issue of STEAMed is HERE!

June 30th, 2015|0 Comments

It’s the middle of summer and the STEAM is certainly starting to rise as we head into the month of July!  What better time to kick off our July 2015 Issue of STEAMed?


In this issue, we’re getting into the nitty-gritty of how to bring STEAM to any level: classroom, school […]

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Are You Stuck in the Comparison Trap?

June 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Do you ever find yourself comparing your work or your journey to that of others around you?  Maybe it’s another teacher across the hall who is doing some amazing work with her students, or maybe it’s that blog you follow where everything that is showcased is just beautiful.  So often, […]

Reflections Part II: lesson plans of the past year

June 29th, 2015|0 Comments

This week, we’re concluding the Reflections Series that I started last week on Unpacking the National Standards.  Today, I’m offering up my insights on how Standards 9-11 went and where to go next!

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In April we unpacked Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work (Full Article) and tested out […]

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2015 Summer Conference Schedule Released!

June 27th, 2015|0 Comments

It’s here!  The 2015 Summer Online Arts Integration and STEAM Conference Schedule is now available to download.  If you haven’t yet signed up for the “hottest” online conference of the summer, you’ve only got a limited amount of days left to make it happen.  

Already registered?  Take a look at […]

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STEM to STEAM Strategy Boost

June 26th, 2015|0 Comments

As I talk to educators about how to make the transition from STEM to STEAM, more often than not, teachers express their discomfort in integrating the arts. It feels like too big an undertaking for some, and others might feel ill-equipped to provide instruction in the arts. Luckily, that’s what […]

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A Vision for What Education COULD Be

Students are excited to come to school and their learning is relevant, meaningful, has depth and propels them forward into discovering what else is out there.  In the process, their teachers have come to love teaching again because they are allowed to do what they do best – use their creative energies to develop lessons that make a lasting impact immediately and for the future. Read more

What is AI?

This is a research-based curricular strategy in which both the content area and the fine arts area objectives are taught AND assessed simultaneously.  This means that teachers find naturally-aligning objectives between standards, create and implement a lesson plan teaching both content areas and assessing both set of selected standards. Read more

How to Start an AI Program

By following these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to building a successful integration program that will enhance and deepen student learning and bring achievement to all students in your building.  The characters may change, but their “character” will not.   Read more


Move from STEM to STEAM!  Here are a few informative articles that will help speed up your learning curve.

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The Power of Curriculum Mapping: Paving the Way to the Future

Curriculum mapping can be an exhaustive task, but one that will certainly allow your STEAM efforts to jump light years ahead in a very short period of time.  Your teachers will appreciate the time saved and will get excited about the possibilities for teaching again. Plus, your student body will have access to so many new ways to learn content that they will be fully engaged each new day, making you wonder why you didn’t use STEAM in the first place.  Read more

Creating Buy-In for Integration

When schools or teachers start out on their STEM to STEAM journey, so many become frustrated that other teachers or school leaders don’t want to jump on the bandwagon.  I know, I know – you’re excited.  You’re passionate.  You’ve got research that says that using STEAM integration will WORK.  None of that matters if you don’t have buy-in.  Read more

Finding the Time to Integrate

Here are 5 easy ways to make more time for STEAM integration:

1. Treat it like an Investment.  The first way to make more time for integration is to view it as an investment in you and your students. That does a couple of things.  First, it suddenly shifts planning and learning more about STEAM integration a priority.  And when things are a priority, they get done. Read more


Common Core is here – are you ready? Here are a few things we made to help you connect with these new standards.

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The Common Core are Just Standards

The Common Core are JUST Standards.  That’s it – no more, no less.  They are a set of benchmarks developed by a consortium with a variety of backgrounds with the goal of preparing our students to face a global reality of changing skills and processes that are needed to thrive in the 21st century.  The potential for the Common Core standards is enormous, but it will never be realized until the true issues surrounding them are addressed.  It is time to stop demonizing a set of standards and instead, start to recognize and attack the root causes of these frustrations.  Read more...

The Difference between Standards and Standardization

Instead of fighting common standards for the arts which connect to the Common Core, why not embrace the powerful opportunity these standards present?  Let’s use the frame of the Common Core standards to break the glass ceiling of standardization.  Read more

The Great Common Core Hoax

Common Core is one of the hottest topics in education right now and unfortunately, many organizations are trying to capitalize on it without putting in the hard work to find those alignments which will bring the most meaning to our students.  This is especially true as “integration” becomes a buzz word for connecting to contents across the curriculum.  Be cautious and use a critical eye when reviewing these resources so that you can find and use the very best tools with your students while meeting the vigorous expectations showcased in the Common Core Standards.  Read more


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