Bet you didn’t know that teachers in the arts are the ones most willing to collaborate and share information? Did you know that music, art, dance and drama teachers are some of the most dedicated people you’ll meet? If you’re one of those teachers, I’m speaking to the choir. If you’re not in that category – go and meet an arts teacher to find out what I’m talking about!
I was fortunate enough to present at the Eastern Division MENC conference on March 31st. I was struck by these qualities as I stood in that room. The people gathered were music educators from up and down the eastern seaboard. With them, they brought a willingness to learn and participate in valuable dialogue in regards to arts integration. Honestly, every time I present I less like the teacher and more like the student. Not only do I gain more knowledge about adult learning theory (which is totally different from my typical audiences of 5 year olds) and effective presentation techniques for teachers, but also the sheer volume of fabulous integration and collaborative ideas that are out there!
So this week, I wanted to take some time to share these resources with all of you!
I think we do better when we know better, and so I want us all to gain as much knowledge as possible. Hopefully, the ideas, tools and resources that are provided here this week can add to your (already) big bag of tricks.
Today’s resource is the research bulletin. This is great to print off and share with your staff, parents, and administrators. It’s a quick way to introduce people to what arts integration is, why it’s important, and how to implement it in the classroom. In addition, it has research links for all those people out there who want to see the data that proves arts integration works. Enjoy!
Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.