Ready-Made Resources for Arts Integration & STEAM
One of the struggles many of us committed to integrating the arts across content areas is finding high-quality resources. Many times, we must create them ourselves because the posters, videos, and websites don’t exist. Trust me, I have spent hours at a lamination machine creating integrated vocabulary boards, posters, and hands-on tools for my kiddos to use when exploring an integrated topic.
That’s why I was so excited to find Crystal Productions. After receiving one of their catalogs, I noticed how many resources they provide that naturally integrate the arts with other content areas. Everything from posters to DVDs to flip cards – the selection is tremendous! Plus, the attention to detail for integration is remarkable. They have taken great care to honor both the artistic and the integrated content area in their products.
So, I got on the phone and ended up speaking with the organization. I wanted to see if we could partner with them in helping to get these resources in your hands. There is absolutely no reason to reinvent the wheel when it’s already provided for you. Moreover, what’s even better than having a great set of products, is having a group in it for the right reasons. That reason being, to best serve educators in whatever way possible. Crystal does value educators, and sent me this incredible series you’ll see in today’s video to try out for myself. In the segment below, I’m going to show you how these resources will save you time, help you connect to multiple content areas with integrity and can be used in multiple grade levels.
Susan Riley is the founder and President 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 Arts and the Common Core.
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.