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This is EducationCloset.

We support teachers, leaders and artists using arts integration and STEAM education through world-class, comprehensive professional development and resources.

This is EducationCloset.

We support teachers, leaders and artists using arts integration and STEAM education through world-class, comprehensive professional development and resources.

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We’re changing what it means to be smART.

For too long, schools have placed more emphasis on testing than on learning.  But a test only gives you one data point out of thousands.  Our students aren’t numbers.  They are whole-brained, creative and incredibly smART.

If you’re tired of the treadmill and are ready to bring more creative experiences into your classroom, welcome to our tribe.  We’re a group of passionate educators who have seen the power of reaching and teaching children in and through the arts.

And bonus points: arts integration and STEAM have been proven to have a positive impact on student achievement, attendance and social-emotional learning.  So forget the scripted, dry curriculum and get a little messy with us.

Silos are for farms, not schools.

We’re not about silos here.  We don’t care if you’re an art teacher, a middle school math teacher, or a high school principal.  Our goal is to break down the barriers and help ALL teachers and leaders leverage the power that the arts can offer our schools.  We welcome you with open arms to add your thoughts, ideas and conversations to any area of our site that connects with your genius.

Whether through our free magazinelesson downloads, publications, classes, certification program or annual online conferences, your voice has a home here at EducationCloset.  Thank you for being a part of our collective journey!

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This is Us.

Meet our family.  We are a team of extraordinary educators who are passionate about the power of arts integration and STEAM.  Click on any team member to view their information.

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SUSAN RILEY

CEO & Founder

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KEVIN RILEY

Chief Operating Officer

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LAURA WIXON

Executive Director of Content

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TYPHANI HARRIS

Executive Director of Academic Affairs

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JAIME PATTERSON

Creative Director

SHAWNA LONGO

Professional Growth Advisor

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DEIRDRE MOORE

Writer & Coach

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LAUREN HODSON

Writer & Coach

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MATT & LAURA GRUNDLER

Podcast Hosts

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AMY TRAGGIANESE

Writer, Coach & Community Manager

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MARY DAGANI

Content Specialist

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DOLPH PETRIS

Writer

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AMANDA KOONLABA

Content Specialist

Your Learning Hub

Don’t know where to start?  Like most things in education, arts integration and STEAM can feel overwhelming without a guiding hand.  Consider this site your personal coach. Pick what you need below. There’s no right or wrong – there’s just you and your personal journey.  After all…it’s the arts!

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Our Core Values

These are the guiding principles for our entire organization. From how we communicate to the products and services we provide, these are central to all that we are. 

1. CREATIVITY IS KEY.

The world is a big place.  Creativity is the fingerprint of the human spirit, which gives us all a unique and personal way of relating to this world of ours. This should be embraced and cultivated, both in and out of the school house.

2. WE ARE BETTER TOGETHER

Collaboration, sharing and connecting help us all, and in the end, help our students.  We don’t believe in going through life with a closed fist.  As Maya Angelou so famously stated, “You can’t use up creativity” and as we often remind ourselves, “there’s more where that came from”.  We are passionate about honoring intellectual property, as well as in sharing for the better good whenever we can.  And we wholeheartedly believe that these two things can co-exist.

3. UPWARD SPIRALS ONLY.

There’s enough negativity in the world – there’s no need to feed into it.  We are positive people who work tirelessly to solve problems and raise up what is good.  That doesn’t mean that we’re all shiny unicorns and rainbows.  But it DOES mean that we are professional, kind, humble and look for ways up and over the challenges that face us.  If you do not fit those attributes, please move on.  We do not tolerate or feed the trolls.

4. INTEGRITY MATTERS.

There is nothing as powerful as your word.  We value the trust and collaboration of our community and it is important to us that we live up to our core principles.  That means that we will go above and beyond to ensure what we produce is of the highest value and best quality.  It also means that we respect and value all teachers, no matter their backgrounds, content areas, or perspectives. 

5. SERVE FIRST

We approach our work with a servant’s heart.  We are here to support K-12 teachers in successfully integrating the arts in a way that maintains the authenticity of all content areas, while showcasing the intrinsic value of the arts themselves.  We work hard to provide materials and resources (free AND paid) that will help save you time and lead you to greater joy and success in the classroom.  It is our pleasure to help you!

GET IN TOUCH

Have a question or need to contact us?  We’d love to hear from you!

US MAIL

The Vision Board, LLC

19 Liberty Street, Suite 1

Westminster, MD 21157

CALL/TEXT

443-821-1089

EMAIL

[email protected]

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