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ABOUT US

Welcome to EducationCloset, your digital learning hub for arts integration and STEAM! We’re so glad you’re here.

OUR FOUNDATIONS


Hi there!  I’m Susan Riley, the founder of EducationCloset.  I’m thrilled that you are here and are joining us in a dialogue about creativity and learning.  

As an Arts Integration Specialist, former music educator, graduate instructor, entrepreneur, mom and wife, I can tell you that the Arts are the fingerprint of the human spirit.  This website is dedicated as the ink pad for all educators seeking to embrace creativity.

We’re not about silos here.  We want 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 daily articles, lesson and unit downloads, video seriespublications, classes or semi-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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OUR WORK HAS BEEN FEATURED IN


We serve classroom teachers, arts educators and leaders by providing a space to work together and learn about Arts Integration and STEAM. We invite you to learn and discuss how, where and why integration WORKS.

YOUR DIGITAL LEARNING HUB FOR ARTS INTEGRATION AND STEAM

No two people or schools are at the same place in their arts integration or STEAM journey.  That’s why we have a comprehensive suite of options to meet you where you are and help you take the next steps that are right for YOU.  Here’s how we can help:

Get new tips, ideas and resources every day of the week!

VIEW MAGAZINE

Listen, Watch or Read interviews, strategies, and insider insights from Arts Integration and STEAM changemakers.

VIEW LATEST EPISODE

Attend one of our popular semi-annual online conferences featuring the best practices being used in schools and classrooms worldwide.

EXPLORE CONFERENCE

Become a certified arts integration specialist through our intensive year-long certification program.

DISCOVER CERTIFICATION

Take an affordable online class and learn about arts integration, STEAM, PBL and Assessment from the comfort of home. Earn 10 PD hours with each course.

EXPLORE COURSES

Get access to a full arts integration curriculum supplement, delivered each month to your inbox. All materials, assessments and PD hours included!

VIEW CURRICULUM

OUR TEAM

We are proud to feature some of the most innovative and respected educators in arts and education today. Click on any team member to view their information.

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SUSAN RILEY

CEO & Founder

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BRIANNE GIDCUMB

Writer & Director of eLearning

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DEIRDRE MOORE

Writer & AI Specialist

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DYAN BRANSTETTER

Writer & Classroom Teacher

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TYPHANI HARRIS

Writer & Arts Coach

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LAUREN HODSON

Writer & Art Teacher

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MATT & LAURA GRUNDLER

Writers & Arts Educators

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LAURA WIXON

Executive Director of Content

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AMY TRAGGIANESE

Writer & Art Teacher

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MARY DAGANI

Content Specialist & Consultant

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DOLPH PETRIS

Writer and G/T Teacher

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AMANDA KOONLABA

Content Specialist

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JAIME PATTERSON

Director of Client Management

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. It’s okay – you can steal ’em if you want.

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

service@educationcloset.com

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