About Susan Riley

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.

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Junk Art: Project Based Learning Lesson

By | 2017-11-27T12:26:18+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

One of the greatest things about our Arts Integration and STEAM online classes is the incredible work we see our students produce.  That's because we believe that it's more important to apply your learning to your actual teaching [...]

How to Create a Classroom STEAM Library

By | 2017-11-15T10:56:13+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  Did you know that one of the biggest predictors to student achievement is in their access to books? It's a sad reality that some schools have wonderful libraries and media centers, while others barely have enough textbooks to [...]

Introducing Art Integration Kits

By | 2017-10-27T10:38:24+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

This is an exciting moment for us at EducationCloset.  For over 2 YEARS, my team and I have been secretly working on a project with my friends at Pacon.  And it's finally ready for it's big debut. Today we're [...]

Watercolor Optical Illusions Lesson

By | 2017-11-16T12:48:15+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

Optical illusions are a natural way to integrate visual art and science.  In this free STEAM lesson for grades 8-9, students will have a chance to explore a special kind of illusion.  It's called the Watercolor Effect. DOWNLOAD [...]

5 Ways to Integrate with Music

By | 2017-10-03T09:59:02+00:00 October 11th, 2017|

Music can be one of the most difficult art forms to use for arts integration and STEAM.  Not because music itself is hard.  But because we as teachers are nervous about our own musical abilities.  [...]

Predicates and Cadences Arts Integration Lesson

By | 2017-11-16T12:49:25+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

Creating arts integration lessons for language standards can be tough.  Many of the E/LA standards connecting to language are fairly dry: nouns, verbs, apostrophes, etc.  Very few arts concepts and areas naturally align with these constructs or make [...]

“The ART” of the Warm-Up

By | 2017-09-26T10:46:22+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

Recently, I was talking to an old friend, who has been a teacher for 6 years, about the difference between classroom management and behavior management strategies she uses in her science classroom.  (I should note that she teaches in [...]