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.Email Susan

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 | 2017-09-26T10:45:43+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 an [...]

“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 [...]

It Starts with Art

By | 2017-09-28T07:42:45+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

It’s an unfortunate fact that many schools view art, music, and theater classes as a break for students. Students might even refer to these subjects as specials, electives, and extras, implying that the arts are a departure from real instruction. Nothing could be further from the [...]

3 Ways to Integrate Literacy and STEAM

By | 2017-08-24T13:49:20+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

One of the things that confounds teachers about STEAM is whether or not literacy is a part of the approach.  After all, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math.  What about reading and writing?  Do we [...]

Sound Mapping Lesson Plan

By | 2017-08-24T13:54:05+00:00 September 1st, 2017|

Have you ever stumbled across a resource and it instantly sparked an idea for your classroom?  That's exactly what happened as I was browsing websites for an upcoming presentation.  I came across this fantastic site about How to Make [...]

Makerspace Classroom Management

By | 2017-08-25T06:26:10+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

Are you trying out some arts integration or STEAM lessons this school year? Struggling with makerspace classroom management? This episode shares specific ideas to help you make the most of your lessons!   LISTEN NOW [...]

Race and Bias in the Classroom

By | 2017-08-25T06:25:52+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

New York Times Bestselling Author Jodi Picoult stops by The Teaching with Creativity Show to discuss her new book, Small Great Things, and have a frank conversation about how to address race and bias in the classroom. [...]

The Arts Integration Continuum

By | 2017-08-28T08:09:09+00:00 August 25th, 2017|

How do you know if a lesson is arts integration or arts enhancement? What does true arts integration look like? This inaugural episode of the Teaching with Creativity Show will share a helpful arts integration continuum to help you [...]

Your Classroom Music Playlist Guide

By | 2017-08-01T07:41:55+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

  Playing background music while working can increase concentration, creativity and even help with collaboration.  All of which are critical for teaching and learning.  But what music should you play?  We asked our community what they play while students [...]