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

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 [...]

7 Hints for Teaching Expected Behaviors

By | 2017-07-25T15:39:29+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

  The beginning of the school year is often all about classroom management.  Teaching expected behaviors is a huge step in setting yourself up for a smooth year ahead.  By teaching our students what behaviors we wish to see, [...]

Art on a Budget: Arts Integration Lesson

By | 2017-07-25T15:30:39+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

  Connecting art and math through money can be a challenging task.  So when two teachers in our Arts Integration Certification Program tackled this with a genius arts integration lesson, I had to share it with you.   Karen [...]

The Types of Assessment for Learning

By | 2017-07-08T13:06:23+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Assessment is certainly a hot topic in education.  Teachers everywhere are (rightfully) concerned that we've become overly preoccupied with assessing student knowledge. Instead, we should be flipping the switch and refocus on what really matters: student learning.   But student learning [...]

The Elements of Art Anchor Charts

By | 2017-08-08T12:45:23+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

One of the easiest ways to access the arts in the classroom is through the Elements of Art, Music, Drama, Design and Dance.  Each art form has a set of basic elements that are interwoven throughout the curriculum. What's [...]

Algorithms and the Arts

By | 2017-07-07T06:24:52+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

  Monet, Van Gogh, Warhol… all of these names sound familiar, right? What about ‘The Next Rembrandt?’ Maybe not so familiar.   Each of these famous artists created pieces that were dubbed irreplaceable and ‘one of a kind’ – [...]

School Spotlight: Fundraising with STEAM

By | 2017-06-09T10:15:42+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

As most of us know, schools often need fundraisers throughout the year to support various programs and purchase much needed supplies for their classrooms.  These typically involve parents selling various candles, bags and wrapping paper to help support the [...]

K-5 Arts Integration Curriculum Planning Kit

By | 2017-06-09T10:25:08+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Are you ever frustrated with the lack of time for arts integration in your curriculum?  Lack of time for planning is one of the biggest barriers for most teachers.  This is especially true for you elementary educators who are swamped the [...]

Historical Figures Mashup Lesson

By | 2017-06-09T10:30:38+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Who doesn't love a good mashup?  From Madonna to Zombies, mashups are a way into pop culture and lead to big opportunities for creative expression. In today's free high school arts integration lesson, we're using those mashups to help [...]