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

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 [...]

Constellation Dance STEAM Lesson

By | 2017-06-12T07:45:12+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

In this lesson for grades 3-5, we're pairing science standards focusing on representing data in graphical displays with choreographed movement sequences.  Naturally, the patterns of constellations in the sky "move" as the earth rotates.  Dance can be a very [...]

40 STEAM Apps and Websites

By | 2017-06-12T07:45:56+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

We're dubbing 2017 the Summer of Creativity and we want you to join in.  What better way to do that than with some new STEAM apps and websites to explore?  We've found 20 apps and 20 websites that you [...]

Proportionate People STEAM Lesson

By | 2017-06-12T07:46:40+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

  Proportion is a hot topic in middle school math.  Understanding how proportion effects the relationship between quantities is typically something that 7th grade students struggle with, as it relies on the computation of unit rates associated with ratios.  In this [...]

Top 20 Books for Teachers in 2017

By | 2017-06-12T07:48:01+00:00 May 1st, 2017|

It's that time of year!  Our annual picks for the top 20 books for teachers have arrived.  Just in time for longer summer days, you can dive into these insightful and perspective-changing reads. This year, our teacher reading list includes selections [...]

1×5 Strategy for Creative Thinking

By | 2017-06-12T08:23:38+00:00 April 1st, 2017|

  Have you ever asked a question in your classroom only to be met by blank stares?  Or maybe, you've asked the question and everyone starts sharing all their ideas, all the time.  In either of those scenarios, the 1x5 [...]

Upcycling Wearables STEAM Lesson

By | 2017-06-14T08:41:40+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

As we approach Earth Day in April, it's often a time when we talk about the benefits of recycling and caring for our planet.  And while recycling is good, upcycling may be even better. What is Upcycling? Upcycling is [...]

Stained Glass Solvents STEAM Lesson

By | 2017-03-12T13:32:58+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|

In this STEAM lesson for grades 4-5, students will be connecting science and art using a variety of solvents and oil pastels.  This is a wonderful way to begin studying chemistry and understanding how science is applied in a [...]