CERTIFICATION PROGRAM REVIEWS

They took the leap. So can you.

Hear honest reviews from our current program participants.

Shawna Longo Review

“This program has really helped to take my work to the next level. And I am so grateful for that.”

– SHAWNA LONGO

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Elizabeth Brooks Review

“Before, I really felt like I was on an island. But now, this program has given me a process that I’m able to share with other teachers.”

– ELIZABETH BROOKS

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Holly Valentine Review

“What I love most about the program is that the assignments aren’t just assignments for the sake of assignments. They are adaptable to whatever setting you’re in.”

– HOLLY VALENTINE

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“I’ve been a fan of Education Closet for many years and when the opportunity came up to apply to be part of the first cohort of like-minded people working towards an Arts Integration Specialist certification, I jumped at the chance. Lucky for me I was selected. I was thrilled to be a part of this program and went into it anxious to learn and grow.

The program has offered me more than I could’ve imagined. My current teaching position is as a drama/literacy and arts integration specialist. I’ve held this position for 7 years. Prior to that I was an elementary classroom teacher for 16 years. I work at an 18 year old magnet school that has the magnet theme of arts integration. Having been a school that uses this approach for 18 years, spicing up the veterans, informing the newbies, and creating an overall motivational place to work for both teachers and students needed some tweaking. Over the past 7 years in my current role, I have made some changes to our program approach, implemented new ideas, and helped to reignite a collaborative environment. However, thanks to the Education Closet certification program, this current school year has seen the biggest impact on ideas, collaborations, and programs.

I have learned so much regarding the nuts and bolts of arts integration, that I’ve found myself inspiring others when sharing what I’ve learned. I’ve done long and short presentations, modeled lessons and strategies, collaborated on the creation of lessons and units, listened to and responded to the needs of my staff and have succeeded in bringing our magnet theme back to the forefront. The certification process has caused my brain to spark ideas (sometimes I can’t keep up with the sparks!) and expanded my love of teaching using arts integration. It has confirmed for me that this approach brings teachers and students together allowing time to practice true collaboration.

I’m grateful to be a part of the certification program. The sprints offer what needs to be learned in bite size increments that allow for deep learning and offer ample time for project development that authentically represents the topic learned. I am a better teacher because of this program and soon I’ll hopefully be able to say with conviction that I am officially a certified Arts Integration Specialist.

Thank you for wanting to know my story.”

– MARLY PARKER

Even more reviews…

“This has rejuvenated my way of thinking and helping find my way back to what I love and the way I love to teach. I feel the most supported in this program. The members are the most amazing people. People who don’t even know me that well are more supportive than people I come in contact with on a regular basis.”
– JOY TRICARICO, ENGLISH TEACHER

“The most practical things I can say are, parents happy that their kids don’t only read but love to be first to read in class. Parents are excited that their child finally loves school after several years of different schools.”

– NOEL EM SADICON, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
“The support is GREAT. Typhani and Shawna have gone above and beyond the call to help me over some hurdles and it is obvious that Susan is invested in our success.”
– KAREN CROCCO, PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR AND MUSIC EDUCATOR

Set yourself up for success

Apply today for the Arts Integration Specialist Certification Program.  It’s free to get started and could be the first step towards your best future.