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Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development


2015 Summer Online Arts Integration & STEAM Conference Now OPEN!
01-May-15   By: Susan Riley

What do an aeronautical engineer, an art teacher, a Pinterest queen and a principal all have in common?  They’re presenting at this summer’s Online Arts Integration and STEAM Conference! Today, we are happy to announce that the 2015 Summer Online Arts Integration and STEAM Conference is now OPEN for registration.  This is always an exciting event, and definitely one of the hallmarks for our organization.  Twice a year we bring you some of the best educators […]

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Sparkchasers Podcast: Mission Control – We Have a Problem.
30-Apr-15   By: Susan Riley

In this episode, we explore why there is such a huge gap between school district-level offices and schools themselves.  Greg and I have both been in various roles at the school-level and at central office.  What’s remarkable is that once you get to central office, there is a fairly common journey that happens for most educators. You start out with the good intentions of thinking you’ll be able to help MORE teachers and effect bigger […]

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Austin’s Butterfly – An Opportunity for Arts Integration
29-Apr-15   By: Deirdre Moore

Austin’s Butterfly.  With a name like that I figured I was going to like this video that had been suggested to me at a workshop I attended.  Even though the viewer never actually gets to meet Austin, s/he does get to see his process of drawing a butterfly.  It’s a thought-provoking video that is worth a look for a variety of reasons.  And one that struck me so clearly was what a perfect example it […]

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Coach’s Corner: Preacher or Facilitator
27-Apr-15   By: Typhani Harris

As an instructional coach, I have been working with teachers to step out of the role of preacher and into the role of facilitator, which is so difficult when we take into account how we were taught, the needs of standardized testing, and the expectations of departments.  If we think back to how most of us were taught, especially if we have just come out of college, it is traditional for class to run much […]

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Purposeful Pathways: A Review
24-Apr-15   By: Brianne DeFrang

I have had the pleasure of reviewing a great resource for the general music classroom over the past couple of months. As an elementary general music teacher, I am sometimes overwhelmed by the amount of materials and cost involved in some of the great resources that are available. When seeing large classes only twice a week for twenty-five minutes at a time, I am looking for resources that are focused, manageable, and affordable, and I […]

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Up for a Game of Leapfrog?
23-Apr-15   By: Susan Riley

Have you ever played leapfrog?  If you’re like me, it might be a just a *few* years back.  But the other day, my 5-year old asked me to play it with her outside and we had a great time.  The only trouble was, her little legs made it tough to jump over me, since I’m a bit bigger than a kindergartener. Moving from arts integration strategies to arts integration lessons can seem a lot like […]

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Sparkchasers Podcast: Breaking Away from the Pack
23-Apr-15   By: Susan Riley

  In this episode, Susan and Greg explore how to get started at the school-level with making a change for innovation. You’ll hear why most schools fail to move the needle and what you can do about it. And, you’ll discover the top questions that successful schools ask that help them to break away from the pack and become extraordinary. Don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes or via Stitcher! Episode 8 Notes: Classroom management: figuring […]

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Fostering Grit with a Growth Mindset
22-Apr-15   By: Deirdre Moore

I am hard on myself.  I always have been.  Over the years I have come to intellectually understand that being hard on myself has not served me, that it has only led to stress and made achievement a much more arduous and less joyful journey.  I don’t want that for myself and I definitely do not want it for my students.  In thinking about how to combat that in myself, I have read literature that […]

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Extend Your Arts Integration Strategies into Any Grade
21-Apr-15   By: Susan Riley

  How many times have you seen a set of arts integration strategies and thought, “those are great, but I can’t use that in my grade level”?  I’m willing to bet you’ve had that thought-bubble at least once.  In fact, when I share arts integration strategies with teachers anywhere, I can almost see that message scroll across their foreheads at some point during the presentation. Here’s the wonderful thing about any high-quality strategy: if it’s […]

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Unpacking the National Standards: Anchor Standard 9
20-Apr-15   By: Typhani Harris

This month we will be exploring Standard_9:  Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work Anchor standard  9 focuses on the artistic process of responding with the component of critique.  The enduring understanding is how to use criteria for evaluating dance, which may vary across genres, styles, and cultures.  Although the anchor standard does not change as the grade level progresses the expectation continues to advance. In unpacking this standard we need to analyze what our students need […]

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