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Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development

Math & the Arts: Integration through Progressions
31-Oct-14   By: Brianne DeFrang

The Standards for Mathematical Practice are “processes and proficiencies” that should be developed in math students of all ages. The content progressions are those spiraling content pieces that increase in complexity within each domain. There are so many expectations of students within the Common Core Standards for Mathematics. So what is the best place to begin integrating the arts- the practices or the progressions? If you saw Susan’s infographic on Core Arts connections to the […]

STEAM Leadership: Declaration of Innovation
30-Oct-14   By: Greg Pilewski

Recently, my colleague Susan Riley and I had a wonderful opportunity to tour an entrepreneurial incubator space in Washington, D.C. called 1776.   The space fosters and globally connects entrepreneurial startups with the resources they need to tackle the most difficult challenges in education, health, energy, and government through coaching, corporate connections, and media outlets.  The space was founded in 2013 by Evan Burfiled and Donna Harris, both highly successful entrepreneurs with a passion for […]

How Graphic! Using Comics to Teach and Learn
29-Oct-14   By: Deirdre Moore

I’d never read a graphic novel before last night but I just finished my first and loved it!  Through a streak of serendipitous events, I ended up following the advice of a comic book writer and teacher I happened to meet, Alonso Nunez, and attended an event with a panel of graphic  novelists and comic book writers there to discuss the young adult graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.  Lucky for us […]

Tell Tale Theatre: Arts Integration Lesson
28-Oct-14   By: Susan Riley

For our final arts integration lesson seed of October, we’re sharing a spooky-inspired connection to the great Edgar Allen Poe work “Tell Tale Heart”.  How many of you remember reading this in middle school?  This is one of those works that stayed with me during my entire life, mostly because it was also the first time our school had taken us on a field trip to a local college to see a production of this […]

Is It Too Late… Revising Routines and Procedures
27-Oct-14   By: Typhani Harris

This week marks the end of the first quarter at my school, and as I reflect I have realized there are some policies, routines, and procedures that need to be changed prior to entering the new quarter. Out of curiosity, I asked some colleagues about their reflections on the first quarter and whether or not they found themselves wanting to alter or modify some things; resoundingly everyone said yes, which begs the question… is it to […]

Creating Patterns: Mathematical Practices through the Arts
24-Oct-14   By: Brianne DeFrang

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been focusing primarily on the connections between ELA and the arts. These connections have always come more naturally to me, even though as a music teacher, math is integrated daily in my classroom. Today, I’d like to step outside my comfort zone to share a lesson plan on how one of the standards for mathematical practice can be integrated through several arts contents. This practice can be integrated […]

STEAM Leadership: 6 Tips for Building Successful Social Networking Communities
23-Oct-14   By: Greg Pilewski

Social networking is a hot topic!  As leaders prepare to look for new avenues to connect with their staff, other leaders, and their colleagues, building a social networking community might be something to consider.  Consider connecting between schools and programs as a way to share ideas and build a following.  We have boiled it down to six key tips to consider when building a successful social networking community. Tip #1 Set Clear Goals and Plan Accordingly: Everything […]

Think Like An Artist
22-Oct-14   By: Deirdre Moore

As arts educators, we want our students to see themselves as artists and develop the habits of mind to behave as artists do, engaging in all stages of the creative process.  The new National Core Arts Standards are written in such a way as to help teachers facilitate that very process.  In case you haven’t looked at the standards yet, the authors created 4 basic categories (Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding and Connecting) and wrote general anchor […]

Masking Mirrors: Arts Integration Lesson
21-Oct-14   By: Susan Riley

As we quickly approach the end of October, we’re also getting closer to a day that has historical significance in a variety of cultures around the world.  October 31st is celebrated as Halloween here in the United States, but is also part of the Dia de los Muertos festival in many Latin American countries.  This can be a day of controversy depending on your district or school, and sometimes we are a bit tentative about utilizing […]

Standard 3: Lessons & Assessments
20-Oct-14   By: Typhani Harris

This month we will be looking at Standard_3 :Refine and Complete Artistic Work Anchor standard 3 focuses on the artistic process of creating with the component of revision.  The enduring understanding is how choreographers analyze, evaluate, refine, and document their work to communicate meaning.  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 to know, understand, and […]

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