Whether you're an experienced arts educator, or a teacher looking for ways to bring life to your curriculum through visual arts, music, drama and dance, this group will provide a place to meet, share, and imagine!

Arts Integration!

Gale Sheaffer

I believe this group needs a new name to stand along side STEM and Technology Integration!

ARTS INTEGRATION!

Gale Sheaffer

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Marketing & Outreach Director, Arts Integration Solutions

Opening Minds through the Arts IS Arts Integration!

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If you're looking for a way to revolutionize your school, OMA is the answer! OMA is a nationally recognized, research-based student achievement program that integrates the arts into reading, writing, math, science and social studies lessons in elementary and middle schools (with high school programs to come!). We have been recognized by Edutopia, and picked as a favorite by the Edutopia Staff in their 2009 Year in Review: http://www.edutopia.org/content-edutopia-staff-picks-2009
Edutopia also did a short documentary of the OMA Program in action:
http://www.edutopia.org/arts-opening-minds-integration-video

OMA is opening up our professional development sessions to the public this summer. Our Arts Integration Academy is truly a transformative experience. Sessions are filling up quickly at www.omafoundation.org/aia

Please email me if you have any questions about how OMA could transform your school, or for more information on the Arts Integration Academy (AIA) -- Katie

Gifted/Talented pull out program grades 4, 5, 6 from Spokane, Washington

Thank you for your helpful

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Thank you for your helpful response, Christine! I will look into the website information you gave me. I would love to be able to create a think tank of this type in my own "backyard"! For now I am appreciative of the networks and connections provided from Edutopia and this group.
Take care!

Gifted/Talented pull out program grades 4, 5, 6 from Spokane, Washington

Thank you Katie, this is a

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Thank you Katie, this is a great tip. I hope to look into this information very soon. It sounds like what I am looking for.
Diane

7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

Carol Parker Teacher of Theatre Arts. Film, Art Appreciation

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All of you are an inspiration. I love the arts and teaching to children, is a joy. The arts are a reward in themselves. No matter what I do with my students, they can never get enough. The biggest crime in education is that the arts do not come FIRST, and every teacher does not take at least 3 courses in painting, drawing, music, dance and film. It would inspire them and change their every second in the classroom. There is nothing that touches each child like the arts. My worst students find a little bit of themselves and discover something creative, through the arts.

7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

Teacher of Drama, Film, Fine Art Appreciation and Language Arts!

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Every textbook connects the arts. But, not every teacher is comfortable or experienced with that connection. We need trained teachers to be able to understand the importance of the connection of the arts to the daily life of every child's school day. The ARTS last forever and make education more meaning and ever lasting.

Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

The Arts...an Emotional Journey of Importance

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Hi Carol, your comment is profound. Human beings communicate what is vital to them through the arts, and yet the arts have taken a back burner in education...to me this is tragic! The arts connect to who we are emotionally. How can we properly educate the future adults of the world if we don't recognize the importance of teaching through the arts? I agree that it is the connection to the arts that must be recognized and allowed to flourish throughout the curriculum. My educated guess is that our student teachers would welcome the training you speak of here. You may find the work of neuroscientist Dr. Immordino-Yang encouraging. I had the opportunity to be in one of her lectures last summer during the Future of Learning Institute at Harvard University. She is a brilliant star in education. I hope educators follow her work. She can help illuminate the way...and it is all based in real research. "Emotions allow us to use our knowledge in ways that will be culturally appropriate and useful, both in school and outside of school.

Emotions are not add-ons that interfere with cognition. Instead, they are a foundational element of why thinking and learning happen.

Emotions involve the self and the body…and therefore so should schools.”
Dr. Immordino-Yang and Dr. Antonio Damasio

View Article
http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news_events/features/2008/06/25_immordino_yan...

View Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ1EN7YNg8Q

Vetern teacher returning full time to graduate studies

I agree that arts integration

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I agree that arts integration does begin with trained artists, and art historians. Los Angelos County Museum offers a monthly Evening for Educators training for non-artist teachers integrating art across the curriculum. The non-artist teacher who assigns -say a poster project- may have the good intention to "expand the learning domain" or to address individual learning modalities, but I question how valid is this approach. I do not think it is accomplishing much. Our Asian competitors teach classical, or formal art and can then utilize these art strategies across the curriculum. I am a trained artist with a dual degree. One of my professors who had her PhD in Education with a specialty in Ceramics asked me why I did not enroll in the Art for Educators program. Looking at her poorly executed ceramic work, I thought to myself, because I did not want to be an incompetent artist teaching and encouraging others. I think the American art teacher should be trained as an artist first, before training as a teacher. The non-artist should use the material produced by trained artists/art historians such as what is available through LACMA. America isn't at the bottom rung of education for nothing. We've earned it.

7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

One great way to keep the

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One great way to keep the arts in the classroom is to always include films in education. We are allowing a generation to forget the beauty of the movies that have introduced the world to the greatest talents ever. Try Chaplin "The Kid" to introduce your classroom to a fabulous story and to introduce the word PATHOS. To introduce the word COMPASSION AND EMPATHY. Children love Chaplin!!! They always get upset when I finish the silent Chaplin and move to the Marx Brothers and then they laugh their heads off. Then the cycle begins again!

I AM SAM is THE KID.....I use both these films in Language ARTS. I teach them how to read a story by reading people on the silver screen.They compare and contrast. It is great break for a lot of kids from "just" reading! Often it motivates them to read, but most of all it introduces silent film and Chaplin. And, it introduces great acting, and two emotional stories. You will experience a very quiet classroom. And, your students will want MORE classic films.
All children deserve the ARTS.

7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

Thank you Julie. I really

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Thank you Julie. I really agree with you.

Low Income Schools

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I completly agree with your statement on how the arts take the right brain creativity and inspires the left brain. Art is all about being creative, integration with the core areas of education is a must for the United States to become one the upper tier Countries in education. For instance, I am a middle school art teacher in a low income school who has found that fine art has enriched the thoughts of these children to be more creative when it comes to the core areas of education. When our students have a creative side, they are more inclined to be creative in learning english, or math. Yes, there are successful ways to use cross curriculum ideas to help our students succeed. The teacher is key in taking these low income students, who really have no want to learn something with a little added twist of creativity.

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