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Arts Integration!

Arts Integration!

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Joan Weber's picture
Joan Weber
Director, Education Division, Creativity & Associates

Christine, though you don't consider yourself an artist, would you say that you're an arts educator? It seems to me, based on viewing your site and your comments, that you are. To qualify my earlier comment, I think that an arts educator needs to be present. Arts integration means (to me) that both the arts content and the non-arts content are seamlessly presented in the classroom.

Diane Garmire's picture
Diane Garmire
Gifted/Talented pull out program grades 4, 5, 6 from Spokane, Washington

Hello Christine. I enjoyed looking at your wonderful website just now. I would love to know more of how you started your Illumination Cafe!
I have a feeling it would be something that would become a very positive and creative force for the children in my own educational place in the world.
Thank you,
Diane

Christine Termini Passarella's picture
Christine Termini Passarella
Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

Hi Joan! First may I say I am honored to be co-facilitating this fabulous group with you! Yes, I would agree that both the arts content and non-arts content can be seamlessly presented in the classroom. And I thank you for calling me an arts educator...that is a huge compliment. My point here is that I am not a trained artist or a licensed art teacher...I just view the world with artful thinking. I am a licensed elementary school teacher who teaches through the arts. All teachers should be permitted to teach through the arts...this allows for the expression of the soul and creates environments which lead to original critical thinking for students and fills them with joy! I must say that I certainly learn from incredible arts educators, but my creativity is an expression of who I am...and so I believe all teachers have this in them and should be allowed to make the connections to the arts as they teach. This opens up a magnificent world to the children...and that is what you see when you look into the world of "The Kids for Coltrane". Learning through the arts allows children to reach for the stars!

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Joan Weber
Director, Education Division, Creativity & Associates

Hi Christine! I agree with you totally. It's so interesting to be on either side of approaches to arts integration, both of which work. You are an arts educator because you are educated about the art form that you integrate in the classroom. I think that there needs to be a foundation of education in the arts, either practice or criticism. If not, then I hope that an artist or arts teacher can be involved to make sure that arts content is being conveyed. What will the students know or be able to do in the art form, as well as what will they know or be able to do in the non-arts content?

Christine Termini Passarella's picture
Christine Termini Passarella
Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

Hi Diane,

Thanks so much for checking out my website www.kidsforcoltrane.com, and for your kind words. The Illumination Cafe was a dream of mine. I wanted to create a nourishing place where educators could go to share their expertise. The Illumination Cafe was a think tank that I created which was a wonderful place where teachers from the Holliswood School in Queens would come together to share best practices in a relaxing environment. My colleagues and I would meet during lunch throughout the year and create our own professional development. The cafe was praised by reviewers who came to our school. My inspiration for the Illumination Cafe came from work coming out of Harvard University and the Society for Organizational Learning. Please check out their websites. They may help you create your own think tank.

http://pzweb.harvard.edu/Research/Rounds.htm

http://www.solonline.org/

If you want any more information about the Illumination Cafe or the Kids for Coltrane Project, please do not hesitate to ask.

Katie Rogerson's picture
Katie Rogerson
Marketing & Outreach Director, Arts Integration Solutions

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

Diane Garmire's picture
Diane Garmire
Gifted/Talented pull out program grades 4, 5, 6 from Spokane, Washington

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!

Diane Garmire's picture
Diane Garmire
Gifted/Talented pull out program grades 4, 5, 6 from Spokane, Washington

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

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

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.

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

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.

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