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Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in the arts.

  • Elementary aged boy remote learning dance on laptop from home

    A Look at How Arts Teachers Can Promote a Sense of Community

    Arts teachers can help all students in a school feel that they’re part of a collaborative learning community, even when they’re not together.
    Peter Siegel
    1.1k
  • The Power of Undo in Digital Art

    The Power of Undo in Digital Art

    When students make artwork digitally, they find new ways to take risks, build confidence, and get creative.
    2.5k
  • Students rehearsing a play in a high school drama class

    Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes

    Skills that students develop in social and emotional learning—empathy, collaboration, and so on—are closely connected to standards in many academic subjects.
    1.4k
  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
    62.5k
  • New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills

    What happens to our brains ‘on art’? New studies—often backed by brain imaging technology—are beginning to dial in on the answers.
    15.5k
  • Two students reading sheet music

    Borrowing a Literacy Strategy From Band Class

    A band teacher explains how a process he uses to train budding musicians’ inner voice can be used to help struggling readers improve.
    7.1k
  • Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn’t Sit Still

    How an art project on making rock sculptures helped a class of first graders settle down and find their focus.
    19.3k
  • Kids painting together on a large piece of paper

    ‘The Show Must Go Online’: Arts Teachers Adapt to At-Home Instruction

    From laundry art to 'name that tune,' arts teachers are finding creative ways to transition to remote teaching.
    4.5k
  • Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    When afterschool program Ballet Folklorico teaches kids traditional Mexican dance, they build not only social and emotional skills, but also community.
    1.9k
  • 22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

    Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. Look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? He or she is using creativity in that classroom.
    16.2k
  • Boy reading script for a play

    Teaching Drama in Distance Learning

    Tips and strategies to help literature and drama teachers adapt theatrical pedagogy for the Zoom stage.
    1.3k
  • A female teen is sitting in an art class, holding a long paint brush, painting on a canvas.

    Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education

    Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.
    8.2k
  • Young girl using a vintage camera to take photos

    A Photography Project That Develops Interpersonal Skills

    Photography can help students work on communication, empathy, and teamwork—and see their communities through a new lens.
    1.3k
  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

    Art and music are key to student development.
    20.4k
  • Student Photographers Document History During the Pandemic

    Student Photographers Document History During the Pandemic

    As the world closed down, a high school photography assignment captured the imaginations of students and teachers around the country.
    1.3k

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