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Arts Integration

Bringing the arts into core curricula raises student achievement and improves student engagement. Discover and share strategies for integrating the arts throughout core subject areas.

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  • How to Use Ideograms to Help Students Generate Powerful Poetry

    Incorporating visual elements into poetry writing can help students express themselves and uncover deeper meanings in their work.
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  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
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  • 6 Museums With Exceptional Teacher Resources

    From full-fledged lesson plans and virtual field trips to expansive digital archives and opportunities for professional learning, museums have so much to offer beyond the in-person experience.
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  • Reinforcing Elementary Math Lessons With Movement

    Combining simple exercises with math instruction can help ensure that elementary school students remember these lessons.
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  • How Music Primes the Brain for Learning

    To reap the benefits of music on learning, kids need consistent and abundant musical practice, according to the latest cognitive research.
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  • Using Street Art to Explore Hispanic Heritage

    Delving into street art can fuel conversations and learning about Hispanic and Latino culture, heritage, and identity in creative and unexpected ways.
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  • 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.
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  • Using Visual Thinking Strategies in the Classroom

    A visual technique developed in a museum can boost students’ classroom discourse, critical thinking, and evidence-based argumentation.
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  • Music Training Can Be a Literacy Superpower

    When kids study music—intensively and over long periods of time—they become better readers. Here’s what’s at play.
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  • Transforming a School Through Arts Integration

    Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.
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  • How—and Why—to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students

    Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways.
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  • How to Create Classroom Agreements Using Poetry

    Teachers can use students’ input and artistic expression to generate class norms that support a positive, respectful learning environment.
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  • Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts

    Young students can apply language skills to learn to 'read art,' including their own work.
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  • Fostering Identity, Joy, and Skill Development

    How a teacher used a mini-unit featuring poetry, music, and art to help her third-grade students learn more about themselves and each other.
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  • 2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
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