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The Art Works for Teachers Podcast helps teachers crack the code of creativity and use it as a hidden advantage in the classroom. You will receive simple, yet innovative ideas for teaching math, reading and writing in and through the arts - while filling your own creative cup.
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Stuck in a creative rut? We've got solutions! Susan is back offering practical exercises you can do yourself and use with your students. Learn how to use "warm-up constraints" to boost creative skills, a "one by five" strategy to spark fresh thinking, and how to leverage the "feelings wheel" for deeper expression. Plus, discover the exciting world …
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In a world where 100 years of progress is now happening in 4 years or less, is what we're teaching in schools even effective anymore? In this episode, Susan uses the book The Creative Act to make the case that Creativity is the Superpower of the Future and shares 2 exercises to help us begin flexing those creativity muscles.…
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In this episode, Susan will help you to distinguish between true arts integration and simple arts enhancement in lesson plans using two lessons she found online, but are they truly integrating the arts or just adding them on as an afterthought? We're putting these lessons to the test using the Arts Integration Look-For Checklist, a powerful tool th…
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In part two of our interview with the Godmother of Differentiation, Carol Tomlinson, she tackles the common misconceptions surrounding differentiation in education and how teachers can tear down walls to help build better lives for their learners.By The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM
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Get ready to connect on a personal level as author Carol Tomlinson shares her three pillars for differentiation. Through her inspirational yet relatable storytelling, she reveals how this approach isn't just about teaching—it's about honoring each child's dignity, making the classroom a place where everyone feels valued, and building a community wh…
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Today, we're introducing you to 9 of our Arts Integration Certification™ alumni so they can share their journeys with you. If you've ever wondered whether getting Certified as an Arts Integration Specialist would be a good next move, this is a can't miss episode. With a variety of backgrounds, goals, and surprise turns, these grads share what it's …
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Today's episode features Ashleigh Gordon. Ashleigh is co-founder, Artistic Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. During our time together, Ashleigh shares the importance of connection and relationships as an invitation to learn more about Black…
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Want to create an arts integrated experience, but are worried that you a.) don't know how or b.) it's too complicated? In today's episode, Susan walks you through a simple 4-step framework for building any arts integration lesson or activity. Once you learn this, you'll be able to create your next creative experience in 30 minutes or less! Be sure …
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Have you ever felt like you're more than an educator? That you have other passions you'd like to pursue? In today's episode, Sean Longstreet shares his journey from LA's Teacher of the Year to Music Ed Tech Entrepreneur living in France. The journey he describes is filled with opportunities, which have led to unexpected outcomes. We also chat about…
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Change is all around us in education. But how do you know if the change is worth it or not? In a time of division and stress in K-12 schools, author Anthony Muhammad shares a 4 pillar framework that can guide us to improving schools and building trust. In this interview, Dr. Muhammad dives deeply into what trust means and how to connect authentical…
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In his latest book, The Principal as Chief Empathy Officer: Creating a Culture Where Everyone Grows, author and former school administrator Tom Hoerr makes the case that relationships are key to developing schools where everyone thrives. In this episode, Tom shares specific strategies that take 2 minutes or less that can build empathy between Teach…
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How do you know if you're using arts enhancement or arts integration? And if you're using arts enhancement, how do you move to arts integration? In this episode, Susan is getting tactical and practical. She's sharing the Arts Integration Continuum and examples of each of the 5 stages of Arts Integration. Don't miss this week's free download - a cop…
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"Because it brings my students to life". That's the reason today's guest, Ann Noriel, gives for why drama and music impacts our classrooms. In this episode, Ann shares how to create your own classroom play or musical - even if you only have 5 minutes to spare. She outlines the 10 steps from her book "From the Page to the Stage", and offers ideas fo…
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In this behind-the-scenes episode, Susan interviews the Institute's Chief Growth Officer, Kevin Riley. They talk about how teachers and schools can work with vendors to get what they need, so that teachers aren't paying out of their own pockets. Filled with tips and hidden strategies, be sure to bookmark this episode.…
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Care can be a tricky word when it comes to educators, and it's been used almost flippantly since the pandemic. In their new book, "Reconstructing Care in Teacher Education After Covid-19", authors Melanie Shoffner and Angela Webb invite educators to share their unique stories of how care has manifested for them since the pandemic. In today's episod…
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More than ever, teachers are sharing how difficult classroom management has become. In this episode, author, teacher, and administrator Scott Ervin - aka "The Kid Whisperer" - shares specific strategies you can do today to curb the 3 biggest behavior issues most teachers face: disrespect, apathy, and arguing. He'll also be sharing ideas from his bo…
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Want to use arts integration, but stuck because people feel pressured to "teach to the test"? In this episode, Susan tackles the realities of standardized testing head on. She's showcasing recent data about testing, as well as two frameworks to help leverage arts integration as an advocacy tool.By The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM
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In today's episode, theatre educator and working actress Ayesis Clay shares how theatre can be used as a mechanism for teacher healing and professional development. We explore the continuum of burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary trauma (they aren't all the same thing!) and specific ways you can address each of these in and through theatre pr…
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What does it mean to be joyful and what does that actually look like for teachers? Berit Gordon, author of the book The Joyful Teacher is on today's episode to share how teachers can set goals and use practical strategies to build a more joy-filled year. Be sure to visit https://artsintegration.com/2023/08/31/joyful-teacher/ for a downloadable of B…
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What IS intelligence? And what if we've been measuring (and using it) all wrong? In this episode, author and scientist Dr. Rina Bliss, shares insights from her book, "Rethinking Intelligence". During our time together, she challenges our understanding of intelligence, explains what it truly means to be “smart”, why conventional assessments are misl…
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Meet Sonia Epstein, curator of the Museum of the Moving Image. In this episode, she shares how the science and technology of filmmaking transforms into new art being shared as media. We explore her role as a curator of this fascinating museum and how teachers can use the museum's field guide as an entry point into science, art, and film.…
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Did you know that PD that is relevant and meaningful is up to 10x more effective than general PD? So how do you plan relevant and meaningful PD (if you're a leader), and if you're a teacher, what key items should you look for before investing time and money? In today's episode, we'll dive into the research and the 8 tips for PD that actually matter…
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Do you ever see a problem in education and think, "I could do something about that". This is exactly what happened to Sheila Garth as a school counselor. In this episode, we chat with Arts Integration Certification alum Sheila as she shares her journey into creating a new business in the EdTech space to help support student mental health.…
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