Defining Quality in Arts Education

Arts Education Demonstration Project of the Marin Community Foundation

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Teachers key in creating equal access to arts education

Having recently attended and presented about the Arts Education Demonstration Project (AEDP) at the January, 2015 CA Create Conference, I wanted to share a few thoughts.  If the vision of equal access to high quality arts education in our state is to become a reality, teachers like those in the AEDP project will be key players in helping more teachers find ways to integrate the arts into their curriculum and find connections to Common Core Standards.  Reaching the huge number of teachers in…

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Added by Elizabeth Lindsley on February 6, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Lesson Plan: Explorations in Architecture

We've just posted a video documenting second-grade teacher researcher Ellen Franz's eight-month trans-disciplinary project sequence on Architecture, in the "Program Documentation" section. As a supplement to that, her full unit plan can be viewed and downloaded…

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Added by Kristin Heavey on December 15, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Dancing the Unforgettable: Electric Connections at the Marin Summer Arts Institute, 2013- A. Scofield

Designing Unforgettable Learning was the title of the workshop, and the “dance group” had many new and unforgettable moments together. It was the fifth year of the summer arts institute and we were from many different backgrounds, grade levels and subject areas. We found our way by moving and creating together, and listening to the stories of those who had gone on ahead to explore with their students. Teachers from Neil Cummins shared the experience of integrating dance with their…

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Added by Alan Scofield on September 6, 2013 at 5:57pm — No Comments

state of connectedness

  Teaching the visual arts section of the recent summer institute was a great opportunity for me to stretch myself and be totally immersed in something meaningful. It seems like our multi-tasking lifestyles offer so few chances to enjoy a completely singular focus. So the experience was gratifying for me in that…

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Added by Annalisa Chasan on September 3, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Studio Habits of Mind by Kathy Piscioneri

For me, this year's Open House in the art room was a very different animal! I took a chance at proposing that we forgo an all school exhibition of children's work this year and instead create displays that illustrate the learning that happens in art.



To begin, Annalisa Chasen and I got together to brainstorm and through our conversations, I decided to take on the Studio Habits of…

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Added by Liza Mathews on May 7, 2013 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

What is a Teacher Ressercher? Part 2

Last time I wrote about the purpose of teacher research – to focus on an area of practice in a systematic, curious way in order to improve one’s teaching. I think we all do this informally in various ways all the time. Teacher research is just being more intentional and focused in the process, analyzing and reflecting on the results to reveal new understandings about our teaching. These understandings then inform any changes we wish to make.

 

Obviously, this process does take…

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Added by Liza Mathews on May 7, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

Teacher Researcher 101

What’s a Teacher Researcher?  Part 1

 

We all know we are doing a lot of inquiry in our classrooms. Last year I became curious about how the most engaging parts of my classroom curriculum could be mined for more student thinking, understanding, and meaning. We all have those projects that fully engage and excite our students. Could I find ways to make these already engaging projects more impactful? Could I use an existing project that I know my students already love and…

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Added by Liza Mathews on April 17, 2013 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Studio Habits of Mind as the kids see it!

After being inspired in my last ILSP class using the SHoM, I wanted to make a poster/wheel of the Habits for my classroom. But why not have the students generate their own terms for what they learn while doing art. So I experimented – I asked my class the question, “What do we learn in art lessons?” - and the attached picture is a photo of the white board at the end of our brainstorming session. The brown line represents the ground with grass growing up through the first thoughts that came…

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Added by Janet Pollack on March 30, 2013 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

Teachers Taking it On!!!!!

I recently had the pleasure of observing an integrated arts lesson taught by Ms. Bridell and Ms. Hancock in…

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Added by Michelle Holdt Roderick on March 1, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Art, Science & Design: Edward Tufte Interview

To introduce myself briefly – I'm a designer who has done some work on this ning and some of the digital portfolios (I also teach Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe). I thought I'd share a few links and thoughts.

 

There was a very interesting interview a couple weeks ago on Science Friday, with the data visualization pioneer, statistician and sculptor…

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Added by Chris Lanier on February 3, 2013 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Dr. Dennie Wolf Residency

The Marin Community Foundation recently sponsored a residency conducted by Dr. Dennie Palmer-Wolf. Dr. Wolf has a long history of educational research, including research on the impact of the arts on education.

 

Dr. Wolf trained as a researcher at Harvard Project Zero, where she led studies on the early development of artistic and symbolic capacities. She directed Project PACE (Projects in Active Cultural Engagement) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an…

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Added by Kristin Heavey on January 29, 2013 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Importance of the body in engaging students

I wish I could have more weeks like this.  On Tuesday I led a group of teachers from WCCUSD in a professional development session on theater and science integration.  In the morning of Thursday, September 13, I co-taught two 6th grade classes at Hall Middle School in Larkspur.  We did an extended theater lesson integrating social studies and language curricula.  Later that same afternoon I documented a hip hop class taught in the community room of a housing project in Richmond,…

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Added by Eric Engdahl on September 14, 2012 at 7:44pm — No Comments

PBL...A State of Mind

Many LCM teachers trained at Buck Institute’s Project Based Learning course, yet implementation in the classroom requires more study for many of us. Taking the PBL workshop as part of the 2012 Summer Institute gave participants an opportunity to experience PBL from a very different and important perspective – the learner’s perspective.

 

We came to the workshop desiring a greater understanding for the planning process, implementation, and nuances of PBL at our particular grade…

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Added by Liza Mathews on September 7, 2012 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Arts Integration & Using the 3 C's: Collaboration, Creativity, and Co-Teaching

Eric and I were blessed to co-lead a workshop filled with enthusiastic and inspired teachers and teaching artists during the Summer Arts Institute.

As we began to plan this year's workshop, we began to consider a different strategy - one that models differentiated instruction (we knew that our participants would have varying levels of experience in theatre arts education). We crafted a workshop in which the participants were able to deeply explore both Arts Integration…

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Added by Michelle Holdt Roderick on August 22, 2012 at 1:05pm — 1 Comment

Oh! Oranges!: Inquiry encounters with citrus, visual art, and language

This is a long post, but it tells the story of an amazing inquiry process in the unusually lively and productive visual arts workshop we had in this summer’s arts institute. What a great group of teachers and teaching artists! And wonderful, too, collaborating with Annalisa Chasan. Amazing how many parallels and intersections you can find when you open yourself to what’s unknown, yet possible. Thanks so much to everyone for being willing to try new ideas, to discover new ways of…

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Added by Susan Freeman on August 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Summer Arts Institute: Theatre drives thinking and communication deeper.

Rebecca Prather, Speech Therapist at Hall Middle School and Neil Cummins Elementary in Larkspur, was part of the Theatre Workshop at the Summer Arts Institute.

 

She believes the educational potency of theatre arts is that it makes thinking go deeper and become more sophisticated.  It provides a…

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Added by Elizabeth Lindsley on August 13, 2012 at 5:41pm — No Comments

“The Uses of Quiet” from "Mr. S"--  Alan Scofield There is a time in teaching a classroom full students where we stimulate learning by asking an open question. The class listens and thinks for a mome…

“The Uses of Quiet”

from "Mr. S"--  Alan Scofield

There is a time in teaching a classroom full students where we stimulate learning by asking an open question. The class listens and thinks for a moment and, inevitably, one hand shoots up, and then another. The first few are quick to get the answer and eager to be recognized. But what of those students whose minds are still exploring a possible answer?

How do they feel when…

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Added by Alan Scofield on May 16, 2012 at 11:04pm — No Comments

Let's Do (Dance) the MATH!"

“Let’s Dance the Math!”

from ("Mr. S") -- AlanScofield, Young Imaginations

In one of our third grade dance integration classes, whose theme was the “the math inside the dance”, we were learning and practicing a Broadway style  dance routine, asking ourselves exactly where in the dance we would be IF we stopped when exactly 75 per cent of the dance was done. Or,…

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Added by Alan Scofield on May 16, 2012 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Let's Do (Dance) the MATH!"

“Let’s Dance the Math!”

from ("Mr. S") -- AlanScofield, Young Imaginations

In one of our third grade dance integration classes, whose theme was the “the math inside the dance”, we were learning and practicing a Broadway style  dance routine, asking ourselves exactly where in the dance we would be IF we stopped when exactly 75 per cent of the dance was done. Or,…

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Added by Alan Scofield on May 16, 2012 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Joyful Learning

A couple of weeks ago I spent an incredible morning with the first grade team at Neil Cummins. I brought them my favorite art supplies - materials I make journals with, and asked them to work on a giant collage together. While they worked, I asked them to talk about their recent experinces with arts integration. I took detailed notes on all they had to say and was in complete awe of their enthusiasm, commitment, and success!



Prior to this meeting, we had held a Professional… Continue

Added by Michelle Holdt Roderick on May 8, 2012 at 4:41pm — 2 Comments

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