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Arts Integration Meets Diverse Learners’ Needs
Thursday October 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Cheri Sterman, Crayola Education Director; and Bobby Riley, Principal of Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, VT
Sponsored by Crayola
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Arts integration is a highly engaging teaching approach that meets the needs of diverse learners. Embracing diversity is an important way to honor the broad range of dialects, languages, experiences, and cultural backgrounds that students bring to school. Art is a universal language that helps students who are struggling with complex concepts, learning English, or experiencing trauma. Art also helps to reduce language barriers and draw families into welcoming learning communities. In this edWebinar, Crayola Education Director Cheri Sterman and Bobby Riley, Principal of Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, VT, discuss how art makes thinking visible, thus giving teachers a window on what students are thinking and feeling. This recorded edWebinar will benefit elementary principals, art educators, elementary classroom teachers, and district administrators.
About the Presenters
Cheri Sterman, Director of Education for Crayola, helps ignite educators’ creative confidence and establish creative collaborations within schools and communities. She leverages insights from having worked with educators across the country, hearing their passion for innovative teaching strategies that awaken students’ voices. Her approach is to ask essential questions, spark personal epiphanies through hands-on experiences that make thinking visible, and provide reflective prompts. Cheri knows that the best solutions live within educators, and so coaches them in planning their own next steps. Cheri uses an iterative process that helps educators create, present, respond, and connect—making their voices visible. She authored the Art Builds 21st Century Learning series available on Crayola.com and articles in the annual Champion Creatively Alive Children: Principal magazine, helping schools build creative capacity and engage families in this process.
Bobby Riley, Principal at Integrated Arts Academy, is the 2016 National Distinguished Principal from Vermont. A visionary educational leader, his passion for integrating the arts across the curriculum brought him to his school’s creative, collaborative community over a decade ago. Leading an arts-integration school is a natural fit for this creative educator, who plays a half-dozen musical instruments. Bobby’s school is often a refugee family’s first experience with our country’s public institutions. He embraces the diverse talents and cultures the families bring.
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