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Introducing Arts Education [electronic resource]

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"What is Arts Education?" shows a montage of insights from teachers and administrators, plus examples of successful arts instruction in classrooms across America. "What are the Arts?" presents teachers, administrators, students, and parents who offer thoughtful and sometimes humorous comments on what the arts mean to them. In "How Do You Know They're Learning?" , educators from several schools tell how they know if their students are "getting it."
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2003
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Expanding the Role of the Arts Specialist [electronic resource]

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Three arts teachers work with colleagues in their schools, using collaborative techniques that go beyond the traditional work of arts specialists. Kathy DeJean is a dance artist at Lusher Alternative Elementary School in New Orleans; Mary Perkerson is the visual art teacher at Harmony Leland Elementary School in Mableton, Georgia; and Amanda Newberry is the theatre specialist at Lusher.
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2003
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Teaching Dance [electronic resource]

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Two teachers with contrasting training and approaches to teaching bring rich dance experiences to students at their arts-based schools. Kathy DeJean, the dance specialist at Lusher Alternative Elementary School in New Orleans, promotes inquiry and self-expression in a multi-grade dance class. Scott Pivnik, a former physical education teacher at P.S. 156 (The Waverly School of the Arts) in Brooklyn, New York, uses African dance as a gateway to geography, writing, and personal growth for a class of second graders.
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2003
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Teaching Music [electronic resource]

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Two music specialists from arts-based schools demonstrate different approaches to serving diverse student populations. At Harmony Leland Elementary School in Mableton, Georgia, all 500 students study the violin. Their classes with Barrett Jackson become lessons in character and discipline. At Smith Renaissance School of the Arts in Denver, Sylvia Bookhardt and a class of fifth graders explore the Renaissance through choral singing.
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2003
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Teaching Theatre [electronic resource]

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Two specialists work on basic theatre skills with children of various ages, and use theatre education as a gateway to other kinds of learning. At Lusher Alternative Elementary School in New Orleans, Amanda Newberry's lesson in improvisation with a third grade class stimulates students' imagination, heightens language and listening skills, and encourages critical thinking. At Barney Ford Elementary School in Denver, George Jackson teaches basic movement skills to a first grade class, invites fourth graders to take center stage as they explore a script, and works with fifth graders to create masks that reveal inner feelings.
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2003
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Teaching Visual Art [electronic resource]

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Two visual art specialist teachers use contrasting interpretations of the human face to explore inquiry-based instruction and various techniques in visual art. Pamela Mancini, the visual art teacher at Helen Street School in Hamden, Connecticut, uses portraits to foster inquiry and self-expression with a class of fifth-graders. At Ridgeway Elementary School in White Plains, New York, MaryFrances Perkins introduces mask-making to a second grade art class. In making their own masks, students examine the concept of symmetry, study the vocabulary word for the day, and learn that masks are found in cultures throughout the world.
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2003
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Developing an Arts-Based Unit [electronic resource]

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A team of first and second grade teachers at Lusher Alternative Elementary School in New Orleans plans a year end project that will let students show what they have learned in science, math, and English. The students write and perform an original play, using a painting by Breughel and an opera by Stravinsky as their starting points.
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2003
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Working With Local Artists [electronic resource]

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Students and teachers at P.S. 156 (The Waverly School of the Arts) in Brooklyn, New York, benefit from the school's established relationships with artists from local organizations. This program focuses on a first grade class creating original works with visiting artists, a dancer and a writer.
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2003
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Collaborating With a Cultural Resource [electronic resource]

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A fourth grade teacher and a museum educator in New Orleans collaborate to develop a unit of study with ties to Language Arts, Social Studies, and Visual Art. Students explore the work of a well known artist, visit an exhibition of his work, meet for a drawing lesson alongside the Mississippi River, and create poems and pictures that they proudly display to their parents.
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2003
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Bringing Artists to Your Community [electronic resource]

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Successful collaborations between classroom teachers and artists who come for a residency enrich the curriculum of this rural school in Idalia, Colorado. A visiting actor brings story telling and vocabulary to life for kindergarten and fourth grade students and their teachers; a musician engages first and third grade students in writing songs that relate to subjects they are studying.
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2003
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Students Create a Multi-Arts Performance [electronic resource]

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A team of arts specialists and classroom teachers at Lusher Alternative Elementary School in New Orleans guides kindergarten and fourth grade students in creating an original work based on Cirque du Soleil's Quidam. The program presents highlights of the creative process, including brainstorming about characters' emotions, creating speech and movement for the characters, constructing costumes, and performing.
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2003
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Borrowing From the Arts to Enhance Learning [electronic resource]

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To add vitality and context to day-to-day learning experiences, three teachers use techniques drawn from the arts to engage their students' minds, bodies, and emotions. In Denver, a teacher uses rhythm, color, movement, and hands-on projects to engage her class of fourth and fifth grade boys. In White Plains, New York, third grade students create short skits that help them understand the concept of cause and effect. In Lithonia, Georgia, a fifth grade Social Studies unit on family history culminates with students using favorite objects to make visual representations of their lives.
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2003
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Three Leaders at Arts-Based Schools [electronic resource]

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At Lusher Elementary School in New Orleans, principal Kathleen Hurstell Riedlinger works closely with a Leadership Team of classroom and arts teachers. The team's central role in management is part of a long-term strategy to protect the school's commitment to arts-based learning. Individual members of the team work together on a diverse agenda, including the school's annual Arts Celebration, the increased demand for enrollment from outside the school's neighborhood, and orientation of new teachers to the school's arts-based curriculum.
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2003
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Leadership Team [electronic resource]

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Three administrators provide instructional leadership and solve daily challenges at arts-based schools serving diverse student populations. In Brooklyn, principal Martha Rodriguez-Torres describes her role as "politician, social worker, parent, and police officer, " and says that her primary responsibility is to "provide teachers the resources they need to fulfill the program." In Georgia, principal Sandra McGary-Ervin encourages use of the Arts to achieve the school's priority goal of literacy. In Denver, assistant principal, Rory Pullens, uses his own arts background to ensure that the arts play a prominent role in daily learning.
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2003