November 8, 2014 AACPS Arts Integration

Tim GregoryThere’s a great new resource for teachers who practice arts integration: Check it out!

Attended an AI conference on November 8, 2014, sponsored by Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Here is Tim Gregory, an ethnomusicologist, giving us some background on thumb pianos from Africa

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October 23, 2014 Arts Integration Workshops

From Shelley S. Johnson (MSDE): These sound like exciting workshops from the Art Gallery of UMD.

See below and contact Katie Coogan for details.


The Art Gallery at The University of Maryland has two upcoming teacher workshops. Email to sign up today!

Learn to use SketchUp!

This workshop is geared towards teachers who want to learn the basics of SketchUp, a freeware program used to build virtual models. After learning the basics, teach your students how to curate and design their own art exhibition in a virtual model of The Art Gallery. Click here to view the corresponding lesson plan and materials.

When: Thursday, November 9th

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: The Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, Room 4213 of the Art and Sociology Building at UMD.

Cost: FREE

Learn to use Augmented Reality Software!

Imagine your students holding their smart devices in front of a picture of Maya Angelou. In doing so, they are given the opportunity to hear Angelou recite a poem of your choice. You can do just that through Augmented Reality! This workshop will teach you how to engage your students in exciting ways through the use of Augmented Reality software.

When: Thursday, November 13th

Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: The Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, Room 4213 of the Art and Sociology Building at UMD.

Cost: FREE

For more information on these workshops click here.

Thank you,

Katie Coogan

Curator of Education and Outreach

The Art Gallery

University of Maryland

1201 Art-Sociology Building

College Park, MD 20742

  1. 301.405.1475



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October 18, 2014 Arts Integration and ELLs

This school year (2014-2015), I have the luxury of having my own room and working at one school. This enabled me to bring all of my ELL and arts integration materials into a dedicated space and really go to town weaving arts integration into the English Language Development Curriculum. I’ve also been able to use more ELL strategies on one of the walls, specifically by creating a unique word wall, based on critical vocabulary of the Common Core. In addition, I am weaving Artful Thinking routines into lessons, as well as djembes and puppetry. On October 7th, I had a Poems, Puppets, and Pizza! event at my school, and over 60 ESOL children and family members showed up. It was a wonderful way for families to have fun and for me to give parents important information.

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Education Closet

Check out Susan Riley’s great resource for arts integration, Education Closet.

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PPT In Progress (WIDA)

WIDA October 15,2013

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Recording One’s Experiences

Well, I know that when we were first told we had to do this blog and write about our experiences in our AI class, it just seemed like more work. All I can say is that time makes things more valuable. As I look back to read what I posted, I am so glad that I have so many reflections on various arts integration strategies. There were many things I had kind of forgotten–you teachers know how it is with being inundated with lots of new material and procedures–and so I am very glad now that I have this blog to go back to. I will definitely use my past reflections to remind me to use certain routines with my students this year.

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Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration Completed!

We did it! In May my fellow cohort members and I donned caps and gowns for a lovely graduation ceremony at Towson University.

Towson University’s Arts Integration Institute offers the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration (PBC-AI) in partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park, UMBC and Johns Hopkins University. This program works cooperatively with Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) to provide opportunities for teaching and learning in and through the arts at all Maryland schools.

The Arts Integration Certificate program is an interdisciplinary approach to arts education incorporating a variety of art forms (art, theatre, dance, music) as they apply to teaching across the curriculum in Maryland’s schools, K-12.  This certificate supports Towson University’s mission to provide programs that enhance the teaching skills and professional development of educators and teaching-artists.

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