Integrating the Arts Across the Content Areas

Creative thinkers. Effective communicators. Problem-solvers.
With the advent of 21st Century Skills and new rigorous standards, this has become the gold standard in education. But what can teachers do in their classrooms to explicitly teach the skills and encourage the behaviors that are needed to become this kind of higher-order thinker? Weaving the arts into the curriculum connects core learning in the content areas with opportunities to practice creative skills and higher-order thinking in a variety of capacities. In addition to teaching creative and critical thinking, the arts reach all students of every ability level, ethnicity, and linguistic background. Learn how arts integration improves instruction by going beyond the initial step of helping students learn and recall information. Reach the highest level of Bloom's taxonomy by guiding students in creating artistic products that build deeper understanding.

About the Presenters

Dr. Lisa Donovan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and was the former director of the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University. A theater artist, educator, and researcher, she has taught internationally in Japan and Israel and throughout the United States. Her research interests include the impact of arts integration in eduction, and the role of arts in developing a sense of voice and identity.

Louise Pascale, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Education in the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University and has worked for 25 years in the field of arts and education. Her research interest focuses on investigating ways singing impacts cultural reference, community building, and education. Louise has spent the last eight years as founder and director of the Afghan Children's Songbook Project.

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