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Integration Workshop

February 7, 2015

Maine DOE

IMG_20150124_102723641Saturday January 24, the Maine Department of Education hosted an arts integration workshop at Wentworth school in Scarborough. Twenty-Five educators attended the workshop which  investigated how arts integration can support learning and  comprehension skills.

This was the first event for the Maine Arts Integration Collaborative which, will provide professional development for teachers in all subject areas to learn skills and methods on integrating the arts across the curriculum, to deepen student learning and appreciation for the arts, while raising student engagement and motivation.

IMG_20150124_134044013Drawing from Common Core standards, educators used strategies in drama, music, visual arts, storytelling and poetry that provide flexible options for students to access curriculum and diverse ways of expressing understanding through arts based learning. The presenters Dr. Louise Pascale, of Lesley University and Dr. Lisa Donovan of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts provided arts integration strategies for more students to access curriculum, engage with materials and demonstrate understanding. Some of the strategies included were:
Visual Art Strategy: Bookmaking
Visual Art Strategy: Observational Drawing
Storytelling Strategy: Personal Storytelling
Drama Strategy: Tableaux
Music Strategy: Soundscape
Poetry Strategy: Observation Poems

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