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Express-a-Book

July 2, 2019

Not your traditional book club

Express-a-Book uses the Arts, to create a learner centered, collaborative environment to share ideas. Participants experience the Arts and the format highlights the accessibility and power of the creative process. When we bring people together in a collaborative and creative environment we see learners, of all ages, engage at a high level. The Express-a-Book process supports this notion.

In 2017 Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Design Team members Falmouth High School music teacher Jake Sturtevant and Sweetland School founder and director Lindsay Pinchbeck and Argy Nestor who was the Director of Arts Education at the time created Express-a-Book – an innovative and creative approach to a traditional book club.

They presented the idea, after creating a protocol and experiencing it themselves, to members of MALI. Other teacher leaders stepped up, formed groups and experienced the process themselves. The results were amazing!

“It was wonderful to have the opportunity and excuse to jump in the sandbox and find ways to play with, highlight, reflect, and communicate my learning in a unique way.”

~Jake Sturtevant

HISTORY
Lindsay, Jake, and Argy planned and tried the process and presented it to the MALI participants. Lindsay wanted to read about creativity in teaching and learning so she read the article A call to action: The challenges of creative teaching and learning by R. Keith Sawyer.
Jake was curious about the power of boredom. He listened to In defense of boredom on WNYC, Radio, Manoush Zomorodi’s Podcast Note to Self, and read the book Bored and Brilliant. Argy wanted to focus on leadership so she listened to Simon Sinek’s TED Talk called How Great Leaders Inspire Action.

Once they completed their review they responded by creating artworks. Lindsay made a painting and wrote a poem, Jake created a remix mp3, and Argy made a black and white illustration. They shared and responded to each image/sounds by giving feedback and asking questions. This provided the opportunity to learn about each of their topics in a collaborative environment.

What has been learned by using Express-a-Book?

  • Share ideas and resources through an active process
  • Use the arts to make information accessible and engaging for learners
  • Learn together as a community
  • Allow for individuals who do not often engage in art making processes to experience the potential of the arts to enhance learning 
  • Offer a low cost, simple, scalable and refreshing approach to a ‘book club’ 
  • The process has practical applications for a variety of classrooms and settings. Express-a-Book can be applied across disciplines or in professional learning communities, it can take place face to face or electronically, within or across schools, districts, across a region/state/country/ or even the world.
  • Individuals must be willing to stretch and be vulnerable
  • Example of teachers teaching teachers

If you’re interested in seeing the protocol please email Argy at meartsed@gmail.com.

Express-a-Book has been used successfully at conferences and gatherings in Maine and beyond in a variety of ways. The format has been shared in workshops, videos, short articles and highlighted in Teaching Strategies That Create Assessment-Literate Learners by Jeffrey Beaudry and Anita Stewart McCafferty.

 

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Full STEAM Ahead

April 10, 2016

Center for Innovation in Education, Thomas College 

Experiencing the art and science of teaching through creative innovation

Grant Application for Full STEAM Ahead Institute
June 29-30, 2016 at Thomas College, Waterville. Maine

The Full STEAM Ahead Institute provides participants an opportunity to develop…

  • A STEAM unit fully integrating the principles of proficiency-based learning for implementation back in the classroom.
  • Ways to integrate technology emphasizing critical thinking, creative problem solving, and design principles.

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.17.01 PMThe Center for Innovation in Education is offering grants to pay the cost of registration for school teams numbering up to five people — a $1250 value. If a school wishes to send additional people, then the $250 registration fee will apply to them.  Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch each of the two days plus CEUs.  Overnight accommodations are not part of this grant, however they can be arranged through Thomas College or local hotels.

The purpose of the Institute grant is to make professional development opportunities in STEAM, proficiency based learning, and digital learning accessible to all schools.

Because the success and sustainability of school-based initiatives depends on administrative support, we request that grantees obtain the backing of their school administrator.

Proposals are due by May 15, 2016

Institute participation is limited to 50 people.

The application is available by CLICKING HERE.

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