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Arts Integration

The Kennedy Center's perspective on the principles and best practices for arts integration

Kids and Culture

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Beyond Food & Fiestas

Practical ideas for creating authentic cultural experiences for your students

Man speaking into microphone

Article

Speak Up for the Arts

As a teacher you can help parents become strong arts education advocates

Music Matters

Take Five

Music Matters

Incorporating music makes content lessons more exciting and memorable. And it's easy to do!

Science Museum

Article

Growing from STEM to STEAM

How to get started blending arts, sciences, math, and technology in your classroom and curriculum

School Board Meeting

Article

Reaching Out to School Board Members

How can you make an impact on your student's educators?

Educator Making the Case

Article

Arts Education: Making the Case With Legislators

Educators offer voter- and data-driven advocacy

Toolkit

Article

What’s in Your Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit?

An overview of the KCAAEN Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit

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Arts Integration

Series: Arts Integration
The Kennedy Center's perspective on the principles and best practices for arts integration

Art Critique

Tipsheet: Art Critiques Made Easy
One-word answers and grunts don't count as student critiques of art. How to foster interesting and authentic discussion in the classroom

Educator Making the Case

Article: Arts Education: Making the Case With Legislators
Educators offer voter- and data-driven advocacy

Twenty-First Century

Take Five: Arts in the 21st Century Classroom
The skills our students need can be readily integrated into arts lessons and vice versa

Kids and Culture

Tipsheet: Beyond Food & Fiestas
Practical ideas for creating authentic cultural experiences for your students

Tree of Knowledge

Article: Constructivism: Actively Building Arts Education
A brief introduction to constructivism and how arts educators can utilize it effectively

students collaborating

Article: Creative Conflict: Resolving & Avoiding Conflict in Group Art Projects
Explore ways to handle conflicts among students while teaching them that voicing their opinions matters, as well as being able to negotiate and compromise

Cultural Dancers

Take Five: Cultural Connections
Enliven and enrich your cultural heritage month observances through the arts

appalachian spring

Tipsheet: Dance and Historical Events
Dance helps students better understand the far-reaching impact of historical events on many areas of a nation’s life

Theatre with sensitive themes

Article: Dealing with Sensitive Themes Onstage
Staging controversial shows in school theaters presents rewards and risks. Veteran arts educators share insights about the pros and cons of such shows, and how to produce them successfully

Art Teacher With Students

Article: Do Tell: Giving Feedback to Your Students
How can arts educators provide engaging and useful feedback? Here are seven suggestions to get you started

East High School Dancers

Article: Encouraging Your Students to Become Choreographers
Use these great ideas to get your students choreographing at your school

Drama Class

Tipsheet: Five Easy Drama Games for the Early Elementary Classroom
Get your students up with these games that are great for any size class and classroom

Kids Dancing

Tipsheet: Five Easy Social Dances for Early Elementary
Channel your students’ love of movement with these easy social dances

Art Lesson

Article: Formal Visual Analysis: The Elements & Principles of Composition
Help students build techniques to interpret what they see into written words using art

Student on Computer

Article: Get Wired for Learning
Are you stumped about how to integrate technology into your arts teaching? Check out these eight tips to put you on the road to tech-savvy arts learning

Parent Volunteers

Article: Getting Schooled: When Arts Teachers Become Students
Learn what makes up the five core elements of effective teacher development with a focus on learning in and through the arts

Mother and girl art class

Tipsheet: Going Public
Here are the best and safest ways to share your student's work with the world!

Science Museum

Article: Growing from STEM to STEAM
Find tips to blend arts, sciences, math and technology by learning how one school district experimented with adding STEAM to their classrooms

Elementary school girls dancing

Article: How Dance Can Teach Literature
How to incorporate dance into a traditional English classroom

Children Playing With Clay in a Classroom

Article: Inspired Classrooms
Need to battle off those creativity killers? Here are seven simple steps for educators to create a classroom environment that is friendly to creativity

parent volunteer

Article: It Takes a Village: Parent Volunteers
Learn how parent volunteers can contribute to the learning environment with the right goal-oriented guidelines

Music Matters

Take Five: Music Matters
Incorporating music makes content lessons more exciting and memorable. And it's easy to do!

Teacher in Classroom

Article: New Paths to Learning
An introduction for educators to differentiation instruction through the arts for academically gifted students

Brunhilde

Article: Opera-tunity Knocks
A guide for all opera newbies, both young and old, with some hints as to how to calm the opera skeptic

Puppets

Article: Poets and Puppets: Learning English
Help English-learning students build language and communication skills through poetry and puppetry

Portfolio Assessment

Article: Portfolios: Assessment Across the Arts
An introduction for arts educators to portfolio assessment

Students Dressed in Costumes

Article: Process Drama: Taking a Walk in Someone Else's Shoes
Process drama is an imaginative tool for non-arts teachers and students to explore issues and solve problems

School Board Meeting

Article: Reaching Out to School Board Members
Use these tips to connect with school board members in meaningful ways to ensure they make arts education a priority

Reading Into Action

Tipsheet: Reading Into Action
Make reading part of your physical education class and exercise students' bodies and brains!

Kids Reading

Article: Reading Through the Arts
How theater and visual arts can help to engage your students to read

Indian Musician

Article: Rhythm and Raga
Learn how to incorporate and teach Indian music in your classroom

Students Dancing

Tipsheet: Shall We Dance?: Foolproof Ways to Bring Dance into Your Classroom
Try these five easy ways to use dance and movement in your classroom

Footsteps

Tipsheet: Social Dances for Upper Elementary
Some fun social dances to try with your upper-elementary-level students

Man speaking into microphone

Article: Speak Up for the Arts
As a teacher you can help parents become strong arts education advocates

Story to Life

Tipsheet: Stories Brought to Life
Learn about ways to increase student participation and skill building during interactive read-alouds

Students Acting

Article: Supporting Artistically Gifted Students
Learn about artistically gifted students and how can others can help them reach their potential

Take 5!

Series: Take Five
Tips and tricks about how to enhance and improve your teaching and classroom

Student Writing

Article: Take Two: Teaching Revision Through the Arts
Find tips on how the arts support revision in the writing curriculum, and differentiate the writing process using the arts

two boys

Tipsheet: Teaching Students about Self-Assessment in the Arts
Introduction to self-assessment strategies involving observation and reflection

Student Critique

Tipsheet: Teaching Students to Critique
Helping your students learn how to creatively critique each other's work

Parent Volunteer

Article: A Team Effort: Volunteers in Arts Classrooms
Learn how to successfully manage volunteers in your arts classroom. Get tips from one visual art specialist who works with dozens of volunteers a year

Hand on Piano

Article: The Key to a Strong Workforce
How to help students learn skills essential to the 21st century workforce in and through arts learning

Student Critique

Tipsheet: Thinking Outside the Test
Introduction to performance assessment, which provides educators with "real-world" arts assessment strategies

Creative Thinking

Take Five: Thought-Provoking Art
There’s no need to divide critical thinking from creativity. The two easily meld into classroom activities with art as the starting point

Tipsheets

Series: Tipsheets
Tips for bringing the arts into your daily practice

Child and Adult Using Camera

Article: Why and How to Engage English Language Learners Through the Arts
Enhancing instruction with performing, visual and language arts can build skills, confidence, and understanding for ELLs

Acting Teacher

Tipsheet: What Do I Say?
For the young theater student, a teacher’s feedback can inspire or crush in a matter of minutes. Learn how to assess your student’s work responsibly

Toolkit

Article: What’s in Your Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit?
This article provides an overview for users of the KCAAEN Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit

Band of 40th Veteran Reserve Corps

Article: When Music Goes Marching to War
Explore music’s important role in the American Civil War. Includes activities for the classroom

Students Collaborating

Article: Working Together: Teaching Collaboration in the Arts
The arts are a prime tool for building skills in collaboration. Here are six tips to create successful collaborations and develop effective group learning through the arts

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