Laura Giles

Celebrating and Honoring Veterans through Music

For the second year, Veterans Day was a musical event at Orem Elementary School in Orem, Utah. Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) educator Cheri Hancock has been working for several weeks with all of the students in the school to prepare for this celebration. During the weeks leading up to the special day, Hancock integrated social studies, literature, history, and science into her music class. Weaving music into the study of other content areas allows the students to understand what they are learning more deeply and have emotional experiences, especially when learning about historical events about the country…

Finding the Best Arts Specialist

Who a principal hires to teach the arts at a school can impact student learning and school culture. At the elementary level, an arts teacher serves every student in the school in one art form and provides leadership across all the art forms. At the secondary level, there is often only one teacher in each art form at the school, which means the entire school program is dependent on the skills, ability, and professional commitment of that individual. At both levels, the teacher plays a critical role to build a quality program over time. To optimize the impact of arts…

School Library is a Hub for the Arts

Wasatch Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, has an important and unique focus: intertwining the arts with other curricular areas. Through donations from the community, specialists in the different arts, and collaboration between the faculty and staff, the students at Wasatch are experiencing a much broader education than simply the three Rs (Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic). Wasatch Elementary’s library plays a central role in the art education of the students. Dawn Ann Bullough, library media teacher, has a passion for what they do. “This community values having all of the arts taught in its school,” she said. Some people wonder…

Abundance of Arts Resources Provided to Schools

More than 350 schools in Utah have a plethora of arts resources at their fingertips after being provided with binders full of materials, strategies, contacts, and resources that will contribute to the building up of arts-rich schools. This information was gathered through a process of researching, surveying, questioning, gathering, and writing. In 2018, the presidents of Utah Art Education Association, Utah Music Educators Association, Utah Dance Education Organization, and Utah Advisory Council of Theatre Teachers formed a team. In each arts area, chapters were written for the secondary school edition of “Building an Arts-Rich School: Strategies and Resources for Administrators”…

Filling a School With the Arts: Sage Hills Elementary

Students at Sage Hills Elementary in Saratoga Springs, Utah, are being immersed in the arts this year as they learn other subject matter. The teachers at the school are integrating the arts into the curriculum in a variety of ways, with a little help from some arts experts! Principal John Emett said that some very creative things are going on at the school with arts integration. “The BYU Partnership has helped us develop so well!” he said. Students and teachers are all benefitting from this collaboration. For the past three years, the school benefitted from the expertise of a Beverley…

The Art of Collaboration

Art students in James Rees’s classes at Provo High School have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with the community during the last couple of years to beautify the schools of young children. Two different murals were created for Mountainland Head Start – one for the school in Orem and one for the school in Lehi. The first mural was created in collaboration with elementary students from Lakeview Elementary School in Provo. Art teacher Elicia Gray’s students created artworks depicting robots. Then, Rees’s students incorporated the robots into the mural. About 80 students total – elementary and high school –…

The Art of Integrating Dance: Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts, Arts Integration Coach for the Provo City School District, is teaching other teachers how to integrate the arts into their teaching to bring the excitement back into learning. He is doing this through the art of dance. Roberts has worked in the classroom of every teacher in the Provo City School District who has participated in the Arts Leadership Academy or earned the Arts Integration Endorsement. Roberts has taught in elementary schools since 1978, beginning in the Nebo School District. He now works side-by-side with teachers in all elementary school grades to provide dance integration instruction, giving teachers…

Bringing More Arts to Elementary Students

Local reporter, Laura Giles, is currently earning an Arts Integration Endorsement through the CITES office at BYU to bring more arts to her elementary students. We appreciate her commitment to arts education and her voice in the community. Read the article here: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/community/education/art-in-school-yes-it-s-important/article_23f127eb-dba1-5741-84db-f70b84daedbf.html

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