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Arts Bridge Scholar: Emmalynn Pace at Brookhaven Elementary

I had the privilege of being a dance Arts Bridge Scholar at Brookhaven Elementary school for the past couple of months. I was nervous about teaching kids by myself, as this was my first experience doing so. I quickly learned from my first- and second-graders, however, that kids are so non-judgmental and forgiving. They are eager to participate, please, and conquer the next challenge. My Arts Bridge experience this semester has been extremely informative in changing my teaching practices for the better and helping me understand the complications and beauty of integrating dance into the classroom. The first thing I…

Truth Telling

Image: Navajo Woman Weaving, Navajo Reservation, Arizona 1985. Sue Bennett, Photographer I walked into my living room a while back and saw my nephew’s sons (whom I call grandsons and they call me grandma) using my late mother’s Navajo spindle and batten as swords, chasing and chasing each other around the room. I stopped them both and said, “These were your Grandma Daisy’s weaving tools, and now they are mine to take care of. They are not swords but are tools for weaving rugs.” I brought out several rugs that their great-grandmother had woven and showed them how the tools…

Congratulations to the Arts Integration Endorsement 2018-2020 participants!

Last week, sixty-six elementary school teachers completed the BYU ARTS Partnership’s Arts Integration Endorsement Course. The two-year program provides training in the arts, aesthetics, arts education, and arts integration. Participants expressed pride, joy, and accomplishment as they shared their personal journey in the arts. Excerpts from homework assignments and final sessions (held via Zoom) demonstrate how deepening their experience with the arts changed these teachers’ perspectives and level of engagement, as well as inspired a creative approach to teaching. “The arts were an absolutely refreshing break from the regurgitated methods of other professional development programs. Because of what I learned…

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

The Learning Edge 2017

The Learning Edge Annual Administrator’s Conference took place at the Provo Marriott on November 14, with over 300 principals, administrators, and teacher leaders participating. This biennial conference alternates between focusing on the arts and gifted and talented every other year. The conference theme, The Arts: A Renaissance of Relevance, was chosen by the planning committee to demonstrate the importance of the arts in education and meet the objective of having quality arts experiences that engage students while also connecting to curricular standards. The conference is hosted by the BYU CITES program within the McKay School of Education. Lois Hetland, coauthor…

BYU Arts Bridge

This semester, the Arts Bridge Program at BYU has 25 university students—or arts scholars—providing arts education in elementary classrooms. Arts scholars are working with a coordinating classroom teacher and an assigned BYU faculty mentor, giving both BYU students and grade-level teachers a truly unique learning opportunity. The arts scholars are working hard on their lesson plans, visiting their classrooms, and blogging about their experiences. Blogs provide ideas about arts-integrated lessons and invite everyone to follow their journies through the semester. Here are some highlights from the blogs:      Arts scholar Savannah Angle and elementary music specialist Cheree Rowley from…

10 Lessons Learned From Arts Bridge

Sunny Leavitt, one of the Arts Bridge Scholars for Visual Arts, shares her experiences on what she has learned from working with Mrs. Shellie Olson’s first grade class. At the end of Sunny’s semester-long project, she concluded her blog writings with a fun description of the ten things she has learned from working with first graders to integrate art into their learning experiences. We enjoyed reading Sunny’s perspective on her Arts Bridge experience and want to share what we gathered from her post: “10 Things I’ve Learned as an Arts Bridge Teacher” 1. First graders will believe anything you say.…

Fine Arts Discovery Series Inspires Future Teachers

Future educators are attending art events at BYU while learning how to connect the arts to their future classroom. As part of the Arts Partnership, the Fine Arts Discovery Series is held to inspire BYU elementary education majors to include the arts in their own lives as well as in the lives of their students. Pre-event lectures encourage teachers to bring their future students to live performances and professional exhibits and also provide ideas on integrating the arts into the classroom. Each discussion is led by a BYU professor or specialist with expertise in a specific art form. This semester,…

Arts Express Summer Conference Improves Instructional Practices

Participants who attended the Arts Express Conference on June 10 and 11 are now implementing what they learned in their classrooms. The experiences, collected from implementation reports, indicate great success when integrating the arts into current classroom practices. Below are excerpts from the implementation reports explaining what has been done. The Power of Play          “Our opening speaker, Michael Bahr, was entertaining and motivating. . . . I feel his message on the power of play is important to all those who teach and care for children. . . . I believe that the power of play…

Arts Bridge 2014-15 Kickoff

An additional 700 students are now receiving instruction in the arts! Arts Bridge is a program that aims to provide more arts instruction to children in schools by pairing grade-school teachers with BYU students involved in the arts. These teachers and the BYU students work together to teach arts-integrated lessons to children in the classroom. BYU students in dance, drama, music, or visual arts, called Arts Scholars, visit classrooms weekly over the semester. Last year’s Arts Leadership Academy graduates are invited to participate in this year’s Arts Bridge experience.  BYU faculty members mentor and supervise the Arts Scholars to ensure…

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