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The Arts Make an Entrance

The Arts Make an Entrance

Posted: March 29, 2018

The arts are an integral part of educational best practices. They offer myriad ways to reach learners of any subject. Such ideas are pertinent to teaching artists in the Northeast Kingdom attending a series of workshops set up by VSA Vermont, a statewide nonprofit and leading resource for creating inclusive arts experiences. Alexandra Turner leads the two-and-a-half-hour sessions. She's been teaching since she was a teenager (swimming, dance, pre-school, art) and has been a teaching artist in Vermont for almost ten years. Early in her career Alexandra realized, "If I can teach other teachers, I can make a much greater impact." Providing meaningful instruction also increases impact. She helped others explore this in a recent overview of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Read More
Connecting Concepts

Connecting Concepts

Posted: March 31, 2016

Teaching artists have to squeeze in a lot of things, including conversations. Time to talk comes somewhere between managing the performance of a children’s opera and teaching paper arts to infants. Or, so it is with Rebecca Mack—a busy person who must choose wisely how she'll spend her energy. Rebecca is a preschool teacher and performing musician who also makes visual art. For the past seven years, she has worked at Burlington Children’s Space, most recently serving as the school’s atelierista. Hers is a part-time position, which allows her to work elsewhere as a teaching artist and spend time with her own art and family. Read More
Arts Connect 2016

Arts Connect 2016

Posted: March 14, 2016

Are you interested in using your art form to support children’s learning in all subjects? Arts integration that engages children of all abilities and backgrounds requires creative work with classroom teachers. VSA Vermont—in partnership with the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA), the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington City Arts and the Vermont Arts Council—is offering a three-credit graduate course for teaching artists to learn more about arts integration, Universal Design for Learning, and classroom collaboration. Teaching artists from across Vermont are encouraged to apply for participation in the third annual Arts Connect professional development program. Read More