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Making Thinking Visible

In-depth Learning through Arts Integration
Course Description: 

How can we help students see the multiple perspectives in a text? How do we teach our students to engage their imaginations and creative skills to solve a math challenge or to understand the complexity of history or the sciences?

The arts provide powerful experiences for developing creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication in the classroom. In this course, we will explore how arts integration can turn your classroom into a lively, focused community in which all students are engaged in meaningful inquiry, problem solving, and in-depth learning. Through a collaborative exploration of architecture, oranges, and design principles, teachers will discover new ideas for interdisciplinary learning across the curriculum to build the complex thinking skills and content area literacy required by the Common Core State Standards. English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies will joyfully leap to life through accessible lessons, materials and media that spark the imagination and make visible to students the concepts and critical thinking they need to succeed in today’s classroom. 

Keywords: art integration, art, critical thinking, elementary, visual arts

Audience: Designed for K-6 teachers of all subjects Dates: June 13 - 17, 2016; See Festival Schedule for times
Format of Course: In person at Stanford University, part of the June Stanford Teaching Festival

Cost*: $550 - groups of 3+ paid by school, and international participants
$600 - individual

Due to a generous gift, a limited number of $500 scholarships are available for STEP affiliates who attend this course. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come basis. There is a question in the registration form to note your affiliation with STEP and therefore be eligible for the scholarship. We will confirm your receipt of the scholarship in a confirmation email sent out after registration.

Units: 2 Status: Registration opens February 1

*Please note: The cost for this course includes parking, a light breakfast, lunch, and reception. This cost does not include lodging or transportation. Please see the Festival Location, Lodging, & Transportation page.

Course Facilitators: 

Susan Freeman Susan is a visual artist, teacher educator, and poet who leads professional development programs in arts integration and interdisciplinary literacy. A K-5 classroom teacher, mentor and consultant for 25 years, she has designed and coordinated school-wide programs in writing and the arts with an emphasis on equity and access for English Learners. Susan now teaches arts education courses in the Stanford University STEP Program and BATTI, and has served as adjunct faculty at UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, and Pacific Oaks College. She is a founding member of the Santa Cruz County Arts Education Alliance.