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Bonner, Michael – Educational Leadership, 2018
When Michael Bonner's 2nd grade students were failing their reading tests, he didn't give up on them. He made a music video. In January 2017, Ellen DeGeneres broadcast nationally what Michael Bonner's South Greenville Elementary students already knew--that Bonner was a life-transforming teacher. DeGeneres had been moved by Bonner's efforts to…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Teaching Methods, Music, Popular Culture
Beghetto, Ronald A. – Educational Leadership, 2018
Being creative always involves risk, and educators need to support students in taking "beautiful risks"--actions that have the potential to make a positive, lasting contribution to other's lives. To offer such support, educators must take risks too. Beghetto describes three "beautiful risks" educators can take to foster…
Descriptors: Creativity, Risk, Teaching Methods, Success
Spencer, John – Educational Leadership, 2018
Do your students occasionally seem bored? That's ok, says John Spencer. Doing tedious tasks or spending some time without stimulation can actually be great for creativity, freeing up your brain to make connections it might not otherwise have made. Spencer walks us through why our modern culture is so resistant to boredom and how we can cultivate…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Creativity, Psychological Patterns, Creative Thinking
Lamme, Sheryl – Educational Leadership, 2018
This piece showcases three schoolwide art projects that promoted social justice, belonging, and diversity. A yarn bombing in a Missouri elementary school gave students an opportunity to learn cross-curriculum lessons and promote the idea of unity among all cultures and backgrounds. A glass bead mosaic in a First Nations school in British Columbia…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Art Products, Art Activities, Social Justice
Nathan, Linda F. – Educational Leadership, 2018
Accomplished arts educator Linda F. Nathan profiles Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston, a PreK-8 school that specializes in music education. In addition to academic coursework, Conservatory Lab students--many of whom are from low-income, minority families--learn musical instruments, play in ensembles, and compose and conduct music. Nathan…
Descriptors: Music Education, At Risk Students, Laboratory Schools, Charter Schools
Lenarz, Lisa M. – Educational Leadership, 2018
This piece showcases three schoolwide art projects that promoted social justice, belonging, and diversity. A yarn bombing in a Missouri elementary school gave students an opportunity to learn cross-curriculum lessons and promote the idea of unity among all cultures and backgrounds. A glass bead mosaic in a First Nations school in British Columbia…
Descriptors: Art Products, Art Activities, Social Justice, Cultural Pluralism
McKibben, Sarah – Educational Leadership, 2018
You may recognize her as the formidable Mariah Dillard in Netflix's Marvel series Luke Cage or from popular films like 12 Years a Slave. Alfre Woodard is an award-winning actor on stage and screen, but her work behind the scenes as an arts education advocate is equally notable. As a mentoring artist for the Kennedy Center's Turnaround Arts…
Descriptors: Art Education, Advocacy, Disadvantaged Schools, Disadvantaged Youth
Iamarino, Danielle L. – Educational Leadership, 2018
Art/fine art teachers confront the dilemma of whether to include--in plays, concerts, and so on--students whose behavior is disruptive, off-task, or in other ways drags down otherwise good arts performances. Iamarino argues that because the arts are especially helpful to at-risk kids (who are often the very ones with problem behavior), teachers…
Descriptors: Art Education, Fine Arts, At Risk Students, Inclusion
Duma, Amy L.; Silverstein, Lynne B. – Educational Leadership, 2018
Can choreographing a dance help students grasp the water cycle? Or painting a portrait demonstrate their understanding of the achievements of a historical figure? The Kennedy Center's CETA (Changing Education Through the Arts) program is betting on it. CETA works with schools in the Washington, D.C., area to help teachers integrate the arts with…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Art Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Creative Teaching
Brogan, Mikel – Educational Leadership, 2018
This piece showcases three schoolwide art projects that promoted social justice, belonging, and diversity. A yarn bombing in a Missouri elementary school gave students an opportunity to learn cross-curriculum lessons and promote the idea of unity among all cultures and backgrounds. A glass bead mosaic in a First Nations school in British Columbia…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Art Products, Social Justice, Cultural Pluralism
Armstrong, Thomas – Educational Leadership, 2017
The way special education is carried out in U.S. schools must change. Special education has become weighed down by its emphasis on deficits and disorders: As regular education has opened to new ways of thinking about brain neuroplasticity, growth mindsets, and other innovations, special education has held fast to its diagnostic categories,…
Descriptors: Special Education, Brain, Neurological Impairments, Neurology
Redford, Kyle – Educational Leadership, 2017
Redford, a veteran 5th grade teacher, addresses the question of whether, in the case of students with dyslexia, "it's time to ditch the disability classification and replace it with more positive language that embraces and appreciates [the condition] as a 'neurodifference' instead." Her answer is no--at least in the current education…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Student Needs, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
Boroson, Barbara – Educational Leadership, 2017
How has education evolved from exclusion to inclusion, from judgment to acceptance, and from disability to difference? This is the question that frames Barbara Boroson's article in the theme issue, "Differences, Not Disabilities." Boroson begins by taking a historical view of how schools have treated those who were perceived to be…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Educational History, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship
Benson, Jeffrey – Educational Leadership, 2017
Regular education teachers and special educators shouldn't view their jobs as mutually exclusive, writes Jeffrey Benson in this article. He argues that all students benefit when both teachers form collaborative partnerships. Drawing on his four decades of experience in schools, Benson details how regular education teachers can incorporate ideas…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Inclusion, Social Influences
Snow, Carrie C. – Educational Leadership, 2017
One essential way to support students with autism is to "show up" for them. Showing up means connecting and building relationships with learners and trusting students to show us what they most need to boost their learning and social growth. Snow shares scenarios from her years as a special educator that showcase ways educators can…
Descriptors: Autism, Student Needs, Special Education, Teacher Role
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