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Arts-Integrated Curriculum

The Sonoma County Office of Education is pleased to be a partner with The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts, and Healdsburg Unified School District. This year we are offering our first series of professional learning opportunities on arts integration.

Why use "arts-integrated curriculum?"

In Arts-Integrated Curriculum, the arts become the approach to teaching and the vehicle for learning. Students meet dual learning objectives when they engage in the creative process to explore connections between an art form and another subject area to gain greater understanding in both. For example, students meet objectives in theater (characterization, stage compositon, action, expression) and in social studies. The experience is mutually reinforcing––creating a dramatization provides an authentic context for students to learn more about the social studies content and as students delve deeper into the social studies content their growing impact their dramatizations. For Arts-Integrated Curriculum to result in deep student understanding in both the art form and the other curriculum area, it requires that teachers engage in professional development to learn about arts standards and how to connect the arts to the curriculum they teach.


Tuesday, October 25 | Full Day
Presenter: Judy Thibault Klevins
AM: Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration (TK-12)
PM: Helping Students Develop and Tell Their Stories (Storytelling)

Monday, November 28 | (Half Day) | 8:30am-11:30am
Presenter: Jason Suel
Acting Right: Drama as a Classroom Management Strategy (K-8)

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Acting Right Packet

Monday, January 23 | Full Day
Presenter: Lenore Blank Keiner
Motivating English Language Learners Through Drama (K-5)

Tuesday, February 28 | (Half Day) | 8:30am-11:30am
Presenter: Ryan Hourigan
Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts; Implications for Inclusive Classrooms (TK-12)

Monday, April 24 | (Half Day) | 8:30am-11:30am
Presenter: Sandi Hammonds
Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies Through Visual Art (5-12)

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When Monday, November 28, 2016; Monday, January 23, 2017; Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and Monday, April 24, 2017
8:30am - 03:30pm
Location SCOE
Presenter Judy Thibault Klevins; Jason Suel, Lenore Blank Keiner, Ryan Hourigan, and Sandi Hammonds
Cost $45.00 $45 per session | Register for more than one workshop and save!
Audience Grade K-12 teachers
Registration Jill McIntyre, (707) 524-2816,
Questions Karen McGahey, (707) 522-3330,

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