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April 04, 2014

The Case for Drawing and Doodling in Class

Misty Adoniou, a senior lecturer in literacy and teaching English as a second language at the University of Canberra, makes a case for allowing, and encouraging, students to draw in classrooms.

May 02, 2013

Principal Swaps Security Guards for Art Teachers

According to NBC News, a school in Roxbury, Mass., has seen positive effects--at least in terms of academics and school culture--from cutting back on school security, and using those funds to up arts instruction.

April 22, 2013

Art Teachers Celebrate Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Today is a day when many science and environmental teachers plan creative activities for their students that often extend beyond the classroom. But did you know that art teachers are getting involved as well? Here are a few of the ways that schools used art classes to increase awareness of the environment.

April 04, 2013

Student 'Literary Ambassadors' Head Poetry Month Activities

Various organizations gear up to celebrate National Poetry Month, an initiative that was first introduced by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.

July 03, 2012

Overheard at NEA: Professional Respect, School-Funding, and Politics Are Top Priorities

While at the NEA convention today, I flagged down a few delegates from a sampling of states and asked the following: What should be NEA's main priority right now? The major theme at the convention so far has been the union's push to re-elect President Barack Obama. Do you agree this is where the org...

February 15, 2012

Arts Educators Float an Alternative Evaluation Plan

Education officials in Tennessee seem to be making good on their promise to find alternate student-achievement measures to be incorporated into teacher evaluations for teachers in nontested subjects—though it's teachers who are doing much of the heavy lifting in getting the idea moving. The s...

June 27, 2011

Film Espouses the 'Power' of Writing

One of the latest in a slew of education documentaries, "To Be Heard" profiles three Bronx high school students who participate in an outside-the-curriculum program called Power Writers.

April 01, 2011

Poetry for Teachers

Throughout National Poetry Month, instructional technologist (and former language arts teacher) Bud Hunt will be posting a "photo poetry prompt" on his blog every day. Readers are encouraged to share their poems in his comments space or elsewhere online. Hunt has hosted this interactive literary pro...

March 01, 2011

Award-winning Teacher Laid Off While Fighting Cancer

Just months after being diagnosed with cancer, Francisco Mendoza—who has earned several teaching awards throughout his 25 years in the classroom—lost his job and his health benefits, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Last spring, Mendoza spent five months in a hospital undergoing chemotherap...

December 28, 2010

The Art of Reading Instruction

The New York Times< reports on a nonprofit after-school visual and performing arts program that appears to be boosting some struggling students' reading skills as well as unleashing their creativity.

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