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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Arts Education Webinars

As part of the NC Race to the Top Blended Professional Development Plan, four Arts Education Essential Standards webinars have been planned for the 2011-12 school year.  The first webinar took place on September 27, 2011.  The webinars are intended to provide support to local school system and charter school leaders who are charged with implementing a local professional development plan for the new standards, but anyone who is interested in staying informed is invited to attend.  The webinars each take place from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, followed minutes for questions and answers.  The first webinar focused on local implementation plans.  The December webinar will continue discussion of local plans, but will primarily focus on graphic organizers, which is the latest instructional tool under development to support implementation of the standards.  Please use the links that follow to register for any of the upcoming webinars or contact Christie Lynch Ebert ( with any questions.
December 7, 2011
February 8, 2012
May 9, 2012

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Closing the Gap in Literacy and Mathematics with Arts Integration

This is information for a workshop at Cameron Art Museum that I plan to attend.  You may want to check it out.

Closing the Gap in Literacy and Mathematics with Arts Integration
Cost: $100 (Includes a box lunch from Jester’s Café)
Tuesday, January 17 (8:30 am-4:30 pm)
Location: Reception Hall

Cost: $100 (Includes a box lunch from Jester’s Café)
Tuesday, January 17 (8:30 am-4:30 pm)
Location: Reception Hall

The Southeast Center for Arts Integration and Cameron Art Museum are coming together to offer this unique workshop for educators from all disciplines including Elementary Classroom Generalists, Elementary and Secondary Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Visual Art, Drama, Dance and Music, Language Arts Resource, and Special Education teachers.

In this All-Day workshop, Participants will be able to select from a menu of workshops that offer proven strategies for integrating the Arts with Language Arts (including reading comprehension, narrative and descriptive writing, fluency, grammar), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Participants may select workshops from multiple concurrent sessions that are focused on their own subject area, grade level and student populations to insure that everyone will find ideas that are relevant to their setting.

No special training or experience in Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or Arts instruction is needed for this work.

A 10% discount will be offered for School System groups paid by one check and by individual registrations received by November 18th

Friday, November 11, 2011


The purpose of this blog is to have a space where I can share art ideas, art lessons, and information that can help other art teachers become great.  I have been teaching art for nine years.  This school year is my tenth and I am excited.  Years of hard work are starting to manifest.  I can see a difference in my classroom management and in my lessons.  I can really see a difference in my students.  I believe that my purpose is to reach kids, to touch their lives.  I have the opportunity this year to teach over 900 elementary students.  It has taken me a while to realize the importance of my role in the school but I know that the arts are important. 
Please allow me to share some things that I have stumbled upon and things that I have learned along the way.  I am always learning and I am open to suggestions, so please feel free to share.
Please enjoy the lesson plans and articles that are soon to come. 
Being an art teacher is wonderful.  Go make something beautiful today!